Join the Data Quest to tell science stories with SA data


SciBraai, Code for South Africa and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ)  will host a science journalism DataQuest at Codebridge civic tech lab in Cape Town on Saturday 22 August,  The event will bring together journalists, scientists, designers, data analysts and developers to tell socially-relevant science stories using real South African data sets, and is open to all.

Participants will team up to find stories in data and then prepare a multimedia article, which will be judged by a panel of experienced data and science journalists. Stories should have social relevance, with at least one high-impact data visualisation, in one of three categories: health, environment or general research. The winning stories and visualisations will benefit from professional editing and proofing before being published on and, as well as being offered for publication by other media houses.

Are you a journalist, a designer, a scientist, an analyst  or a developer? Are you just nuts about data and the great things that can be done with it? We’d love for you to participate! You can view details of the event on Facebook and MeetUp. If you’d like to just go ahead and register, you can click here. It will be great fun, great exposure, and it’s free! Plus, you might just get your work published. Since this is a SciBraai event, we’ll be having a lekker braai, and there are even prizes on offer for the best stories and graphics.

Prizes on the day will be sponsored by SafariNow, Eighty20, Research Africa, Waterford Wine Estate and the South African Water Research Commission. Other sponsors include the International Centre for Journalists and Libstar.

About Code for South Africa

Code for South Africa is a civic technology lab using data and technology to drive social change in South Africa through informed decision-making. They achieve this through sourcing, cleaning and publishing open data sets; driving government accountability; supporting civil society organisations; and offering fellowships for data journalists and developers.

About the International Centre for Journalists

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is at the forefront of the news revolution. Its programmes empower journalists and engage citizens with new technologies and best practices. ICFJ believe that better journalism leads to better lives.

For more information, contact Paul Kennedy on 079 225 9286 or email


SciBraai, a proudly South African NPO dedicated to science journalism, communication and outreach. SciBraai began on Heritage Day 2013 - Anina Mumm and Engela Duvenage in 2013 launched the website,, to feature stories about South African research, technology and innovation, and the people behind the discoveries. This blog welcomes all South Africans to go behind the scenes of local science and exploration endeavors. It’s a place to share stories about the scientists themselves and the interesting, little-known activities that are often left out of research journals. A place to learn more about the stuff that makes South African science and its people tick. A place to feel inspired about what South Africans are discovering on home soil and abroad. Because local is lekker, no matter what language you use. SciBraai's following has grown in the past years, and we are now on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We've also begun organising real-life braai's where we share round-the-fire stories about South African science and scientists.

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