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iHub By Jessica Colaço / July 2, 2012

Talk by Marek Tuszynski on Arts of Evidence Based Advocacy

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Marek Tuszynski is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions that span across various media: radio, television and internet; as well as utilise non technical formats such as workshops, books sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are the major driving forces in his work as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views. He co-founded The Second Hand Bank, International Contemporary Art Network, Tactical Tech and recently Tactical Studios. He is currently focusing on producing interactive and static visualisations representing complex social and political issues, he is working on the next documentary film for Tactical Tech and and some animations, in some spare time he is producing a radio program titled Love & Chaos on Reboot FM.

He will be speaking at the iHub on Thursday 5th July at 5 p.m. on evidence, data, information and how it can be processed, visualised and turned into effective advocacy tactic. Based on direct Tactical Tech experiences this talk will cover many examples, tools available and lots of space for discussion.  Some of the Tactical Tech resources include:

http://tacticaltech.org/visualisingadvocacy - Visualising Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design is a manual aimed at helping NGOs and advocates strengthen their  campaigns and projects through communicating vital information with greater impact

http://drawingbynumbers.org/ - This site is for activists and data journalists who want to use data and design to strengthen their campaigns and for advocates and activists to inspire them to create visualisations of their evidence.

Who should attend this event? Techies, data people, visualisation interested and all of those who want to turn evidence into action.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at: www.jessicacolaco.wordpress.com


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