CampCamp 2017 is a platform to help activists build closer links with their local communities by mastering new technology, creativity and innovation.

What: An international barcamp on campaigning & communications for civic activism
Where: Tbilisi, Georgia
When: 2 – 5 November 2017
Languages: English & Russian (translation available for 90% of sessions)

CampCamp 2017 is an intensive, fast-paced programme which brings together an international community of civic actors and creative-minded professionals from business, media and marketing who want to use their skills for social good. By focusing on testing, experimentation, and design, CampCamp boosts the practical campaigning skills of civil activists to help them reach new communities and raise awareness of issues, projects, products and services.

The goal of CampCamp is to kick-start a creative hub where ideas flourish, views evolve, barriers are removed, and new opportunities are seized.

Topics and workshops

CampCamp 2017 is an interactive, participant-led workshop. Attendees will be actively involved in testing campaigning techniques, experimenting with new ideas and tools, and designing civic projects. There will also be “communications failure” contests to learn from mistakes, bespoke individual consultations with campaigning experts and a host of networking and socialising side events.

How to participate

CampCamp 2017 is free to attend and we expect over 100 campaigners and professionals from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, along with selected guests from Western and Central Europe, to attend. The event will be held in both English and Russian, with 90% of sessions available with translation.

Participants will include:

  • Civil society actors experimenting with new forms of communications and community engagement
  • Business, media and creative professionals who want to help activists and NGOs drive social change
  • Representatives of international organisations, seeking to better understand the region, explore best practices and find new partners

Financial support

We are providing up to 50 grants to cover travel and accommodation costs for activists from Eastern Europe and Cental Asia. In addition, we are encouraging other international organisations who are interested in CampCamp 2017, to sponsor the participation of their own partners from the region.

Apply for CampCamp 2017

Due to the expected demand, all participants, including those who do not need a grant from the Prague Civil Society Centre, must apply to attend CampCamp 2017. Participants will be selected based on their commitment to experiment and innovate with communications, their ability to launch new projects and initiatives with the skills they will learn, and to engage with local communities in their home countries.

Applications for CampCamp 2017 are now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will contact you by 10 October.




Sergey Karpov

Takie Dela

Sergey Karpov is a photojournalist and visual story-teller with Takie Dela. He was born in 1986, in Volzhsky in Volgograd Oblast, Russia. He graduated from Moscow’s Power Engineering Institute in 2009 and completed Sergey Maximishin’s “A Photo in a Magazine” course, before launching his career in photojournalism. He has worked with a number of Russian and international news agencies, including Reuters, the Associated Press, RIA Novosti and TASS. After leaving TASS in 2013, he launched Mediacrowd, a project devoted to the study of new media and new forms of visual storytelling. In 2015, with Sergey Prostakov, he launched The Last Third, a project which studies post-Soviet society since 1986. Sergey started working for Takie Dela in 2015, where he created the Special Projects Department. This year, one of Takie Dela’s projects won Best News story at Visa Pour L’image Festival in Perpignan, France. Today, Sergey’s interests include the study of regional identities in post-Soviet cities, the study of historical memory, social integration in the world of new media, and new possibilities in visual storytelling.

Zalina Marshenkulova

Mamihlapinatana Studio

Zalina is a former head of website promotion at the Kommersant Publishing House and the creator of the mad news aggregator Breaking Mad. She currently holds the position of an executive director in Mamihlapinatana Studio and runs the Women’s Power channel on Telegram. Zalina has worked as a journalist and creative director at various agencies, developing communications strategies for some of the world’s most important brands. She has also ran PR and social media marketing campaigns for companies including 2GIS (2ГИС), Audio, Crate and Barrel, and Victorinox.

Andrey Misyurev

Bremen Consultants

Andrey is a service designer who provides communication strategies for non-profit organisations. He is the founder of Bremen Consultants, and is a speaker for Teplitsa and Service Design Russia. His main goal is to develop products and services that carry brand values for commercial and non-commercial organisations and retain audiences. He studied at the British Higher School of Art & Design.

Tata Peklun

Anticorruption Action Centre

Tata is a board member and deputy executive director of the Anticorruption Action Center. She is responsible for strategic and crisis communications as well as for running media campaigns for anticorruption legislation. Together with her team, including fellow CampCamp speaker Aleksandra Ustinova, Tata helped pass over 20 pieces of legislation in Ukraine. She developed and launched the first public register of domestic politically exposed persons (PEPs) in Eastern Europe, which is being used as an anti-money laundering instrument. During the Revolution of Dignity she was one of the creators of the Euromaidan Facebook page that secured 200,000 followers and was used to coordinate volunteers and activists. She is also one of the founders of the YanukovychLeaks project, and worked at Center UA, coordinating the Chesno civil movement which publicly shamed MPs who had let their public connections influence their vote. The campaign helped to significantly reduce the number of MPs who voted “for a friend”. Tata was also an editor for Schemes: Corruption in Details, a project devoted to investigative journalism, and was a member of the journalists’ movement Stop Censorship, a part of Chesno: Filter the Power!

Yuri Saprykin

Project 1917

After graduating in History, Yuri started two popular VKontakte-based communities devoted to the Middle Ages and contemporary Russia: Medieval Suffering (275,000 followers. In Russian: Страдающее средневековье) and The Emperor’s Private Messaging (56,000 followers. In Russian: Личка императора). During his final year as a student at the Faculty of History at the Higher School of Economics, he worked as an editor at Afisha magazine and in social media for TheQuestion. After 18 months with The Question, he became editor-in-chief, before leaving to join Michail Zygar’s team working on “Project 1917: Free history”. At Project 1917, Yuri runs social media marketing and develops formats for special projects such as new texts, games and quizzes.

Dmitry Schegolikhin

Movators Idea Farm

Dmitry is an executive producer at comms agency Movators Idea Farm. He was involved in rebranding one of the most important banks in Kazakhstan and has run public communication campaigns for government organisations. He has also helped produce more than 10 viral videos and a number of social campaigns on issues ranging from recycling to society’s understanding of happiness. Dmitry specialises in running public communication campaigns in societies marketing by traditional values, such as Kazakhstan. He also has experience in viral marketing and campaigns designed to provoke reactions or invite skepticism.

Alexey Shlyapuzhnikov

Transparency International

Alexey is a security consultant for Transparency International Russia, and was previously their deputy director for regional development. He has been in his current role since 2016, and is responsible for building comprhensive security systems, monitoring operational work and training staff members. He also trains other NGOs and independent media outlets on areas of IT security, both inside and outside Russia, and leads the “Lebed” movement, the news agency ProVladimir, and the independent media project SOL. A former blogger himself, he is now involved in professional media work, and has authored several books about current Russian affairs.

Iryna Solovey

Garage Gang

Iryna is a strategist in community development. She is the president of NGO Garage Gang, a co-founder of social innovation platform Big Idea and a strategic development consultant to the urban programme City Code. Her work focuses on policies and practices to promote sustainable urban development by increasing communities’ creative potential, crowdfunding for civil projects and creative entrepreneurship, as well as by providing opportunities for talented people to participate in self-organised initiatives. Iryna also teaches courses on crowdfunding and fundraising strategies at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Oleksandra Ustinova

Anticorruption Action Centre

Oleksandra is a member of the Anticorruption Action Center and one of the founders of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of communications. She has experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, having worked for various NGOs and businesses.  She specialises in developing and implementing media strategies to support advocacy campaigns, and has supported the passing of 20 pieces of legislation in Ukraine with the Anticorruption Action Centre and fellow CampCamp speaker Tata Peklun. These have included bills on public smoking bans, tobacco excise taxes, HIV/AIDS treatment, and the establishment of anti-corruption bodies and public registers of property, assets and beneficial ownership structures.