What is Re-imagine Storytelling all about?

We have moved into the digital and information age. This means that the way we tell stories has evolved from simply spreading the news to getting the reader involved. This is what Re-imagine Storytelling is all about. It brings together elements of data, tech, journalism and activism. It goes beyond just reporting issues of social justice to actively trying to solve them.

We will choose eight final teams to compete for a cash prize of R20,000. All projects are guaranteed a small budget to work with, Codebridge resources, a cool space where you can plot, plan and create, as well as media coverage.

Competition Launch
1 September 2016

Submission deadline
14 September 2016

Finalists announced
18 September 2016

Winner announced
25 November 2016

How do I submit my story idea?


Each competing team will receive a small budget to help make their story and project innovation happen. This will cover things like travel, equipment and material costs. Teams will be encouraged to crowdsource financial resources and skills that cannot be covered by your budget, or which team members are unable to fulfil.

Workshops and training

Competing teams will have to attend workshops and training sessions in either Cape Town or Durban (depending on where you are based) in mid-September. These will cover things like solutions-based and citizen journalism, information-gathering, and some helpful tools you can use to do this. Finalists will use these sessions to refine and strengthen their proposals, as well as develop implementation plans and budgets ahead of final judging.

Supporting projects

These projects will go beyond just telling a story and will also be about sustainable implementation. Teams will be encouraged to use as many platforms and networking opportunities as they have access to, as well as those offered by Codebridge, to gain added support for their story-projects. Many of these stories will be published in national media, but will need to be promoted beyond this by participants.

Looking for inspiration?

Here are a few of the stories we've done using data, technology and new media

Living Wage

Living wage

Are you paying your domestic worker enough?

Informal Settlement Matrix

Informal Settlement Matrix

An interactive map presenting data on Cape Town's informal settlements

Check out some of our tools

Code for South Africa has built a variety of online tools that help to tell the stories behind the data and make it easy to understand, navigate and apply to make informed decisions. These are just some of the tools you could use to tell your story.

Open By-laws

Open By-laws

Full local by-laws for Cape Town, eThekwini and Johannesburg



Detailed demographics and election results for everywhere in South Africa, right down to the ward level



Everything from the day-to-day workings of parliament

Rules and requirements

  1. We will only accept entries from teams and not from individuals. Teams must consist of two or more people.
  2. No one who works at any of the supporting organisations (Code for South Africa and Code for Africa) can enter the challenge. Only people living in South Africa may enter.
  3. Multiple entries by a single team are permitted but the prize will be limited to one team. An individual may not participate in more than one team.
  4. Codebridge will notify the final eight teams who will compete for the grand prize of R20,000 by Friday 16 September 2016.
  5. To remain eligible for the grand prize, the competing eight teams will:
    • Be required to attend training workshops and a planning session. These will be held on Monday 19 September in Cape Town and Durban, and on Saturday 24 September, in both cities. If members of your team are unable to attend these for legitimate reasons, we will try our best to accommodate you. However, please keep in mind that these sessions are geared towards helping to make your story stronger and to allow you to properly plan.
    • Be required to do weekly check-ins with your mentors at Codebridge. If you do not fulfil this requirement, your team will face disqualification.
    • Be required to produce at least two pieces of content a week once planning has commenced, such as blogs, vlogs, short pieces, back stories, etc. This will be published on the Codebridge website, as well as by our donors, and teams are encouraged to use this content to promote their story. If you do not fulfil these requirements, your team will face disqualification.
    • Be required to put together a budget plan, once planning has commenced, of no more than R7, 000. Once your budget has been approved, you will receive this money from Codebridge and must use it to turn your idea into a publishable story.
    • Receive access to expert support, such as drone pilots, app developers, designers, experienced activists and journalists.
The final eight projects will be judged by an expert panel and the judges' decision is final.

With support from:

We thank our donors for making this storytelling challenge possible

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