The 9th Hub Conference brings discussions of the NOW and the FUTURE!

The Hub Unconference returns for it's 9th edition this on the sidelines of the 2023 Shoko Festival. Featuring an exciting lineup of speakers from across African, the conference is going to tackling conversations around what's shaping the world and what will shape the world of the future. Thr free-entry event will be running from 28 to 29 September at Moto Republik in Harare. 

This year's edition of the Hub Unconference has assumed a new format which has extended it to two days, from the usual one day event. The event will feature panel discussions, masterclasses and conversations surrounding journalism & African voices.

The Africa Satire Convention will look at the power of satire in influencing youth involvement in civic duties, while the Open Data Africa Summit will bring bloggers, academics, leading activists and developers from across Africa’s leading open data initiatives.

There will be cutting edge talks by Christopher Kayonga and Timothy Chemonges from Open Parly UG (Uganda), Cayley Clifford from Africa Check (South Africa), Christine Rupiah from The Continent (South Africa), Peter Kimani from CODE for Africa (Kenya), Joscar Amondi from Social Technology Movement (Kenya), Mark Kuggundu from Defend Defenders (Uganda) and leading Zimbabwean academic Professor Admire Mare. 

Thursday 28 September:

Journalism in the age of AI - 9:00 am

How can AI fight fake news - 9:30 am

Google Tools training - 10:00 am

From the tweets to the streets: How social movements are revolutionising social media to influence policy change - 10:30 am

The age of memes: Trolls - A look at the ever changing media landscape - 11:00 am

Fact checking masterclass - 12:00 pm

Zviri safe here izvi? Fireside talk with Doc Vikela - 12:00 pm

Graphics design masterclass - 2:00 pm

TikTok masterclass - 2:00 pm

Friday 29 September:

New content - who dis? Creative formats to reach new audiences - 9:00 am

Innovating in a captured environment: How Open Parly Africa is using Twitter - 10:00 am

Hashtags & delayed ballot papers: How digital media and young people highlighted election fraud - 10:30 am

The use of data and tech innovations for human rights defence in Africa - 11:00 am

Disrupting the growth point: A panel on rural media innovation - 12:00 pm

Photography masterclass - 2:00 pm

Youth participation in climate - 2:00 pm

Povo Afrika - Musicable - Lightning talk - 3:00 pm

Taking back our future poetry slam - 4:00 pm

Previous editions of the Hub Unconference have been graced by speakers such as Alice McCool (The Guardian UK), Robyn Kriel (CNN), Raheela Mohammed (Al Jazeera) and Lindiwe Zulu from the ANC among many others.

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