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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The breakfast is in Meeting room 2.41, on the 2nd Floor, of the Cape Town International Conference Center (CTICC)
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
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.