Open Data. Data Literacy.

Come Use It To Build Cool Stuff.

Kingston, Jamaica May 28 – May 30, 2018

Kingston, Jamaica

May 28 – May 30, 2018


This data literacy boot camp will equip you with basic data literacy to help you to understand and interpret data so that you can use it for data-driven storytelling and other civic data projects.

The d|Bootcamp is hands-on. You will learn basic tools and skills by doing exercises with real data from Jamaica’s open data portal, and other local sources. Some of the skills you’ll learn include how to find data, how to acquire data by scraping a website, how to analyse data (looking for patterns, stories or clues) and present data in an informative and engaging way.

This d|Bootcamp is hosted by the Ministry of Science, Energy, and Technology and the Department for International Development (UKAID), with support from the World Bank Group, Code for Africa, and the SlashRoots Foundation. It will kick off on Monday, May 28, 8:30 am at the University of West Indies’ Mona School of Business Management’s (North) Executive Lecture Theatre.

This 3-day event is free, with seats for 40 journalists or civic activists, developers/coders/researchers, and entrepreneurs who are interested in building data-driven civic apps or data stories.

Participants will work in teams, using readily available data resources from a range of Jamaica government agencies and other global organisations. d|Bootcamp participants will also be invited to join and build a local data community so that they can continue to expand their digital literacy skills.

Register today to confirm your seat!

Hacks (Journalists) & Bloggers

Journalists, Bloggers, Videographers, Graphic Artists, Interactive Designers. Learn to tell more powerful stories with new new tools. Learn to use data to create localised / personalised content.

Hackers & Makers

Developers, Designers, User Experience (UX) Researchers, Engineers. Come work on meaningful problems for mass audiences. Get connected to new markets, and practice your skills.

Civil Society Professionals

Data Experts, Government ICT Thought-leader and NGOs. Come help connect indicators to issues. Team up with civic technologists and mass media pioneers to build citizen tools.

Session Leaders

Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley

Government of Jamaica

Trevor Forrest

876 Solutions

Dr. Maurice McNaughton

Mona School of Business and Management

Sandra Moscoso

World Bank Group

David Satour

SlashRoots Foundation

Tricia Govindasamy

Code for Africa

Le Roux Schoeman

Freelance Multimedia Journalist

Denique Ferguson

SlashRoots Foundation

Rae Heeraman

Incus Services

Justin Arenstein

Code for Africa

Chris Roper

Code for Africa

Matthew McNaughton

SlashRoots Foundation

Nkechi Okwuone

Code for Nigeria

Leslie Lee Fook

Incus Services

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This Kingston d|Bootcamp  has been made possible through support from the following partners:




Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.