30 May - 3 June 2019



DATA4CHANGE has had a lasting impact in my life both professionally and socially. I will remain a part of the network in every way I can to ensure that I keep benefiting from it, and help others to get the opportunity to benefit from it too.

Emma Laura N Kisa (data journalist)
Code for Africa

Deadline for applications is 28 February 2019 (5pm GMT)

Applications are now open for designers, journalists, data researchers and web developers to attend this year’s DATA4CHANGE flagship event in Nairobi, Kenya. Do you have what it takes to join our new cohort of talented people who are passionate about data and design for social good?

Since 2014, hundreds of people from all over the world have attended DATA4CHANGE events in London, Beirut, Amman and Kampala.

The event is a 5-day design sprint where multidisciplinary teams consisting of the best local, regional and international talent in data, design, journalism and technology are teamed up with NGOs that collect data. Together, they create high-level prototypes of data-driven projects or campaigns aimed at solving some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  

This year, all of the NGOs who attend are working on topics relating to digital rights, internet freedom and/or freedom of expression online in Africa and the Middle East.

Who are we looking for?

We are after people who work as data researchers and analysts, graphic designers, UX designers, web developers and journalists. Because each creative team only has 4-6 members we are especially fond of people with more than one skill set.

Our events are fast paced, so no matter what role you apply for you need to be someone who thrives under pressure. You also need to love teamwork, because DATA4CHANGE is all about collaboration and skill sharing across borders and disciplines.

The application process is very competitive. On average, more than 20 people apply for each available spot at our design sprints. So make sure to put your best foot forward and spend time on your application. We highly recommend reviewing past events and projects, and watch our video to get a feel for what a DATA4CHANGE event is really like!


I really appreciate the opportunity to practice my craft with such a wonderful group of people. It really put my experience and access to data in context and it was so special to learn more about the work of the different human rights organisations.

Geoff Hing (data researcher and developer)
APM Reports


The experience introduces you to a wonderful network of people who really care about enhancement who try and to push forward good change.

Mirna Noaman (digital designer)
International Committee of the Red Cross

Are there any perks for me?

  • Travel and accommodation: We cover travel travel and accommodation for all international and non-local participants to the event in Nairobi, Kenya. Although you must purchase your own travel insurance, without proof of that we won’t let you come, safety first.

  • Per diem: Participants are also provided a modest per diem to cover additional expenses such as taxis and food.

  • Certificate: After the event you will receive a certificate and you will be added to our exclusive network.

  • New skills, new friends, new opportunities: Our events are often described as “life changing” and we expect nothing less of our Nairobi event. By attending DATA4CHANGE you will learn new skills and make new friends from all over the world who are as passionate as you about using data for social good. Many people who have attended our events have found new exciting jobs opportunities and collaborators as a result.

  • Oh and…: We also promise that you will have a really fun time :)

Sounds great! How do I apply?

To apply you have to fill out an application form, submit your CV and a 5-page portfolio in PDF format. In your portfolio we want to see examples of your work and your processes.

To help you create this we have made a checklist of items that we want you to include in your portfolio that you can download here.

The deadline for applications is Thursday the 28th of February at 5pm GMT, and no applications will be considered after this date. If you have any questions about the application process, we're just an email away.


DATA4CHANGE Nairobi is produced in partnership with:


DATA4CHANGE was such a rare and special week, a perfectly curated blend of human rights organisations and creators from all over the world coming together to tell better stories and produce great quality work in the shortest of timelines. DATA4CHANGE does work that shifts hearts and minds.

Sarah Drinkwater (mentor)