Uganda wins Global Mobile Communications Award

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Mr Alex Nyika, a Ugandan software developer based in Kenya, on Monday scooped the top prize at one of Europe's most prestigious mobile communication innovation awards.

Mr Nyika, the chief executive Xrystalgenius , a Nairobi-based mobile startup, won the Base of the Pyramid award at the 2010 Mobile Monday Peer Awards that took place in Helsinki, Finland. Five finalists including United States-based Super Technologies, which emerged runner up in the category competed for the award.

The award recognises young and outstanding mobile companies that are making a difference in mobile health, education, payments, employment trade and entertainment. Software developers from 37 countries across the world participated in the awards.

Mr Nyika, 26, was recognised for developing iCheki, a mobile phone software solution designed to help users of public transport in Kenya to track taxis coming their way. iCheki is a Swahili-English (Sheng) word for "I see". In an interview, Mr Nyika who represented Kenya, said the awards had opened doors for his products and company. "It has exposed me to a bigger market, given me a chance to pitch my idea and confidence to create more products," he told Daily Monitor on the sidelines of the awards ceremony.

Also competing for the same award was Mr Revence Kalibwani the founder Scyfy Technologies, an Entebbe-based start up, alongside three other firms from Brazil, Pakistan and Kenya.