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

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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

Jamfest is seeking new journalism and media ventures, initiatives and/or media innovations, case studies or innovative tools to exhibit during the festival. Exhibitors will be invited or accepted to exhibit their initiatives on live screens at the event venue. Some will also be selected to be presented during the media innovation showcase session during Jamfest.


Deadline for exhibition proposals: 21 February 2020

Notification of acceptance: 2 March 2020

Conference: 18–20 March 2020

Click here for more information on how to make your submission 

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.

  • Alessandra Orofino , Executive director, Nossas in Brazil

And many others

Visit the Civic Tech Innovation Forum for more information on speakers, programmes and how you can register!




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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.

Michael Salzwedel
Digital Media Trainer,
Social Weaver

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.

Stephen Horn
Director & Co-producer ,
Politically Aweh

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.

Siphumelele Zondi
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 Orofino
Executive director,

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. 

Melissa Mbugua
Africa Podfest

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.

Tafadzwa Tseisi 
The FeedZW Project Officer,
Magamba Network

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.


Arthur Goldstuck
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.

Alastair Otter
IT Coordinator,
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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