[/blockquote]In the latest step to spearhead the local innovation ecosystem, MTN this week announced the first ever MTN Uganda 2015 Innovation Awards, a platform through which MTN and its partners will recognize outstanding mobile and desktop applications developed locally as well as outstanding individuals and organizations that are leading the development of ground breaking innovations in the country.
The awards, grouped into eight categories, will recognize and award outstanding applications in the fields of health, education, financial services, SME solutions and Enterprise development. MTN will further recognize the outstanding Woman in Innovation, most innovative Mobile App, and the Innovation Achiever of the year, through these awards. Call for entries is now open and submission of entries closes on October 22nd 2015
Check out the Award category details below
Best Health Application
This Award will recognize Applications that aim to extend reach, accessibility and efficiency in delivering health services. The app must address both consumers of health services & providers of health services & demonstrate enabling business intelligence features to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
Best Education Application
This Award will recognize Applications that are transforming the Experience and Reach of Education to ordinary Ugandans. The app must address both consumers of education services & providers of education services and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
Best Financial Services Application
This Award will recognize Applications that are enabling any financial Inclusion. The app must address both consumers of financial services & providers of financial services & demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency
Best SME Application
This award seeks to recognize Applications that aim to deliver improved productivity in the SME sector. The app must address both consumers of services & providers of services & demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
Best Enterprise Effort to support Innovation
This category seeks to recognize efforts of organizations and NGOs to drive innovation in the ICT space. It looks at organizations that are taking deliberate effort to support activities of Universities, Tertiary institutions and Individuals in Application development efforts. These organizations are encouraging adoption through activities that include funding of local innovation initiatives, testing of innovation, supporting incubation programs, etc.
Most Innovative Mobile App
The Mobile phone has been central to the transformation of Uganda and the region as a whole. Today the mobile phone is not just a tool of Communication but rather a channel to Transfer Money, Buy and Sell goods, access Entertainment, etc.: This award seeks to recognize mobile applications that drive transformation, innovation and development. The application may or may not be from any of the categories indicated above.
Outstanding Woman in Innovation
This is award seeks to recognize Women that are demonstrating a leading role in defining innovations in Uganda, including Mobile Application Innovations that they have developed or other initiatives using technology that they are leading to contribute towards building the eco-system.
Innovation Achiever of the Year
This is a special Award to recognize an Individual or private Entity that has had significant impact in defining, enabling and influencing the Innovation Eco-system in Uganda through local initiatives and activities aimed at driving innovation using technology.