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Finalists revealed for 2015 Appsafrica Innovation Awards

With over 200 entries in hand, Appsafrica has now revealed the finalists. (Image Source: theminorityeye.com).

The Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2015, according to the organiser, has attracted over 200 entries from 21 countries, across 3 continents in Africa.

With over 200 entries in hand, Appsafrica has now revealed the finalists selected for the Cape Town awards final, which will be held on the 16th of November 2015.

Appsafrica revealed that the awards have been supported by Mobile Monday SouthAfrica, Uber and AppsWorld and celebrate the enormous growth in mobile, technology and entrepreneurship in Africa.

The finalists for the Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards 2015 are as follows;

1. Best disruptive innovation
– MicroEnsure (UK)
– Esoko (Ghana)
– Talking Bookz (Nigeria)
– Picup (South Africa)
– Opera’s Sponsored Web Pass (Nigeria)

2. Best mobile innovation
– Mobu – (Kenya)
– Chura – (Kenya)
– bookly – (South Africa)
– Ninayo – (Tanzania)
– M-vendr – (UK)
– ShoOwer – Cameroon

3. Best non data mobile innovation
– TTC Mobile – (Uganda and Tanzania)
– Unotify (Rwanda)
– Totohealth (Kenya)
– GeoPoll (US and Kenya)
– SaferMom (Nigeria)

4. Best African app
– Cross Dakar City (Senegal)
– bookly – (South Africa)
– Truppr (Nigeria)
– mPaper (Tanzania)
– Tuluntulu (South Africa)

5. Best fintech innovation
– Mergims (Rwanda)
– LipaPlus (Kenya)
– SimbaPay (UK)
– VCpay (South Africa)
–  Mastercard/Standard Bank MasterPass app (South Africa)
– Verifone Mobile Money (Kenya)

6. Best health innovation
– MOBicure (Nigeria)
– GiftedMom (Cameroon)
– Telemedicine Africa (South Africa)
– Emocha Mobile Health (USA)
– The Medical Concierge Group (Uganda)

7. Best educational innovation
mPaper (Tanzania)
Flippy Campus (Ghana/Nigeria)
bookly – (South Africa)
SYNA (Nigeria)
Xander Apps (South Africa)
Bambisa (South Africa)

8. Social impact award
– codeX (South Africa)
– bookly – (South Africa)
– 1task1job (Cameroon)
– UjuziKilimo (Kenya)
– Afrikstart (UK)

9. Best entertainment innovation
– Bozza Mobile (South Africa)
– GAMSOLE – Nigeria, MyMusic (Nigeria)
– Guumzo (Tanzania)
– Media24 HYD 3D (South Africa)

10. Women in tech award 
– Emefa Kpegba (MobileFunding – Togo)
– Anike Lawal (Mamalette -Nigeria)
– Linet Kwamboka (DataScience – Kenya)
– Zimba Women (Uganda) and Kelechi Anyadiegwu (Zuvaa -USA/Nigeria)

The Appsafrica.com Innovation Awards will take place in Cape Town on Monday 16th of November 2015 with an audience of industry players celebrating the best of African innovation. The awards have pan-African support from leaders in mobile, tech and innovation including Mobile Monday South Africa, iHub Kenya, CcHub Nigeria, Think Rwanda, MEST, Women In Tech Africa and the Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa.

Africa: UN-Backed Telecom Summit Shines Spotlight On Young Innovators

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today hosted at its 2015 telecom summit in Budapest the winners of the Young Innovators Competition, who benefited from expert mentorship to help accelerate their innovations globally through a series of workshops, pitching sessions and collaborations.

"These talented young people have made great use of ICTs [information and communications technologies] to meet a wide range of development goals, and their innovations have the potential to impact lives for the better," said ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao.

"Start-ups such as these have a key role to play within our ICT ecosystem and I am very pleased that ITU Telecom World 2015 is providing them the global platform to showcase their innovations," he added.

The programme took place at the ITU Telecom World 2015 event, which has been under way in Budapest since 12 October and which wraps up tomorrow.

The Young Innovators Competition onsite programme provides opportunities for participants to connect, share experiences and learn from other representatives across the industry, including with other small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups present at the event, from developed and developing countries alike.

"The Young Innovators are an inspiring group. Every time I speak with them, it's a window onto a generation of young people willing, ready and able to answer the challenges of the future using innovative technologies. They are absolutely a group of young people to watch, they're going to change the world, and they know it," said Tayo Akinyemi, CEO at AfriLabs Foundation, and Young Innovators Competition Mentor.

The winners of the competition showcased their entries in the InnovationSpace shared and also took part in the Acceleration Platform.

Moving forward, new challenges have been set in motion for the next Young Innovators Programme where young social entrepreneurs with big ideas on how to apply technology to help improve the lives of refugees and people displaced by situations such as war, oppression, and natural disaster are being sought.
Source: UN News Agency 14 Ocotber 2015