Nuzulack Dausen

Nuzulack Dausen is an award winning investigative journalist with the leading media house in Tanzania, Mwananchi Communications Ltd (MCL). He specializes in business, economics, technology and data reporting.

Mr Dausen, who is based in Dar es Salaam, is the current Data Coordinator at MCL heading the data desk which is responsible for coordinating and generating data-driven stories in all print and digital platforms.

For the past five years he has been in the media industry, Dausen has covered different local and international assignments including the 2016 US elections in Ohio and New York.

This has helped him to clinch several awards in technology and investigation and the recent one being the Best Print Investigative Journalist of year 2015 by the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT).

He holds a B.A in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam and a post graduate training in multimedia journalism from the Nation Media Group’s Media Lab.

Kenfrey Kiberenge

Kenfrey Kiberenge is the news editor at Nairobi News, Nation Media Group. He has been a journalist since 2006. Previously, he worked with The Standard, Daily Metro and The People dailies in Kenya.

A University of Nairobi alumnus, he is winner of the David Astor Journalism Award 2012. In 2012, he trained at The Independent and the Guardian/Observer newspapers in London and the Scotsman in Edinburgh, United Kingdom for a combined period of three months.

Find him on Twitter @KenKiberenge

Salome Kitomari

Salome is a Senior Reporter for Nipashe Newspaper, with 12 years experience in journalism. She has won five-award in investigative reporting, people with disabilities reporting and Tourism reporting. Has covered Constitutional and National Assemblies, Elections including 2016 USA Primary Elections.

Salome has saved as a Board Member with Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania (Jet) for two terms since 2009. Currently has appointed as interim Chairperson of Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa-Tan). She has attended Media Management for women, conducted by World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers (Wanfra) and the Women in News program.

She covers:  Natural Resources, Industrialization, Innovation and infrastructure reporting conducted by Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF).

Patrick Vidija

Patrick Vidija is a professional photographer who has previously worked as a radio journalist in various radio stations in Kenya before switching to print journalism under Radio Africa ltd, the Star Newspaper.

He has a passion for Multimedia and data reporting, and is still a photojournalist for Star but actively serving the online platform with phone recorded videos and photos.

Patrick joined the media industry in 2012 and believes that: “with photography, everyday gives an opportunity to learn something new and one can never be the best unless they are willing to take the challenge.”

Maxwell  Agwanda

Maxwell  is a photojournalist by profession who trained  in photography and video technology at the  Kenya Polytechnic University. He started at the  Nation Newspapers as freelance sports and news photographer and rose to the level of a senior photographer before he left  and joined the Standard Newspapers.

He is  currently the assistant photo editor at the standard group where he also mentors young up coming photographers who are working under him. His passion for  photography makes him train other  photographers during his free time at the Versatile school of photography.
In 2015 he participated and won the  4th EAC-EABC Media awards  photographic category and in the same year he  also won DW  Local Heroes  photo report.

Maxwell loves taking pictures  of  landscape, wildlife, sports and people during his free time while with his family. He is also open minded,  willing to learn new things and take up new challenges.

Annika McGinnis

Annika McGinnis is a journalist from the U.S. with 5 years experience in news reporting, data journalism and communication for social justice. She is attending the droneCAMP as the cofounder of InfoNile, a startup “geojournalism” platform combining interactive maps and data visualization with locally reported stories on issues of water in the Nile River basin.

Annika has reported for Reuters in the White House and on Capitol Hill, USA TODAY, and McClatchy Newspapers. She also worked with The Advocacy Project NGO in communications and worked on a geojournalism website in the Amazon with Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.

She is currently based in Kampala, Uganda completing a Global Health Corps fellowship managing communications for Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative, a community-based HIV/AIDS NGO. Annika graduated in 2016 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she created her major in international development and also completed degrees in multiplatform journalism and French.

Speakers and Drone Pilots

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller is the Founder and Creative force behind AfricanDrone and Unequal Scenes. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive networks and knowledge of contemporary African and world issues. His focus is on the urban, cultural, and social issues facing humanity in a fast-changing world.

He has received worldwide acclaim for his project “Unequal Scenes”, an aerial exploration of inequality in South Africa.

Rahim Hussein

Rahim is a digital media expert and a drone pilot with over 2 years working with drones. He has worked with the Government of Tanzania on the Land tenure project that involved the use of drones to map fields and create digital elevation maps.

He has also worked with Ramani Huria under the project flood resilience, to highlight the most underdeveloped urban settlements and Dar es Salaam region.

Currently Rahim works as a freelance drone pilot to capture the scenes of the lives of people in the most remote parts of Tanzania.

Chris Onyando

Christian Onyando was born and spend most of his childhood in Mombasa and later grew up in Nairobi. He has been in love with tech since childhood days – when his dad often took him to his workplace. He was a telecom technician in the early nineties. Once, dad bought a kodak point and shoot camera. At nine, he became the defacto family photographer and the go to guy for any techie problem. Jump to the future and the all grown Christian is a professional of drones, photography, film production and technology.

He is the founder and CEO of MicroDrone Africa, a Kenyan based company that specializes in the use of drone technology for solutions in the Creative, Geo-Tech, Industrial and Public Safety sectors.

He lives in Nairobi. When not working, he enjoys time outdoors, off road biking, horses and anything aviation. The best time out is always with his wife,two sons, their dog fluffy and their camper caravan…going out to find adventure – exploring Africa.

He has been a graphics designer, web designer, network engineer, video editor and photographer. Christian is currently professionally focused in in using the technology of unmanned systems to offer solutions in existing and emerging industries.

Lillian Nduati

Lillian Nduati is the Knowledge and Engagement Lead at Code for Africa, developing and supporting the Code for Africa pan-African community network of journalists, civic hackers, civil society organizations, developers, designers, and #journocoders. This includes 16 HacksHackers Africa chapters, 19 d|Bootcamps, Codebridge communities, and CodeforAfrica Chapters in 10 countries.

Most recently, Lillian helped to scale the global Impact Hub Network into 12+ African cities, and before that, was a data and business journalist at the Nation Media Group. Lillian is passionate about the space where media meets technology and innovation – converging her strengths as an entrepreneur, journalist, coder, and communicator to connect people and ideas to create positive impact.

Edward Anderson

Edward Anderson is a Senior Innovation Policy Specialist at the World Bank’s Global ICT unit. Since 2014 he is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he represents the World Bank on Technology and Innovation.

As part of this role he leads work supporting the governments’ Open Data Initiative and is responsible for designing government modernization projects in UAV mapping, citizen data, microwork and smart sensors.

Prior to moving to Tanzania, Edward was based at World Bank Headquarters and coordinated a programme to use digital engagement tools and open innovation methodologies to transform public service delivery. This work covered Africa, Asia and Latin America and ranges in topics from open data to crowdsourcing, mobile government and smart civics. Edward also participates on the advisory boards of various European smart city networks and projects including Open Cities, City SDK, Code for Europe and MyNeighbourhood.

He holds Master’s degrees in both aerospace engineering and international economics.

Omar Mohammed

Omar Mohammed is A ICFJ Knight Fellow and head of Code for Tanzania. He also covers business and financial news for Bloomberg in Tanzania.

He was formerly East Africa reporter with Quartz and a 2014/2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow.

Freddie Mbuya

Kwasi Gicheru

Kwasi is a program officer at Code for Africa.

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