Kenya's innovators recognised
Eleven companies have won awards in Kenya's V2030 Innovation Awards competition.
The companies were selected from a field of over 170 entries for the awards this year. The winners were named at this year’ s Connected Kenya ICT Summit in Nairobi.
Their entries were judged on their innovation and potential to help achieve the goals of Kenya’ s Vision 2030.
The winners each get a commemorative trophy, certificate and USD1 000 prize money from Accenture.
The overall best innovation award was awarded to International Livestock Research Institute for their mobile-ICT based livestock insurance solution. ILRI won the agriculture section and received an additional USD5 000 as the overall winners.
The other winners are:
- Uzanunua.com (sector: wholesale and retail trade). Their solution allows for buying and selling goods online, using local payment systems such as m-pesa, zap and yu-cash.
- Mbetsa Innovations (sector: manufacturing). Their founder, Morris Mbetsa, has created an anti-theft device using SMS technology to combat car theft and track stolen vehicles.
- Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (sector: health care delivery). The hospital uses a combination of health management information systems and mobile telephony to manage its service delivery and monitor patients.
- Websimba (sector: tourism). Websimba’ s Eat Out website and mobi site allow users to search for restaurants based on a range of criteria.
- Ushahidi (sector: social equity and poverty reduction). Ushahidi develops free and open source software for crowdsourcing, visualisation and interactive mapping.
- Horizon Contact Centres (sector: BPO/offshoring). Horizon’ s HK_V2 platform is a locally-developed web-based CRM solution.
- Mobikash Afrika (sector: financial services). Mobikash offers an all-in-one mobile commerce and banking solution.
- Space Kenya Networks (sector: gender, youth and vulnerable groups). The company’ s Whive.com is a social media tools aggregator that offers a platform for SMS, Facebook, Twitter and other mobile applications built for use in Kenyan and African settings.
- Virtual Essence (sector: education and training). The company’ s MsingiPACK 2011 e-learning solution is a digital education supplement for upper primary classes.
- Anniversary Lab (sector: housing and urbanisation). Founder Robert Mburu uses a range of gadgets to automate home appliances and improve home security.