Jamfest is a new African media and information festival directed at a diverse set of African media makers and media publics. This Jamfest edition will take place from 13-17 September virtually.
The festival will showcase new content styles and approaches, new audiences and great innovations in delivery. It aims to track trends in information flows and digital public space across the continent and provide opportunities for dynamic engagement between diverse stakeholders.
The festival will be the start of building a diverse community of media-makers and engaging a new public. This will encourage the development of innovations we need to grow and provide the resilience we need to thrive in these turbulent times.
The theme for this year’s festival is “DIY Africa”. We want to encapsulate the role of media and journalism in not just carrying new narratives, but also empowering different voices and amplifying the rise of new, independent actors in helping to define and drive the future of innovation in newsrooms across Africa.
This year’s Jamfest will be hosted in partnership with the Civic Tech Innovation Forum, an annual conference that brings together Africa’s civic tech community, both governmental and non-governmental, for the purpose of sharing, learning, inspiring, and overall capacity building. This year’s conferences will include a virtual expo, a joint opening plenary and closing plenaries with CTIN, workshops and masterclasses.
You can expect a dynamic 5-day programme which will include:
- All-day Exhibitions
Exhibitions of African Civic tech and digital media bright stars
- Digital workshops
Civic tech and digital media innovation workshops
- Networking opportunities and social activities