[okfn-za] Open Data Hackathon this weekend
max at creativecommonsza.org
Wed Aug 1 08:05:32 UTC 2012
Justin, also worth drawing on the initiatives in Italy, Austria, New
Zealand and Australia in this regard:
Looking forward to Friday.
Maximillian Kaizen <http://twitter.com/maxkaizen>
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On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM, Adi Eyal <adi at burgercom.co.za> wrote:
> Hi Rufus
> On 31 July 2012 16:55, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> > Dear Adi,
> > I'm really excited to see this happening :-)
> We're excited too - I'm not sure how it's going to pan out but we've
> received tons of expressions of interest - the invitation has been
> forwarded outside of the circle of organisers and I've received emails
> from random mailing lists asking if their interest groups were
> welcome. From the comments we've received, it feels like the time is
> ripe for open data in South Africa.
> > If there is any way to
> > join in remotely (e.g. via irc) please ping around the info.
> We're going to be streaming the event live - there will be talks on
> Friday night and a couple of informal workshops for people who aren't
> actively working on problems on Saturday and Sunday Sunday. We'll be
> tweeting the event as well - I'm not sure of the hashtag - I'll ask
> our comms guy to post it on the website.
> > Also
> > perhaps we could put up a post on blog.okfn.org pre or post the event.
> does this work? http://codingfordemocracy.org/announcements/
> > Lastly, I couldn't help but notice that this site is running CKAN:
> what else? It's got everything going for it - written in python, open
> source, hosted on github and has a couple of cool real world
> installations to aspire to :)
> > <http://data.codingfordemocracy.org/> :-)
> > Rufus
> > On 31 July 2012 15:13, Adi Eyal <adi at burgercom.co.za> wrote:
> >> Hi All
> >> This is a reminder of the Open Data hackathon taking place this
> >> weekend in Cape Town. The press release is pasted below:
> >> For Immediate Release: July 31, 2012
> >> Contact: Greg Solik, ODADI spokesperson
> >> Email: greg at nu.org.za
> >> phone: 083 299 7717
> >> PRESS RELEASE: R25,000 up for grabs in South Africa’s 1st
> >> Code4Democracy civic hackathon
> >> Do you want to use your tech skills or design talents to change South
> >> Africa? Digital activists, designers, developers and data journalists
> >> will kickstart South Africa’s open data movement this weekend at a
> >> 48hr hackathon in Cape Town to build web and software applications
> >> that will help make government more accountable.
> >> The Code4Democracy event is the first public gathering hosted by the
> >> new ODADI (Open Data & Democracy Initiative) coalition, and will offer
> >> R25,000 in cash prizes and tech support for ideas that have the
> >> potential to empower ordinary citizens, make government more
> >> transparent, or make public services more efficient and open.
> >> ODADI hopes to spark experimentation by providing access to previously
> >> difficult to find databases, including the national and Cape Town
> >> budgets, plus Service Delivery Agreements and contact information for
> >> constituency representatives, for participants to use as ‘feedstock’
> >> for their hackathon ideas. Project teams are also welcome to bring or
> >> source their own datasets, or to instead build digital projects that
> >> don’t use data and instead use crowdsourcing or other civic engagement
> >> strategies.
> >> Anyone who has an idea and hopes to recruit teams to build it, is
> >> being encouraged to post project outlines on an ideas forum on
> >> Code4Democracy website ahead of the event.
> >> The hackathon will be opened at a cocktail function on Friday evening
> >> with a keynote address by digital thought-leader, Gustav Praekelt, who
> >> will speak about the transformative potential offered by open data.
> >> Social justice campaigners campaigners such as outspoken former
> >> national cabinet minister Barbara Hogan and health rights activist
> >> Zackie Achmat will kick off proceedings on Saturday and Sunday with
> >> short speeches highlighting ways for digital activists to make a
> >> difference .
> >> The initiative echos similar campaigns that have revolutionised the
> >> way that civic debate and public accountability works everywhere from
> >> Kenya and Ghana, to further north in the USA and Europe. ODADI hopes
> >> to build on South Africa’s early support for the Open Government
> >> Partnership, by inspiring a grassroots data-driven movement in South
> >> Africa, giving ordinary citizens the tools and information they need
> >> to make better informed choices about public issues.
> >> ODADI is a broad-based volunteer-led non-partisan movement, that bases
> >> its principles on the Constitution, and does not align itself with any
> >> political party or other political interest group. ODADI’s manifesto
> >> is available here.
> >> The Code4Democracy hackathon has been made possible via a seed grant
> >> from the African Media Initiative’s prototype fund for civic
> >> engagement, as well as through logistic support from the Open Society
> >> Foundation’s Money & Politics Project (MaPP) and venue and material
> >> support from Cape Town’s Ndifuna Ukwazi center for active citizenship.
> >> Other ODADI coalition members assisting with the Code4Democracy
> >> hackathon include HacksHackers Cape Town, the Open Democracy Advice
> >> Center, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group, the Right2Know campaign,
> >> and the Silicon Cape initiative.
> >> Code4Democracy will launch with a cocktail function at Ndifuna
> >> Ukwazi’s resource center at 47 on Strand, Cape Town, at 6pm on Friday,
> >> August 3. The hackathon itself will kick off at 9am, on the 2nd floor
> >> of Ndifuna Ukwazi’s resource center, on Saturday, August 4 and will
> >> run right through to 4pm on Sunday, August 5.
> >> Judging of the best projects / ideas developed during the hackathon
> >> will take place at 3pm on Sunday, with winners announced at 4pm.
> >> BOOK YOUR SEAT
> >> You can reserve your seat by registering on the Code4Democracy site
> >> itself, or via the G+ event page or the Facebook page.
> >>>> ENDS <<
> >> For further information / public comment, please call:
> >> African Media Initiative: Justin Arenstein | 082.374.0812 |
> >> justinarenstein at gmail.com
> >> Ndifuno Ukwazi: Shaun Russell | 072.111.0059 |
> shaun at nu.org.za
> >> OSF-SA MAPP: Daniel Weeks | 072.077.9727 |
> Daniel at ct.osf.org.za
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