[ddj] Africa's 1st data journalism bootcamp is looking for civic-minded developers/coders

Tim McNamara paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz
Thu Jan 26 08:23:07 UTC 2012

This is totally sweet! Great to see OKF involved too.

On 24 January 2012 18:26, Liliana Bounegru <bounegru at ejc.net> wrote:
> This might be of interest to those developers who are based in East Africa
> and are interested in building apps for civic media.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Justin Arenstein <justinarenstein at gmail.com>
> Date: 21 January 2012 21:34
> Subject: [scraperwiki] Africa's 1st data journalism bootcamp is looking for
> civic-minded developers / coders
> To: scraperwiki at googlegroups.com
> Africa's 1st data journalism bootcamp is offering free seats to 25
> developers / coders who are interested in building apps for civic media /
> open data audiences.
> The event is scheduled for Nairobi between January 25 - 27, 2012, and is
> underwritten by the region's largest media houses.
> The bootcamp will be led by some of the world's most senior trainers from
> the BBC, Google, and the Open Knowledge Foundation. Participants will each
> receive a free copy of Guardian data editor Simon Roger's new book, Fasts
> are Sacred - the Power of Data, and will be in line to win Galaxy Tabs after
> the workshop's two major project sessions. Participants will also get tips
> on how to enter the new $1m African News Innovation Challenge and the
> new Data Journalism Awards.
> The bootcamp will bring together 50 journalists with 25 young local
> developers / coders, and will seek to teach them now to work in teams to
> build news-driven mobile apps and civic engagement websites using the KODI
> resources already available to Kenyans, plus additional resources from
> the World Bank and the Open Knowledge Foundation in Germany, plus other
> global organisations. The best project from the bootcamp will qualify for a
> $2,000 seed grant, to allow the team to build a fully-functional prototype.
> Some of the news-driven civic apps and 'utility news' sites built in similar
> data journalism initiatives elsewhere in the world include Where Did My Tax
> Dollars Go and the Lord's Resistance Army Crisis Tracker and Country Sin
> Rankings.
> Bootcamp participants will be invited to help launch HacksHackers.com's
> new Kenyan chapter so that they can continue to expand their digital
> journalism skills.
> The initiative is underwritten by the continent's largest association of
> media owners, the African Media Initiative (AMI), and the World Bank
> Institute (WBI).
> To confirm your seat, you need to commit to attend all three days of the
> bootcamp at Strathmore University's computer school. You should reserve your
> seat by replying to this email, confirming the following information:
> [1] Your name
> [2] Your organisational affiliation & job designation (if relevant)
> [3] Your email address & mobile number
> [4] An indication of your computer skills
> [5] An indication of whether you've got any open data / civic media / data
> journalism experience
> Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You should
> therefore reply as soon as possible.
> Regards,
> Justin Arenstein
> AMI digital strategist
> SA Mobile: +27-82-374-0812
> US Mobile: +1-650-336-5878
> Skype: JustinArenstein
> Twitter: JustinArenstein
> Web: http://www.linkedin.com/in/JustinArenstein
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