Media Party Africa has ended

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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Miguel Castro

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Global Media Partnerships

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 where he joined in 2003. He helped manage a diverse portfolio of media grants in conflict, post-conflict and closed societies globally, including significant work in support of independent media in Latin America. He coordinated as well the launch of mediapolicy.org (now defunct) in 2011.

In recent years he has developed philanthropic partnerships with media organizations in dozens of countries, including ground-breaking projects with Al Jazeera, BBC World Service, Le Monde, El Pais and the Financial Times, among many others.

A journalist by training and education, Miguel has worked as a radio, print, and ENG reporter, and was press secretary to a senior public official in Galicia, running speech writing, media relations and policy development. He has also worked as a professional photographer in the United States, managing the daily operations of a 20-strong photographer’s team in the Bay Area.