The Digital Jamaica People To Watch Series is a platform created to acknowledge and highlight mostly the ‘unknowns’, the up and coming Digital Jamaicans who are using digital and tech spaces to establish and promote their brands, network and build businesses.
The Selection Process
Initially nominees were selected based on my own discoveries and observations, but this year’s nominees were chosen by members of digital community for any one of six (6) categories, namely:
From the list of nominees twenty (20) are shortlisted and published across the Digital Jamaica social media and blog platforms.
The primary criteria is that ALL nominees must be Jamaicans or Jamaican adjacent (living and or having a business, program or charity operating in Jamaica). Some of the other critera include:
▶ Nominees must have a business or product
▶ Nominees must be active online
▶ Nominees can be of any age
▶ Nominees must accept nomination
As a young hospitality professional who doubles as an amateur cinematographer, it was humbling to have Kadia believe in my talents.
There are not many people out there highlighting the talents of young creatives and Kadia provided a platform for us.
Through the experience I met many other creatives and peers in the ‘blogosphere’ and I anticipate the new crop of nominees.
Big up to Kadia!
To be nominated was a gratifying and awesome experience. It was an opportunity for exposure and to showcase my talents, especially given the competitiveness of this industry.
The recognition allowed me to pivot my businesses which has since grown and developed. It has really opened doors for me and others like myself to gain that recognition.
Being nominated as a 2019 Digital Jamaica Blogger to Watch inspired me to keep going. The recognition was the 1st I’ve had and actually came at a time when I wasn’t feeling very enthusiastic about where the brand was.
The shared sentiments and feedback helped reassure me that what I was doing had purpose. The platform allowed me to learn about and meet other talented Jamaicans doing exceptional work in various fields, some of whom I’ve since collaborated with and/or supported.
I love that it amplifies the stories of those doing great work who may not necessarily be in the forefront.
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