MTN Uganda announced winners of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 at a gala dinner hosted at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday. Nine innovations were recognized, each walking away with $3,000 and a plaque. The nine winners were selected by a panel of judges from a nominee list of 45 highly recommended applications.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer noted that the overwhelming number of entries, over 200, indicated how Uganda was indeed an innovative country.
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“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,” he said.
Adding, “We are also happy to recognize the strong response and participation of youth in our innovation initiatives both the MTN App challenge and the Innovation Awards. Indeed through these platforms, we hope to build a proposition that empowers youth to fulfill aspirations of self-employment and financial independence.”
Here’s the full 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