Blogging Workshops at the 3rd annual Digital Citizen Indaba

This year I am attending the 3rd annual Digital Citizen Indaba, not as a speaker but a workshop facilitator on Tuesday, 9 September. I will be leaving from Grahamstown directly for two weeks in Johannesburg from 10-25 September.

Anyway here’s the event information directly from the hourse’ mouth…

The annual DCI is held at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September. The opening party in the evening of the 6th is at local pub Rat ‘n Parrot where Toby Shapshak (editor of Stuff magazine) will deliver a mind-blowing presentation as we mingle.

– DCI programme –
In the last weeks we have put together a PROGRAMME that includes some great speakers with interesting opinions and valuable knowledge. There are five exciting 30-minute morning sessions by Jayne Morgan (‘Creating a podcast that people want to listen to’), Marlon Parker (‘Using MXit in community blogging’), Henk Kleynhans (‘How to get access to cheap Internet…and more’), Nic Haralambous (‘Mobile internet technologies’) and Andriankoto Ratozamanana (Blogging for a small audience in Madagascar).

In the afternoon there is an interactive panel with three digital citizens from Voices of Africa, and a debate with some big names in the field of journalism and new media: Matthew Buckland (GM Social Media, News 24) and Dan Gillmor (Author ‘We Media’). And Adam Clayton Powell (University of Southern California) will give the closing statement.

Take a look at the profiles of our speakers HERE.

As you can see, these hands-on topics are in sync with our theme ‘Technology for the Digital Citizen’ and will equip all participants with new-media skills and knowledge that will empower them to create a long-lasting, far-reaching digital voice. Just as the DCI aspires.

– Workshops –
In addition to the DCI we offer FREE WORKSHOPS on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 September for those digital citizens who want to put their newly acquired knowledge and skills to the test. Space is limited and you will need to motivate in order to attend.

Monday 8 September
14:30 – 16:00 Jayne Morgan – How to create a Podcast and attract an audience
16:30 – 17:30 Marlon Parker – How to set up and maintain a micro-blog using MXit

Tuesday 9 September
14:30 – 16:00 Ramon Thomas – How to take your blog to the next level
16:30 – 18:00 Ramon Thomas – How to take your blog to the next level

Please e-mail your details, name and time of the workshop and a motivation letter to Elvira van Noort before 1 September. We will then get back to you as soon as possible.

– Registrations –
This year, the New Media Lab is partnering with the Highway Africa 2008 conference to make sure that as many people as possible are able to take up the opportunity to join this exciting event. Therefore registrations are now integrated. You can the New Media Lab and you will need to indicate which conference you are attending. Attendance to DCI is free but there is an attendance fee for Highway Africa. Registrations for DCI close on 29 August.


Digital Citizens Indaba 2007 opens this Sunday

Tomorrow I will be flying to Port Elizabeth for the 2nd time in just under a month. This flight has been booked by the gracious hosts from the Journalism and Media studies department at Rhodes University, who are the organisers of this conference as well as the annual Highway Africa conference. Sadly I will not have time to visit family and friends in Uitenhage because we’re all going directly to Grahamstown for the opening drinks on Saturday evening.

This is the updated programme for DCI 07. Please note that it is subject to change.

The main conference will be held at the Barratt Complex in Prince Alfred Street on Rhodes University campus.Registration will take place in the foyer of the African Media Matrix building on Rhodes University campus. Click here for a map.


Registration opens in the African Media Matrix building, Rhodes Campus.
6pm: Please join us for welcoming drinks at Olde 65 in New Street, Grahamstown.


8-9am: Registration in the AMM building, Rhodes campus

9-10am: Opening and keynote address
– Opening by Prof Fackson Banda (Acting Head School of Journalism and Media Studies, RU)
– Keynote address: Emergence of the Digital Citizen – Ndesanjo Macha (Blogger and writer, Tanzania)

10-11.30am: Fractured Identities — the African Blogosphere
Nixon Nyikadzino (Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Zimbabwe)
Daudi Were (Kenyan Blogs Webring, Kenya)
Ansbert Ngurumo (Kiswahili blogger, Tanzania)

11.30-11.45am Tea at Barratt Complex

12-1pm Why I Blog (and Things that Happen Because I Do)
Bob Sankofa (Photoblogger, Tanzania)
Remmy Nweke (Blogger, Nigeria)
Khaya Dlanga (YouTube Vlogger, South Africa)

1-2pm Lunch at Nelson Mandela Dining Hall, Rhodes campus

2-3pm Challenges of Content: The South African Experience
Riaan Wolmarans (Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa)
Renee Moodie (Independent Online, South Africa)
Carly Ritz (The Times, South Africa)
DeWaal Steyn (Die Burger, South Africa)

2-3pm Challenges of Content: The African Perspective
Ore Somolu (APC, Nigeria)
Elles van Gelder (AfricaNews & Voices of Africa, The Netherlands)
Anna Badimo (LinuxChix, South Africa)

3-3.15pm Tea at Barratt Complex

3.15-4.30pm Money and Marketing
Laurian Clemence (Wibble, South Africa)
Matthew Buckland (M&G Online, Online Publishers Association, South Africa)
Ramon Thomas (NETucation, South Africa)

3.15-4.30pm Cyberactivism & Legal Lessons
Guy Berger (School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa)
– Habtamu Dugo (Ethiopia/ Blogger)
Brenda Burrell (Kubatana, Zimbabwe)

4.30-5.30pm Web 2.0 and the Media
Vincent Maher (Amatomu, M&G Online, South Africa)
Mohamed Nanabhay (Al Jazeera, Qatar)

The Digital Citizens Indaba blog has been dead since the last conference and I’m hoping that they will follow in the footsteps of the TED blog which has been posting updates on the progress of the speakers and TED Fellows since TEDGlobal 2007.


Digital Citizens Indaba 2007 announced at Rhodes University

My friend Henry Addo notified me of this event via the African Bloggers Group. The Digital Citizens Indaba, which is a Blogging Conference, will take place again this year from 9-11 September 2007.

Last year I was a speaker at last year’s event. There was a lot of talk about blogging being used to for activism and the now stale debate on blogging vs journalism. There were several international speakers like Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices and Emeka Okafor, program director of the TEDGlobal 2007 conference. There was a very small focus on blogging for business and so I sincerely hope they will bring more of that into it this year. If we really want to make an impact with blogging we need to get more companies in Africa to use it as a tool.

On Tuesday this week I did another one of my blogging seminars for Douglas Green, a very big wine and spirits company in SA with distribution in Europe and America. They are reeling with possibilities based on the Stormhoek success. And I helped them see these possibilities more clearly.

Perhaps the most important thing we need to do is to help individual Bloggers , especially those from other African countries, make money or generate an income or get some consulting work for themselves from their blogs. It certainly works for me here in South Africa. And I can say once again that my experience at TEDGlobal in Tanzania has taught me how fortunate we really are here in South Africa. My friend and mentor, Tony Roocroft, makes more then R1 million per annum from over 100 websites even with the high prices of Internet and broadband costs.


Day2 Blogging Conference Business and Marketing panel

Alec Hogg & Ramon ThomasThe business and marketing panel was where I was got my chance to do a presentation on blog marketing. Well before we get into the details I want tell you about Alec Hogg. The Moneyweb founder had some very potent things to say to the audience. And it was about time. The activism and the political diatribe as well as the media and journalism speak is important but its not doing to much to change the situation in the right direction. Alec Hogg claimed Moneyweb is making about R65,000 per month from Google Adsense alone! My last cheque was for US$500 😉 With a compliment of 15 full time journalist he will be supplying them with laptop’s and 3G cards from October so they can work from wherever they are. And this is a very good example of how an information business can succeed in a country with less then 4 million Internet users. People need to stop complaining and follow the examples already set by people like Alec Hogg who started Moneyweb from the top of his garage in 1997! Now I was up next and you can download my presentation on using blogs as part of your online marketing here.

Emeka OkaforEmeka Okafor, blogging at the Timbuktu Chronicles gave a general overview of his blog and the reasons behind it. Identifying unusual entrepreneurial businesses in Africa and highlighting them because they are not covered in the mainstream business media like Fortune, Forbes, Motley Fool, etc. All in all I wish this panel had more time to get into the specifics. Alec Hogg took most of the questions and answered them with the same gusto as his talk.