FULL LIST: MTN Innovation Awards 2015 Finalists announced

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The ClinicMaster team at the exhibition on Saturday
The ClinicMaster team was at the exhibition on Saturday. They are shortlisted in the Health category.

The best three entrants in each category of the 2015 MTN Innovation Awards have been revealed.

125 innovators and entrepreneurs responded to the call for submissions by MTN Uganda last month when they announced the Awards, with the health, education and financial services categories as the most competitive. At an exhibition held on Saturday where the shortlisted entrants showcased their innovations, we saw more innovations in these categories than the rest.

The Innovation awards are a platform under MTN’s Innovation Lab, through which they want to recognize the most outstanding locally developed mobile and desktop applications, as well as individuals and organizations that have been at the forefront of enabling the innovation ecosystem in the country.

Fundibots has been shortlisted in more than one category.
Solomon King, Fundibots’ founder explaining some of the projects on display at the exhibition last Saturday. Fundibots has been shortlisted in more than one category.

In an interview last month with Susan Kayemba, Senior Manager, Retention and Social Media, she said “Our intent is to be a partner in building the innovation ecosystem. So we’re recognizing the apps that have been created, and on the other hand we want to recognize people who are enabling that.”

“We have people that aren’t developing apps but are putting down infrastructure in many ways. The ecosystem needs all of them to grow, and we need to start recognizing them,” she went on to say.

Here are the finalists for the 2015 MTN Innovation Awards, in no particular order:

  1. Best Health Application
  • ClinicMaster (Wilson Kutegeka) –
  • mHealth (mnBeF Project)
  • WinSenga (Edmund Ainebyona)
  1. Best Education Application
  • Course Generator (Seguya Derrick)
  • SchoolsUganda (Ssenoga Badru)
  • BrainShare (Charles Muhindo)
  1. Best Financial Services Application
  • Mobis ChapChap (Opio Obwangamoi David)
  • Elma – CenteMobile, SimYo, BankYo, PrideMobi (Zinat Juma)
  • Yo! Payments Gateway (Gerald Begumisa)
  1. Best SME Application
  • Tikiti (Alvin Kato – Ignition Group LLC)
  • School Management Dynamics – Intelligent Works
  • NTVGo App & Creative DNA (Elijah Atuhaire – Creative DNA)
  1. Best Enterprise Effort to support Innovation
  • Creative Meet-Ups (Anthony Simpson)
  • Outbox (Richard Zulu)
  • FundiBots (Solomon King Benge)
  1. Most Innovative Mobile App
  • Tikiti (Alvin Kato – Ignition Group LLC)
  • Fezah (Ham Namakajjo)
  • WinSenga (Edmund Ainebyona)
  1. Outstanding Woman in Innovation
  • Barbara Birungi (Hive Colab, WITU, Nakazade)
  • Lyndsay Handler (ReadyPay)
  1. Innovation Achiever of the Year
  • FundiBots (Solomon King Benge)
  • Fezah (Ham Namakajjo)
  • BrainShare (Charles Muhindo)

The winners will be announced at the invite-only Awards gala this Friday 13th November at Kampala Serena Hotel.

We shall be there and will bring you real-time updates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep an eye on the official hashtag #MTNInnovationAwards

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