Taiwan’s digital minister to speak at Civic Tech Innovation Network forum in Joburg


Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang will speak at a three-day forum next week in Johannesburg hosted by The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN). The forum aims to bring together SA’s civic tech community.

The forum, which will be held at the city’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct from next Wednesday to Friday (18 to 2o March), intends to bring together both governmental and non-governmental for the purpose of sharing, learning, inspiring, and overall capability building.

Tang is a civic hacker and heads up the government’s social entrepreneurship and open government initiatives. She is known for revitalising global open-source communities such as Perl and Haskell.

The two-day programme includes collaborative workshop sessions on the what, how, and what next of civic tech, as well as a civic tech bootcamp for those who are new to the field.

The Civic Tech Innovation Network forum takes place on 18 and 19 March at the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct

There will also be a social and networking event on the evening of 19 March from 6pm to 10pm at the Wits Theatre.

The other speakers confirmed to present at the forum include:

Al Kags, the co-founder of The Open Institute,
Koketso Moeti, founding executive director of Amandla.mobi
Paul Plantinga, a research specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Alessandra Orofino, executive director of Nossas
Zukiswa Kota, programme manager at the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)
Adam Oxford, co-ordinator of Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg
Nathalie Dijkman, founder of SEMA
Jayshree Naidoo, CEO of the Youth, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Design Institute
JD Bothma, lead developer of OpenUp
Richard Gevers, founder of the Open Cities Lab

Tickets cost R150 and can be bought on CTIN’s website.

Featured image: Taiwan’s digital minister Audrey Tang (Facebook)



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