sandbox: a testing environment, or laboratory, that encourages experimentation with, and reinvention of, existing digital systems

Bootcamps are all about hands-on experimentation and experiential learning. That means that you'll get to play with cool tools and datasets, to reinvent the way that you research and report the news. Here are a couple of resources to get you started:

The Data Journalism Handbook is a free, open source reference book for anyone interested in the emerging field of data journalism.

Statistics South Africa is the nation's central authority for everything from the Census, to quarterly economic and labour statistics, and as such is the curator for some of South Africa's most important official datasets.

OpenAFRICA is a new 'citizen run' mirror to government's data portals. It seeks to collate everything from NGO and university research, to public interest information that has been liberated from government and private companies by whistleblowers or activists using the country's Promotion of Access to Information Act.

CivicSource is the central repository for apps, sites, or digital services built at earlier bootcamps or at affiliated events such as the Code4Democracy and DataLiberation hackathons, or built by 'sister' programmes such as Code4Kenya.