Hacks/Hackers Lusaka Chapter Launch

The Lusaka Chapter of Hacks/Hackers will be launching on Saturday 1st September 2012, in association with Lusaka Google Technical User Group and BongoHive,

Hacks/Hackers is a rapidly expanding international grassroots journalism organization with dozens of chapters (and counting) and thousands of members across four continents (and counting). Our mission is to create a network of journalists (“hacks”) and technologists (“hackers”) who rethink the future of news and information.

Journalists sometimes call themselves “hacks,” a tongue-in-cheek term for someone who can churn out words in any situation. Hackers are enthusiastic and skillful computer programmers. Hacks/Hackers tries to bridge those two worlds. It’s for hackers exploring technologies to filter, visualize and distribute information, and for hacks who use technology to find and tell stories. Hacks/Hackers is a digital community of people who seek to inspire each other, share information (and code) and collaborate to invent the future of media and journalism.

Hacks/Hackers aims to help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for projects and new ventures.

Phares Kariuki, Digital Projects & Community Coordinator – African Media Initiative (AMI), from Kenya will grace the occasion. If you would like to get involved, click here to join the mailing list and/or send an email to contactus[at]bongohive.com if you would like to be part of the local chapter organizing committee.

  • Hi everyone.

    I thought it might be useful to share some of the ideas / projects that other HacksHackers Africa chapters are working on, so that you get an idea of what is possible if you join the new Lusaka chapter.

    Members of HH chapters across Africa have entered proposals into the http://www.AfricanNewsChallenge.org and are posting links to their ideas at http://www.facebook.com/HacksHackersAfrica. Here is a quick list of some of the HH applications that I spotted when I (very quickly) scanned through the submissions this morning:

    [1] DRONE JOURNALISM > Establish drone teams @ TV stations across Africa, using remote-control drones to get to the frontlines: http://bit.ly/P5Vf30
    [2] GREEN HORNET > Wikileaks-style easy-to-use encryption toolkits for journos to protect their sources + whistleblowers: http://bit.ly/MobgCF
    [3] MOJO > Create a set of tools to ‘keep journalists honest’ by monitoring ‘churnalism’, self-censorship, media ownership, etc: http://bit.ly/MsR5xh
    [4] OXPECKERS > Set up a specialist ‘forensic’ investigation j-team that uses data tools to track & expose enviro-crime syndicates: http://bit.ly/No7dl6
    [5] ANONYMOUS J-ENGINE > A service to allow ordinary citizens to engage anonymously with investigative journalists: http://bit.ly/NL2zQz
    [6] ACT NOW > An app for TV audiences to immediately sign petitions after watching investigative doccies / exposes: http://bit.ly/NVLHou
    [7] CORRUPTION NET > A toolkit for crowdsourced corruption reporting for CorruptionWatch and other watchdog media: http://bit.ly/Oy7SPT
    [8] LISTENING POST > Create a newsroom team of analysts to mine social media & web chatter for actionable intel for newsrooms: http://bit.ly/PX5skY
    [9] STAR LIVE > An app to allow ordinary citizens to send questions directly to journos for politicos @ press conferences: http://bit.ly/M8sT7p
    [10] DATA DESK > Establish a DataDesk to help ordinary journos find, scrape, & then wrangle data for their investigative stories: http://bit.ly/OnJfoX
    [11] NEWS BIAS > A semantic, algorithm-driven web service that measures bias in news reportage: http://bit.ly/M2eNSp
    [12] OPEN AFRICA > Create a FOI portal that automatically submits your info requests, tracks the results & gives you tools to analyse the docs: http://bit.ly/MsvBS2

    This is just a small flavour of the kinds of things we could be doing in Lusaka. So, sign-up and let’s start experimenting!

    The gGroup email list for members is: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hackshackers-lusaka

    See you there.


  • Edgar

    Where? in Lusaka

  • lukonga

    Edgar, in Lusaka and supported by BongoHive.