Monday, November 24, 2014

#HackAgainstEbola ends in Accra

On November 19 and 20th, the Global Editors Network and Penplusbytes invited 7 teams from the Ghanaian media to participate in a competition on media innovation called #HackAgainstEbola, supported by OSIWA and Google, and two local sponsors Dalex and Internet Solutions. Each team was composed of a journalist, a designer and a developer, and they had two days to build a prototype on a specific theme: ‘How to better cover and prevent Ebola’. It is part of a global programme called Editors Lab, a series of international hackdays.

The competition was won by the team from Citi FM, with a prototype called Citi Ebola Updates, a mobile platform that enables people, both educated and uneducated to receive education, information and updates on the status of Ebola in their country in their preferred local language. You send a letter, corresponding to a language, to a short code, and you get 2 updates a day by phone call.

Two special mentions were given to the teams for Ebola Tracker (Graphic) and Ebola Sniper (GBC). The other teams participating were: Daily Guide, Multimedia, BFT/NAFTI and Ringier.
You can see all the projects here:

Pictures of the event are available on our Flickr account.

The winning team will be invited to participate in the Editors Lab Final, held in Barcelona during the GEN Summit 2015, next June. They will compete against the other winners from the Editors Lab.

The Jury was composed by:
-    Teemu Ropponen, iLab Liberia Country Director
-    Nathaniel Ashiagbor is a web programmer
-    Kwami Ahiabenu II, Penplusbytes
-    Evangeline de Bourgoing, Programme Manager at GEN

The next #HackAgainstEbola will be held in Lagos, November 24-25th, and the third one in Dakar mid-January.

About GEN: The Global Editors Network is a cross-platform community committed to sustainable, high-quality journalism, empowering newsrooms through a variety of programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. Our online community allows media innovators from around the world to interact and collaborate on projects created through our programmes.

Laure Nouraout, Social Media Manager GEN,

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