The inaugural Jamfest
Jamfest is a new three-day African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. This inaugural festival will be hosted at the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg, South Africa from 18-20 March 2020.
The festival will showcase new content styles and approaches, new audiences and great innovations in delivery.
You can expect a dynamic 3-day programme which will include:
- Local and international keynotes
- All-day Exhibitions of African civic tech and digital media bright stars
- Civic tech and digital media innovation masterclasses
- Networking opportunities and social activities
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Expression of Interest | Showcase journalism and media innovations
This is an opportunity to showcase your work to a wide variety of audiences. This call is open to all African initiatives
Deadline for exhibition proposals: 21 February 2020
Notification of acceptance: 2 March 2020
Conference: 18–20 March 2020
Civic Tech Innovation Forum at Jamfest 2020
Also taking place during Jamfest is the Civic Tech Innovation Forum , the only civic tech conference in Africa.
This event is for all people who are interested in how new technologies could enable better services and relationships between government and citizens.
Expect keynote addresses from
- Al Kags Co-founder of the Open Institute in Kenya,
- Audrey Tang, Digital Minister in Taiwan
- Alessandra Orofino , Executive director, Nossas in Brazil
And many others
Look out for masterclasses from Amandla.mobi on Civic Tech for Activism; public sector innovation by CPSI and data tech skills by Yeidi.
#CTIF2020 will also be running several workshops where to find the the next big opportunities for civic tech impact. Will it be within policy, legal tech, digital activism, digital smart cities, open government or through digital diplomacy? Play your part and make a contribution during these sessions.
And lastly, the World Cafe is back for another year. But this time around, it includes exhibitions throughout #CTIF2020. Exhibitions will be showcasing interesting, innovative digital media and civic tech projects from locations in Africa.
Visit the Civic Tech Innovation Forum for more information on speakers, programmes and how you can register!
workshops and masterclasses
08:30 – 08: 55 | Registration for Jamfest
09:00 – 10: 00 | Jamfest Keynote #1
10:05 – 11: 30 | Jamfest Panel #1: Where’s the next frontier? What are the most promising directions for innovation
Facilitator: Dinesh Balliah, lecturer and co-ordinator, Wits University
Speakers: Melissa Mbugua, co-founder of Africa Podfest
Siphumelele Zondi, executive producer of SABC’s Network
10:00 – 13: 00 | Digital Masterclass: Public Sector Innovation – using public data
Host: Pierre Schoonraad, chief director of research and development at the Centre of Public Service Innovation
10:00 – 13: 00 | Digital Masterclass: Tech for entrepreneurs
Host: Jayshree Naidoo, chief executive of Youth, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Design Institute (YIEDI)
11:35 – 13: 00 | Lightning talks: An opportunity to hear from media initiatives and startups and meet the teams behind them.
11:35 – 13: 00 | Digital Masterclass: Social media sleuthing
Host: Michael Salzwedel, founder of Social Weaver
13:00 – 14: 00 | Lunch
14:05 – 15: 00 | Jamfest Keynote #2| New tech, new opportunities for media
Speaker: Arthur Goldstuck, WorldWide Worx
14:00 – 15:30 | Digital masterclass: Best journalism tools
Host: Alastair Otter, IT Coordinator at the Global Investigative Journalism Network
14:00 – 17:00 | Digital masterclass: Getting tech done. From a techie’s perspective
Host: JD Bothma, Lead developer at OpenUp
14:00 – 17:00 | Digital masterclass: Civic tech activism
Host: Koketso Moeti, executive director of Amandla.mobi
15:00 – 16: 00 | Jamfest Panel #2: On comedy and satire for news
Speakers: Tafadzwa Tseisi from Magamba TV
Alessandra Orofino, director of Greg News
16:00 – 18:00 | Podmeet: A networking event for anyone working in podcasting or wanting to start a podcast.
Speaker: Melissa Mbugua, co-founder of Africa Podfest
All day exhibitions on digital media and civic tech projects in Africa
Details to follow soon.
1111 08:00 | Registration
09:00 | Welcome and opening plenary: Civic Tech 2020: Hindsight and Prospects
Lesley Williams, CEO Tshimologong
Franz Kruger, Head: Wits Journalism
Geci Karuri-Sebina and Zukiswa Kota, CTIN
Civic Tech 2020: Hindsight and Prospects
Keynote Speaker: Al Kags, founder of The Open Institute
Keynote Panel: Civic Tech 2020: Hindsight and Prospects – Discussion
Facilitator: Zukiswa Kota, Vulekamali
Speakers: Delyno Du Toit, City of Cape Town
Richard Gevers, founder of Open Cities Lab
11:45 | World Cafe: “Who’s Doing What”
13:00 | Networking Lunch
14:00 | Product launch: LUMA Law Launch
14:10 | Sharing / Learning workshop 1: Legal Tech – Can innovation close the justice gap?
Speakers: Adam Oxford, freelance journalist
Themba Mahleka, Innovating Justice Agent
14:10 | Workshop 2: Digital activism
Speaker: Koketso Moeti, executive director of Amandla.mobi
14:10 | Workshop 3: Cities – Digital (smart) cities/4IR and mobility innovation
Speakers: Richard Gevers, founder of Open Cities Lab
Nishendra Moodley, Team Lead at Future Cities SA
Delyno du Toit, City of Cape Town
14:10 | Workshop 4: Is OGP Failing? Open Gov/Tech solutions/problems
Speakers: Theophilous Chiviru, OGP Support Unit
Zukiswa Kota, iMali Yethu
Kgothatso Semela, DPSA
Paul Plantinga, research specialist at HSRC
14:10 | Workshop 5: Digital diplomacy – Understanding the role of ICTs in international relations, to the deploying of digital diplomacy policies and practices
Speakers: Dr Bob Wekesa, African Centre for the Study of the United States, Wits University
Paul Kukubo, chief executive of MOJA South Africa
Prof Iginio Gagliardone, lead researcher, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
14:10 | Workshop 6: Tech and procurement
Speaker: Tara Davis, attorney at Corruption Watch
16:00 | Tea
16:30 | Feedback session
18:00 | “Eclipse” play by Market Theatre Lab (at Wits Theatre)
20:00 | Cocktail dinner
09:00 | Opening: Horizons for civic tech
Speaker: Craig Wing, Futurist/Strategist
09:15 | Keynote Talks II: Building the Civic Tech Ecosystem
Keynote speaker: Audrey Tang, civic hacker and Taiwan’s digital minister
10:30 | Roundtable discussion: Diagnostic of SA civic tech ecosystem/actors
11:30 | Keynote Panel: Strengthening SA’s civic tech ecosystem
Speakers: Tiyani Nghonyama, COO of Geekulcha in SA
Zine Nkukwana, chief executive of South African Women in ICT Forum
Lesley Williams, chief executive of Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct
12:30 | Keynote III: An impactful civic tech agenda for 2020+
Keynote speaker: Alessandro Orofino, co-founder of Nossas
13:00 | Networking Lunch
14:00 | CTIN Reference Group Annual Meeting
Dr Julie Posetti
Global Director of Research,
International Center for Journalists
An award-winning journalist and academic, leads ICFJ’s global research program. Based in Oxford, England, she researches and writes at the intersection of journalism safety, media freedom, media and gender, journalism and disinformation, and the digital transformation of journalism, drawing on an international career spanning three decades.
Digital Media Trainer,
Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital media training company working with newsrooms, small businesses and NGOs. He is also a data journalism trainer with Code for Africa’s academy.AFRICA, and a regular member of the data training team at the African Investigative Journalism Conference.
Director & Co-producer ,
A video editor, director and producer who has been working in the online video space for over a decade. He is an associate member of the South African Guild of Editors and headed up post-production on the Loerie Award-winning Xperia Mashlab music collaboration series. Through his Bouncing Biscuit Studios production company, he created satirical news show, Politically Aweh.
Senior Producer & Anchor,
Network, SABC News Channel
Zondi is the creator, senior producer and anchor of Network, a technology news show on SABC News Channel. He has also worked as current affairs presenter for SABC’s Channel Africa Radio and as senior producer for CNBC Africa as well as a reporter for eTV. Zondi also has a tech segment, Tech Talk on UKhozi FM, South Africa’s largest radio station in terms of listener numbers.
Alessandra is the executive director and co-founder of Nossas, where she develops tools and methodologies for activism and participation. She is also the director for Greg News, HBO’s only comedy
news show in Brazil. Orofino holds a degree in Economics and Human Rights from Columbia University.
A social innovator committed to shaping the future of African urban culture through scaling up the creative economy. Melissa brings a multidisciplinary approach to understanding problems and designing solutions given her background in technology, business, international development and the arts.
The FeedZW Project Officer,
Tseisi is a Zimbabwean based media practitioner currently managing one of Zimbabwe’s disruptive Online Media Platforms – The FeedZW, a young and vibrant platform that produces short videos on socio-economic and political issues affecting young people from diverse communities in Zimbabwe.
MD, principal analyst
World Wide Worx
Goldstuck is an author of 19 books; recipient of Distinguished Service in ICT Award from the Institute of IT Professionals of SA; named ICT Ambassador for ORT SA; served on SA National Broadband Council; Have presented at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Global Investigative Journalism Network
Otter is the IT coordinator for the Global Investigative Journalism Network and a partner at data visualisation startup Media Hack. He has more than 20 years experience in journalism and has won a number of awards in South Africa and abroad for his data visualisation work with Media Hack.
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