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Media Party Africa is hosted by the continent’s largest data journalism and civic technology federation, Code for Africa, in partnership with Hacks/Hackers Africa. Together, we’re gathering some of the world’s most exciting civic technologists, digital journalists and other social justice watchdogs from across the world for three days of workshops and talks.
We have speakers confirmed from Vox, ProPublica, ESPN, Buzzfeed Labs, Quartz, Huffington Post, Zeit Investigativ, Google, Jigsaw, First Draft News, the Gates Foundation, the Mozilla OpenNews Fellowships, and many more, talking everything from drone and sensor journalism, to how they’re pioneering 360˚and VR journalism, investigative technologies, geojournalism, verification, chat apps and the rise of the bots.

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Friday, October 21
 

8:00am

Registration
Friday October 21, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Workshop17, Waterfront

9:00am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Justin Arenstein

Justin Arenstein

Director, Code for Africa
avatar for Chris Roper

Chris Roper

Code for Africa


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
Main Room

9:30am

Digital journalism in the mobile age

How mobile is changing everything

Mobile phones have taken over the world, in a way perhaps that no new technology every has. Coupled with the internet and wireless broadband, they have radically disrupted news and journalism. 

This mobile device is increasingly defining our new digital world. How do we keep up with the SnapChats of the world? How do we evolve journalism from the age of the newspaper to the mobile age; where the consumer is social media-savvy and likely to create their own content. Citizen journalism is just being in the right place at the wrong time ... with a smartphone camera. 


Speakers
avatar for Toby Shapshak

Toby Shapshak

Editor, Stuff magazine
Toby Shapshak is editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff, a Forbes contributor and a  Financial Mail columnist. His TED talk on innovation in Africa has over 1,4-million views; about which he has written for CNN and The Guardian in London. He was named in GQ's top 30 men in media and the Mail & Guardian newspaper's 300 influential young South Africans. He has been featured... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
Main Room

10:00am

The gaming revolution in your newsroom
How are you thinking about integrating playable or immersive experiences in your news room workflow? The advances in VR and AR are coming, and tiny, playable experiences are now available for free - but are you leveraging this new technology? This talk comes from the managerial (read: fighting for time and resources) perspective on how to harness new platforms and ideas, even when it's hard.

Speakers
avatar for Latoya Peterson

Latoya Peterson

Digital Innovation for The Undefeated, ESPN
Latoya Peterson is the deputy editor of digital innovation for The Undefeated at ESPN. She provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on pop culture with a special focus on video games, film, television, and music.


Friday October 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Main Room

10:30am

innovateAFRICA: $1m for your journalism ideas

The new innovateAFRICA Fund is offering media pioneers on the continent $1 million in support for leapfrog technologies or digital innovation.

The support programme offers a combination of seed funding, technology support and expert mentorship. It is open to both mainstream media organisations and individual innovators.

Project proposals that focus on strengthening audience engagement with African civic media are of particular interest, along with improved models for digital news distribution, and initiatives that explore new revenue models for African storytelling.

 


Speakers
avatar for Justin Arenstein

Justin Arenstein

Director, Code for Africa


Friday October 21, 2016 10:30am - 10:40am
Main Room

10:45am

Immersive storytelling with drones, 360 video, and 3D VR
Drones, 360° video, 3D reconstruction, and 3D virtual reality, are powerful new spatial and immersive storytelling tools that every content producer should consider including in their toolkit. Ben will show examples of work he's done with these tools as the first fellow in BuzzFeed's first Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts, and share the readily available hardware and software he uses to produce content quickly, and on a budget!

Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Kopp

Ingrid Kopp

Co-founder, Electric South
Co-founder of Electric South, a non-profit initiative to develop virtual reality and mobile storytelling projects across Africa. She is also a Senior Consultant in the Interactive Department at the Tribeca Film Institute where she works at the intersection of storytelling, technology, design and social change. Along with MIT¹s Open DocLab, she leads the Interactive Media Impact Working Group, exploring how emerging media engages... Read More →
avatar for Ben Kreimer

Ben Kreimer

Journalism technologist, BuzzFeed’s Open Lab Fellowship, Drone Journalism Lab
Ben Kreimer is a journalism technologist and the beta fellow for BuzzFeed’s Open Lab Fellowship. He’s also an adviser with the Drone Journalism Lab and Kenya based African SkyCAM. Kreimer explores the use of drones and open-source hardware sensor platforms as new tools for gathering data and telling stories. His drone work focuses on exposing and telling stories in new ways through the... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Photographer, Code for Africa
Johnny Miller is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary projects. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive networks and knowledge of contemporary African and world issues. His focus is on the urban, cultural, and social issues facing humanity in a fast-changing world. He has recently received worldwide acclaim for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality in South Africa via drone... Read More →
avatar for Michael Salzwedel

Michael Salzwedel

Co-founder and trainer, Social Weaver
Michael Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital and social media training and storytelling company. He never tires of seeing people have that "wow" moment when they try out a Google Cardboard for the first time, and is interested in popularising the creation and sharing of immersive content experiences


Friday October 21, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Main Room

11:15am

How to run pan-African data journalism projects
Speakers
avatar for Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani

ICFJ-Knight fellow, data editor, Code for Africa
Jacopo Ottaviani is a Code for Africa Fellow, and an award-winning journalist specialising in data driven investigation and cross-media storytelling. | | Twitter @JacopoOttaviani


Friday October 21, 2016 11:15am - 11:25am
Main Room

11:30am

Reaching new audiences: solar powered video distribution

An African solar powered mobile cinema that fits in a box, that can screen everywhere & anywhere, taking media where it matters.

Turning solar power into social impact, we take media to diverse communities with limited access diverse content. We have screened to 6000 direct audience members since 2013, in South Africa, Zambia and Zanzibar and we are passionate about community dialogue that promotes local active citizenship - the screenings become a soapbox for networking and exchange. We focus on health, environment and political advocacy initiatives, producing and screening media content & powerful films, through partnerships with the likes of Green Peace, The Childrens' Radio Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Right2Know Campaign & Red Bull Amaphiko to foster audience engagement whilst celebrating innovative and immersive forms of storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Rowan Pybus

Rowan Pybus

Head of Research, Sunshine Cinema
Sunshine Cinema is a mobile cinema that converts solar power intosocial impact. Through screening various types of dynamic educational, interactive content, & media training workshops, we address social and environmental challenges through community partnerships. Since 2013 we have screened to over 6000 direct audience members across Southern Africa.


Friday October 21, 2016 11:30am - 11:35am
Main Room

11:35am

Reporting on Boko Haram and NE Nigeria
 Lessons learnt reporting on Boko Haram and in northeastern Nigeria. 

Speakers
avatar for Chika Oduah

Chika Oduah

Journalist, Code for Nigeria
Chika Oduah is a multimedia journalist and has reported from the United States, Africa and Central America. Focusing on stories of the African global diaspora, Chika’s reporting explores culture, human rights, history, spirituality, development and conflict in Africa and in African communities around the world. She is one of the few journalists reporting on-the-ground from northeastern Nigeria, the heartland of the extremist group, Boko... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 11:35am - 11:40am
Main Room

11:40am

Building election toolkits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUdCVzxCt_o

Friday October 21, 2016 11:40am - 11:45am
Main Room

11:45am

Don't use a map!

Why using a map to visualise data is (almost) always a bad idea.


Speakers
avatar for Greg Kempe

Greg Kempe

Head of Technology, Code for South Africa
Greg Kempe is Head of Technology at Code for South Africa. He cares about informed decision-making, open data and by-laws. Follow him on Twitter @longhotsummer.


Friday October 21, 2016 11:45am - 11:50am
Main Room

11:50am

The obstacle facing digital journalism today - it's not the cost of data
Speakers
DS

Deshnee Subramany

Digital editor, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism
After slogging through various positions in marketing, advertising, radio – and a cow suit – Deshnee finally found her way to the M&G as a content producer in 2010, and was then forced to grow up by filling the position of day editor of the website. Sometimes she puts on her radio voice and guest-hosts the M&G Newsroom.If she was a superhero she would be called the Feeding Frenzy. Her passion is South African politics and... Read More →


Friday October 21, 2016 11:50am - 11:55am
Main Room

11:55am

The Conversation in Africa
Speakers

Friday October 21, 2016 11:55am - 12:00pm
Main Room

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday October 21, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Eating Spots Workshop17

2:00pm

Stop being reckless: how to fix your bad security habits - once and for all

To stay safe in a world rife with digital threats, and to be a responsible journalist, you need to change your habits. And when you do, you will protect yourself and your sources better. It's not complicated. It's not unreasonable. And please: you need to start doing it now.


Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Mondial

Sebastian Mondial

Data, Forensic & Security Specialist, ZEIT Investigativ
Sebastian Mondial works in investigative journalism as a data & forensic specialist and security expert. He works with some of the finest investigative journalists at Die ZEIT in Germany, and also trains people around the globe, analysing their investigative habits and changing these to be more secure. He’s worked with ICIJ, UNICRI, Google, dpa, NDR, ecolot, ip-team and many more.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Main Room

2:30pm

Creating your first Virtual Reality experience with GuriVR and A-Frame

In this session the attendees will learn how to enrich stories with VR experiences without the help of developers using open source tools based on web standards. This experiences can be distributed as websites or embed as widgets and are ready for headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Google Cardboard. The presented tools includes MozVR A-Frame and GuriVR (gurivr.com), developed as part of my Knight-Mozilla fellowship.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Zajdband

Dan Zajdband

Knight-Mozilla fellow, The Coral Project, The New York Times, Washington Post
Dan is an Argentinian software developer currently living in New York City. He's passionate about real-time technologies, open source projects, Virtual Reality and Open Journalism. 


Friday October 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 3

2:30pm

Is that for real? How to verify citizen journalism
In this workshop, we'll look at different ways you can verify the reports that appear in your social media streams - everything from checking images for Photoshop to checking the 'digital trail' a user leaves behind. We'll go hands-on to try different tools for verification, and we can also try to test our knowledge by playing a game of 'Liars and Verifiers.'

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Arellanes

Douglas Arellanes

Co-founder and Director of Innovation, Sourcefabric
Douglas Arellanes is the co-founder and director of innovation at Sourcefabric, Europe’s largest developer of open source tools for news media.


Friday October 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Media Fair
Friday October 21, 2016 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Meeting A

3:30pm

Going from ugly datasets to beautiful data visualisations
In this workshop you will learn a about datasets, opendata, openformats and Tabular information. We will learn to use tools to refine, structure and improve the data we have, and we will make a simple visualization. Bring your laptop!

Speakers
avatar for Andres Snitcofsky

Andres Snitcofsky

Lead & Motion Graphics Designer, Cargografias
Andres Snitcofsky is a lead project manager and motion graphics designer at Cargografias, and experiments with data visualization.


Friday October 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Hands on security for journalists

Let’s change your security settings right now.

In this workshop you'll walk through principles of mobile security, laptop and desktop computers plus protecting accounts online - how to keep resting data safe and active data protected. Bring along your digital gear (if it's portable).



Speakers
avatar for Sebastian Mondial

Sebastian Mondial

Data, Forensic & Security Specialist, ZEIT Investigativ
Sebastian Mondial works in investigative journalism as a data & forensic specialist and security expert. He works with some of the finest investigative journalists at Die ZEIT in Germany, and also trains people around the globe, analysing their investigative habits and changing these to be more secure. He’s worked with ICIJ, UNICRI, Google, dpa, NDR, ecolot, ip-team and many more.


Friday October 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting A

4:30pm

Digital strategy & The Times Media Group: What's the plan?
Speakers
avatar for Lisa MacLeod

Lisa MacLeod

Lisa MacLeod is Head of Digital at Times Media Group in South Africa. She was previously GM of Digital for Media24.com. A former head of operations for ft.com and Managing Editor of the Financial Times, she now oversees the operational aspects of moving Media24 to a true digital first environment.


Friday October 21, 2016 4:30pm - 4:50pm
Main Room

4:50pm

Funding niche news sites: how DailyMaverick landed a multimillion Rand investment
Speakers
avatar for Styli Charalambous

Styli Charalambous

Publisher, Daily Maverick
Passionate about media and business, Styli joined Daily Maverick just before launch in November 2009. Enjoys writing about himself in 3rd person.  | | Since then, written many a column, tried to re-engineer many a media business model and had a lot of fun along the way.  | | Earned start-up stripes and grey hair along the way in other ventures, and now a reformed accountant.


Friday October 21, 2016 4:50pm - 5:00pm
Main Room

5:00pm

Digital censorship: protecting your news site from digital attacks

Digital Censorship: Protecting yourself from DDoS attacks

DDoS attacks have emerged as a formidable threat to newsrooms around the globe. They're easy to launch, costly to defend against and can harm journalists, newspapers and readers alike. They're used as a"digital protest" targeted at newspapers and human rights organizations to stifle freedom of speech. Project Shield, a free, DDoS protection service from Jigsaw and Google, aims to stop that.

Speakers
avatar for George Conard

George Conard

Jigsaw Product Manager, Google
George Conard is a product manager for Jigsaw at Google with expertise in product development, cloud-based and mobile services, and technology applications for the developing world


Friday October 21, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Room

7:00pm

Rock the Cache_ Bar - welcome party
Limited Capacity seats available

We're calling it the "Rock the Cache_ Bar" party.

We have limited room, so it's first come, first served. There are 100 tickets available, and you have to register here.

It's at the unfortunately named Biergarten, 110 Bree Street, Cape Town.

And it's from 7pm - 10pm, Friday 21.

You have to have your white MPA wristband to get in.

Featuring DJ Waxon and DJ Mighty - funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, afrobeat. All the good stuff.

Food and drink on Omidyar and Code for Africa.


Friday October 21, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Biergarten, 110 Bree St 110 Bree Street, Cape Town.
 
Saturday, October 22
 

9:00am

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Chris Roper

Chris Roper

Code for Africa


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
Main Room

9:30am

How to make good internet, together
A writer, photographer, developer, data journalist, designer, project manager walk into a room ... what happens next could be great or it could go very wrong.

In this workshop, I'll talk about how I joined Vox Media in the midst of a mission change and how we spun up the Storytelling Studio to pivot and push our storytelling further. How do you kick off a great collaboration? How do you avoid making bad internet? How do you make hard decisions together?



Speakers
avatar for Kainaz Amaria

Kainaz Amaria

Storytelling Design Director, Vox Media
Kainaz Amaria is the Storytelling Design Director at Vox Media's Storytelling Studio. She's a visual storyteller who pushes her team to put the user first and craft experiences that matter.


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
Main Room

10:00am

Data and dollars: how to make money with digital journalism
Moderators
avatar for Geoff Cohen

Geoff Cohen

Media partner & Investment adviser, &INNOVATION, TBH.WORKS
Geoff successfully led Africa’s largest digital media, e-commerce and classifieds organization for 8 years. He is highly regarded in the industry, both technically and commercially, with extensive contacts across agencies, brands and ecommerce. Geoff, has co-founded a Data-Driven Marketing Technology company as well as advising numerous individuals and companies on media strategy, acquisitions and disruptive investments.

Speakers
avatar for Miguel Castro

Miguel Castro

Global Media Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Miguel joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2012 to help define and manage the foundation’s strategic media and communications partnerships and its grant-making global portfolio. His work includes developing joint projects with media organizations, international broadcasters, digital/social media platforms and documentary. Prior to this, Miguel was special projects manager at the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations... Read More →
avatar for Mohamed Nanabhay

Mohamed Nanabhay

Deputy CEO, Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)
Mohamed Nanabhay, is the Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information, and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. He joined MDIF in 2015 bringing more than 15 years' experience as a digital media practitioner, entrepreneur, and strategist. Previously, Mohamed was the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English where he led the team that... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
Main Room

10:30am

Managing content supply chains across multiple media and titles
We may not like it, but most of what newsrooms produce today is a commodity. While our aspirations remain focused on the ideal of enterprise and investigative journalism, our processes and resources continue to buckle under the pressure of publishing a few hundred scratch-the-top reports every day — across media, titles, even languages. The SPADE workflow uses practices and specialists from savvier industries to help journalists source, produce, assemble, distribute content more efficiently and effectively. Find out how.

Speakers
avatar for Nasr Ul Hadi

Nasr Ul Hadi

ICFJ Knight Fellow, ICFJ
Nasr is the International Center for Journalists' Knight Fellow in India. He works as a digital innovation consultant to various media and non-media organisations, teaches digital storytelling at a few graduate schools and co-manages the local chapters of Hacks/Hackers, a global community working at the intersection of news and technology.


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:30am - 10:50am
Main Room

10:50am

The Huffington Post in South Africa
Speakers
avatar for Charlene Beukes

Charlene Beukes

General Manager, The Huffington Post, South Africa
Charlene has been in the media industry in South Africa for more than 20 years with a career spanning newspapers and magazines and digital in various positions in the NASPERS group and Media24.  She was recently appointed to head up the Huffington Post South Africa, due to launch on 21 November 2016.   She fundamentally believes the combination of journalism and tech can change the world.


Saturday October 22, 2016 10:50am - 11:10am
Main Room

11:10am

Revenue and social platforms
Speakers
avatar for Geoff Cohen

Geoff Cohen

Media partner & Investment adviser, &INNOVATION, TBH.WORKS
Geoff successfully led Africa’s largest digital media, e-commerce and classifieds organization for 8 years. He is highly regarded in the industry, both technically and commercially, with extensive contacts across agencies, brands and ecommerce. Geoff, has co-founded a Data-Driven Marketing Technology company as well as advising numerous individuals and companies on media strategy, acquisitions and disruptive investments.


Saturday October 22, 2016 11:10am - 11:20am
Main Room

11:20am

How to navigate eyewitness news, from discovery to verification
Speakers
avatar for Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid

Managing editor, First Draft
Alastair Reid is managing editor of First Draft, a coalition of expert organisations providing training, resources and articles on the use of eyewitness media in news coverage. He was previously editor of Journalism.co.uk, Europe’s leading publication on digital innovation in journalism.


Saturday October 22, 2016 11:20am - 11:50am
Main Room

11:50am

Real-world cybersecurity for journalists

Learn about threat modeling (the "who, what, where, when, why, and how" of security), the metadata you leave behind as you do your work, and ways to help improve your "security hygiene" in the real world.


Speakers
avatar for Mike Tigas

Mike Tigas

Hacker-Journalist, Pro Publica
Mike Tigas is a developer, journalist, photographer, civic hacker, and security/privacy tinkerer at Pro Publica.


Saturday October 22, 2016 11:50am - 12:10pm
Main Room

12:10pm

12:15pm

Sensor journalism in Nigeria
Speakers

Saturday October 22, 2016 12:15pm - 12:20pm
Main Room

12:20pm

WhatsApp and African news
Speakers
avatar for Omar Mohammed

Omar Mohammed

Lead, Code for Tanzania
Omar Mohammed is an ICFJ Knight Fellow with Code for Africa in Tanzania. Prior to becoming a fellow he was East Africa reporter with Quartz covering politics, business, technology and sports. He tweets @shurufu


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:20pm - 12:25pm
Main Room

12:25pm

Uber for ambulances
Moderators
avatar for Richard Gevers

Richard Gevers

Founder, Open Data Durban
Richard is the CEO and co-founder of GMA Innovations, a data science startup with a focus on building data products and tools that aid socio-economic development and planning. He is also the founder of Open Data Durban, a civic tech lab with a focus on the development of open data for application to urban challenges within the city of Durban, South Africa.

Saturday October 22, 2016 12:25pm - 12:30pm
Main Room

12:30pm

Pesacheck: making data count

The role of fact checking in providing citizens with information they can use to make decisions and how the PesaCheck initiative in Kenlya has helped spark an interest in fact checking from media and citizens alike.



Speakers
avatar for Catherine Gicheru

Catherine Gicheru

Lead, Code for Kenya
Catherine Gicheru is an award-winning print journalist who became the first woman news editor in Kenya. She is the founding editor of the Star and an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow with the Code for Kenya (CfKenya) where she supervises a team of data journalists and technologists based at news partner organisations and CitizenLabs in Kenya.


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:30pm - 12:35pm
Main Room

12:35pm

Wazimap: discovering the story behind the data
Speakers
avatar for Willam Bird

Willam Bird

Director, Media Monitoring Africa
At MMA William has overseen or been directly involved in over 100 media monitoring projects on subjects ranging from gender based violence, HIV, and racism to children and the media. William has also completed overseeing the data analysis of the biggest civil society media monitoring exercise in the world – the Global Media Monitoring Project.  | | William was appointed an Ashoka fellow in 2009 and also a Linc Fellow in 2010 for his... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 12:35pm - 12:40pm
Main Room

12:40pm

Lunch
Saturday October 22, 2016 12:40pm - 2:00pm
Eating Spots Workshop17

1:00pm

Hacks/Hackers
Attention all Hacks/Hackers organizers! Join us for lunch and catch up on what's latest with other chapters all around the world. We want to hear what you're up to and what support you'd like - if any - from the global organization.

Moderators
avatar for Samantha Sunne

Samantha Sunne

Freelancer
Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist doing data and investigative stories for the Washington Post, Reuters and other publications from her home base in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has attended Hacks/Hackers events on four continents and helped organize the first Media Party in Buenos Aires. She writes an informative yet affable newsletter called Tools for Reporters.

Saturday October 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Quartz: news in the platform-agnostic age

A presentation on the principles behind Quartz's journalism and how our editorial focus and values adapt with each platform we live in. It will also address why Africa is an important part of our global news focus.


Speakers
avatar for Yinka Adegoke

Yinka Adegoke

Editor, Quartz Africa
Yinka Adegoke is Africa editor for Quartz where he oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. He has reported from more than 10 countries across Europe, Africa and the Americas.


Saturday October 22, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Main Room

2:30pm

2:30pm

Google Shield: protecting news from digital attack

Digital Censorship: Protecting yourself from DDoS attacks

DDoS attacks have emerged as a formidable threat to newsrooms around the globe. They're easy to launch, costly to defend against and can harm journalists, newspapers and readers alike. They're used as a"digital protest" targeted at newspapers and human rights organizations to stifle freedom of speech. Project Shield, a free, DDoS protection service from Jigsaw and Google, aims to stop that. We will do a deep dive on DDoS, the technical infrastructure of Project Shield and help publishers apply and understand how to get their site protected. Workshop will also briefly cover other security topics for journalists.



Speakers
avatar for George Conard

George Conard

Jigsaw Product Manager, Google
George Conard is a product manager for Jigsaw at Google with expertise in product development, cloud-based and mobile services, and technology applications for the developing world


Saturday October 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

innovateAFRICA Fund
Speakers
avatar for Justin Arenstein

Justin Arenstein

Director, Code for Africa
avatar for Omar Mohammed

Omar Mohammed

Lead, Code for Tanzania
Omar Mohammed is an ICFJ Knight Fellow with Code for Africa in Tanzania. Prior to becoming a fellow he was East Africa reporter with Quartz covering politics, business, technology and sports. He tweets @shurufu


Saturday October 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

2:30pm

News verification technologies
Speakers
avatar for Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid

Managing editor, First Draft
Alastair Reid is managing editor of First Draft, a coalition of expert organisations providing training, resources and articles on the use of eyewitness media in news coverage. He was previously editor of Journalism.co.uk, Europe’s leading publication on digital innovation in journalism.


Saturday October 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting A

2:30pm

WAZImap and the Biscuit Index
Speakers

Saturday October 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting B

3:30pm

360 videos - making them and getting them to audiences

Virtual Reality is everywhere but it is a confusing space right now. This workshop will focus on 360 videos and how they can be produced quickly and relatively cheaply. It will also situate 360 video in the broader context of VR and go over some of the equipment and approaches currently available for journalists and storytellers. Finally, it will look at the challenges around distribution of VR and 360 video, particularly in Africa.


Speakers
avatar for Ingrid Kopp

Ingrid Kopp

Co-founder, Electric South
Co-founder of Electric South, a non-profit initiative to develop virtual reality and mobile storytelling projects across Africa. She is also a Senior Consultant in the Interactive Department at the Tribeca Film Institute where she works at the intersection of storytelling, technology, design and social change. Along with MIT¹s Open DocLab, she leads the Interactive Media Impact Working Group, exploring how emerging media engages... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

CryptoParty: a hands-on encryption and security workshop

Come with your smartphone and laptop and learn how to secure your work with popular messaging and encryption tools. (Note: If you are using a corporate laptop, you must have the ability to install software to get the most out of this workshop!)


Speakers
avatar for Mike Tigas

Mike Tigas

Hacker-Journalist, Pro Publica
Mike Tigas is a developer, journalist, photographer, civic hacker, and security/privacy tinkerer at Pro Publica.


Saturday October 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Design Thinking Workshop

Turning problems into products.


Speakers
avatar for Nuno Vargas

Nuno Vargas

Digital Strategist and Mentor
Nuno Vargas is a product designer, digital strategist and design thinking evangelist with an infectious enthusiasm for powerful digital storytelling and the use of data. He’s been working in media production and design in Europe, Latin America, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand and the USA, developing media related and corporate projects and facilitating training on Design Thinking, Mobile and Data Driven applications.


Saturday October 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

How to make great drone journalism
Speakers
avatar for Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Photographer, Code for Africa
Johnny Miller is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in documentary projects. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive networks and knowledge of contemporary African and world issues. His focus is on the urban, cultural, and social issues facing humanity in a fast-changing world. He has recently received worldwide acclaim for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality in South Africa via drone... Read More →


Saturday October 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

4:50pm

Reaching the unreached: digital journalism and new SA markets
Speakers
avatar for Verashni Pillay

Verashni Pillay

Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post, South Africa
Verashni Pillay was the Editor-in-Chief at the Mail & Guardian: a publication that has been at the forefront of investigative journalism in South Africa with a proven record of digital innovation. Verashni is a recipient of the CNN African Journalism Award, several Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards and an Open Society Foundation journalism fellowship. Other interests include issues of race, gender and faith in South Africa.


Saturday October 22, 2016 4:50pm - 5:00pm
Main Room

5:00pm

Google in Africa
Speakers
avatar for Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade

Communications & Public Affairs Manager, West Africa, Google
Taiwo is one of the region’s top advocates for digital / web technologies in journalism and head of Communications & Public Relations for Google in West Africa. In addition to managing Google’s communications strategies and efforts in the region, Taiwo also focuses on helping the media understand how to incorporate new media and online strategies into their trades.


Saturday October 22, 2016 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Main Room
 
Sunday, October 23
 

10:15am

Hacks/Hackers and South America
Speakers
avatar for Andres Snitcofsky

Andres Snitcofsky

Lead & Motion Graphics Designer, Cargografias
Andres Snitcofsky is a lead project manager and motion graphics designer at Cargografias, and experiments with data visualization.


Sunday October 23, 2016 10:15am - 10:25am
Main Room

10:30am

Innovating African newsrooms
Speakers
avatar for Catherine Gicheru

Catherine Gicheru

Lead, Code for Kenya
Catherine Gicheru is an award-winning print journalist who became the first woman news editor in Kenya. She is the founding editor of the Star and an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow with the Code for Kenya (CfKenya) where she supervises a team of data journalists and technologists based at news partner organisations and CitizenLabs in Kenya.
avatar for Omar Mohammed

Omar Mohammed

Lead, Code for Tanzania
Omar Mohammed is an ICFJ Knight Fellow with Code for Africa in Tanzania. Prior to becoming a fellow he was East Africa reporter with Quartz covering politics, business, technology and sports. He tweets @shurufu


Sunday October 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Main Room

11:00am

Encryption and offline access for your site
Learn how to implement encryption and offline access for your news site using open tools.

Learn about free and open tools for enabling HTTPS on your website and allowing your readers to access your content even it they are offline or under bad connectivity conditions. These tools are free and you can use them to improve your users experience and privacy online.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Zajdband

Dan Zajdband

Knight-Mozilla fellow, The Coral Project, The New York Times, Washington Post
Dan is an Argentinian software developer currently living in New York City. He's passionate about real-time technologies, open source projects, Virtual Reality and Open Journalism. 


Sunday October 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:10am
Main Room

11:10am

Data tools and democracy: using tech for good
Speakers
avatar for Adi Eyal

Adi Eyal

Founder, Code for South Africa
Adi Eyal is the founder of Code for South Africa, a civic technology organisation promoting usage of data in order to drive social change, and a Code for Africa Fellow.


Sunday October 23, 2016 11:10am - 11:30am
Main Room

11:30am

Ethiopia and the state of media
Speakers
avatar for Emrakeb Assefa

Emrakeb Assefa

Secretary General, The African Editors' Forum
Emrakeb Assefa is the secretary general of The African Editors Forum (TAEF) and co-founder and current President of the Ethiopian Media Women’s Association (EMWA). She is also currently a lecturer and Coordinator of the Gender Office at the School of Journalism and Communication in Addis Ababa University (AAU). 


Sunday October 23, 2016 11:30am - 11:40am
Main Room

11:40am

Africa's first ever Data Journalism Academy
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans

News editor, Code for South Africa


Sunday October 23, 2016 11:40am - 11:50am
Main Room

11:50am

Panama Papers in Africa
Sunday October 23, 2016 11:50am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Media Party Africa Group Photo
Sunday October 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Main Stairs

12:15pm

Design thinking for kids

Using Design Thinking to help solve daily problems. This workshop is for kids aged 6-13 years. 


Speakers
avatar for Nuno Vargas

Nuno Vargas

Digital Strategist and Mentor
Nuno Vargas is a product designer, digital strategist and design thinking evangelist with an infectious enthusiasm for powerful digital storytelling and the use of data. He’s been working in media production and design in Europe, Latin America, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand and the USA, developing media related and corporate projects and facilitating training on Design Thinking, Mobile and Data Driven applications.


Sunday October 23, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 3

12:15pm

How to build and manage data journalism projects

Data journalism projects are usually developed by multi-disciplinary teams. Journalists, designers and developers work together and build data-driven stories. But to engage larger communities and have impact, data journalism projects can be run collaboratively by multiple newsrooms and distributed teams. This session will showcase some cross-European data journalism projects – such as The Migrants' Files and Generation E – explain their methodologies and show how this could be applied to run pan-African data journalism projects.


Speakers
avatar for Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani

ICFJ-Knight fellow, data editor, Code for Africa
Jacopo Ottaviani is a Code for Africa Fellow, and an award-winning journalist specialising in data driven investigation and cross-media storytelling. | | Twitter @JacopoOttaviani


Sunday October 23, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:15pm

Scraping without programming
Speakers
avatar for Samantha Sunne

Samantha Sunne

Freelancer
Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist doing data and investigative stories for the Washington Post, Reuters and other publications from her home base in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has attended Hacks/Hackers events on four continents and helped organize the first Media Party in Buenos Aires. She writes an informative yet affable newsletter called Tools for Reporters.



Sunday October 23, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:15pm

The 123 of 360º: a practical intro to shooting and sharing 360º content
Facebook recently introduced the ability for anyone to upload and view 360 photos and videos, while YouTube is seeing a sharp increase in 360 content. Social Weaver will use a Ricoh Theta S camera, the Cardboard Camera app and Google Cardboard viewers to demonstrate how to shoot, edit, view and share your own immersive 360° content. We will be giving away a few Google Cardboards as well.

Moderators
avatar for Michael Salzwedel

Michael Salzwedel

Co-founder and trainer, Social Weaver
Michael Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital and social media training and storytelling company. He never tires of seeing people have that "wow" moment when they try out a Google Cardboard for the first time, and is interested in popularising the creation and sharing of immersive content experiences

Sunday October 23, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:15pm

Where's Wazi? How to use Wazimap

Where's Wazi? From the fun: Find out the best place to look for partners of you are single, to the serious understand what inequality really looks like.  Not enough? We'll also show you how to spot Churnalism and find out who has real power in the news.


Speakers
avatar for Willam Bird

Willam Bird

Director, Media Monitoring Africa
At MMA William has overseen or been directly involved in over 100 media monitoring projects on subjects ranging from gender based violence, HIV, and racism to children and the media. William has also completed overseeing the data analysis of the biggest civil society media monitoring exercise in the world – the Global Media Monitoring Project.  | | William was appointed an Ashoka fellow in 2009 and also a Linc Fellow in 2010 for his... Read More →


Sunday October 23, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Lunch
Sunday October 23, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Eating Spots Workshop17