MTN Uganda announced the winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017. The 2nd annual MTN Innovation Awards which is a platform through which MTN, recognises some of the most outstanding locally developed mobile and desktop applications, as well as individuals and organisations that have been at the forefront of enabling the innovation ecosystem in the country.
Nine innovations were recognised, each walking away with US$3,000 and a plaque. The winners were selected by a panel of judges from a nominee list of 45 highly recommended applications.
MTN’s chief marketing officer, Olivier Prentout said the overwhelming number of entries, over 200, indicated how Uganda was indeed an innovative country.
“Technology presents a real opportunity for transformation of our economy and our nation and we must harness it. But it will take more than just MTN to achieve this; building a sustainable eco-system requires that we come together as stakeholders in Industry, Government, and private sector,” said Prentout.
Representing the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Fred Otunnu the Director Corporate Affairs at Uganda Communications Commission the chief guest at the awards ceremony, said that innovation in Uganda had come a long way with the support of the private sector.
“When the sector was liberalized, a number of milestones have been realized. We are proud that the private sector has been able to drive the innovations as the government remains an enabler. 15 years ago, we could not talk about innovation. It was about the accessibility of services,” Otunnu said.
Here is a list of winners:
- Innovator of the Year – David Gonahasa – Roundbob.com
- Outstanding Woman in Innovation – Evelyn Namara
- Best SME Application – Qwicart
- Most Innovative Mobile App – Qwicart
- Best Education Application – myChild
- Best Financial Services Application – MamboPay
- Best Health Application – Protecting Infants Remotely by SMS (PRISMS)
- Best Agriculture Application – M-Voucher
- Best Media and Entertainment Application – appAbout