Simon Kaheru

MTN Uganda has announced a panel of five judges that will decide the winners of the second edition of the MTN Innovation Awards 2017.

According to a release, the judges were selected on the basis of their experience in understanding technology and potential to offer an objective assessment of the submissions made by the finalists.

Those selected review the soon-to-be shortlisted nominees include TMS Ruge – the founder and CEO of Raintree Farms, Suzan Kizito-East Africa Regional Manager for CSquared, Simon Kaheru – Coca Cola Beverages Africa Public Affairs and Communications Director for Uganda, Vivian Ddambya – Director Technical Services at the National Information Technology Authority and Badru Ntege – Chairman of the ICT sector at the Private Sector Foundation Uganda.

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The judges will review each of the 45 shortlisted submissions at a workshop and exhibition to be hosted at the Shoprite Lugogo Mall parking lot tomorrow, Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The exhibition will be open to the public for viewing of the mobile and web-based applications. The first awards were first held in 2015, with 8 projects being awarded for their outstanding contribution to society.

“The contribution to society is measured by impact especially in the long-term. Additionally, we are looking at positioning Uganda as having the innovation space and skilled individuals that can compete on the global stage,” says Olivier Prentout the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Uganda.

The winners will be recognized at an Awards Gala to be held on November 8, 2017.  MTN has increased the prize money from us$1000 given to each category winner in 2015 to US$3000.

In 2015, 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 – the Innovation achiever of the year.