Speakers

Govindraj Ethiraj

Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and Founder-Editor of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, a twin public interest journalism effort that uses data to tell stories. IndiaSpend was recently admitted to the Washington DC headquartered Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

He is also Editor of Boom News, a next generation television news initiative. Boom sits on Ping Digital Broadcast Network, a digital to satellite television network company co-founded by him.

He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha TV. And most recent being Bottomline on Headlines Today – and writes for newspapers like Business Standard.

Sharon Moshavi

Moshavi oversees new project development with an emphasis on developing innovative digital media projects at ICFJ (International Center for Journalists). She also serves as a program director on projects in India and Malaysia. Previously she worked as communications manager at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Moshavi reported internationally from Asia and the Middle East for more than a decade, based in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo, returning to the United States in 2003. She has written for The Boston Globe, Newsday, BusinessWeek, Forbes, The New Republic and U.S. News & World Report, among others. She also produced radio documentaries and essays for NPR, BBC and CBC. A native of Baltimore, she has a B.A. from Columbia University.

Twitter: @smoshavi

Andrew Leimdorfer

Andrew Leimdorfer is the Senior Product Manager for in-depth and Visual Journalism at the BBC. He works with journalists, developers and designers to help produce engaging content for the BBC News website.

bbc.co.uk/newsgraphics
@bbcnewsgraphics
@leimdorfer

Nasr ul Hadi

Nasr ul Hadi has worked in editorial, creative and product roles across print, broadcast and digital media. He is an alum of top journalism brands like The Associated Press, Columbia University, New Delhi Television and The Times of India.

Currently in Delhi, he is a digital products consultant to various media and non-media organisations, teaches digital storytelling at various graduate schools, and helps manage the local chapter of Hacks/Hackers, a global community of professionals working at the intersection of content and technology.

To connect, write to him on any major social network at /nasrhadi.

Thejesh G N

Thejesh GN (ತೇಜೇಶ್ ಜಿ.ಎನ್) “Thej” is an Independent Technologist, developer, blogger, data enthusiast and traveler from Bangalore, India. He graduated as an Electronics and Communication engineer from VTU in 2002. His career started with Siemens Information Systems Ltd as an intern. In 2003 he joined Infosys Technologies Ltd as a Software Engineer. Since then, he has taken many roles such as Developer, Programmer Analyst, Technical Specialist and Technical Architect.
He is co-founder and chairman of DataMeet Trust. Presently along with technology consulting, he runs OpenBangalore, AskYourGovt and other personal projects.
He loves hacking Open Source software. He speaks Python, Java, JavaScript and PHP. He has contributed to several online communities through his personal projects like tweet4blood (skynews coverage), blogging and social media. His explorations into the social media and social tools space led Nokia to invite him to their home office at Finland. He represented India at OpenLab-Finland (Bangalore Mirror coverage).
He was awarded Infosys Community Empathy Fellowship (2010) to work for a year at Janaagraha.

 

David Lemayian

David Lemayian severs as Code for Africa’s lead technologist, managing a team of software developers and pilot CitizenLab accelerator, plus all shared “backbone” infrastructure.

Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Ritvvij Parrikh

Ritvvij Parrikh is the founder of www.pykih.com . He works in the intersection of data, design, statistics and coding. He spends considerable time working closely with media organisations and charities like FirstPost, Journalism++ Cologne, Akshara, visual.ly, etc. to help them make (visual or otherwise) sense of data. In his previous avatars, he founded a social enterprise that helped charities with analytics. Prior to that, he worked for many years at Amdocs US designing data-driven systems for AT&T.

He can be reached at rp@pykih.com

Parul Batra

Parul Batra is currently working with Google as a Global Communication and PR Manager. She has been with Google for the past eight years and has managed various product and device campaigns such as Google for Doodle, Voice Search and Nexus 5 launch among others. Prior to working with Google, Parul was associated with NDTV as a journalist and tracked news developments for close to seven years.

Parul has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from St. Stephen’s college in Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Stanford.

Apart from work, she enjoys swimming and walking during her personal time.

Mentors:

Ankur Nagar

Ankur Nagar is an open data specialist at the World Bank Group’s Open Finances program. He brings design thinking to the program’s initiatives, and manages its open data platform. Recently, he collaborated with the Bank’s India team to conceptualize and deliver the new OpenIndia app, which is a live, open way of engaging and tracking the why, what, and how of the World Bank Group’s work in India till 2017.

Currently in Washington DC, he has also been evangelizing open data use through Open Development Roadshows in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka – and has presented at previous Open Data Camps at Bangalore and Hyderabad. He also pitched challenges and participated in the inaugural Code For India hackatahons at Stanford and Bangalore.

Ankur has been an advertising creative, an online journalist, and an instructional designer. He is a graduate in Economics, and post-graduated in Mass Communication. On Twitter, he is @openkur.

Shyamanuja Das

Shyamanuja Das is the founder of DataJourno, a not-for-profit initiative to popularize data journalism in India. The website datajourno.in showcases the best of Indian data journalism.

Shyamanuja heads the business research practice at JuxtConsult, a new age market research firm. Before that, he served as the editor of Dataquest, India’s largest IT publication. A BE in Computer Science & Engineering from Utkal University Bhubaneswar, Shyamanuja also holds a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC Delhi. He has also completed a certificate course on data journalism offered by European Journalism Centre.

He has dabbled in data journalism for more than half a decade. Way back in 2009, he organized the first workshop on data journalism for journalists across CyberMedia where he was working. Currently, he teaches data journalism.

He is a columnist and writes mostly on ICT for development and governance, enterprise IT, outsourcing & offshoring, banking & payment systems, Indian music and Orissan culture.

Ravi Bajpai

Ravi Bajpai works as Multimedia Editor with one of India’s leading national dailies Hindustan Times. Over the last nine years he has written on politics, governance, urban affairs, crime and justice for prominent Indian English news dailies, including Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and Mail Today.

At Hindustan Times, Ravi is responsible for setting up the newspaper’s multimedia news desk and kickstarting data journalism operations. He was a faculty at the Express Institute of Media Studies, a journalism training school in Indian capital Delhi managed by The Indian Express group.

His multimedia work on public health and development issues has been published in The Economist, London, online. He is an alumnus of the the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, and the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.

Konark Modi

Konark is a data junkie and technology enthusiast at heart, playing with digits and decimals, marrying & blending them with different technologies is his favorite activity apart from charming Python and taking care of DevOps / BigDataPlatform at MakeMyTrip.com.

He has been an active member of the Python Community and currently a core member of organizing team for PyCon India(Largest gathering of python enthusiasts in India), He is passionate about his work and has presented at numerous conferences like PyCons, DevOps etc. A regular hacker at Hack/Hackers, he loves solving technical challenges and add life to stories with data.

Apart from Python, he is a coffee addict and can be reached out on twitter @konarkmodi

Avinash Celestine

Avinash Celestine is a business journalist and has worked with a variety of national papers and magazines. His only ‘break’ from journalism was when he took a year off to study economic history and then another couple of years to work with a non-profit which helped provide research support to Members of Parliament in India. He is currently a business journalist with the Economic Times where he writes on macroeconomics and policy and helped support the newspapers’ graphics and visualisation for the 2014 elections. Over the last couple of years he taught himself to code (a bit) and now also blogs on his own occasionally at datastories.in .

Durga Prasad Misra

Prasad is currently a Principal Scientist in the Open Government Data Division of National Informatics Centre, Government of India.

In his present assignment, he is leading the Open Government Data Platform initiative of India. His focus on feature rich, data rich and engaging platform has brought this platform to the current level.

He is also leading the team working on Prime Minister’s Website and its internal workflow. Before this assignment he was earlier leading the ‘National Portal of India’ Project Team and implementation of the Guidelines for Indian Government Websites at the National as well as State level.

Lyndee Prickitt

Though Lyndee Prickitt is a native Texan, she began her career in the UK with the BBC as a regional radio and TV journalist almost 20 years ago.

World news beckoned, however, and after five years she worked with the Associated Press as a TV producer and then Reuters as a TV and online senior reporter and executive producer, based in London, Singapore, Mumbai and New Delhi. Most recently she has ventured into the world of digital fiction – a groundbreaking medium which incorporates text, video, audio, editorials, art and more. Her production house, Digital Fables, is about to launch their first offering, which can be found at www.weareangry.net .

With Support From:

Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the African Media Initiative strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Craig Hammer

He leads the World Bank Institute’s Global Media Development program, a partnership-drin initiative which focuses on information and media as drivers of good governance. A licensed attorney, his work at the World Bank has included strengthening laws, policies, and regulations to enhance the enabling environment for media, as well as collaborative approaches with media practitioners (journalists, editors, media owners/managers, students, developers, and more) to strengthen the role of media as a key driver of the global knowledge economy, and as a tech-enabled, institution of transparency and accountability.

Elisa Tinsley

Tinsley helps to oversee the development and execution of ICFJ programs. Previously, she was director of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, ICFJ’s flagship program.
Before joining ICFJ, she was world editor at USA Today. She oversaw the expansion of USA Today’s international bureaus and the newspaper’s coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She also developed the newspaper’s network of international freelance reporters and helped conceive and administer the safety policy for journalists working in war zones.
Prior to joining USA Today in 1988, Tinsley was a Moscow-based reporter. Beginning in 1984, she worked for United Press International and was a freelance reporter for Time, Newsweek, ABC Radio, USA Today and Advertising Age.
A native of Chicago, Tinsley has a B.A. in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned an M.A. in English literature from the University of Chicago. She is proficient in Russian and Spanish.

Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg is a news technologist with Code for Africa. He is also a coder and data journalist interested in how web technology can be utilised to create new narrative and investigative techniques. He was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at Spiegel Online. Previously, he contributed to various projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation, including OpenSpending, a platform that helps citizens across the world keep track of government finance.

Rajan Zaveri

Rajan is an Australian/British freelance photojournalist and founder of Firefly Multimedia. He uses reportage in mixture of media to focus on the social and cultural interests of a community and has covered issues internationally with projects in the UK, Croatia, Bosnia Egypt and India. Rajan’s work has featured with various publications and organisations such as Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Telegraph, BBC, Storyhunter, Vocativ and Vice Magazine.

Rajan has won The Guardian Student Photographer of the Year and was shortlisted him for Magnum’s Ideas Tap Photography Competition and the Royal Photographic Society Joan Wakelin Bursary. He has been exhibited in Foto8 and Candid Arts in London and a collective exhibition in Third Floor Gallery and Jacobs Market in Cardiff.
Rajan is the Founder of Firefly Multimedia, a company specialising in digital storytelling through a variety of mediums for charities and NGO’s. A graduate from Newport University in 2010 with a BA in Documentary Photography. He has also undergone training for Video, Sound and Journalism at the SAE Institute in London. Rajan is currently working on interactive documentaries as well photographic and video assignments in India.

Contact on info@fireflymultimedia.org
India Blog: www.fireflyindia.tumblr.com
www.fireflymultimedia.com

Hacks Hackers: www.rajanzaveri.com/hackshackers

Karuna Mintaka

Karuna Mintaka is currently the digital editor of MINT – WSJ, India’s second largest financial daily. Prior to her current role, she was Vice President, Digital for Berkshire Hathaway’s Business Wire and pymnts.com in Boston, United States.

Before moving to the United States, she resided in London, UK and worked for Dow Jones & Company, Lloyds Banking Group, GlaxoSmithKline and United Nations directing their media, communications and digital strategy.

Karuna Mintaka Kumar – LinkedIn
www.karunakumar.com
@KarunaMintaka

H R Venkatesh

H R Venkatesh is Director of Communications at Change.org in India. Till March 2014, he was Senior Anchor at CNN-IBN. In his 12-year-long career, he has covered politics, crime, sports and business news in various roles as a reporter, anchor and newsroom manager.

In 2009, Venkatesh earned an MSc Contemporary India from the University of Oxford as a Chevening Scholar.

He is passionate about journalism and these days he can be found anytime extolling the merits of his bible What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis. He also believes the best dosas are to be found in Bangalore.

Twitter: @hrvenkatesh
Email: venkatesh@change.org

Anika Gupta

As a technology writer and researcher, Anika has studied and written extensively about new media and entrepreneurship. Her passions include data-driven journalism and mobile innovation, as well as open data and the impact of technology on society.

She’s a Master’s Student in Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studies the intersection of media and technology. She’s also a researcher in MIT’s Mobile Experience Lab. Her articles about technology and entrepreneurship have appeared in the Guardian, Smithsonian, Fortune, the Hindustan Times, the Nikkei Asian Review, and other international outlets.

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.