Do you want to help shape the consumption of news in Africa for the next generation?
The BBC World Service is looking to Kenya’s tech community for ideas and approaches to reach young mobile centric audiences on the continent through social platforms, specifically the use of chat apps. We want to work with developers and designers to help take their ideas from conception to a reality.
A 2 day hackathon will be held in Nairobi on the 3rd & 4th of February.
The aim of this event is to generate ideas, develop them, and test a pilot service that will extend BBC World Service reach in Kenya, as our audiences become increasingly connected to digital media through mobile phones. The focus is on young mobile phone users in urban and rural areas who do not currently have access to BBC content that is relevant to them, and capitalising on the popularity of social media and Chat Apps to help accomplish this.
This event is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, with attendees expected from across the world who are interested in developing digital tools for mobile platforms.
You can apply by registering a team here:
Follow this link to apply
Each participant will receive a personal computing environment on a simple and affordable Keepod USB device. The winning teams will be mentored and supported in the development and testing of their prototype, or proof of concept, through a rigorous pilot service. This piloting process will receive up to £25k ($39k) per team in funding support.
The briefing event will be held on January 29 and the Hack on February 3-4 2015.