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Visualizing the News - Code4Democracy Workshop and HackathonAnyone

  • Venue: PAWA254
  • Date: Tuesday 18th September 2012
  • Starts: 9:00am
  • Ends: 6:00pm

Visualizing the News -- Code4Democracy Workshop and Hackathon 18th and 19th September 2012 (Tuesday and Wednesday), at PAWA 254 in Nairobi.
Calling Developers, Visual Creatives, and Journalists Over two days, learn and create innovative media content and platforms using rich sets of data and research. The first initiative of its kind in Kenya will focus on forming teams to create infographics, visualize data, and publish alternative media. Collaborative partnership between Hacks/Hackers Nairobi, the creatives and journalists at Pawa254, and Code4Democracy, with support from Tactical Tech Collective.
The Code4Democracy event is purposed to generate widespread interest and awareness among programmers, the media, activists, and beginning development of a wide range of open data solutions to pressing governance concerns.
If you’re a software developer, visual creative and/or journalist, you should care about the Code4Democracy event because you will be helping your community, hone your skills, be exposed to new development patterns and tools, let you demonstrate your capability, interact with and learn from other coders, and finally you could win great prizes!

The event rules and guidelines are as follows:

  • Organizers will work to identify and refine problem definitions provided by subject matter experts and local stakeholders. This will ensure that volunteer time of programmers and designers is focused on solving real problems for real people.
  • Any solution developed will be non-proprietary and made available on the event’s website and/or other channels, and free for anyone to use, adapt or apply.
  • Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public.
  • Participation is free. Organizers will work to invite computer programmers, web designers, and content people (including social activists and journalists), as well as Government officials, and publicize the event and principles.
  • Participating organizations may not use Hackathon to make money for themselves

The event schedule is as follows:

 Day 1

09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast.  

10:00 – Brief on Hackathon – Defintion of problemsets
11:00 – Mentors tour
13:00 - Lunch
13:45 - Coding
16:00  - Talk – DDJ – How Data can change the journalism field.
19:00 - Dinner
19:45 – Coding Continues

Day 2
09:00 - Coffee & light breakfast. Development continues
13:00 - Lunch 
13:45 – Development continues
14:30 – Development stops.
15:00 - Demo practice with mentors/jury (10min per team)
17:00 - Coffee break with light meal/snacks
17:30 - Final event: demo of the finished products/services