As part of our Ghana Open Data Initiative (GODI) efforts, the Web Foundation and the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) have partnered with several organizations, including the World Bank, the Africa Media Initative (AMI) and Google to host the 1st ever data literacy bootcamp in Accra on Oct 24-26. Free seats are available to 30 journalists, 30 developers / coders and 30 digital creatives.
The bootcamp will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR-INSTI) in Accra, and will be led by an international team of experts. Participants will learn how to find, extract, and analyse public data, using powerful forensic tools, to tell better informed stories. Working in teams, they’ll build news-driven mobile apps and civic engagement websites to augment traditional news reportage.
Prizes will be awarded for the best projects. Winners will receive $2,000, as seed grants, to transform prototypes into real newsroom products.
In addition, the first beta version of the GODI portal will be unvelied at the beginning of the event.