MTN Uganda has Thursday announced that the MTN Telecom Innovation Awards are back, and calls for submissions are open till 6th October 2017.
The awards aim at inspiring innovations that have the potential to improve livelihoods and communities.
Olivier Prentout, the Chief Marketing Officer MTN Uganda said;
“The Awards gala is to take place on 8th November 2017 and each award winner to walk away with $3,000.”
Prentout added that; “Recognizing and promoting local innovations is critical to MTN’s vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world for MTN customers and the communities where we operate.”
He also noted that “Technology is becoming an enabler in almost every sector of Uganda’s economy. In health, technology is leading to solutions on prevention. In education, people are coming up with ideas to ease the learning process. In financial services, technology is improving financial inclusion.”
There are at least seven (7) categories to pick from. The choice of categories like Finance, Agriculture and Health lays 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.
This is the 2nd edition of the MTN Innovation Awards. The first awards were held in 2015, with 8 projects being awarded for their outstanding contribution to society.
“The contribution to society is measured by impact especially in the long-term. Additionally, we are looking at positioning Uganda as having the innovation space and skilled individuals that can compete on the global stage,” Prentout added.
The categories to apply for include:
Best Health application, Best Education application, Best Financial Services application, Best SME application, Best Agriculture application, and Best Media and Entertainment application. The entries have to be made online on www.mtn.co.ug/innovationawards
The awards place emphasis on applications that have been in operation since 2014.
The MTN Innovation Awards 2017 will also recognize the Outstanding Woman in Innovation, Innovation Achiever of the Year and Most innovative Mobile App.
In 2015, the winners included, ClinicMaster, BrainShare, Yo! Payments Gateway, Intelligent Works, Outbox, Fezah, Lyndsay Handler of ReadyPay – Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Solomon King of FundiBots – Innovation achiever of the year.