Civic Tech Innovation Forum


                                                             19 – 20 March 2020 

#CTIF2020 webinar series 

We are pleased to share that the Civic Tech Innovation Network held some online engagements to replace the Civic Tech Innovation Forum that was to be held in Johannesburg. 

    Civic Tech 2020 with Al Kags

    Topic: Has civic tech delivered on its much-hyped promise? What has been more or less significant or impactful for Africa? What appears to be lying ahead? The keynote speaker and panel will engage and debate from their various vantages.

    COVID-19: reshaping the norm with Craig Wing

    Topic: Panellists will share their reflections and speculations on potential implications of health pandemics like COVID-19 on communities like CTIN’s. What does COVID-19 (as a blip or a longer-term feature) change, if anything, in how we think of social innovation / civic tech / of COPs / the task of supporting activist tech-based communities?

    Moderator: Geci Karuri-Sebina

    Strengthening the Civic Tech ecosystem

    Topic: How we expand the civic tech community and its impact? The session will offer local and global reflections on directions, challenges and opportunities for civic tech actors; key messages/ideas for what the enablement issues are; how these could be achieved. After reflections from Taiwan and Africa, the local (SA) discussants will be invited to respond and consider from their unique local vantage points (entrepreneurship, gender, etc.). How can we specifically leverage and support civic tech in SA going forward? How can the people doing civic tech be directly supported/enabled more? What could other ecosystem actors do or how could they support/use civic tech better or differently (raging from those who procure, use, fund, commercialise, study, or talk about the tech)?

    Moderator: Geci Karuri-Sebina

    #CTIF2020: Has civic tech delivered on its much-hyped promise? | Al Kags

    #CTIF2020: COVID-19: reshaping the norm | CTIF reflects with Craig Wing

    #CTIF2020: Strengthening the Civic Tech ecosystem in South Africa 


    Al Kags 
    The Open Institute

    A founder of the Open Institute, a Pan-African organisation in Kenya that works with governments and civil society organisations to promote Open Government and Citizen Participation.

    Richard Gevers
    Open Cities Lab

    A non-profit open organisation that combines the use of action research, co-design, data science, and technology with civic engagement to enable the development of inclusive cities and urban spaces.

    Lesley Williams 
    Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

    Lesley is the CEO of Wit’s University’s Tshimologong, an international public speaker and dialogue moderator. Her focus is on social entrepreneurship and taking African digital innovation to global markets.

    Dr Karuri-Sebina
    National organiser,
    Civic Tech Innovation Network

    Karuri-Sebina is an associate of The South African Cities Network. She previously worked with The National Treasury, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Advanced Policy Institute. She was also a moderator for the webinar series. 

    Audrey Tang 
    Digital Minister,

    Audrey Tang, a civic hacker and Taiwan’s Digital Minister in charge of Social Entrepreneurship and Open Government, is known for revitalizing global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell.

    Nathalie Dijkman

    Nathalie co-founded SEMA, a civic tech enterprise gathering real-time citizen feedback to improve the accountability and quality of public service delivery in East Africa. 

    Tiyani Nghonyama
    Co-Founder and COO, 

    Nghonyama is a qualified Computer Systems Engineer and is a Director and COO of Geekulcha and Strategic Lead of the Northern Cape Developer (NCDev) Ecosystem.

    Deborah Byrne
    Programme quality lead,

    Byrne is an experienced Programme Quality Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector and with social justice movements. She is currently working with Oxfam and previously worked with HIVOS on the Making All Voices Count country programme (which seeded the CTIN). 

    Craig Wing 
    FutureWorld International

    Futurist inspires companies to “future proof” themselves by “imagineering” their future strategy and complementary culture to survive the emergent world of technology, changing customers and the “New World”.

    Koketso Moeti
    Founding executive director,

    Moeti currently serves as the founding executive director of, a community of over 225,000 people working to turn every cellphone into a democracy-building tool.

    Zukiswa Kota 
    Programme Manager & Coalition Lead Coordinator,
    Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)

    Zukiswa is also the Lead Coordinator of Imali Yethu working with the South African National Treasury to ‘open up’ public budgets and promote public participation in the budget process. Kota was also a moderator for the sessions. 

    Digital exhibitions

    rAInbow Munsoft

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