Sunday, November 23, 2014

CitiFM wins #HackAgainstEbola competition

CitiFM beat competition from some media houses to win the 2014 Editors Lab organised by  Global Editors Network (GEN) and Penplusbytes.
The competition, under the theme 'Hack against Ebola' saw participants build new tools for covering and preventing the Ebola epidemic (at a local, national or regional level).
The CitiFM team which was represented by the New Media Manager, Mawuli Tsikata and Broadcast Journalist Betty Kankam Boadu, developed a Mobile Platform that enables people, both educated and uneducated to receive information and updates on the status of Ebola in the country in their preferred local language.
The Citi FM team will represent Ghana at the 2015 edition of the GEN Summit in Barcelona, Spain.
Graphic communications group were the 2nd runner for their 'Ebola Tracker' app whilst the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation were adjudged the 1st runner up for developing an Ebola game, 'Ebola Snipper'.Participating teams included Multimedia Group, Ringier Africa, NAFI, Business & Financial Times and Spy Ghana.

The GEN Editors Lab programme is a worldwide series of hackdays hosted by leading news organisations such as The New York Times, The Guardian and El País.The 2014 edition of the Editors Lab in Ghana was organised by Global Editors Network (GEN) and Penplusbytes with support from BBC, Google, Osiwa and Internet Solutions.

By: Nana Boakye-Yiadom/

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