Civic Tech Innovation Forum 2018
The Civic Tech Innovation Network is convening an open forum to bring together South Africa’s civic tech community, both governmental and non-governmental for the purpose of sharing, learning, inspiring, and overall capability building.
22–23 November 2018
Civic Tech Innovation Forum
Founding Executive Director, amandla.mobi
Koketso Moeti has a long background in civic activism and has over the years worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. She currently serves as the founding executive director of amandla.mobi, a community of over 225,000 people working to turn every cellphone into a democracy-building tool to ensure that those most affected by injustice- low income Black women in particular- can take collective action on issues affecting their lives. In 2018 she was announced as an inaugural Obama Foundation fellow and the Waislitz Global Citizen award winner. This comes after being a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices fellow. She is also the Deputy Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, a coalition of South African organisations committed to and campaigning for public broadcasting in the public interest.
When not working, Moeti can be found writing and has been published by a wide range of South African and international media.
Director of Investment,
Based in Nairobi, Ory invests in for-profit and non-profit organisations in Africa that foster civic participation and increase transparency and accountability in government.
Ory was previously Google’s Policy Manager for sub-Saharan Africa, responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Prior to that, she was a founding member of Ushahidi, a crowdsourcing platform that visualises citizen-reported information to increase accountability, and co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament.
Ory was named on the 2014 TIME 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People. She is an advisory board member to several organisations including the Harvard Center for African Studies and Global Witness. She was recently appointed to the Kofi Annan Foundation Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.
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.
In the public sector, Audrey served on Taiwan’s K-12 curriculum committee and national development council’s open data committee; and led the country’s first e-Rulemaking project.
In the private sector, Audrey worked as a consultant with Apple on computational linguistics, with Oxford University Press on crowd lexicography, and with Socialtext on social interaction design.
In the third sector, Audrey actively contributes to Taiwan’s g0v (“gov-zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society, with the call to “fork the government”.
Facilitator, trainer & movement builder, United States of America
Nicole Carty is a facilitator, trainer, and movement builder with over eight years of experience supporting movements and organizations of all sizes.
She has done work on four different continents with both digital advocacy organizations and grassroots non-profits. Nicole specializes in supporting social movements and has supported mass mobilizations and movement building in the Movement for Black Lives, IfNotNow, and the #NeverAgain movement. She is also Lead Trainer and Core Team Member at Momentum a movement-building institute where she has lead the push to train organizers to use digital tools to organize at scale.
Writer and political analyst,
Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya and the author of Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics and a co-editor of Where Women Are: Gender and the 2017 Kenyan Election. Her writing has appeared in the Foreign Policy, New Internationalist, Al Jazeera, Project Syndicate, among others. On Twitter: @Nanjala1.
Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate
Tanya Knowles is the Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate (Pty) Ltd. Fractal Solutions is tasks with the research and development of disruptive technologies, including blockchain / distributed ledger technology. Strate is South Africa’s authorised Central Securities Depository providing electronic settlement of securities concluded on various stock exchange in the country. Tanya is currently the Chair of the South African Financial Markets Blockchain Consortium and has received certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in blockchain technology. She also has a BA, PDM and MBA Degree all from the University of the Witwatersrand. In her private capacity, Tanya is involved in a number of women’s leadership and mentoring initiatives aimed at professional business women.
Senior Public Sector Specialist,
World Bank’s Governance Global Practice
Tiago is a Senior Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice. Having joined the Bank in 2010, Tiago’s activities focus on working with governments to develop solutions for better public policies and services. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tiago has managed projects and consulted for a number of organizations, such as the European Commission, OECD, United Nations, Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Brazilian and UK governments. Formerly a research coordinator for the Electronic Democracy Centre at the University of Zurich, Tiago is currently a faculty member of New York University’s Governance Lab. A board member for Our Cities Network and Intelligent Digital Avatars, he also sits in the advisory boards of a number of organizations such as The Participatory Budgeting Projectand Our City Thoughts. Featured in TechCrunch as one of the “20 Most Innovative People in Democracy”, Tiago holds a PhD and a Masters in Political Science from the European University Institute, as well as a Masters in Organized Collective Action from Sciences-Po Paris. He blogs at DemocracySpot and tweets at @participatory.
Curator and writer
Lauren has an Honors degree in History and Education and a Masters degree in Film and Television. Over the past two decades, she has written several books, produced drama and factual television series and since 2002, has specialized in developing and curating a number of heritage sites, memorial projects and permanent and temporary exhibitions both in South Africa and Africa.
Most recently, Lauren has been working as the curator of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide permanent exhibition will be opened in September 2018. Lauren is also the lead curator of the Museum and Archive of the Constitution, an important new institution which is currently in the making and which will stand directly opposite the Constitutional Court.
Lauren has also edited and co-written several books: Soweto: A History (published by Maskew Miller Longman, 1999); Number Four; the Making of Constitution Hill (published by Penguin, 2004); Mapping Memories (Published by David Krut Publishers, 2005); A Prisoner in the Garden (published by Penguin, 2005). She co-authored a book entitled, Great Lives, Pivotal Moments as well as an accompanying six-part book series for learners called Great People, Great Places (published by Jacana in 2008 and 2009). In 2011, she published a book on the history of the Constitution, One Law One Nation to celebrate the 15th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic Constitution and commissioned by Cyril Ramaphosa, the now president of South Africa. In 2017, she published a memoir on her experiences as a cancer patient called, Cancer: A Love Story. She was most recently the project manager and content editor for A Knock on the Door, a history of the Detainee Parents Support Committee which was published in February 2018.
The Civic Tech Innovation Forum 2018 is a two-day event packed with sessions to learn and inspire one another.