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[liberationtech] Fwd: {JTM} Africa's 1st data journalism bootcamp is looking for civic-minded developers / coders

Tanja Aitamurto tanja.aitamurto at
Sat Jan 21 17:14:51 PST 2012

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From: Jacob <jacobcandoit at>
Date: Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 2:05 PM
Subject: {JTM} Africa's 1st data journalism bootcamp is looking for
civic-minded developers / coders
To: jtmlist at

*Cross posted via Knight-Mozilla community list. From: Justin Arenstein <
justinarenstein at>*

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's new
Kenyan chapter so that they can continue to expand their digital journalism

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.


Justin Arenstein
AMI digital strategist

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