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MTN Innovation Awards 2017 nominees announced



Wilson Kutegeka, one of the winners at a previous edition of the MTN Innovation Awards receiving his award.

Wilson Kutegeka, one of the winners at a previous edition of the MTN Innovation Awards receiving his award.

MTN Uganda has shortlisted 45 nominees for the next phase of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017. The 45 nominees were selected from an overwhelming number of entries, more than the entries received in the inaugural MTN Innovation Awards in 2015.

There were nine categories to pick from. The choice of categories like Finance, Agriculture and Health laid emphasis on MTN Uganda’s commitment to scale sectors critical to the improvement of lives and communities through digital innovations. The awards are in line with MTN Uganda’s mission to make the lives of Ugandans brighter.

“We received more entries than we had anticipated, indicating that the country has got quite a number of technology innovations that have the potential to improve the well-being of people in society. We would like to congratulate the 45 entries that have made it to the next round,” explained Mr. Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Uganda.

For a submission to be eligible for shortlisting, the Application should have been operational at least since 2014. This was done for MTN to measure impact to the society.

Five entries have been shortlisted from each category. The judges will make a decision on the each category winner that will be announced at an awards gala on November 8 th , 2017 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Each category winner will be rewarded with $3,000.

Best Health Application

• Mstock Solution (Mbarara University of Science and Technology)
• Petograph (Global Preeclampsia Initiative)
• PRISMS (Mbarara University / CAMTech Uganda)
• MobiCare App (MobiCare Uganda)
• M-feyti (Feyti limited)

Best Education Application

• SomaAfrica (SomaAfrica Technologies SMC Limited)
• MyChild (SchoolMaster Solutions)
• Kampala Smart School (Kampala Smart School)
• Noga Game App (Tamithi Ltd)
• Rays of Hope (K-Town Media)

Best Financial Services Application

• MamboPay (MamboPay Limited)
• Roundbob (
• Mazima Retirement Plan (Mazima Voluntary Indvidual Retirement Benefits Scheme)
• Cashbag (Sonet international Ltd)
• Xente (Intelworld)

Best SME Application

• Roundbob (
• Qwicart (Qwicart Uganda Ltd)
• KUFUNA Microfinance and SACCO Management Application (SIMTON Solutions)
• Soko Ug (Abercom(U) technologies Ltd)
• OneFortune (First Fortune Company Limited)

Best Agriculture Application

• M-Voucher System (!nnovate More (U) Ltd)
• M-Omulimisa (M-Omulimisa)
• Agro Tracker (Agro Dynamics Limited)
• Jaguza Livestock App (Afrosoft IT Solutions)
• (Mukwa Frame (U) Ltd)

Best Media & Entertainment Application

• MunoWatch (MunoClub Co. Ltd)
• PulseNews (Underscore Limited)
• AppAbout (AppAbout Ltd)
• Bujisports Uganda (Bujisoft Uganda)
• Noga Game App (Tamithi Ltd)

Most Innovative Mobile App

• Qwicart (Qwicart (U) Ltd)
• 2ambale (2ambale)
• myChild (SchoolMaster Solutions)
• TechSoln (Powell’s Code Labs)
• Traffica (GreatMinds)

Outstanding Woman in Innovation

• Ruth Nabembezi (Ask Without Shame)
• Evelyn Namara (Innovate More Uganda)
• Alwenyi Catherine Cassidy (Fund Africa Inc.)
• Ann Mary Kusiima Otedor (Network of Women in Agribusiness and Development)

Innovation Achiever of the Year

• Outbox (Richard Zulu)
• The Innovation Village (CK Japheth Kawanguzi)
• (David Gonahasa)
• Water For People (Osbert Atwijukye)
• Trautbuck Project Uganda (Paul Vicent Kamba)
• Home-made Helicopter (Thomas Sankara Bashaija)

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Airtel Uganda donates goats to girls in Karamoja region




Airtel Uganda has announced a partnership with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) to join in the fundraising campaign #GOATSFORGIRLS that aims at keeping young girls in the Karamoja region in school.

Airtel Uganda has announced a partnership with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) to join in their fundraising campaign dubbed “Goats For Girls” that aims at keeping young girls in the Karamoja region in school.

As part of the partnership, the telecom company handed over UGX11,000,000 for the purchase of 100 goats that will be handed over to girls in Moroto and Napak districts. Each girl will be handed two goats from which she will obtain income to pay school fees and purchase scholastic materials. Upon reproduction, she will be required to give the first two kids to another girl for the process to continue and benefit other girls within the community.

Speaking during the handover, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G Somasekhar pledged Airtel Uganda’s support to ensure that school-going children in local disadvantaged communities have access to quality education, which will benefit them, their families and their communities.

“Girl child education is not a priority in many local communities across Uganda. At Airtel Uganda, we believe that it is critical for the empowerment of women and are therefore committed to ensuring that girls in the most disadvantaged communities get equal opportunities to access quality education and realize their potential,” he noted.

On why they have chosen to donate goats, Mr. Somasekhar noted that the initiative is not only supportive of ensuring that the girls stay in school but also ensures economic empowerment that is much needed to bridge the socioeconomic gaps witnessed across the country.

According to United Nations’ Girls Education Initiative statistics, literacy rates for young females still lag behind that of young boys by five percent, and nearly half of all girls in Uganda are married before the age of 18. In Northern Uganda – Karamoja region, girls take on women roles faster because they cannot afford to go to or stay in school due to economic challenges.

Commenting on behalf of IIRR, Pamela B. Nyamutoka Katooro, the IIRR Uganda Country Director, appreciated the partnership with Airtel and stated that this would go a long way in improving education outcomes for disadvantaged girls especially in pastoral communities.

“Since 2015, IIRR’s “Goats 4 Girls” model has successfully been used to support over 2000 girls to enroll and stay in school. The initiative inhibits the practice of forced early marriage and empowers girls with not only educational benefits but also economic independence that enhances their self-worth, dignity and confidence,” she commented.

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LG expands retail chain in Uganda




LG Electronics has launched a new brand shop in Kampala

LG Electronics has launched a new brand shop in Kampala’s industrial Area that will see the consumer reach doubled in the country.

The 70,000 USD (257 million UGX) investment comes after LG successfully engaged the distributor Diamond Star who will be managing the store, bringing the total number of LG outlets to three in Uganda.

LG has also simultaneously opened a parallel service center in Kampala to cater to the rising number of consumers using LG products.

“We are responding to the rising demand of LG products in the Ugandan market. This expansion will improve the availability of our innovative products to our growing client base. We project that the new store will serve more than 200,000 new customers every month,” said Mr. Moses Marji, Marketing Director, East and Central Africa.

LG is a leading supplier of home electronics and appliances to the region and has stores in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Zambia and Rwanda.

Today’s launch brings LG’s retail store count in the Eastern African region to 98. Four new stores were opened in the region in 2017. Additionally, the company will also refurbish and upgrade some of the major existing outlets to meet the global LG Electronics’ shop standards.

LG Electronics has launched a new brand shop in Kampala

LG Electronics Managing Director in charge of East and Central Africa Janghoon Chung said the company is committed to delivering high quality products that bring convenience to the lives of consumers.

“At LG, quality is our priority and we take the time to make sure that our customers are satisfied with the products that they buy. This is also part of our contribution to the growth of Uganda’s economy by delivering outstanding value to customers every day,” said Mr Chung.

Some of LG’s headlining home appliances such as the LG TWIN Wash will first hit the Ugandan market through the new shop. The TWIN Wash has the capacity to handle two separate loads simultaneously, allowing users to wash different types of clothes seamlessly.

The new brand shop will also stock LG’s new range of Super UHD TVs that use Nano Cell technology to deliver accurate colors and high picture quality even when viewed from wide angles.

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  • MTN Shortz allows subscribers to post video content
  • There is an opportunity for content created to generate revenue
  • Video content of up to 10 minutes can be uploaded
  • To subscribe and upload, visit

MTN Uganda’s Snr Manager Digital, Susan Kayemba explaining how MTN Shortz works at The Square industrial area at the launch.

MTN Uganda in a continuous drive to become a digital company has today launched MTN Shortz, a short video streaming platform. MTN Shortz is a mobile-only service that allows subscribers to upload videos of no more than 10 minutes. MTN Shortz is available through mobile phones only on

The streaming service allows subscribers to directly post video content from their mobile devices.

“MTN is creating an opportunity for its subscribers to create video content and earn from it. As the leading tech brand in Africa, we are always looking for ways to use technology to provide services that uplift the quality of life in the markets where we operate and so MTN Shortz,” said Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer.

MTN Shortz has several channels that subscribers can pick to upload content of their choice. It consists of channels belonging to different content owners, which users can access to view a variety of content. For subscribers to view the content on MTN Shortz, there is a daily charge of between Ugx200 and Ugx1000.

For a video viewed, the content owner will be able to earn some money from the visits.

“The MTN Shortz channels will have local content videos, meaning that for the Ugandan content producers, there is an opportunity for views and extra income. MTN believes that MTN Shortz will be able to drive local content video production,” Prentout notes.

Adding “There is also an opportunity for those that want to be seen by professional content creators. There are several professional content creators that will be using MTN Shortz and will be able to identify the untapped talent. You won’t have to wait for the opportunity to come to you, you can create it.”


For the MTN Pulse community, MTN Shortz is empowering the lifestyle of creating an opportunity. There are several platforms where people can post videos, however on MTN Shortz, the fact is that there is an opportunity to make money. The MTN Pulse community, there will be several exclusive offers in order to access and use MTN Shortz.

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