Adi Eyal

South Africa: Building Digital Tools for Newsrooms

Adi Eyal is the founder of Code for South Africa, a citizen technology organization based in Cape Town. Code for South Africa seeks to use data and technology to promote informed decision making in order to drive social change.

Trained as a computer scientist, Eyal spent 15 years developing commercial software before he saw the value of data and how it can change minds, influence policy, support activism and help us understand the world around us. He describes himself as an unapologetic data nerd with a passion for finding stories where others only see numbers.

During his Fellowship, he led the establishment of Africa’s first data-driven journalism academy and newsroom. The focus of this academy is to train journalists to use data and digital tools to develop stories that increase and enhance audience engagement.