[/blockquote]The ACIA 2016 Awards are part of an initiative that fosters innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations in Uganda. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has this week kicked off preparation for the ACIA 2016 Awards whose date and venue will be communicated at a later date. At a time when ICTs are a key component of the overarching science, technology and innovation portfolio that is driving change and more importantly growth in Uganda.
Young minds are coming up with easy applications on how to test for breast cancer, inventing drones, applications on how farmers can track their livestock to mention but a few.
ICTs have become recognized as essential ingredients for any society towards experiencing sustainable economic growth and development.
The ever changing face of technology has given favorable rise to a new people; Digital Native and with them, an elite group of innovators that want to change the status quo and come up with unique solutions to Ugandan problems.
The Uganda Communications Commission recognized that Uganda was at the precipice of technological change and in 2010 introduced the ACIA Awards. The ACIA Awards is an initiative that fosters innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations. ACIA provides a platform upon which outstanding ICT innovations can be showcased and propelled to further success. A new six category has been added; and its called the 2016 Special Award which is aimed at Government Ministries, Departments or Agencies (MDA) with the best use of ICT in providing government services to the public as voted by the public who have focused those that promote e-government.
The ACIA Awards will in 2016 recognize winners in six (6) major categories;
- Young ICT innovators
- Business Excellence
- Service Excellence
- ICT for Development
- Digital Content
- 2016 Special Award