The 3rd annual Civic Tech Innovation Forum (CTIF) national convening is set to take place from 31 October- 1 November 2019
We invite you to come and be a part of this exciting community event!
CTIN annual conferences are intended to enable network members to engage face to face, learn about innovations, tools and techniques, share experiences and meet potential collaborators. They present an opportunity to gain an overview of what is going on in the sector in South Africa, Africa and the world. They also provide an opportunity for CTIN to consult with network members to inform the design of future activities.
This October/November, the Civic Tech Innovation Network hosts its third annual national convening. The Forum aims to extend its unique convening of South Africa’s emerging civic tech community with the broader potential civic tech user and interest community, both governmental and non-governmental, for the purpose of sharing, learning, inspiration and overall capacity building.
You can expect a dynamic 2-day programme which will include:
- Pre-conference Training: Civic tech and digital media innovation masterclasses
- Inspiring keynote addresses, local and international speakers
- World Cafe Exhibition: “show and tell” by some of the most exciting contemporary civic tech initiatives in South Africa and Africa
- Engaging co-design workshop on key themes, including participant-directed themes for “learning by doing”
- Exciting and creative networking opportunities and social activities
- And more informative launches, sessions and features!
31 October — 1 November 2019 |Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct | Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Keep watch on the website more announcements to follow.
Here’s a shortlist of local and global fellowships, grants, funds and other opportunities available to anyone interested in social innovation and start-ups
Google Developers Launchpad is looking for startups located in some African countries to apply for the global accelerator programme. It will help startups build and scale products by matching them with the best of Google — its people, network, and advanced technologies.
The countries eligible to apply are Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
| Deadline Not provided
The fifth AppsAfrica Innovation Awards, celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa, showcasing the continents best innovations in 14 categories. The awards are open to corporates, established ventures or start-ups who have launched services in at least one African market. The Awards continue to be a leading barometer of innovation from across the continent and provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 11th on the eve of AfricaCom.
| Deadline 11 September 2019
The Health Innovation Exchange is seeking innovations that have the potential to make an impact on health to showcase at the regional Health Innovation Exchange event for Africa which is planned for November-December 2019.
They are looking for innovations which are new or improved solutions for the health needs of individuals and populations that create value such as better health outcomes, improved efficiency, increased protection of human rights etc. They can be products or technologies, as well as improved service delivery models, policies etc.
| Deadline 15 September 2019
Citizen lab has put together a communication guide which provides some of the best practices tips on launching or increasing engagement on your public participation platform
So you have built a digital citizen participation platform, but how do you launch it and increase engagement and raise enough awareness to turn the platform into a successful citizen participation or civic tech platform? Brussels-based citizen participation platform Citizen lab has put together the best practices essential Communication Kit.
Having launched various cities and local government platforms, Citizen suggest that launching a civic tech platform or citizen participation platform should reflect the wide array of voices within communities. The report states that when launching a new platform, it must be guided by these three principles:
- Clarity — Your platform must have a clear message and you should focus on that important message.
- Continuity — Communication is an important part of any citizen platform, so communicate with the citizens on a regular basis.
- Diversity — Use different channels to spread the message about your platform to the citizens.
Citizen Lab suggests using these key channels to communicate and reach citizens: direct web traffic, emailing, website referrals and social media. These are channels you can use without the need for a lot of resources while still reaching and increasing more engagements on your platform. As a citizen-focused platform, it would work in your favour to use these channels to communicate, share and boost your platform. We expand a little more on this: