There were so many amazing firsts about our Kampala event. It was our first event on the African continent, it was the first time we had more than 500 people apply, it was the first time we ran a pre-event called DATA4CHANGE Data Skills where we trained 10 CSOs in data collection and analysis, it was the first time we introduced Team Leaders from the alumni network, and it was the first time we were able to offer bursaries to finalise all the prototypes created at the workshop. So many firsts!

Our flagship event took place between 12-16 September, 2017, at Design Hub Kampala, a collaborative workspace where many of East Africa’s leading tech and design for good organisations are based. At DATA4CHANGE we always team up with a regional organisation to run the workshop and for this event we joined forces with Defend Defenders, who work with CSOs across all of East Africa.

From the 524 people who applied we accepted 29, and they came from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, UK, Sweden, and US.

In total 16 CSOs applied to be part of the workshop, the final five came from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and they were SMUG, IceBreakers, HAKI, CHRIPS, and one organisation that works on LGBT rights in Tanzania, which for security reasons cannot be named due to the current crackdown on LGBT activists in the country. You can read more about the CSOs and their work below.

During the five days the CSOs learnt how to use data collection and analysis tools such as Google Sheets, Google Charts, Google Forms, KoBo Toolbox. They learnt how to keep their data safe using Veracrypt and two-step verification, and last but not least they learnt how to do data analysis and visualisation using RAW, Infogram and how to create powerful data storytelling projects using Shorthand.




Coming soon! In the meantime, check out the galleries on our Facebook page.