30 May - 3 June, 2019


Since 2014, more than 200 people from over 40 countries have attended DATA4CHANGE flagship events in London, Beirut and Kampala. We are excited to announce that applications are now open to attend our 2019 event, which will be held at Nairobi Garage. We’re very excited to have Code for Africa on board as our event partner.

For 2019 we’re doing things a bit differently and opening the call for applications for our civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) first. So if you’re looking to join as a creative, check back in early 2019 or keep an eye on our social media feeds to be the first to find out when the next round of applications opens.

It’s also the first time that we’re hosting a thematic DATA4CHANGE. All of this year’s projects will be about digital rights, internet freedom and/or freedom of expression online. DATA4CHANGE is a proud member and implementing partner of UPROAR, a coalition of organisations working to raise the profile of digital rights in 21 countries. DATA4CHANGE Nairobi 2019 supports the work of UPROAR.

If you work for a CSO or NGO covering any of these issues in at least one of the countries listed below, you’re eligible to apply. Your work may cover other countries as well, but must include at least one of the target countries.

EAST AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe

WEST AFRICA: Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone

MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan


A DATA4CHANGE flagship event is a five-day residential workshop with full immersion into the inner workings of a data visualisation studio. CSOs and NGOs working on some of the world’s most pressing social and political problems are matched with carefully selected teams of industry experts covering the disciplines of data analysis, journalism, graphic design, and web development. Watch the video below to see a snapshot of what the experience is like.


At the end of the event each team has a proof of concept or fully rendered prototype for a data driven advocacy campaign, and the wealth of immeasurable experience that comes along with spending five days together with a diverse and uniquely talented group of individuals. You’ll use data to tell stories and change hearts and minds, and you’ll make long lasting memories and life-changing friendships.



Through a competitive process that begins with this open call for applications, we will select four CSOs or NGOs working on themes relating to digital rights and internet freedom to participate in D4C Nairobi.

Suggested thematic areas include, but are no means limited to:

  • Censorship, shutdowns, obstacles to free access

  • Innovation, free and open source software

  • Privacy, surveillance, encryption

  • Legislation and policy concerning the internet, press freedom, privacy, access

  • Governance of the internet, net neutrality

  • Protection and realisation of human rights online

If your organisation has an important story to tell about any of these issues in our target countries, click the button below to apply!

D4C Nairobi is produced in partnership with: