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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.
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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Government spending shapes your life. It pays for the roads and bridges you travel on, for the schools and clinics that nurture you, and the water and electricity that makes your life possible. But, do you really know where the money comes from or where it goes?

Hacks/Hackers - Africa, and its partners at +Code for Africa are co-hosting an intensive 4-day #datajournalism bootcamp in Nairobi next week.

The #dBootcamp is free and will team journalists with technologists for a deep dive into previously inaccessible data on Kenyan government procurement and public spending.

The event will feature speakers from the +Texas Tribune in the USA and +BBC News in London, as well as from the +World Bank, the +International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and various Kenyan government agencies.

Interested? Participant is free, but seats are limited, so RSVP quickly to ensure you secure a place here:

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d|StoryCamp Venue - Maputo, Mozambique
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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


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


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:

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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: 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:

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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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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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