Tigo Rwanda Announces Winners of Digital Changemakers Competition
Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has announced the winners of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition 2015.
The announcement was made at the prestigious Transform Africa Summit, a platform hosted by H.E President Kagame, which brings together Africa’s top leaders to shape the continents digital transformation agenda.
This 2015 edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition was officially launched on the 10th of July and closed on the 29th of August. The campaign attracted interest from across the country, gathering over 400 applicants who signed up for the competition, 260 of which were able to complete the entire online application process. These impressive figures are double those of the previous year and reflects the growth of digital penetration and the creative and entrepreneurial drive of young Rwandans.
Speaking about the Transform Africa Summit, Tigo General Manager, Tongai Maramba reiterated saying: “It is an honour to be part of a digital revolution in Rwanda. Tigo is at the forefront of creating a digital lifestyle, which includes using technology to create sustainable change in our country. It is with great pleasure that once again, we get to support two more innovative digital ideas that will create impact for future generations”.
This winners this year are Zizinga Sam and Louis Ngabonziza. Zizinga Sam runs a project called Cartoon Home Network, a 3D simulated animation which animates theory; helping students understand difficult concepts quickly. The second winner, Louis Ngabonziza runs the Nyabihu Demonstration Center for the Deaf which delivers ICT skills to deaf children through an inclusive education program.
“We are extremely excited to be welcoming two new Rwandan changemakers into our world class incubator. Our goal as an organization is to empower local heroes such as these, to implement their dreams and ideas in empowering future generations. We are grateful to our partner Tigo for making this a reality once again,” concluded Amma Lartey, Reach for Change Africa Regional Director.
The two winning ideas will receive a cash prize of up to Frw 14 million each and access to a Reach for Change incubator, business training and a global network of other social entrepreneurs. The winners will also have access to the Changemakers Hub located at the Tigo Head Quarters in Kigali. The Hub provides free office space for all Tigo Changemakers and access to support from Tigo and Reach for Change.
In addition to this years’ winners, Tigo and Reach for Change also recognized the 4 finalists who also had strong and creative digital projects:
Julien Daniel Mitali – M-star Ltd. The proposed solution is called Tsinda, an online, open, smart and interactive study platform with exercises, tests and additional revision tools for high school students from senior 1 to 6.
Neza Guillaine – Refugee Girls Needs You. This initiative builds self confidence among young refugees and helps them acquire life and handcraft skills.
Laure Iyaga – Itorero Karame. This is an interactive mobile app that contain information about the Rwandan cultural heritage.
Ndayishimye Theophile – SafeGener. This is a web platform providing basic information on child health and developmental milestones.
Since 2012, Tigo and Reach for Change have partnered to identify and support social entrepreneurs. In 2014 the focus of the competition began to seek entrepreneurs using digital tools and technology to improve communities and future generations. To date there are five Tigo Changemakers supported by the program and have impacted the lives of over 46,000 Rwandan children.