Next, Morris Marrah, founder and Director of Sensi Hub, outlined the 12 Hacks/Hackers Freetown meetups that have been planned for the next six months. As the latest local chapter in this international grassroots journalism movement, the aim of Hacks/Hackers Freetown would be to groom an active community of journalists, civic techies and advocates who would be discussing and working on ideas on how to reimagine the delivery of citizen-centric news and journalism in the country.
With all the important details done and dusted, the prizes were finally distributed to the teams, something that they had been eagerly waiting for.
Finally, wrapping things up and just to give the teams a small taste of the kind of work that is expected from them for the next six month, everyone dived into drafting their project concept notes. These will form the blueprint of the projects for the next six months. Kickstarting a civic tech movement in Sierra Leone has been a long time coming. The country’s youth and nascent technology sector is desperate for an opportunity to create their niche in the continent’s greater tech movement. The journey will in no way be an easy one, but all of us are excited and really looking forward to some intense, hands on work in the upcoming months. Keep an eye on this space for more updates on the tech revolution from ‘Mama Salone’ !