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Tbilisi Civic Media Festival

Exploring ideas, projects, practices, and technologies that foster dialogue, advocacy, and civic action

19 April 2013 from 9:30am to 5:30pm

“Civic media” is umbrella term that encompassess the practices, technologies, and forms of communication that advance political dialogue and action, strengthen social bonds, and create a strong sense of civic engagement.

This is an unconference-style event, co-created by its participants. You don’t need to prepare anything — just show up with lots of questions and enthusiasm. Learn more »


19 speakers

  • Mirian Jugheli @MirianJugheli Journalist, blogger, and co-host of the Tbilisi Hangout. Content Developer & Student Media Advisor at GIPA’s Caucasus School of Journalism & Media Management.
  • Tamuna Koberidze Program Manager with the East West Management Institute, working on USAID’s Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) project.
  • Irina Lashkhi Deputy Chief of Party with the East West Management Institute, working on USAID’s Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) project.
  • Eric Barrett Executive Director of JumpStart Georgia. A strong advocate for open government, an open data hacktivist, and self-taught coder and dataist.
  • Nano Zazanashvili Board member of Tiflis Hamkari & Docomomo Georgia. Architect by training & independent researcher focusing on urban development & internally displaced people.
  • Christine Prefontaine @prefontaine Founder of Works on civic media, innovation spaces, web-first publishing, and all things open and participatory.
  • Tamar Bortsvadze Public Outreach Coordinator with EWMI, working on USAID’s Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) project.
  • Mathias Huter @mathiashuter Senior Analyst with Transparency International Georgia, focusing on the media sector; also works on anti-corruption and tracking opaque company ownership.
  • Chris Bell Technologist at TI Georgia. Currently developing a research platform to view & analyze government contracts, turning transparency into accountability.
  • Derek Dohler @dpdohler Computer geek at TI Georgia focusing on open government & transparency. Fascinated by ways crowdsourcing & F/OSS techniques can advance democratic institutions.
  • Eka Rostomashvili @ERostomashvili Civic Engagement Coordinator at Transparency International Georgia. Works on the parliamentary monitoring project and coordinates TI-G’s social media presence.
  • Ursula Kaczmarek @UrsulaSchiller Program Officer, International Republican Institute (IRI)
  • Jonne Catshoek Director of Elva. Focuses on research & field work for conflict transformation and democracy support organizations in Africa, Western Europe, and the Caucasus.
  • Ana Vachadze International Republican Institute (IRI)
  • Ana Sidamonidze Blogger. Social Media Manager, Oxfam Georgia.
  • Mariam Kobuladze Graphic and web designer specializing in data visualizations. Works at JumpStart Georgia.
  • Salome Chukhua @va7latama Analyst, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI). Working to promote information, communication, and data standards for government websites.
  • Tamar Mzhavanadze Journalist for Radio Marneuli focusing on monitoring local budgets. Working on citizen participation and improving journalism to strengthen civil society.
  • Teona Macharashvili Civic and Elections Program Assistant, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

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18 sessions

Multimedia Education Center (MEC)

Georgia Georgia / Tbilisi

10a Aleksandre Chavchavadze Street, Tbilisi, Georgia

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12 known attendees

  • Natia
  • ado
  • MEME Renard
  • Mariam Zabakhidze
  • Mirian Jugheli
  • Eric Barrett
  • Prefontaine
  • Mathias Huter
  • Derek Dohler
  • Eka Rostomashvili
  • Ursula
  • Salome Chukhua

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