2014 Winners“The overall quality of the entries this year surpassed expectation,” commented Adam Thompson, Research Manager, Informa Telecoms & Media. “The innovation taking place in the digital ecosystem across the entire continent is heartening and also world class. Many are leaders in their fields and pioneers of new technology and services answering the needs of emerging markets that more traditional markets can and should take note of"
Congratulations to all shortlisted entries – the winners for each category in 2014 are:
Best App for Africa
Bharti Airtel- Internet.org App
Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa
WIOCC – Connecting Somalia – closing the final link
Best Cost Efficiency Solutions For Africa
Huawei – Africa’s 1st SDN Innovation
Best Device for Africa
Solarway - Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charging Station
Best Marketing Campaign
Huawei – MTN’s Mandela Birthday‘ 67 Minutes
Best Mobile Money Solution
Bharti Airtel – Airtel Money
Best Network Improvement
WIOCC – Extending WIOCC’s Pan-African Network into Somalia
Best Pan African Initiative
Liquid Telecom – East Africa Fibre Ring
Breakthrough LTE Development
Ericsson – Breakthrough LTE Development – Unitel
Changing Lives Awards
Afrigis - Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC)
Excellence in Customer Experience Management
Orange – ’100% Successful Calls’ Suites of services
Most Innovative Service
Millicom Tanzania TIGO – Tigo Pesa – International Mobile Money Transfer
VSAT Innovation for Africa
Liquid Telecom – Shared MPLS Satellite service
Etisalat Winner Idea
MEMMCOL (Interactive Media Interface Design i.e. IMID)
INTERACTIVE MEDIA INTERFACE DESIGN is a design for Energy Meters, it is specifically tailored towards helping Consumers remotely monitor their energy consumption using their Mobile devices (windows, IOS and the Android Platforms). The user interface is unique, interactive and modeled to look like an energy meter with its keypad and display.
IMID will encourage and drive internet usage, promote civilization and be of immense advantage to the energy industry.
Etisalat Winner Product
Exam Mate is an exam preparatory software, specifically for Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board exams (JAMB). The app was developed as an offline product for mobile PC’s to aid usage amongst exam candidates who do not have access to mobile broadband. Presently, the product is available for download at an online market hub for usage on mobile PC’s.
From an economic point of view, with an average of 1.5 million candidates seating for JAMB examination annually, getting the product at a very affordable rate across to a projected target of 1 million candidates will generate high revenue.
With detailed voiced explanations in various subjects, applied knowledge will be imparted into the candidates which will remain relevant in whichever field they find themselves later in life.
Orange Social Venture Prize 2014
Out of the 452 submitted projects through Starafrica Orange website , the Orange African Social Venture Prize team has selected 10 projects as finalists and 1 favorite internet project.
The three prize-winners for this year have been selected by the Jury after careful analysis of each of the 11 shortlisted projects. The API prize has also been selected by the Jury.
The short list is below:
Station Energy (Ivory Coast)
Mewanko Farm (Cameroon)
Bouquet Pass Santé (Senegal)
Pubcell (Ivory Coast) – Favourite internet project
The first prize has been awarded to Modisar, Botswana.
The project is a livestock farm management application (desktop, web & mobile) that makes it easy for a farmer to manage his\her farm. The mission of Modisar is of resuscitating the livestock industry and cultivating livestock farming interest among the youth by marrying today’s technologies and the nation’s passion for farming, Modisar aims to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the livestock sector, a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product in Botswana.
The second prize has been awarded to Station Energy, Côte d’Ivoire.
Station Energy has developed an innovative retail concept of energy services. Inspired by both the model service stations gasoline and African grocery shop Station Energy is a solution to enable energy access and affordability for all. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is a shop equipped with photovoltaic panels to provide various shared services (rental batteries allowing access to lighting, renting cold spaces, Internet access, sales of low consumption equipment, etc.) in rural or urban areas.
The third prize has been awarded to Bouquet Pass Santé, Senegal.
This project is a platform that allows the diaspora or persons residing in Senegal, to pay medical consultation for yourself or for a loved one directly online.
The Mewanko Farm project – Cameroon received the Orange Partner API Prize.
This Cameroon project’s concept is to create a digital community platform for small producers who want to sell their products online. The aim is to increase the income of small farmers by helping them develop their markets through ICT, thus improving their living conditions.
This project will improve food safety and human health by educating farmers about the quality of their production on one hand, and by informing and educating the end consumer on the quality of the food they buy on the other hand.