Code for Africa - Tanzania, United Republic of
Twitter : @JustinArenstein
Justin Arenstein is founder and director of Code for Africa.
Code for Africa is the continent's largest open data and civic technology initiative, with 'citizen labs' in six countries and projects in a further 20 countries. The initiative is structured as a federation, and runs Africa's OpenGov Fellowships (with fellows in five countries) and also embeds Innovation Fellows into newsrooms and social justice organisations to help liberate data of public interest, or to build tools that help empower citizens.
In addition to fellowships and civic tech labs, Code for Africa runs the $1 million per year innovateAFRICA.fund and the $500,000 per year impactAFRICA.fund, which award seed grants to civic pioneers for experiments with everything from camera drones and environmental sensors, to encryption for whistleblowers and data-driven semantic analysis tools for investigative watchdogs.
Arenstein is also co-founder of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (www.InvestigativeCenters.org), which provides forensic research and technology support to Africa's best muckraking newsrooms and which spearheaded the PanamaPapers investigations across Africa.
And, Arenstein is founder and chief strategist for the Hacks/Hackers Africa movement, which currently coordinates 16 chapters with an online community of over 35,000 digital pioneers. This community runs everything from online courses and data expeditions, to hosting regular d|Bootcamps and co-creation events.
Outside of his civic tech work, Arenstein serves as a director or advisor on various media industry boards and think-tanks and is a consulting strategist at Google on data-driven journalism and newsroom innovation.