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Need money or tech support for your newsroom's digital experiments? Or, just want to know what all the fuss is about data journalism and news apps?

Come share breakfast with some African pioneers to learn about resources, funding and easy-to-use data sources to get your newsrooms started.

#IndigoTrust ’s Loren Treisman will showcase a range of international projects they’ve already supported, like the new People’s Assembly portal in South Africa and mySociety in the UK, and will also speak about how her organisation can support similar newsroom-based projects in future. 

The +African News Innovation Challenge’s Justin Arenstein will show how these kinds of resources are being used by African newsrooms from Kenya to Ghana to build significant new businesses based on news products that range from simple SMS services to more sophisticated apps and websites.

+Code for Africa's Adi Eyal will showcase how his #Code4SouthAfrica  lab (one of a string across the continent) is doing the heavy lifting by building “building blocks” that power things like Mail & Guardian’s Know Your Hood gadget to help you understand who your neighbours are voting for, or ODAC’s iNeighbourhood tool for Cape Town.

With elections just one month away in South Africa, participants at the breakfast will also be able to meet local digital projects that can help turboboost your newsroom’s coverage, ranging from mobile apps for citizen reporting, to detailed free data on politicians track-records in Parliament (including their declared registers of interest).
 
Both Indigo Trust and the African Media Initiative offer small grants (up to R200,000) for interesting ideas to make data come alive and spark real change in society. Come to the meetups to hear how to be part of the change you want to see.
  
RSVP as soon as possible to secure your seat, completing this online form or by emailing Nqobile Buthelezi-Sibisi on nsibisi@africanmediainitiative.org.

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The breakfast is in Meeting room 2.41, on the 2nd Floor, of the Cape Town International Conference Center (CTICC)

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The Indigo Trust (IT) is an independent grant-making foundation which funds technology driven projects which bring about social change in Africa, with a special focus on transparency, innovation and citizen empowerment. It believes that change is most effectively stimulated through well devised programmes, including various stakeholders (civil society, community activists, press, techies, government etc). 

The African Media Initiative (AMI) is the continent’s largest umbrella association of media owners / operators. It runs the continent’s largest digital innovation programme targeting hacktivists and journalists, with the $1m/year African News Challenge, $1m/year African Story Challenge, and various other funds supporting everything from camera drone projects, to the continent’s largest data liberation and open data initiatives through Code for Africa.

IT and AMI are working together to kickstart digital democracy in South Africa. We welcome proposals from groups working together to utilise data to stimulate community activism and create social change through campaigns, advocacy and other well devised programmes. Speak to each other, share ideas and establish partnerships. We’d love to help turn your ideas into viable programmes.
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Today is your last chance to register for Nigeria's 1st ever Health Hackathon, offering cash prizes up to $15,000.

The event, at Information Technology Entrepreneur Development Centre is part of the #OpenDataNigeria initiative. Interested?

Register here: http://bit.ly/1eR1ssc
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Do you want to kickstart a digital health revolution and win $15,000 in cash prizes, plus space at a top incubator with expert mentorship?

Nigeria is celebrating International Open Data Day on February 22 by convening the nation’s first Health Hackathon, which will bring together coders and design creatives, along with health and open data experts, and storytellers, to design and build practical solutions to Nigeria’s front-line health sector problems.

The 1-day event takes place at iDEA Hub and is underwritten by Nigeria’s Ministry of Communication Technology, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Code for Nigeria, Hala Nigeria, Hacks/Hackers and the World Bank.

The Health Hackathon will bring together professional coders and regional experts to guide teams to build data-driven mobile apps and citizen engagement tools using readily available health data.

The five best projects will qualify for seed grants from a prize basket of $14,000 and will also be in line for incubation support at iDEA, plus additional technical support from Code for Nigeria to help accelerate teams’ efforts to build and launch fully-functional prototypes, as well as explore marketable opportunities for the best ideas.

Hackathon participants will also be invited to join the Lagos chapter of Hacks/Hackers, so they can continue to network with design creatives, civil society, and media to expand their digital literacy skills and explore collaborative opportunities.

Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You should therefore register as soon as possible.
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Ready to fight back? Even know what you’re fighting against? Tuesday 11th February has been earmarked as a global day of action to protest the ongoing mass surveillance of the internet by by the security services of the world, and to raise awareness of online data privacy in general.

Worldwide, The Day We Fight Back is being co-ordinated by ThoughtWorks, the Mozilla Foundation, the (other) EFF, BoingBoing, Greenpeace, reddit and more. But while their focus is primarily on the activities of the ‘Five Eyes’ - the US, UK, New Zealand, Australian and Canadian security services - we wanted to take this opportunity to look at what happens right here in South Africa.

Earlier this week, sniffmap.telcomap.org estimated that around 60% of all South African internet traffic passes through nodes known to be monitored by one of the Five Eyes. We often hear that South Africa’s own security services are even more invasive - although little is ever proved or written down about their activities. Perhaps we just like it that way?

To look at these issues and how their affect our work and our clients or readers, we’re very pleased to have three speakers all well versed in the subject matter.

Vinayak Bhardwaj, the Advocacy Coordinator of M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism aMabhungane and campaign group Right2KNow will talk about what we know South African security services are listening in on, and what we merely suspect goes on.

ThoughtWorks’ Quintis Venter will discuss tools we can use to protect ourselves, and the theory of “datensparsamkeit” - the best, ethical practices companies can develop towards capturing customer data. Venter also has some great ideas for how common internet services like social networking and Google Now-type stuff could and should work without being intrusive.

Paul Jacobson of Web•Tech•Law is one of Johannesburg’s leading authorities where commerce and privacy meet. He’s well versed in the ways of the up-and-coming and much delayed Protection of Personal Information legislation, and will talk about what rights South African individuals will have and should be exercising once POPI becomes law.

As ever, we’ll be organising through our Meet-up group here. The event takes place on Tuesday 11th February, at ThoughtWorks offices at the South Point building on Melle Street in Braamfontein at 7pm.
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Hackathons are not for hackers ... well not exclusively.

#HacksHackers chapters in Cape Town and Johannesburg are hosting simultaneous "speed data(ing)" days on Feb 22 to celebrate International Open Data Day.

The meetups, in partnership with #Code4SouthAfrica , will help non-tech members get to grips with public datasets by showing them how to get the data to ask interesting questions.

For example: Are there any wunderkinds in South Africa (defined as kids 17 years or younger with university degrees) - Answer: No

Or, how many white South Africans consider themselves to be fluent Sesotho speakers? : Answer: 16,000

Here's a blog post about the event: http://bit.ly/1f1mS5P. The events are not coding festivals and everyone who has glanced at a computer sideways, even once in their life, is welcome.

Please RSVP (so that we can figure out whether to cater for you or not) here: http://bit.ly/1bs0WGd
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HH-Jozi member Fiona Macleod has helped found a global "Wikileaks for wildlife" portal for whistleblowers.

The new WildLeaks portal is built on powerful   #GLobalLeaks  encryption and security technology developed by the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights.

Fiona's involvement has been as the only African member of the WildLeaks consortium, through her Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism Center. Oxpeckers was established with a seed grant from the +African News Innovation Challenge last year, to pioneer new digital tools to investigate international poaching and wildlife crime syndicates. In addition to the new WildLeaks portal, Oxpeckers is also pioneering the use of 'geo-journalism' maps to help analyse rhino and elephant killings.

WildLeaks gives whistleblowers who have tips or evidence a secure way to send their information to the media or investigative agencies.

The +African Media Initiative (AMI)'s#Code4Africa programme is building similar portals for investigative newsrooms and other partners.
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#HacksHackers  chapters in Lagos and Abuja have helped kickstart the #OpenData  revolution in Nigeria by co-convening a high-level government hosted Consultative Summit and follow-up d|Clinic in Abuja in late January.

The week of broad-based consultations launched #OpenDataNigeria  bringing together the nation's leading citizen movements, media, academia, and civic technologists to explore grassroots priorities and opportunities for a planned Nigerian Open Data Initiative.

The strategic roundtable meetings are the world's first consultation process that gauges the real priorities and practical needs of ordinary citizens to help shape government planning for an open data initiative.

The initiative is driven by the +World Bank and Code for Nigeria, in collaboration with +Federal Ministry of Information, Nigeria and a coalition of non-government partners including Hacks/Hackers.

The d|Clinic allowed participants to help identify priority data and digital resources in four flagship areas: health, education, agriculture, and trade and investment. These focal themes also form part of Nigeria's 202020 development strategy. Participants brainstormed ideas for how to use open data to stimulate social entrepreneurship, including identifying possible pilot projects, implementation partners, and project champions.

"Nigeria is a story of 1sts - four months ago, Edo State launched Africa’s first sub-national open data platform. Today, the Federal Government is kickstarting the first Federal Open Data Initiative which is being launched simultaneously with the data clinic designed to surface the demand for open data from various non-government actors. This could pave the way for new form of government-to-citizen interaction across the country," said Nigeria's Communications and Information Technology minister, Omobola Johnson, at the launch.

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Why would Guerilla Gardeners be interested in #OpenData

#HacksHackers  members in #CapeTown , who use their weekends to transform abandoned public space into gardens, have turned to the new www.OpenByLaws.org.za repository to protect their work from over zealous city officials.

The Guerilla Gardeners are part of a global movement, and transform unkempt public land, beside rivers, under bridges, and alongside highways into indigenous gardens with flowers, trees, and seating. Cape Town parks officials are not amused, however, and bulldoze the gardens.

Read the blog post about the misadventures of the Guerilla Gardeners & why their escapades matter to #Code4Africa  activists, here: http://bit.ly/1ltN9TS
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Journalism x Technology. This is the umbrella group for African chapters of Hacks/Hackers, which bring together journalists & technologists to experiment with ways to re-wire the media.
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Journalists sometimes call themselves “hacks,” a tongue-in-cheek term for someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers use the digital equivalent of duct tape to whip out code. 

HacksHackers tries to bridge those two worlds. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter, visualize and distribute information in a narrative way, and for hacks who use technology to find and tell stories. HacksHackers is a digital community of people who seek to inspire each other, share information (and code) and collaborate to invent the future of media and journalism.

This network seeks to bring all these people together — so that we can all be more effective in making sense of our world.

We aim to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.