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PenPlusBytes Editors Lab


19 November 2014 - 20 November 2014

An Editors Lab in Ghana to innovate against Ebola

Ebola is creating panic, irrational information, dangerous rumours and uncertified facts, which can all generate chaos when not managed properly. Ebola has not yet been neutralised and could continue to spread throughout Western Africa as well as other continents. Journalists must be prepared to fight all collateral damage associated with Ebola. Unfortunately journalists on the ground don’t have the necessary resources and tools that match the responsibility they have to inform local communities.

This is why the Global Editors Network, Osiwa - Open Society Initiative for West Africa and PenPlusBytes, in partnership with Google and BBC have organised an Editors Lab in Ghana where we are gathered local journalists to empower them with the expertise to develop and implement new applications and online tools that can save lives. 

This was the first of a serie of three Editors Lab focused on Ebola. The next one took place in Lagos (November 19-20) and the last one in Dakar (January 14-15).

And the Winner is...

Citi FM, with City Ebola Updates, a Mobile Platform that enables people, both educated and uneducated to receive education, information and updates on the status of Ebola in their country in their preferred local language.


Special mentions to EbolaSniper, the project from GBC, and EbolaTracker, from Graphic. 
Audience choice also to EbolaSniper.

Thank you to all the participants for those amazing two days and the great projects (you can see all of them here). Thanks to our co-host Penplusbytes, and a huge thanks to OSIWA and Google for making it happen. And a shout out to all the contributors from our Indiegogo campaign.

Participating Media

ghanabroadcastingcorporationlogo logo ringier africa ag mm-2 citifmsquare2 dailyguide nafti multimediagroup BFTghana graphiconline

Essential Information


The Speakers

Geraldpharin (2)

Gerald Pharin

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology


Kingston Tagoe

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

Dr Bonney (13)

Kofi Bonney

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research


The Jury


Évangéline de Bourgoing


Kwami Ahiabenu



Nathaniel Ashiagbor

Crackerjack Digital, NZ

Teemuropponen (3)

Teemu Ropponen

ilab Liberia