Kenya: Olivine Technology, Web Tribe, Iridium and Duma Win Connected Kenya Innovation Awards

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Olivine Technology, with a solution that offers Automated System Inventory Manager(ASiM), is the winner of the Google Innovation Awards at the 2013 Connected Kenya conference. The Innovation awards are awarded to firms that develop technology based and innovative solutions that are in line with Vision 2030.

The ASiM is a PC and mobile based application that offers automated stock taking, stock transfers, receipting, invoicing and reconciliation of stock, sales and cash from multiple locations and devices. The application is available both as a free option and an option priced at KSh. 3,000 per month whoich offers additional services such as syncing between devices and data backup.

Web Tribe, which offers an automated payments gateway, was announced as the first runner up. The firm provides JamboPay, an ePayment gateway which helps companies receive payments in four countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal and Netherlands. They integrate to mobile money and banking platforms in Kenya and Tanzania and also to the Oxygen 8 platform in the United Kingdom.

Kisasa Technologies topped the special category with a solution focusing on counties.

Under the economic pillar of Vision 2030, Kenya Buzz won the Innovation in Tourism with the KB Raha Android application. The application lists restaurants and their specialities, events, movies and fun places around the country.

Youth Agro Environmental Initiative took the Innovation in Agriculture Award. The firm runs a campaign focused on bringing youth back to agriculture and offers services such as agricultural training.

Olivine Technology was the Innovation in Wholesale and Retail winner with ASiM.

Digital Divide Data Kenya, which offers scholarships and trains youth in IT enabled services won the BPO and Outsourcing category.

Web Tribe's JamboPay won the Financial Services category.

Under the Social Pillar, Iridium Interactive won the Health Care Delivery with their Tiba application. The applications is loaded on tablets and phablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note and assists the health ministry in registering and managing TB patients. Before the application, it took the government 28 days to register TB patients. A module implemented in partnership with Safaricom also sees patients receive a stipend via M-pesa for each visit to hospital. Before, it took long for most patients to get their stipend, with a number not getting them at all.

Duma Works topped the Social, Equity and Poverty reduction category with Kazi Pap. The SMS based applications helps match blue collar workers to job, with the employer paying a commission when an employee is matched to a vacancy. Employees get matched to an employer based on a social layer which looks at mutual contacts. .

Digital Divide Data Kenya won the Education and Training category with their IT enabled services solution. .

Techno Brain won the Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups Category.