Pivot East apps finalists named
INNOVATIONS| May 3, 2012, 10 a.m.
Pivot East has announced the 25 final finalists in the Pivot East regional mobile apps competition.
This year’s theme was “Innovation and Enterprise” and the following topics are to be used to expound on the theme:
• Opportunities of entrepreneurship in the East Africa Region
• Financing challenges in the regional technological scene
• Role of corporate in stimulating innovation
• Social impact and the Social enterprise
• Role of innovation in driving the regional economy
Pivot East is described as this year’s edition of the region’s premier mobile apps / developer competition held successfully in 2011 under the name Pivot 25.
A panel of judges drawn from industry in the last two weeks extensively analysed details of 50 semi-finalists of the Pivot East regional mobile apps competition. The process culminated in the selection of 25 applications which will be pitched at this year’s Pivot East conference. The conference will be at Ole Sereni Hotel on 5th and 6th of June 2012 where five category winners will get USD10,000 each in prize money.
The finalists of Pivot East in 2012 are:
Financial Services Category
A mobile commerce platform that is agnostic to mobile network operators
MobiKash Afrika Limited
An App based on the use of Mobile Money to send bulk payment from a group to the MFI
Software Group Ke Ltd
An App that unites mobile money and micro-finance by offering financial collaboration
Zege Technologies Ltd
Streamlines the process of receiving and managing payments at schools through M-Pesa
A platform that helps informal financial self-help groups and savings clubs digitize their information management and record keeping
Bityarn Consult Company Ltd
Business and Resource Management Category
An App that Facilitates restaurant goers to know the location of restaurants on the go.
Dairy Sacco App
A mobile credit tool on agricultural cooperatives that provide inputs and merchandise to their members on credit against produce deliveries.
SMS Offline and Online virtual Market place
A platform that integrates money transfer and delivery of goods and services.
Bei Nafuu Ltd
SMS based ordering and supply chain management application that simplifies the way customers order for goods from manufacturers and distributors.
Easy Order Operations
SMS Based Health Insurance Members Verification
Verification system for health insurance of members when they go to access services at hospitals.
Multics Systems Co.Ltd
Enables users especially football fans to place and collect bets
Squad Digital Ltd
A racing game set on the busy Nairobi highways
Planet Rackus Ltd
A chat app
Dotideas Technology Ltd
A satirical mobile game aimed at mocking the Villains in the daily life of Kenyans
Xema Labs Ltd
An action game app with an African jungle setting
Elan Telemedia Ltd
Mobile Society Category
An SMS-based study solution for students, teachers, and schools
An ed-tech initiative that is focused on Primary School education
A digital storytelling portal
The Kuyu Project
Brooder poultry monitoring using a mobile phone
MLFocus (U) Ltd
An application which provides weather updates and agricultural advice to farmers
Osca Connect Ltd
Location based service that enables its users to find the nearest Financial and Retail services.
Space Kenya Networks Ltd.
Helps users find the nearest fuel stations with the prices and Services that best suit their needs.
A system that allows users to back up all their contacts and later restore them when need arises
Binary Science Ltd
An app that enables users manage security of their possessions
An application for Verification of documents legitimacy
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