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Well, if you’re are a passionate innovator? Then MTN is waiting for your application this year for the 2nd MTN Innovation Awards. This time round, the big news is that MTN Uganda has also increased the prize award from USD 1000 to USD 3000. Could this be any better?

So, lets head straight to what MTN is aiming at for this years awards.

The awards aim to inspire innovations that have the potential to improve livelihoods and communities

In reference to the official release from MTN Uganda website,

The 2017 Awards will seek to recognize outstanding applications in both mobile and web custom developed by Ugandan individuals and private organizations that enable the local innovation eco-system.

Throwback, MTN Innovations Awards:

The awards platform was created in 2015 and 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.

This year, the awards will recognize application Innovations in the following categories:

1. Best Health Application
2. Best Education Application
3. Best Financial Services Application
4. Best SME Application
5. Best Agriculture Application
6. Best Media & Entertainment Application
7. Most Innovative Mobile App
8. Outstanding Woman in Innovation
9. Innovation Achiever of the Year

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Timeline:

Entry Submission Start date was: 22nd September 2017
Entry Submission Deadline: 6th October 2017
Announcement of Winners: 8th Nov 2017
Entry Requirements: Each applicant will be obliged to the following in applying for Entry to be considered for any of the Awards:
Applications must be submitted online in English
The following will be required in the Application:
Filling of the Application Form
Upload a summary presentation in PDF format of the project/Application/initiatives being entered including performance
Two Reference letters
Applicants may enter in more than one category. In this case, an independent application must be made for each category.
All Applications received will be judged against selected criteria by a panel of judges to identify winners
Winners will be announced at the MTN Innovations Awards Event to be held on 8th Nov 2017

Eligibility:

Submissions must meet the following criteria:
For Entries to any of the Application Categories:
The Application is already launched and is being actively used with measurable impact ( e.g. number of users, revenue generated, etc)
The Application addresses a problem or opportunity as defined in the Award category
The Mobile App was launched from 2014 onwards
The Mobile Application was created by a Ugandan (s)
For Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Innovation Achiever of the year:
The individual or organization has been active in the innovation space of Uganda for at least 4 years
The individual or private organization has implemented initiatives that are:
Of pioneering impact in Uganda
Still actively running or completed with positive results
Implemented in Uganda or internationally with direct benefits for Uganda
Have or will have a long term positive and sustainable impact for innovation in Uganda
Have or will have potential for a Mass market
Have or will result in positioning Uganda in the global innovation space regionally or internationally

MTN Innovation Awards 2017

MTN Innovation Awards 2017

Categories In Detail:

1. Best Health Application
Despite the significant improvements in the recent years, access to health care services continues to be one of the challenges for Uganda. Health status issues include High child & maternal mortality, Diseases like HIV, Malaria, etc, difficulty in accessing health care and inconsistent quality in primary health care. This Award seeks to recognize Applications that aim to extend reach, accessibility and efficiency in delivering health services. The app must address both consumers of health services & providers of health services & demonstrate enabling business intelligence features to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

2. Best Education Application
Barriers to educational opportunities arise from social and economic injustices, learning disabilities, geographic isolation, and lack of resources of all types. Used creatively, technology can enhance both the experience and reach of Education. This Award seeks to recognize Applications that are transforming the Experience and Reach of Education to ordinary Ugandans. . The app must address both consumers of education services & providers of education services and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

3. Best Financial Services Application
Financial Inclusion for all Ugandans is crucial in building true Economic empowerment in the 21st Century. The Government of Uganda has taken deliberate steps to build a more inclusive financial system as stipulated in its Vision 2040. Indeed in 2011, the Bank of Uganda adopted a new strategy for pushing forward the financial inclusion agenda based on four pillars: financial literacy, financial consumer protection, financial innovations and financial services data and measurement. This Award seeks to recognize Applications that are enabling any financial Inclusion. The app must address both consumers of financial services & providers of financial services & demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

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4. Best SME Application
It is estimated that SMEs contribute to about 90% of the private sector production in Uganda and the main source of new jobs especially in the low income segments. A key challenge in the SME sector is the limitation in resources to enable capacity building and growth to full potential. This award seeks to recognize Applications that aim to address productivity improvement in the SME sector. The app must address both consumers of services & providers of services & demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

5. Best Agriculture Application
The agricultural sector is important to the Uganda Economy. In 2016, it was estimated to contribute 24% of GDP while employing over 50% of the population. This Award, seeks to recognize applications that are driving digitization for efficiency & productivity in the Agricultural sector. The app must address both consumers of education services & providers of education services and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

6. Best Media & Entertainment Application
Entertainment continues to be a key pillar of the Uganda lifestyle with passions including Music, Soccer, Gaming, etc. As the world of Entertainment becomes more digitized globally, the Local scene must adapt in order to benefit from the opportunities therein. The app must address both consumers of services & providers of services and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

7. Most Innovative Mobile App
The Mobile phone has been central to the transformation of Uganda and the region as a whole. Today the mobile phone is not just a tool of Communication but rather a channel to Transfer Money, Buy and Sell goods, access Entertainment, etc. This award is also given at the judges’ discretion to Mobile applications that invent, innovate, revolutionize, recreate or transform things. It is therefore not a category that is open for entry. This app may or may not be from any of the categories indicated above.

8. Outstanding Woman in Innovation
This is award seeks to recognize Women that are demonstrating a leading role in defining the innovation for Uganda through Mobile Application Innovations that they have developed or other initiatives that they are driving towards building the eco-system.

9. Innovation Achiever of the Year:
This is a special Award to recognize an Individual or private Entity that has had significant impact in defining, enabling and influencing the Innovation Eco-system of Uganda through local initiatives and activities.

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Judging Criteria:

Each category entries will be rated on each of the criteria below, on a scale of 1 – 10 with 10 being the highest score.

Innovation Caliber
Uniqueness of the Application idea and relevance in the Uganda Market

Alignment to the category
How aligned the application is to theme under which an entry was submitted

Current Performance
How well the Application is delivering on its business objectives

Market Potential
The potential reach of the service which the application providers terms of market size

Sustainability
A demonstration of a sustainable Business model into the future

Business Case
The strength of the Application in delivering a ROI

Scalability
The potential and ability for the Application to be scaled up

Customer Experience
The richness of the customer engagement journey when using the application

Relevance in vertical industries
How well the application can support operational efficiency in business in the category while also enhancing consumer access & experience of service

Rich Business Intelligence presence
The scope of inbuilt application intelligence to proactively guide user and service provider decision making.

Multi-hosting
How well the Application provides a virtualized environment for Enterprise users

Categories for Outstanding Woman in Innovation & Innovation Achiever of the year

Novelty of
Initiatives or Projects delivered Uniqueness and relevance in the Uganda Market

Reach of Initiatives or projects
The potential reach of the service which the application providers terms of market size

Current Measureable Impact
of Initiatives or projects delivered in driving transformation

Sustainability
A demonstration of a sustainability into the future of initiatives or projects delivered

You may find out more details about the terms before submitting an entry from the MTN Uganda website. Ofcourse, registration is FREE.

What then?

Are you tech innovator in Uganda?, A startup addressing challenges in media, finance, health, education or agriculture, then this is your chance to apply for the MTN Innovation Awards 2017 and stand a chance to  a cash prize of up $3,000

If you wish to attend the award ceremony, apply here: https://goo.gl/KWibBp

To submit your application (innovation), apply here https://goo.gl/YCE5pd

Be reminded, deadline to submit is October 6th, 2017


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