The second edition of the Young Technology Achievers Awards (YATA) which were billed for December 2017 have been moved to February next year amidst calls by the organizers to extend the entries deadline to late January 2018.
Speaking to one of the organizers, Mrs Claire Benard, she said the move to postpone the YATA Awards was regrettable but necessary for transparency and inclusion of all worthy participants.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the postponement of the 2017 Young Achievers Technology Awards due to circumstances beyond our control.
“We have moved the event from December 7 2017 to February 2018, on a date to be announced. We appreciate your support of working with us towards the success of the event. As we continue to plan towards the event, we will keep you updated on any developments that may arise. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused,” she said.
The inaugural Young Achievers Technology Awards (YATA 2015) lived up to billing as at least 18 individuals and a school walked away with floating trophies, a certificate and a GTel Tablet. The highly anticipated awards recognised the Econet Wireless Founder Mr Strive Masiyiwa with a lifetime achievement award for his tremendous support to the development of ICTs in Zimbabwe.
The colourful awards ceremony held at Royal Harare Golf Club was fully packed as attendants witnessed the crowning of Zimbabwe’s most outstanding young tech players for the year 2015.
TechZim scooped the most consistent online blog with Pardon Gatsi getting the Outstanding Ethical hacker award and Tafadzwa Makura receiving the Most Promising Start-up award.
RoadRules Founder and CEO Tawanda Chikosi won the best app developer commercial while the Best online video content award was scooped by PO Box TV.
Tafadzwa Makura grabbed the Most promising start-up award while David Zinyama got the best graphic designer.