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URBAN TRENDS: Youths, Tech and Innovation

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The much touted Tonse Alliance’s one million jobs creation for Malawian youths is no longer a political rhetoric, as it was presumed, it is a real project gradually seeing the light of the day.

The project, has further been ignited by the vacuum that Covid 19 crisis has created in the technology and innovation sector, hence the mushrooming of digital media start ups.

It is therefore worth noting that advances in technology have enabled events such as presidential conferences to be held virtually via Zoom and Skype among other platforms. Such events could otherwise be cancelled in the wake of Covid 19 restrictions.

12th August is International Youth Day which is commemorated each year to celebrate the youth-led organizations, Governments, young people, and others who are working to transform education and uplift young people worldwide.

Under the theme: “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera held a virtual engagement with youths on the 13th August.

It was a great experience seeing a youthful media startup, Endless media hosting such a high profile presidential event.

On the other hand, iHubOnline, a start-up private digital media management enterprise providing media solutions to social problems, has started hosting live streaming sessions for free.

The idea, apparently came after observing how artists are suffering due to COVID-19 restrictions with gigs and festivals being cancelled.

Meanwhile, iHubOnline has so far tried with one visual artist, Chrisford Chayera and managed to raise K330,000 after streaming for only 2 hours.

iHubOnline streams for bigger organisations such as NICE Public Trust, Save the Children, National Planning Commission, Malawi Red Cross Society and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC). Therefore, hosting artists free sessions is part of its corporate social responsibility.

iHubOnline Founder and Managing Editor Mallick Mnela hatched the idea after attending the 2019 Africa Digital Conference organised by the WAN IFRA and the Facebook Journalism Project in South Africa.


 

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