October 24 - 26, 2012. Ghana's first data journalism bootcamp is offering free seats to 20 journalists, 20 developers / coders, and 20 members of civil society who are interested in building apps for civic media / open data audiences.
The 3-day event will launch in Accra at Central University College (shuttle service will be provided) on October 24 -26, 2012, and is underwritten by the National Information Technology Agency, the Ghana Open Data Initiative, The World Bank Institute, Google, and the African Media Initiative.
The Bootcamp will be led by senior trainers from Google, the Open Knowledge Foundation, The World Wide Web Foundation, and The Guardian.
The Bootcamp will bring together journalists with and developers / coders to work in teams to build news-driven mobile apps and civic engagement websites using readily available resources, plus data from the World Bank Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation in Germany, and other global organisations. The best project from the bootcamp will qualify for a $2000 seed grant, to allow the team to build a fully-functional prototype.
Some of the news-driven civic apps and 'utility news' sites built in similar data journalism initiatives elsewhere in the world include Where Did My Tax Dollars Go and the Lord's Resistance Army Crisis Tracker and County Sin Rankings.
Bootcamp participants will also be invited to join the newly inaugurated HacksHackers chapter in Accra, so that they can continue to expand their data literacy skills.
To confirm your seat, you must commit to attend all three days of the Bootcamp . You should reserve your seat by completing the online registration here: http://data.gov.gh/conference/
International Institute for ICT Journalism