South Africa’s 1st data journalism bootcamp is offering free seats to 30 journalists and 30 developers / coders who want to help reinvent the way that the media works.

The 3-day event, at HighwayAfrica in Grahamstown, will be led by an international team of experts from Google, the Open Knowledge Foundation, the UK's Citywire, and Upande.

Participants will learn how to find, extract, and analyse public data, using powerful forensic tools, to tell better informed stories. They will also work in teams to build news-driven mobile apps and civic engagement websites, to augment traditional news reportage.

The best projects will win $1,500, as seed grants, to turn prototypes into real newsroom products. 






Follow the event, using the #dbootcamp hashtag, on either Google+ or Twitter.

Speakers

Media scientist turned coder, Friedrich Lindenberg leads OpenSpending in Germany

Award-winning data journalist Caelainn Bar works with Al Jazeera, BBC, The Guardian & Financial Times

Former Google geo engineer, Mark de Blois heads Kenya's Upande interactive mapping studio

Resources

The DDJ Handbook gives a crash-course in data journalism technique

Get unprecedented access to South African Census, economic & labour datasets from StatsSA

Learn to use the new openAFRICA portal for finding and analysing powerful 'watchdog' data