Apart from promoting the arts and culture the Shoko Festival 2016 was in line with the recent digital fever which has taken the world by storm as they held The Hub Unconference which aims at taking new media, citizen journalism and tech to the next level and this saw young techies in Zimbabwe being honored through The Hub awards.
The awards compromised of four categories namely; Rising Woman; Fix up/Clean up; Your Voice and Citizen Journalism platform.
Two of the winners in the four categories hailed from the City of Kings and Queens and these are Tipster and Urban CulXure who won the Citizen Journalism Platform and Your Voice award respectively.
Tipster offers a platform for non-journalists to report on a day to day basis on Facebook and other platforms to make stories for the ordinary Zimbabwean.
When asked how mobile phones have promoted citizen journalism Founder of Tipster Tatenda Mapfumo said
‘’Citizen Journalism actually thrives on mobile phones, for as long as one has a smart phone they can manage to write and publish their stories and get their voices heard’’.
Urban Culxure which won the Your Voice award is also a citizen journalism blog and they are out to be a voice to the voiceless and in all this making use of technology.
Nigel Ndlovu the brand ambassador when asked the threat main stream media faces in the digital era had this to say ” main stream media simply has to embrace the presence of the digital space as it has given space to many unheard voices in this digital era”
Shepherds Tent from Harare scooped the Rising Woman Award and they were pitching their project whereby the group offers a study hub for young girls aged between the ages of 6 and 18 giving them a place to study and even do their home-work as seeing that it is quite difficult for many children in homes in the high density suburbs as their houses will be crowded.
Based in Kuwadzana, the non-profit organization also are promising to provide a laptop to nurture the girls’ computer literacy and also curb the problem of shortage of textbooks by downloading textbooks in pdf format and this will also help them get used to computers and it will not be a scare when they are in tertiary education using computers and conducting research, what a way to nurture and promote the girl child.
Fadzanayi Kativhu from Harare won the Fixup/Clean up award as he is on a mission to clean up dump sites around Harare and recycling the refuse and preaching the Go Green gospel.