Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Highway Africa 2007

Highway Africa 2007

Highway Africa is an annual ICT conference hosted by Rhodes University, situated in Grahamstown with more than 500 delegates from across the globe in attendance.

Each year, more than 500 delegates from across the globe attend the conference to discuss issues relating to Internet governance, ICT policy and media for democracy.

1. Conference training workshops:

* NiZA-Digital journalism workshop - 2-12 September (sponsored by Netherland Institute of Southern Africa http://www.niza.nl/) ;
* MISA Zimbabwe-Digital journalism workshop 9-14 September http://www.misazim.co.zw/ ;
* Community radio workshop 9-14 September (sponsored by Serongwanyane Technologies);
* Visual design theory course - 10-14 September (sponsored by Open Society Institute of West Africa - OSIWA)
* Future journalists programme - 9 - 14 September (sponsored by Open Society Foundation - OSF)
* SAMTRAN digital journalism for media trainers - 10 - 12 September (sponsored by NiZA)
* Free and open source software (FOSS) workshops: 10 - 11 September, workshops will cover Campcaster, Campsite, Scribus, Chisimba

2. Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI): 9 and 10 September http://dci.ru.ac.za/ (supported by NiZA and OSISA)

3. Associations meetings: The African Editors Forum (TAEF); Southern African Editors Forum (SAEF); and South African National Editors Forum (SANEF), 8 and 9 September

4. Conference proper: plenary sessions; keynote addresses; seminars; training workshops; book launches; live broadcasts (radio and TV); multi-media newsroom (training and production)

5. SABC-Highway Africa New Media Awards Ceremony: 11 September, 1820 Settlers Monument at 19.00hrs;

6. Book launches: Books by Geoff Nyarota ( Against the Grain); Charlene Hunter-Gault (New News from Africa); Elizabeth Barratt and Guy Berger (50 Years of Journalism); UNESCO (Media Laws in Africa); Gender Links Journal on Tabloids

7. Networking dinners: ABSA Africa Night Dinner (Monday 10 September); SABC Awards Gala Dinner (Tuesday 11 September); Makana Municipality closing reception (Wednesday 12 September)

8. Conference workshops: there will be many of these and will mostly be on open source and free software (Campcaster; Campsite; Scribus; Chisimba; RSS feeds and Yahoo Pipes). The workshops will run every afternoon on 10th, 11th and 12th September (supported by OSISA and MTN).

9. Seminars/Roundtables/Debates: There will be robust debates on a variety of issues including professionalism in journalism; internet governance; and columnists and bloggers: communities speaking to whom? About what?

10. Multimedia production: newspaper (open source); conference blog (http://highwayafrica.ru.ac.za/blog or http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/wp); audio podcasts; video podcasts; photo gallery. Paper and blogs to be in French and KiSwahili. (Supported by OSISA, NiZA, and Absa)


Date: 10 September 2007 to 11 September 2007
Location: Rhodes University, Grahamstown

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