CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

Tanzania: Wordcamp Weekend Getaway to Focus On Responsible Blogging

Kenya will host it's second annual WordCamp in the coming weekend, November 10 and 11. The meetup targets WordPress bloggers and developers where the two can learn on how to use various WordPress technologies and make the best of the platform. The camp takes place at Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos.

Last year's WordCamp held in Naivasha and attracted 215 participants.

The theme for the camp is "Responsible Blogging and Positive Influence on Social Media" and will cost participants. David Mugo, the organiser says "As Kenya nears the first general elections after the 2008 violence, we felt this was a topic worth dedicating this year's WordCamp to. While the focus of the conference will be to equip attendees on knowledge to impact their blogging and social media experience in the long-term, WordCamp Kenya 2012 will give responsible political blogging and social interaction a special attention, hence the 2012 theme."

The theme comes in the background of two bloggers in Kenya finding themselves in court in the past year. Dennis Ole Itumbi has been taken to court twice for "hacking into systems" after he published controversial details on the International Criminal Court and Jetlink, a regional airline. Robert Alai similarly found himself in court for tweeting controversial details on the then government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, to his more than 20,000 Twitter followers.

Among the 24 slated Speakers are popular blogger Moses Kemibaro, Benji Ndolo, poet and writer Njeri Wangare and ePublisher Kimathi Constable. Isaac Keyet will speak on the technical aspects of Mobile WordPress and Brian Wangila will be bursting Wordpress myths. Gloria Maingi will speak on women and democracy. Other speakers will be drawn from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The event will also be live streamed to Uganda's Outbox Hub and Tanzania's Kinu Innovation lab where two speakers are also expected to take speak through Google Hangouts.

Tickets for Ksh. 4,000 and more details are available on the WordCamp site http://2012.kenya.wordcamp.org/tickets/

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