Citizen Tech Lab

Promoting Informed Decision-Making

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African Media Initiative International Centre for Journalists African News Innovation Challenge Parliamentary Monitoring Group Open Democracy Advice Centre
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Opening Data

We love data. We live it, eat it, drink it and dream about it. We believe that data (especially government data) should be open. Not just for personal use. Data should be shareable, mash-able, available for commercial use. Our goal is to promote the release of data under an open data licence to make it available to everyone who wants it.

Citizen Technologies

Data is for the elite. Without context it is useless. We want to use liberated data to improve lives and empower people to make informed choices. We hope to build an active citizenry by increasing interactions between the public and government using applications that really matter to people.

Community Outreach

Yes, we're rabid about our beliefs but without a community of data consumers, open data won't become part of the national discourse. We work with civil society, journalists, government and straight up hackers, running workshops, hosting meetings and generally getting people excited about how they can contribute to making South Africa a better place.

Supporting Civil Society

Civil Society Organisations in the transparency and governance space toying with technology solutions to their advocacy work. They are faced with two choices, either build their own technical capacity in-house or contract to commercial programmers. We feel that neither of those solutions are satisfactory. We fill the gap by providing technology support to civil society while building and eco-system of data consumers and producers.

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How to get involved in Open Data in South Africa

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Code4SA Unhackathons
Weekly project meet-ups

Open Data and Democracy Initiative
mailing list about general open data issues

HacksHackers - Cape Town
Coders meet Journalists

HacksHackers - Johannesburg
Same as above

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Open Knowledge Foundation - Cape Town
General open knowledge discussions
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Where We are

Codebridge - Code Dojo
Campground Rd
(entrance vi Hemlock St.)
Cape Town

  +27 78 0142469

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