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MTN Business Mind-2-Machine adjudication process underway

An expert panel has started judging the submissions of talented local app developers competing in the MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge. Finalists and overall winners will be announced at a gala awards evening scheduled to take place on 12 November 2015 in Johannesburg.

The MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge is the first of its kind in South Africa and provides developers – including students, graduates and small enterprises – with a unique opportunity to participate in MTN’s first Pan African Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and developer community.

The MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge follows the unveiling of MTN’s IoT platform, including the introduction of a global SIM card which gives customers access to the MTN Business IoT platform with the same data rate across MTN’s footprint in Africa. The global SIM also enables unprecedented control of their IoT services.

As part of the IoT platform launch, application developers from across South Africa were invited to participate in the MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge. The initiative aims to identify and enable talented African developers to create scalable and relevant business solutions that solve real-world problems.

Winners of the MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge will be able to take their solutions to market together with MTN Business and its strategic partners.

“We are excited about this initiative as it gives developers the platform to showcase their talent to corporate South Africa. Judges have had a difficult task of shortlisting the finalists, given the high quality of submissions” says Mandisa Ntloko, Head of Marketing at MTN Business South Africa.

“MTN Business is no stranger to innovation. Being a catalyst for technological change and empowerment of developer communities by connecting them with the formal economy is one of our key strategic pillars. The MTN Business Mind-2-Machine challenge is also aligned with our strategic intent of strengthening our holistic ICT offering to our clients," says Ntloko.

“The judges will look at an exhaustive list of criteria to select the finalists and winners. We feel that all of the developers involved in the challenge will find themselves at an advantage when developing for clients in future as a result of their experience in crafting these solutions,” concludes Ntloko.

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