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15
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' 17
TechCamp Warsaw
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[ ABOUT TECHCAMP ]

TechCamp is two-day, fully interactive workshops that connect leading technology experts as trainers with local civil society organizations to build digital capacity and co-create solutions to real world challenges. Through a variety of hands-on demonstrations and trainings, TechCamp trainers teach free, low-cost, and easy-to-implement technologies and strategies that participants then apply to local challenges. Strategic priorities for TechCamps are increasing digital literacy & communications capacity, countering violent extremism and supporting and defending civil society. To get a sense of a typical program, watch video from TechCamp Riga, focused on tech tools for investigative journalism.

WHO?

More than 50: journalists, bloggers, and COS activists from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Ukraine.

They were chosen among 900 people willing to participate in the conference.

TOPICS

MoJo: Journalism on your Mobile Phone / Structured Journalism / Telling Stories with Data / Media and Content Verification / Critical Media Literacy / Growth Hacking: Understanding and building your audience / Visualizing and Mapping your Data / Ethical Journalism and Online Fact-checking

Digital tools make it possible for anyone to create and publish information. It is becoming increasingly difficult for recipients to evaluate the quality of online content. In an attempt to meet recipients’ needs, content authors more and more frequently simplify their message by using such tools as videos. Citizens, in turn, feel lost in the deluge of information which they receive 24 hours a day. They experience growing difficulties in differentiating between reliable information and information noise. It is more and more troublesome for them to both understand the reality they live in and take rational decisions. Increasingly frequently, they fall victim to manipulation exercised by e.g. authoritarian governments which skillfully use e.g. social media as a propaganda tool. Therefore, there is an urgent need for educating recipients in critical data analysis / conscious information selectivity and understanding of the specific nature of digital tools. TC will provide participants with an overview of inspiring examples of educational activities related to critical media literacy, meetings with experts in the field and knowledge of how to teach recipients to avoid falling prey to manipulation..

New technologies are reshaping / disrupt the business model of contemporary media. Access to online information is of growing significance. It is increasingly difficult to cover expenses incurred by journalists who create reliable and verified content. Non-governmental organisations, civil journalists and bloggers are also encountering difficulties in obtaining financing. This is a particular challenge in countries where the rights of independent media are being curbed. It is necessary to present new ideas for how to ensure financial independence of the media, which would combine forms of entrepreneurship typical of start-ups and fundraising. TC workshops will be conducted by people who explored different models of financial stability to their media enterprises.

New technologies facilitate access to data. However, this does not mean that all citizens are well versed in using these data, nor does it imply that they are capable of forming opinions on public life. Some data are too specialist for an average citizen to  understand. Not everyone is capable of discerning more and less important items of information in the every-day deluge of data. The role of journalists, individuals and organisations who facilitate access to public information is to present data in a way ensuring that as many citizens as possible understand complex social, economic and political phenomena, and that they become capable of taking rational decisions on the basis of such information. The challenge is to use digital tools so as to support the understanding of complex issues, without their undue simplification. TC participants will attend presentations and workshops conducted by practitioners who successfully use new technologies and adjust data transmission to the needs of their audiences.

New technologies streamline the creation and dissemination of information. Items of news keep showing up 24 hours a day. Journalists are pressured to respond immediately. Time to verify sources and reflection is becoming scarce. Recipients demand that information be delivered quickly, and in a readily comprehensible „visual” form. Items of news are being reduced in length, rely more and more on such forms as videos or infographics. On the one hand, we are being swamped with information. On the other hand, what reaches us is merely the abridged version. Journalists, individuals and organisations who facilitate access to public information are faced by the challenge of meeting professional journalism standards and getting their message through to the average citizen at the same time. TC participants will meet with journalists who will share their experiences on how to fulfil professional standards while using digital tools.

[ OUR GUESTS ]

Jarosław Kuźniar
dyrektor programowy onet.pl, key speaker at TechCamp Warsaw

Piotr Pacewicz

Piotr Pacewicz
OKO.press Editor-in-Chief

Stanisław Skarżyński
OKO.press deputy Edior-in_chief

Beata Biel
Google News Lab

Andriy Gazin
Mr. Chartmaker

Olga Iurkova
Stopfake.org

Szymon Pifczyk
BIQdata.pl / PwC GeoAnalytics

Tony Cohn TechCamp Warsaw

Tony Cohn
Smithsonian Institution

Iain Collins
Glich.Digital

[ AGENDA ]

8
:00
am

Networking Over Coffee & Tea

9
:00
am

Welcome Remarks: US Ambassador Paul Jones / Keynote: Jarosław Kuźniar, Onet

9
:30
am

TechCamp Overview & Logistics: IIP Team Member

9
:40
am

Icebreaker: Spectrogram

10
:00
am

Speed-Geeking Sessions

  1. MoJo: Journalism on your Mobile Phone / Maciej Słomczyński, TVN
  2. Structured Journalism / Iain Collins, Glitch.Digital
  3. Telling Stories with Data / Andriy Gazin
  4. Media and Content Verification / Beata Biel, Google News Lab
  5. Critical Media Literacy / Olga Yurkova, StopFake
  6. Growth Hacking: Understanding and building your audience / Vitalie Esanu, Evisoft / Tony Cohn, Smithsonian
  7. Visualizing and Mapping your Data / Szymon Pifczyk, BIQ Data
  8. Ethical Journalism and Online Fact-checking / Piotr Pacewicz, Stanisław SKarżyński, Oko.Press

10
:55
am

Coffee & Tea Break

11
:10
am

Explanation of Interactive Training Sessions

11
:20
am

1st Interactive Training Session

12
:55
pm

Lunch

2
:10
pm

2nd Interactive Training Session

3
:40
pm

Coffee & Tea Break

3
:55
pm

Explanation: How to Define a Challenge Statement

4
:10
pm

Trainers and Participant Determine Challenge Statements

5
:10
pm

End of Day Announcements. Get ready for Day 2!

5
:30
pm

Dinner & party at the Brain Embassy (finishes at 10 pm)

08
:00
am

Networking Over Tea & Coffee: Participants Sign up for the Challenge they would like to work on.

09
:00
am

Morning Announcements: IIP Team Member

9
:15
am

Challenge Fair

9
:45
am

Small Group Work on Identifying Project Solutions

12
:00
pm

Lunch

01
:00
pm

Plenary and Afternoon Announcements

01
:15
pm

Developing Project Solutions and Preparing Presentations

3
:00
pm

Tea & Coffee Break

03
:15
pm

Final Presentations

04
:30
pm

TechForum Survey

04
:45
pm

TechForum Closing Remarks: TBD

05
:00
pm

Certificates & Group Photo!

[ ORGANIZERS ]

U.S. Department of State

The Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) is a non-governmental organization making inhabitants of villages and small towns to use new technologies for acquisition of new skills and collaborative actions.

The Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) is a non-governmental organization making inhabitants of villages and small towns to use new technologies for acquisition of new skills and collaborative actions.

Digital Communication Network is an international association connecting professionals of the digital age from a variety of backgrounds, in order to generate ideas, tools, and products for media outlets, civil society organizations, businesses, and public authorities.

VENUE


We will work where ideas are born: in The Brain Embassy & Agdar Training Centre. Imagine that your workplace can be absolutely different. In a place like The Brain Embassy you'll get the opportunity to meet creativity at its best. Meet the future on 1700 square meters. On this huge area you'll get everything you want - stunning interior, plenty of different micro&common areas, technical infrastructure, kitchen and dining zone, help desk, meeting rooms and much more.

THE BRAIN EMBASSY

Al. Jerozolimskie 181, 02-222 Warsaw Building B (fifth floor)

More Information

[ TRANSPORTATION ]

We organize transfers from the airport to the hotel and the TechCamp venue. Noemi will share practical information with each of you.
Need parking spot? Contact Noemi.

[ FUN! ]

Hotel in the center of the buzz. Expect single rooms with free wifi, breakfasts and the gym. Towels and hairdryers you can live at home.

Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand

28 Krucza Street
00-522 Warsaw, Poland

Krucza street is popular for its bars and restaurants, check for yourself:
https://foursquare.com

On February 16 evening, we invite you to the club named Miłość Kredytowa (in free translation Love on Credit). 
Buses from Copernicus Center will pick you up to the party
Kredytowa 9 street, Warsaw | start 20:00 | DJ Neen and MOMO

[ MEDIA ]

[ CONTACT US ]

TechCamp Coordinator

Noemi Gryczko
me@noemigryczko.com
Skype: noe_gryczko

Media

Małgorzata Dąbrowska
malgorzata.dabrowska@frsi.org.pl
mob. +48 722 002 316