Lagos: November 19, 2012: Sinelimit and iConnect Project have emerged winners of the first edition of the ‘Etisalat Nigeria Prize for Innovation’ organized by Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat. This award which is aimed at encouraging and celebrating valuable innovation in the African market was presented at the AfricaCom awards Gala Dinner held at the Waterfront Lookout, Cape Town South Africa, on the 15th of November 2012 as part of the Africa Com 2012 Conference.
The ‘Etisalat Prize for Innovation’ was awarded in 2 categories: The first prize of $25, 000 for the most innovative product or service was presented to Sinelimit for Mobile Maths Practice, a mobile application that helps students in preparing for exams, and a second prize of $10,000 for the most innovative idea presented to Future Software for the iConnect Project, Mobile ICT Units proposed to supply mobile broadband internet vehicles to schools in various geographical areas.
Speaking on the success of the competition which witnessed an impressive array of entries for the two award categories, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, explained that the competition was instituted to provide the opportunity for ingenious people to present innovative and relevant mobile broadband products/services and ideas.
He said, “We are delighted at the creativity shown by all the entries and this is a clear indication of the importance of broadband in Africa. Innovative broadband projects, products and services have improved the way we live and work and so we launched this award because we realise the importance of broadband in the industry. Innovation is core to our business strategy at Etisalat Nigeria and we see ourselves as a young and innovative business setting the pace for others in the Nigerian telecommunications industry”.
The Etisalat Prize for Innovation featured a high-level judging panel representing business, telecommunications, entrepreneurship and network development reviewed the entries and established a final shortlist of 4 nominees in the two categories.
The 5th annual AfricaCom Awards provided an evening of entertainment that attendees described as the best yet. The event featured a superb performance by comedian MC Nic Rabinowitz, a presentation on 2012?s new Official Charity Mothers2Mothers helping HIV Mothers in South Africa amongst other activities.
2012’s categories were totally refreshed, and included several new Awards with more winning chances.