Liquid Telecom Wins – The Longest Fibre Links in Africa, AfricaCom Award

Liquid Telecoms an Econet Wireless subsidiary has scooped the prestitgious AfricaCom Award for Connecting the continent and ensuring that millions of people now have access to communication that is also affordable as Liquid Telecom have also worked hard to keep costs down.
Cape Town, 13 November 2013 – At a glittering gala event held overlooking the picturesque Table Bay, Cape Town, the ICT, Telecommunications and Media industries came together to celebrate and acknowledge some of the industry’s best achievements that have taken place across the African continent over the past 12 months.

In its 6th year, the AfricaCom Awards continues to grow in stature as the importance of the AfricaCom conference also increases. So without further ado, the winners are
Africacom Winners
Amongst others
Africacom winners 2

Two other and very special awards that are singled out each year are:-
Orange African Social Venture Prize 2013
Out of 455 submitted projects, the Orange African Social Venture Prize team selected 12 projects as finalists. The three prize-winners for this year have been selected by the official jury after careful and thorough analysis.

The first prize was awarded to QuickDo-BookBox, a startup founded in 2011 by a French-Cameroonian, that provides African readers access to books (in digital format, limited price), providing a complete ecosystem and developed by QuickDo-BookBox and its partners (device, reading lamp, network). Built in a responsible and sustainable approach, it provides an all-in-one for local publishers, readers, and places of learning. With its first subsidiary in Cameroon, QuickDo wants to develop quickly its offer in other countries of West Africa and Maghreb.

Watch the exciting Intro here:

The IVOIRE JOB project was awarded second prize. The project aims to facilitate access to employment opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire through a web platform and mobile SMS system. The web platform will provide a space for exchange and sharing of experiences between young job seekers and workers.

The third prize was awarded to CHIFCO which is a technology company focused on energy and telecommunications through the notion of smart city and smart urban networks (Smart Grids, city 2.0). This business offers a domestic energy management system offering the best balance between comfort and economical and environmental costs.

In addition to funding of up to 25,000 euros, Orange will provide support to the three projects for six months from its local subsidiaries as well as expert advice from business and telecoms professionals. New in 2013: the first prize is offered a patent in the country of deployment by the Orange team.

Etisalat prize for innovation

The Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation seeks to promote the uptake, use and availability of mobile broadband in Africa. In its second year, The Etisalat Pan- African Prize for Innovation celebrates and awards valuable innovation across the African continent and will reward 2 categories of innovation. The first prize of $25,000 will go to the most innovative product or service launched in the last 18 months and the second prize, $10,000 is presented to the most innovative concept (currently not commercially available) along with business mentoring and access to mobile telecoms experts.

Etisalat believes innovation should go beyond improvements in existing products and services, but in addition, have real valuable social or economic impact.

Winner most innovative idea – The EFIWE mobile application concept is a Social Education Network; an artificial intelligence driven application with the motto “Explore, Learn and Develop”. EFIWE aims to present a world of resources and opportunities to African youth to leverage the wealth of possibilities presented by the internet and unleash their creativity. It provides a simulated learning environment with in-depth resources in every field and subject of study. The integration of artificial intelligence, application programming, multimedia and social networking makes learning engaging and stimulating. EFIWE mobile application aims to impact the development of education in Africa; the concept promotes a strong belief that education should not be limited by the walls of a school but expanded to accommodate the Internet offering greater
Opportunities to a wider, more diverse group globally. EFIWE will enable youths with similar ideas and dreams to act on their inspiration and not be limited in their ambitions. This concept will drive technological and entrepreneurial innovations which will, in turn, drive economic growth.

Winner most innovatve product – Genii Games, Asa, meaning “culture” in Yoruba (a prominent Nigerian language) is a growing collection of interactive, cultural, teaching mobile Apps for Children (2-12 years) and is geared towards addressing the declining interest & knowledge of African culture. These Apps include “Yoruba101”, “aHausa” “Igbo101” and “African Folk Tales” etc focusing on African language, etiquette and culture are enriched with features such as animation, voice, text, sound, graphics and games to stimulate the interests of children. Asa is
available in iOS (iPad & iPhone), Android and BlackBerry platforms.

Content drawn from indigenous cultures provides social benefits to those cultures while also promoting and preserving the rich heritage of Africa. The content development requires multiple skills and so, by the use of local talent in the creative space such as illustrators, voice-over artists, linguists, programmers and historians, the social and economic benefit, job creation, is also achieved.

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