Apart from promoting the arts and culture the Shoko Festival 2019 was in line with the 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.
This saw young techies and local startups in Zimbabwe being honored through The Hub awards which were held over the weekend at the Harare City Library.
The awards compromised of four categories namely; Speak truth to power award, FixUp look sharp award, Your voice award and Women Rising award.
Harare based Women’s Voices Zimbabwe scooped the Women rising award. This is an award given to a startup/organization advocating for women’s rights and voices using new media and technology. Women’s Voices Zimbabwe focuses on telling the stories of Zimbabwean women and amplifying the female voices.
The speak truth to power award which is an award for a new media solution and platform encouraging accountability and dialogue -with local authorities, city council, local government, and central government- went to the Consumer Zw.
MycpdZw won the FixUplook sharp award. This is awarded to the startup with the best new media/ tech solution to address poor service delivery in communities.
The award for the best upcoming individual blog, video blog or citizen journalism platform went to Impact chronicles.
The winners all walked away with prizes worth 2,000USD, paid in the ZWL equivalent.