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Thursday, November 23
 

08:00

Registration
Thursday November 23, 2017 08:00 - 09:00
8th Floor Foyer

09:00

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Justin Arenstein

Justin Arenstein

CEO, Code for Africa
Code for Africa CEO Justin Arenstein is a veteran South African investigative journalist and media entrepreneur. He is recognised internationally as an expert in data-driven journalism and related new media technologies. He co-founded the pioneering independent news wire agency African... Read More →
avatar for Chris Roper

Chris Roper

Code for Africa
Chris Roper is deputy director of Code for Africa, a Knight Fellow for the ICFJ, a director of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, and most recently held the position of editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian. He was founding portal manager of Tiscali World... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 09:00 - 09:15
Main Space

09:15

Disinformation online: fakes, lies, bots and bullies
The irony of the Information Age is that it has created more channels for disinformation than ever before. Hostile actors have a huge range of options to draw on as they look for ways to spread instability, deception and influence. Governments can use official statements, state-run media, unofficial websites, subservient “experts”, deniable internet trolls and massive botnets to spread their messages. How do they fit together, how do they work, and how can they be exposed?

Speakers
avatar for Ben Nimmo

Ben Nimmo

Ben Nimmo analyses disinformation, fake news, bots and online influence campaigns for the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council think-tank, based in Washington, DC. He is a former travel writer and wire journalist, and from 2011-14 he worked as a press officer at NATO... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 09:15 - 09:40
Main Space

09:40

Zero to 2.6 million in 1 year: building sticky video content
Viral videographer Nas Daily (Nuseir Yassin) quit his job at Venmo a year ago.  Since then, he's garnered over 2.6 million followers on Facebook, and turned 1 minute videos into a thriving business. 

Speakers
avatar for Nas Daily

Nas Daily

Nas Daily
Nas (Nuseir Yassin) makes daily one-minute videos about himself and others. His website currently lists over 700 videos, and he is followed by more than two million people on Facebook.


Thursday November 23, 2017 09:40 - 10:05
Main Space

10:15

Covering China in Africa for the world
Speakers
avatar for Lily Kuo

Lily Kuo

Quartz / Atlas for Africa
Lily covers East Africa and China in Africa from Nairobi, and previously reported for Quartz from Hong Kong. She has covered general news for Reuters in New York and the Los Angeles Times in Beijing. She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Peking University, and holds... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 10:15 - 10:30
Main Space

10:30

AfricanDRONE: the launch
Speakers
avatar for Johnnie Miller

Johnnie Miller

africanDRONE
Johnnie is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker, and the founder of africanDRONE. He has won several prestigious international awards for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality by drone.
avatar for Chris Onyando

Chris Onyando

MicroDrone Africa
Chris is the founder and CEO of MicroDrone Africa, a Kenya-based company that specialises in the use of drone technology for solutions in the Creative, Geo-Tech, Industrial and Public Safety sectors. 


Thursday November 23, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Main Space

10:30

Data and the City: through the lens of capital
Using an understanding of how capital moves through and influences space, we explore the recent growing association of data and the governing of cities. Using the lens of Capital might help us answer questions about why data has become prominent in Johannesburg and Cape Town, what this prominence means for the production of knowledge and meaning and more importantly what it means for social justice in the context of an uneven geography such as that of South Africa and many other African countries.

Speakers
avatar for Fidel Mbhele

Fidel Mbhele

Public Policy Consultant
Fidel is a Public Policy and Development Strategy Professional with specialisation in ICTs and Innovation. He is a former Director of ICT Policy and Stretegy for the Western Cape, and attended UCL for his MSc Development Administration and Planning Urban Development Policy.


Thursday November 23, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Main Space

10:30

Leveraging civic power to fight misinformation
Misinformation has become an important issue in social media  around the world and in Taiwan. Fake messages in social media conversations range from political fiction and health tips, to business promotion and government policy. Wee built a fact-checking service on LINE, an instant message app, which leverages civic power to check these message. I will share how built the eco-system, and the insights gained during the process.

Speakers
avatar for Hazel Wei

Hazel Wei

Journalist, New Media Center, UDN
Hazel is a journalist at New Media Center, UDN. She joined Cofacts, a fact-checking chatbot initiative, where she works on decoding exposing online misinformation and organises editors' meetups.


Thursday November 23, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Main Space

10:30

Sensor journalism: Air, water and meat sensors
Speakers
avatar for Nkechi Okwuone

Nkechi Okwuone

Code for Nigeria
Nkechi is the country lead for Code for Nigeria, a Mandela Washington Fellow (Arizona State University) and Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She holds an M.Sc in Information Systems Management from the University of Salford.


Thursday November 23, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Main Space

10:30

Social video: The bad, the good, and a way forward
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy

Producer, MSF
Until September, Sarah was Europe and sub-Saharan Africa editor for original video content at Al Jazeera's AJ+. She also was part of the small team that launched AJ+. This December, she'll take on the role of multimedia projects manager for Médecins Sans Frontières in Brussels... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Main Space

11:00

TEA
Thursday November 23, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
28th Floor Foyer

12:00

Misinformation and the law
Speakers
avatar for Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti

Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti

Webber Wentzel
Okyerebea specialises in commercial litigation, data protection, protection of confidential business information,print, electronic and broadcast media law and several other related areas. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Pretoria.


Thursday November 23, 2017 12:00 - 12:15
Main Space

12:15

African robots
AFRICAN ROBOTS is a project to intervene in street ‘wire art’production in Southern Africa (particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe). Here, informal sector artists make largely ornamental goods from galvanised steel fencing wire and other cheap materials, which they sell in the street. African Robots brings DIY electronics knowhow and cheap components to produce interactive and kinetic forms of work; African automatons such as birds, animals and insects.

Speakers
avatar for Ralph Borland

Ralph Borland

African Robots
Ralph is an artist, designer and researcher. He holds a multi-disciplinary PhD from the School of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. His African Robots project aims to link art and design to social intervention.


Thursday November 23, 2017 12:15 - 13:00
Main Space

12:15

Down the fake news rabbit hole
What can the traditional media learn from fake news about cutting through the digital clutter?

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Clark

Vanessa Clark

Ananse Media
Vanessa Clark has been writing about the internet and digital world since the last century. Her career has spanned journalism, PR and marketing; the UK and South Africa; and startups and big business. Today she's a freelance technology journalist, based in Cape Town, South Africa... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 12:15 - 13:00
Main Space

12:15

Fake news: the art and the science
Odanga Madung will explore fake news as perhaps the most unforeseen consequence of artificial intelligence, algorithmic feeds, data mining and profiling in the age of the internet. He will further explore what it will take to stop the spread of fake news based on research that Odipo Dev has been carrying out to do with Kenya's election.

Speakers
avatar for Odanga Madung

Odanga Madung

Odipodev
Odanga is working to make sense of the world around us through the eyes of data by helping organisations build better relationships with their target audiences across all media platforms with a new social intelligence dashboard, Dive Analytics.


Thursday November 23, 2017 12:15 - 13:00
Main Space

12:15

Initiation Watch: Using data to save lives
Speakers
avatar for Nicki Gules

Nicki Gules

Assistant Editor, City Press
Nicki is the Assistant Editor: News and Investigations at City Press. She is a former News Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times.


Thursday November 23, 2017 12:15 - 13:00
Main Space

12:15

SizaMap: A database of abortion providers
Speakers
avatar for Joan van Dyk

Joan van Dyk

Junior health reporter, Bhekisisa
Joan graduated with an honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University. She works for Bhekisisa as a health reporter, and aspires to reveal issues that are relevant to the well-being of its populations.


Thursday November 23, 2017 12:15 - 13:00
Main Space

13:00

How an emoji becomes an emoji
How exactly does an emoji end up on your phone keyboard? It's actually a tightly regulated process overseen by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organisation based in Silicon Valley whose members are primarily US tech companies. It takes upwards of 18 months between when an emoji is proposed and when it can end up on your smartphone. Jennifer 8 Lee is a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, and she'll  walk through the emoji proposal process, including the timelines, and the selection factors involved. She’s looking for ideas from different countries in Africa! So here is your chance to impact billions of keyboards worldwide - make sure you sign up for her workshop later today.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer 8. Lee

Jennifer 8. Lee

CEO, Plympton
Jennifer 8. Lee is co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a San Francisco-based literary studio that innovates in digital publishing. A former New York Times reporter, Jenny is also the author of the New York Times-bestselling book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles and the founder of Emojicon... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 13:00 - 13:15
Main Space

13:15

Media Indaba drone shot
Please all gather on the balcony of the Main Hall, on the top floor of Portside, for a highly experimental drone photo of delegates. Wind, rain and vultures permitting, obvs.


Thursday November 23, 2017 13:15 - 13:30
Balcony 28th floor

13:30

LUNCH
Thursday November 23, 2017 13:30 - 14:00
28th Floor Foyer

14:00

Building charts using Atlas
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Blaise Aboh

Blaise Aboh

Quartz Africa
Blaise is a Storylab Academy Trainer. He also works as a catalyst and enabler leveraging systems and resources necessary to entrench data as 'mission critical' for News Agency of Nigeria’s newsrooms.
avatar for Lynsey Chutel

Lynsey Chutel

Journalist, Quartz Africa
Lynsey covers southern African stories for Quartz. She previously worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press, covering breaking news and features in southern Africa. She was a producer at eNCA, where she reported from several countries in Africa, including Zimbabwe, Ethiopia... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Workshop A

14:00

Data Journalism 101: Using Data In One-Off Stories
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop for beginners, you’ll learn how to find the best data for your story, convert it into spreadsheets and then do quick calculations and pivot datasets to arrive at a range of conclusions that will inform your story. 
Key learnings will include how to convert complex government PDF documents into Excel/Google Spreadsheets, simple Excel calculations and tools to generate static/interactive charts for stories. This is a hand-on workshop so come with your laptop, curiosity and lots of questions. 

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Bajpai

Ravi Bajpai

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ravi Bajpai is a digital/print journalist of 15 years and currently helps top Indian newsrooms to reinvent their coverage of critical health and development issues. To accomplish this, he is building reporters’ expertise in interactive, multimedia storytelling... Read More →
avatar for Ritvvij Parrikh

Ritvvij Parrikh

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ritvvij Parrikh is helping media outlets to improve their visual storytelling and data journalism around health and development issues. An experienced technologist, his areas of expertise are product management, visual interfaces and data-driven decision making. Parrikh... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting Two

14:00

Designing new emojis for the world
Limited Capacity seats available

Brainstorm and design new emojis with Jennifer 8 Lee, vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, which is responsible for making recommendations relating to emoji to the Unicode Technical Committee. Inspired by the universality of the dumpling across cultures and cuisines (e.g., gyoza in China, ravioli in Italy, pierogi in Poland, empanadas in Argentina), Lee helped to make the dumpling emoji a candidate.  She also co-authored the proposal for a hijab emoji. Do we need a bunny chow emoji? You tell us.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer 8. Lee

Jennifer 8. Lee

CEO, Plympton
Jennifer 8. Lee is co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a San Francisco-based literary studio that innovates in digital publishing. A former New York Times reporter, Jenny is also the author of the New York Times-bestselling book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles and the founder of Emojicon... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting One

14:00

The art of social video
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy

Producer, MSF
Until September, Sarah was Europe and sub-Saharan Africa editor for original video content at Al Jazeera's AJ+. She also was part of the small team that launched AJ+. This December, she'll take on the role of multimedia projects manager for Médecins Sans Frontières in Brussels... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting Three

14:00

Using news verification tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Thandi Smith

Thandi Smith

Media Monitoring Africa
Thandi Smith heads the Policy & Quality Programme for Media Monitoring Africa. She holds a Masters degree in Media Studies from the University of the Witswatersrand.


Thursday November 23, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Workshop B

16:00

Data Journalism 201: Using Data In Sustained Projects
Speakers
avatar for Ravi Bajpai

Ravi Bajpai

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ravi Bajpai is a digital/print journalist of 15 years and currently helps top Indian newsrooms to reinvent their coverage of critical health and development issues. To accomplish this, he is building reporters’ expertise in interactive, multimedia storytelling... Read More →
avatar for Ritvvij Parrikh

Ritvvij Parrikh

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ritvvij Parrikh is helping media outlets to improve their visual storytelling and data journalism around health and development issues. An experienced technologist, his areas of expertise are product management, visual interfaces and data-driven decision making. Parrikh... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Workshop B

16:00

Drone camp editors roundtable
Limited Capacity seats available

Storytelling formats: drones are more than just mini-helicopters. We are inviting you as a journalistic producer / filmmaker / journalist to be part of our first Editor’s Roundtable, where we will be sharing insights on how we can help your newsroom adopt drone journalism, from ways to fund projects to how to find the right (licensed) pilot for your story anywhere on the continent.



Speakers
avatar for Nuzulak Dausen

Nuzulak Dausen

AfricanDRONE
Nuzulack Dausen is an award-winning investigative journalist with Mwananchi Communications Ltd (MCL) in Tanzania. He specialises in business, economics, technology and data reporting. He holds a B.A in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es Sala... Read More →
avatar for Johnnie Miller

Johnnie Miller

africanDRONE
Johnnie is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker, and the founder of africanDRONE. He has won several prestigious international awards for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an exploration of inequality by drone.
avatar for Chris Onyando

Chris Onyando

MicroDrone Africa
Chris is the founder and CEO of MicroDrone Africa, a Kenya-based company that specialises in the use of drone technology for solutions in the Creative, Geo-Tech, Industrial and Public Safety sectors. 


Thursday November 23, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Meeting Four

16:00

How To Deal With Fake News, Misinformation And Bias
Limited Capacity seats available

Building on First Draft’s just-released online verification course, the workshop will take attendees through checklists, technologies and tools to call out fake news and misinformation. This includes learning to spot fake text, photographs and video. 

This is a hands-on workshop and participants will need at least their cell phones and a good internet connection. A laptop would be a bonus because a lot of video verification will need a larger screen.

Speakers
avatar for H. R. Venkatesh

H. R. Venkatesh

ICFJ Knight Fellow
HR Venkatesh - ICFJ Knight Fellow  hrvenkatesh@icfj.news   ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatesh is currently working on countering fake news, misinformation and bias in the media. Formerly a Tow-Knight Fellow at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, he has 15 years’ experience... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Workshop A

16:00

How to manage and produce special data journalism projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Journalism is turning into a multidisciplinary field. Designers, developers, researchers and journalists join forces in transnational teams and work to produce unprecedented journalism pieces. How do these teams actually work and get things done? The workshop will take you behind the scenes of a number of immersive, data journalism projects that combined fieldwork with information design and were published by major media in Africa and beyond, such as Shifting Sands, Fire Factories, Lungs of the Earth and Slumscapes.

Speakers
avatar for Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani

Pan-African Data Editor, Code for Africa


Thursday November 23, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Meeting Three

16:00

How to spot bots
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Ben Nimmo

Ben Nimmo

Ben Nimmo analyses disinformation, fake news, bots and online influence campaigns for the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council think-tank, based in Washington, DC. He is a former travel writer and wire journalist, and from 2011-14 he worked as a press officer at NATO... Read More →


Thursday November 23, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Meeting One

18:00

Welcome party at House of Machines
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join the Media Indaba organisers for extremely informal drinks at the House of Machines venue: music, conviviality, and about an 8 minute brisk walk from the Media Indaba conference venue.

Thursday November 23, 2017 18:00 - 23:30
House of Machines 84 Shortmarket St, Cape Town
 
Friday, November 24
 

09:00

Opening
Speakers
avatar for Chris Roper

Chris Roper

Code for Africa
Chris Roper is deputy director of Code for Africa, a Knight Fellow for the ICFJ, a director of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, and most recently held the position of editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian. He was founding portal manager of Tiscali World... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 09:00 - 09:15
Main Space

09:15

Civil defence systems for the Information Infrastructure Crisis
Disinformation, demagogic attacks on the press, and the crisis of trust in institutions represent a threat to the informational foundation of democracy. Emerging practices in journalism, human rights, and technology offer resources for shoring it up.

Speakers
avatar for Nic Dawes

Nic Dawes

Human Rights Watch
Nic is Deputy Executive Director for Media at Human Rights Watch. He was previously Chief Content Officer at India’s Hindustan Times, and Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s leading political and investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian. He is the recipient of Sikuvile, Mondi... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 09:15 - 09:40
Main Space

09:40

ICFJ's global survey 2017: state of the tech in newsrooms
Join Nasr ul Hadi, the Int'l Center for Journalists' (ICFJ) lead Knight Fellow in India, as he shares groundbreaking results of the first survey of the state of digital innovation in newsrooms across the globe. ICFJ conducted this study in 12 languages, with support from Storyful and Google News Lab. Hadi will reveal trends and learnings, leaders and stragglers in the use of technology to harness data, deepen storytelling, engage audiences and monetize content in journalism — based on responses from more than 2,700 newsroom managers and journalists from 130 countries. 

Moderators
avatar for Jerri Eddings

Jerri Eddings

Senior Program Director, International Center for Journalists
Jerri supervises and implements global programs and serves as editor of the Knight Fellowships thought leadership blog. She has extensive experience in the United States and Africa as a reporter, editor, television producer and director of media capacity building programs.

Speakers
avatar for Jerri Eddings

Jerri Eddings

Senior Program Director, International Center for Journalists
Jerri supervises and implements global programs and serves as editor of the Knight Fellowships thought leadership blog. She has extensive experience in the United States and Africa as a reporter, editor, television producer and director of media capacity building programs.
avatar for Nasr ul Hadi

Nasr ul Hadi

Knight Fellow, India Program Lead, International Center for Journalists
​​Nasr​ ​ul​ ​Hadi​​ leads the ​​​​​​​International Center for Journalists' (ICFJ)​​ Knight Fellows in India. Hadi's own focus is “culture hacking” in editorial teams to encourage sustainability, scalability and replicability of data-led news workflows. He has been a speaker and trainer on digital-led newsroom innovation at leading industry conferences... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 09:40 - 09:55
TBA

10:00

What makes a great data story?
Speakers
avatar for Chris Orwa

Chris Orwa

Head of Data Science, Brave Venture Labs
Chris is a data scientist, currently serving as Head of Data Science at Brave Venture Labs.


Friday November 24, 2017 10:00 - 10:15
Main Space

10:15

WikiTRIBUNE: community-centred journalism
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales describes WikiTribune as: "an entirely new kind of news service in which the trusted users of the site – the community members – are treated as equal to the staff of the site. As with any true wiki, you can jump in and get involved at the highest levels, doing as much or as little as you like to help. As with any successful wiki, there will be detailed discussions and debates by the community to set policy on all the matters necessary to build a news service." WikiTribune editor Peter Bale will talk us through the strategy and objectives of this brand new news service.



Speakers
avatar for Peter Bale

Peter Bale

Wikitribune
Peter is the first editor of Wikitribune. He previously served as director of the Center for Public Integrity between 2014 and 2016, after a long career in journalism.


Friday November 24, 2017 10:15 - 10:40
Main Space

10:40

The Big Pharma project: Collaborating with multiple newsrooms
Speakers
avatar for Fabiola Torres Lopez

Fabiola Torres Lopez

Editor, OjoPublico
ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola Torres Lopez is the co-founder and editor of OjoPublico, a nonprofit newsroom based in Lima, and co-author of “The Swiss Army Knife for Journalists: Digital research tools at the big data era”. 


Friday November 24, 2017 10:40 - 10:55
Main Space

11:00

TEA
Friday November 24, 2017 11:00 - 11:20
28th Floor Foyer

11:30

#GuptaLeaks: Handling sensitive leaks
Speakers
avatar for Susan Comrie

Susan Comrie

amaBhungane
Susan is an investigative journalist at amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has won numerous awards including a CNN African Journalism Award, a Taco Kuiper Award (Runner-up), a Sanlam Financial Journalism Award and the National Press Club Journalist of the Year Award... Read More →
avatar for Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee

ANCIR / HuffPo SA
Ferial Haffajee is Editor-in-Chief at African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) and Editor-at-Large at the Huffington Post SA. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief at City Press and the Mail&Guardian, both leading investigative titles in South Africa. Ferial sits... Read More →
avatar for Thanduxolo Jika

Thanduxolo Jika

Sunday Times


Friday November 24, 2017 11:30 - 11:55
Main Space

12:00

For whom the Bell tolls: lessons for journalism from Bell Pottinger
Speakers
avatar for Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak

Daily Maverick et al
Richard is an award-winning author, journalist and graphic novelist, and a senior correspondent at South Africa’s Daily Maverick news site. He has spent the last decade travelling Africa, researching a book that interrogates the idea of a rising Africa.


Friday November 24, 2017 12:00 - 12:15
Main Space

12:15

How To Make Data Journalism Work For Not-So-Smart Phones, Low Bandwidths, Local Languages
As more and more users across Asia and Africa hook onto the Internet thanks to cheap smartphones and low-cost, low-bandwidth connectivity, newsrooms are reviewing and even recalibrating their approach to interactive journalism. The growth in local language users means the audience is fragmented further and publishers, especially the big ones, are reconsidering the feasibility of complex data projects both in terms of technology and the ability of the users to grasp such stories.
The panel will discuss the future of data-heavy, interactive projects in such unique emerging markets, drawing on personal and industry experience from projects that have done well and those that haven’t. Some key questions: Why are static visualisations in vogue again? How much data is too much? How to adjust data visualisation for audiences with varying literacy levels?

Speakers
avatar for Ravi Bajpai

Ravi Bajpai

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ravi Bajpai is a digital/print journalist of 15 years and currently helps top Indian newsrooms to reinvent their coverage of critical health and development issues. To accomplish this, he is building reporters’ expertise in interactive, multimedia storytelling... Read More →
avatar for Meera K

Meera K

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ-Knight fellow in India Meera K has worked in the community and urban newsmedia space for over a decade, and has also supported projects in e-governance and civic tech. She co-founded Citizen Matters, an award winning digital news media with insightful reporting on critical... Read More →
avatar for Ritvvij Parrikh

Ritvvij Parrikh

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ritvvij Parrikh is helping media outlets to improve their visual storytelling and data journalism around health and development issues. An experienced technologist, his areas of expertise are product management, visual interfaces and data-driven decision making. Parrikh... Read More →
avatar for H. R. Venkatesh

H. R. Venkatesh

ICFJ Knight Fellow
HR Venkatesh - ICFJ Knight Fellow  hrvenkatesh@icfj.news   ICFJ Knight Fellow H R Venkatesh is currently working on countering fake news, misinformation and bias in the media. Formerly a Tow-Knight Fellow at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, he has 15 years’ experience... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 12:15 - 12:40
Main Space

12:40

How we fund news, and why
Speakers
avatar for Khuram Hussain

Khuram Hussain

Omidyar
Khuram received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He has consulted for companies such as Walmart and McKesson and interned with Technoserve in Guinea and Endeavor in Columbia. He currently helps structure and manage Omidyar Network’s... Read More →
avatar for Alex Jakana

Alex Jakana

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Alex is the Program Officer Strategic Partnerships at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he maintains strategic media partnerships. Prior to that he was the Executive Producer Editorial Partnerships, Africa at the BBC.


Friday November 24, 2017 12:40 - 12:55
Main Space

12:55

Doing it for the likes? Caribbean civic tech in the age of social media politics
The increased adoption of social media by public figures in the Caribbean has coincided with the stagnation of many of the region's open data programmes. Citizen engagement remains low even as social media outreach grows. In this presentation we reflect on the development of civic tech and the questions posed by the changing media landscape.



Speakers
DF

Denique Ferguson

Code for Caribbean


Friday November 24, 2017 12:55 - 13:30
Main Space

12:55

Investing in independent media companies in Africa
MDIF believes that independent media companies can be both profitable, and impactful. We invest in independent news businesses in countries where access to free and independent media is under threat.
Timely, accurate, relevant information is critical to free societies. It enables fuller participation in public life, holds the powerful to account and protects the rights of the individual.
This lightning talk will share some key lessons and trends from our clients across the African continent. 

Speakers
avatar for Bilal Randeree

Bilal Randeree

SA Media Innovation Programme
Bilal is a former Social Media Manager and Online Editor at Al Jazeera English. He has also worked at KPMG as Manager in Transaction Services, making full use of his Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) qualification. Bilal holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and Media Studies... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 12:55 - 13:30
Main Space

12:55

Project Oya: a digital toolset for conflict mapping
African Defence Review reveals its early prototype of Project Oya, a digital toolset funded by innovateAFRICA aimed at equipping journalists and humanitarian workers with useful and easily-embeddable information on conflict, defence systems, and broader conflict mapping.

Speakers
avatar for John Stupart

John Stupart

Editor, African Defence Review
John acquired a Kings College Postgraduate Degree in War Studies, specialising in the field of African Defence. He is the Editor of the African Defence Review.


Friday November 24, 2017 12:55 - 13:30
Main Space

12:55

The weight of words
A look at "The weight of words”, a web-scraper for the JSTOR digital library: how it was built without prior-planning, and what this revealed about using  existing technology, processes and information as a material to create your own experiences.



Speakers
avatar for Nathan Gates

Nathan Gates

Nathan Gates is an artist based in Johannesburg where he has been building interactive hardware and software for exhibitions, industry clients and consulting in the creative tech space. He has lectured at the University of Wits and collaborated with the likes of Yuri Suzuki, onedotzero... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 12:55 - 13:30
Main Space

13:15

Lunch
Friday November 24, 2017 13:15 - 14:00
28th Floor Foyer

14:00

ICFJ's editors roundtable: state of the tech in newsrooms
Limited Capacity filling up

A closed editors session on the recently released report, State of Technology in Global Newsrooms, a study conducted by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).  The study, which shows how journalists worldwide are using technology, is based on responses from more than 2,700 newsroom managers and journalists from 130 countries. 
You can find the report here.

Speakers
avatar for Jerri Eddings

Jerri Eddings

Senior Program Director, International Center for Journalists
Jerri supervises and implements global programs and serves as editor of the Knight Fellowships thought leadership blog. She has extensive experience in the United States and Africa as a reporter, editor, television producer and director of media capacity building programs.
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Nasr ul Hadi

Knight Fellow, India Program Lead, International Center for Journalists
​​Nasr​ ​ul​ ​Hadi​​ leads the ​​​​​​​International Center for Journalists' (ICFJ)​​ Knight Fellows in India. Hadi's own focus is “culture hacking” in editorial teams to encourage sustainability, scalability and replicability of data-led news workflows. He has been a speaker and trainer on digital-led newsroom innovation at leading industry conferences... Read More →
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Chris Roper

Code for Africa
Chris Roper is deputy director of Code for Africa, a Knight Fellow for the ICFJ, a director of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting, and most recently held the position of editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian. He was founding portal manager of Tiscali World... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
502 Bad Gateway

14:00

Revenue models - Innovation in the South African media landscape
The South Africa Media Innovation Program was launched at the end of August 2017. One of the key focus areas for SAMIP, is to encourage and support innovative approaches to revenue generation for new and existing media companies. This objective of this workshop is explore examples of innovative revenue models from MDIF clients around the world, and see if/how those can be modified for the South African experience. 

Speakers
avatar for Bilal Randeree

Bilal Randeree

SA Media Innovation Programme
Bilal is a former Social Media Manager and Online Editor at Al Jazeera English. He has also worked at KPMG as Manager in Transaction Services, making full use of his Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) qualification. Bilal holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and Media Studies... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 15:30
Workshop A

14:00

A step by step guide to building a crowdsourced fact-checking system
Limited Capacity seats available

Introducing the method we use to help volunteers who fact-check social media. From analysing messages to picking the right starting point, and how to find reliable references to support the conclusions. 

Speakers
avatar for Hazel Wei

Hazel Wei

Journalist, New Media Center, UDN
Hazel is a journalist at New Media Center, UDN. She joined Cofacts, a fact-checking chatbot initiative, where she works on decoding exposing online misinformation and organises editors' meetups.


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting Two

14:00

Designing data visualizations that don't suck
Limited Capacity seats available

A dive into the framework that Odipo Dev uses to create data visualisations that drive audience interactions, with use cases from successful data visualisation pieces. In this workshop Odanga will cover: how to determine what question you are actually trying to answer; what data you need (and what you don't) in order to answer that question; the broad design considerations necessary for visualisation;  and the steps to take through effective visualisation to convey the story you are trying to tell.

Speakers
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Odanga Madung

Odipodev
Odanga is working to make sense of the world around us through the eyes of data by helping organisations build better relationships with their target audiences across all media platforms with a new social intelligence dashboard, Dive Analytics.


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting Three

14:00

ProtoGraph: Hands-On Demo Of New Storytelling Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop participants will get an in-depth view of a new set of free data visualisation and interactive storytelling tools built exclusively for low-bandwidth, mobile audiences. Participants will learn how to build a quiz, timeline and crop images for different social platforms at the click of a mouse using the wysiwyg tool ‘Protograph’. The engineering lead who built Protograph will be present, so participants get to ask him as many questions as they like.
This is a hand-on workshop so come with your laptop, curiosity and lots of questions.

Speakers
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Meera K

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ-Knight fellow in India Meera K has worked in the community and urban newsmedia space for over a decade, and has also supported projects in e-governance and civic tech. She co-founded Citizen Matters, an award winning digital news media with insightful reporting on critical... Read More →
avatar for Ritvvij Parrikh

Ritvvij Parrikh

ICFJ Knight Fellow
ICFJ Knight Fellow Ritvvij Parrikh is helping media outlets to improve their visual storytelling and data journalism around health and development issues. An experienced technologist, his areas of expertise are product management, visual interfaces and data-driven decision making. Parrikh... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting Four

14:00

Using the data journalism toolkit
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Fabiola Torres Lopez

Fabiola Torres Lopez

Editor, OjoPublico
ICFJ Knight Fellow Fabiola Torres Lopez is the co-founder and editor of OjoPublico, a nonprofit newsroom based in Lima, and co-author of “The Swiss Army Knife for Journalists: Digital research tools at the big data era”. 


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Meeting One

14:00

Building African Robots
Limited Capacity seats available

Join African Robots in making an electronic Majuru (Shona for Termite) with master wire artist Lewis Kaluzi and project lead Ralph Borland. We will be assembling several prototype Majuru kits from wire parts, motors and electronic components.

This is the latest insect prototype in the African Robots series. African Robots is a project to catalyse new forms of production in the street wire art scene, combining knowledge of handcraft, mechanics and electronics.

See its predecessor African Ant
And visit AfricanRobots.net



Speakers
avatar for Ralph Borland

Ralph Borland

African Robots
Ralph is an artist, designer and researcher. He holds a multi-disciplinary PhD from the School of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin. His African Robots project aims to link art and design to social intervention.
avatar for Lewis Kaluzi

Lewis Kaluzi

Master wire artist, African Robots
Lewis has been making wire art for most of his life. He has plied his trade across Southern Africa, making work for local and foreign clients. Lewis is part of African Robots, a project introducing electronic and mechanical forms to street wire art.


Friday November 24, 2017 14:00 - 17:00
Workshop B

16:00

Afrobarometer: Expanding the voice of ordinary Africans
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Wairimu Muturu

Wairimu Muturu

Afrobarometer
A Nuttic Fellow, a Young Diplomats Fellow and a Data4Change alumnus, Wairimu oversees management of all digital properties including content for the Afrobarometer network across Africa.


Friday November 24, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
502 Bad Gateway

16:00

Tell me what's on TV, not how to build a TV
How can we speak to communities in a non-tech way and in a language they can relate to? Join us for a series of talks in preparation for the hackathon on Saturday.
Register for the hackathon here: http://bit.ly/odp24nov

Speakers
avatar for Ivo Brodnik

Ivo Brodnik

Co-founder, Q Division
Ivo Brodnik is co-founder and technology and innovation partner at Q Division, a Cape Town based product and service design company. His multi-disciplinary background spans from super-computing to award winning ad campaigns.
avatar for Adi Eyal

Adi Eyal

Founder, Open Up
Founder of OpenUp, a civic technology organisation promoting usage of data in order to drive social change. He founded South Africa's first data journalism academy and was awarded a Make All Voices Count fellowship to support civil society organisations use data in order to effect... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Friend

Kerry Friend

Bear Season
Background in advertising as a creative. Headed up the Isobar Innovation team, NowLab, for 2 years. Co-founder of Bear Season Project - currently working at Wits University Innovation Precinct managing design sprints, hackathons and recently co-launched the IoT Lab, all under the... Read More →
avatar for Nkechi Okwuone

Nkechi Okwuone

Code for Nigeria
Nkechi is the country lead for Code for Nigeria, a Mandela Washington Fellow (Arizona State University) and Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. She holds an M.Sc in Information Systems Management from the University of Salford.
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Neil du Toit

Data strategist, Q Division
Neil du Toit is a data strategist at Q Division. His educational background is in mathematics and law. He is a former national debating champion, and specialises in communicating complex ideas through the clear presentation of data.


Friday November 24, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Workshop B

16:00

Nuts & Bolts: How Carte Blanche works with drone pilots
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Annalise Lubbe

Annalise Lubbe

Television Producer, Carte Blanche
Annalise is a seasoned South African television producer who has honed her skills in investigative journalism. Her career started off working for several international broadcasters as a sound engineer and then later an editor for ZDF during the days before Mandela was released. It... Read More →
avatar for Dexter Tangocci

Dexter Tangocci

Co-founder, Integrated Aerial Systems (IAS)
Dexter is a co-founder of IAS, a drone service provider focused on gathering aerial data for the agriculture and mining industries for the purpose of providing actionable insight into farming and mining operations. Dexter graduated with a BCom in Economics from UNISA and worked for... Read More →


Friday November 24, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Meeting Four

16:00

The mechanics of data and problem-solving
Limited Capacity seats available

A workshop for journalists and civil society actors. We will work you through the mechanics of using data and why it makes a difference from a "problem solving process" viewpoint. The goal will be to get you  thinking about the intersection between your objectives, data needs and resources. The session will end with a brief exercise.

Speakers
avatar for Lesedi Bewlay

Lesedi Bewlay

The Engine Room
Lesedi has a background in computer science and NGOs and has a strong interest in social change. He coordinates the Light Touch Support Program at The Engine Room. Lesedi holds a Bachelor of Appied Science from Indiana University Bloomington.
avatar for Nonso Jideofor

Nonso Jideofor

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Lead, The Engine Room
Nonso is The Engine Room’s regional lead in sub-saharan Africa. Before joining The Engine Room, he worked with Caerus Associates, Herock Nigeria and recently Reboot on ICT4D.


Friday November 24, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
502 Bad Gateway

16:00

The Nas Daily Workshop
Nuseir Yassin has catapulted onto the world stage with his wildly popular 1-minute Facebook videos "Nas Daily". In this workshop, Nas explains his process - the tools, the techniques, and the engagement you need to replicate his success. Nas' undeniable charisma and storytelling skills are only part of the story - there is also a business and a method to the madness, and invstigating what worked for him will lead to discussions about what is appropriate, feasible, and replicable in today's fast changing world of African journalism. 

Speakers
avatar for Nas Daily

Nas Daily

Nas Daily
Nas (Nuseir Yassin) makes daily one-minute videos about himself and others. His website currently lists over 700 videos, and he is followed by more than two million people on Facebook.


Friday November 24, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Meeting One

16:00

Think Like a Data Scientist: Explore Data without Code
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Chris Orwa

Chris Orwa

Head of Data Science, Brave Venture Labs
Chris is a data scientist, currently serving as Head of Data Science at Brave Venture Labs.


Friday November 24, 2017 16:00 - 18:00
Meeting Three
 
Saturday, November 25
 

09:00

Open Govt Data Design Sprint/Hackathon
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a continental shift in how we approach supporting and establishing data communities in Africa. The focus is on how we can appropriate existing civic tools and networks to drive local engagement. 
Work with local community and data champions from Open Data Durban, Geekulcha, CULISA and OpenUp. Explore new use cases for civic tools and data platforms YouthExplorer, SCODA, Medicine Pricing Registry, SAAQIS, Municipal Money, OpenByLaws.
There will be breaks for tea and lunch.









Saturday November 25, 2017 09:00 - 16:30
Main Space