Today UCC hosts the 4th annual Annual Communications Innovations Awards (ACIA 2014) Awards under the theme “ICT Innovation for ICT development”. The event aims to encourage local involvement in developing innovative products, services and content. The event will take place at Victoria Ball room at Serena Hotel with over 500 invited guests and the Guests of honor include ICT Minister Hon John Nasaria. Mr Ivan Lumala a Kenyan based Uganda born ICT guru will give a keynote speech on the topic: “Are Innovators hawkers?” Lumala is a Senior Product Manager in the Microsoft Learning group and also the Director Senior Technology, Microsoft 4Afrika among other positions he holds in the tech world.
[signoff predefined=”Quotation” icon=”icon-username”]There has been a noticeable growing positive response from both individuals and organizations participating in ACIA. This year the regulator received over 281 entries compared to 159 in 2013 and 54 the year before. At the same time there s increased interest from our sponsors. For a fact ACIA has become bigger, better and more competitive. -Mr Godfrey Mutabazi , Executive Director of UCC[/signoff]
The event will have five major categories:
- [label variation=”label-success”]Service Excellence Award:[/label]
This award shall recognize outstanding innovative approaches by licensed telecom providers to eliminate barriers to ICT inclusion in Uganda.
- [label variation=”label-success”]Business Excellence Award:[/label]
This award recognizes outstanding use of ICT by an organization, whose business core function is not ICT, to improve the organization’s performance -effectiveness or both.
- [label variation=”label-success”]Digital Content Award:[/label]
Good media includiing video, text, sound and images complied into an app or any product will be recognized in this category
- [label variation=”label-success”]ICT for Development Award: [/label]
This will recognize the ordinary use of ICTs to improve the livelihoods of communities by facilitating Uganda’s achievement of ant of the following Millennium Development Goals: eradication of poverty and hunger, universal primary education; promote gender equity and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combination HIV/AIDS. Malaria and other diseases, and; ensure environmental sustainability
- [label variation=”label-success”]Young ICT Innovators Award:[/label]
This award has two sub categories
- Rising Starts: This will recognize extraordinary application of ICTs by secondary school students towards reduction of the digital divide in the country. This may be in regards to ICT access, affordability, availability and /or its applicability meeting the socio -economic needs of a community of their choice.
Uganda’s ICT visionaries: This shall recognize the best integration of ICTs in a product (system, application, device, process or else) developed to improve the experience of people living in Uganda. This award targets students in a tertiary or a vocational institution that seeks to make a city or town of their choice, improving energy efficiency through the use of ICT. The city or town of choice should be selected from the following: Kampala, Mukono, Arua, Soroti, Gulu, Mbarara, Wakiso, Jinja, Mbale and Hoima.
Participation in this category is open to students enrolled in higher institutions of learning or individuals and teams whose members are aged between 18 and 25 years.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
Winners will walk away with various trophies, cash ICT gadgets and certificates as will be decided by the organizers. In addition, there will be two special prizes – the People’s Choice (voted for by electronic secrete ballot by the invited guests) and the Judges’ choice (chosen by the Panel of Judges).