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THE HUB

THE HUB UNCONFERENCE 2017 – TECHTOPIA

Zimbabwe’s leading annual new media conference, the Hub Unconference, is set to be bigger and better this year! This year’s edition at Shoko Festival will run from the 29th to the 30th of September at the Harare City Library with a new vibrant format with 25 talks – from lightning talks to panel discussions, from workshops to meetups. As the tradition of the annual conference, there will be speakers from around the globe which include UK, USA, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Join us for an inspired conference under the theme of TechTopia where digital minds meet and dream big!

The Hub will have three main focus areas of new media & civic tech, activism and youth culture. This year’s event will dive into the burning issues about the internet today from internet freedom to exploring the latest digital tools available today and how best to use them in the build up, during and post the 2018 elections. Other sessions will also focus on new tech trends and cutting edge youth culture.

The Hub Awards

In the same spirit of tradition, there will be Hub Awards which will award $4000 dollars worth of prizes for new cutting edge ideas that use new media and civic tech to solve problems in their community or at a national scale. The awards seek to empower the next generation of new media and tech startups. In the past, startups such as TV Yangu, Spiked and Raki Images have benefitted from this initiative and bloomed into leading digital companies.

[Apply to pitch your Startup]

TechTopia

The inaugural Techtopia startup exhibition will bring together some of the most promising startups in Zimbabwe. The event will showcase new and disruptive products and solutions which will shape the future of Zimbabwe and the continent.

Want to exhibit at TechTopia?  [Sign up here]

Zim Hip Hop Summit

The Zim Hip Hop Summit is a one-day convention that seeks to bring together artists and other stakeholders to share knowledge and have a dialogue. The Zim Hip Hop Summit is about building bridges on a myriad of levels. The conference aims to bring local and some international hip hop players to exchange information and explore ways of ensuring growth and sustainability in the Hip Hop scene. Hip Hop is the biggest youth culture in the world and in Zimbabwe, it has been growing for years since the 80s. However a lot of challenges continue to impede a real take off of the culture into a commercially viable, social and politically impactful movement. It is against this background that we seek to bring heads together to create conversations that can translate into practice. Join us for the cypher!

[Register to attend The Hip Hop Summit]

Afro Digital

The Google-sponsored Digital Skills Training is for people with a keen interest in online spaces. The training is about how the digital skills transform lives, careers and business everyday. The training is aimed to help people choose and develop digital careers. Citizen journalists & bloggers will learn how to harness the power of digital skills to make their business more visible, profitable and sustainable.

Register for the Afro Digital track at Shoko Hub unConfenrence

Comexposed

Comexposed helps the creative arts industry connect to share content, create job opportunities, find talent and keep up with trends and developments within the industry. Artists in Publishing, Design, Film, Games, and Advertising can find a base.

Sign up to attend the Comexposed tracks at Shoko Festival.

DAY 1
SEP 29
Registration
8:00am-9:00am
What Now?
Opening Talk On The State of The Internet
9:00am-9:20am
Lessons From Kenya
Xtian Dela
9:20am:10:00am
Politics in the Age Social Media
Panel - Zakhele Mbele (SA), Xtian Dela (Kenya), Ade (Nigeria)
10:00am-11:00am
The Rise of The Hashtag
Evan, Blacklives Matter, Abdulhakim
11:00am-12:00pm
Video in the age of of Social Media
Gado, Martha, Ruth
12:00pm-1:00pm
Break
13:00-14:00
Speed Geeking
10 Tips - Ade, Gado , Moe Chanda
14:00-15:00
Break out sessions
Social Media
15:00-16:00
Closing Networking
16:00-17:00
DAY 2
SEP 30
Zim hip Hop Summit
State of Zim Hip Hop (5 local speakers)
10:00am-11:00am
Zim hip Hop Summit
Lyricism, Conflict & Free Expression (DJ Yoda, Keisha, Rafael Tudesco and Dughettu) UK
11:00am-12:00pm
Zim hip Hop Summit
Hip Hop Business (Slikour SA and local speakers)
12:00pm-1:00pm
Break
Workshops/Meetups
14:00-16:00

Email us with questions, comments and to find out how to get involved.

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