MTN Innovation Awards

The MTN Innovation Awards is a new platform which we have created to recognise outstanding applications developed by Ugandans​

Overview

The MTN Innovation Awards is a new platform which we have created to recognise outstanding applications developed by Ugandans, as well as outstanding individuals or private organisations that are enabling the local ‘innovation eco-system’.

2015 Edition

The MTN Innovation Awards is a new platform which we are creating to recognise outstanding applications developed by Ugandans, as well as outstanding individuals or private organisations that are enabling the local ‘innovation eco-system’.

This year, the awards will recognise application innovations in the following categories: health, education, financial services and SME; these being strategic focus areas for MTN.

How to submit entry:

  • Entry is free
  • Submission deadline: 29 October 2015

Application requirements:

    • Applications must be submitted online in English

Filling of the application form:

    • Upload a summary presentation in PDF format of the project/application/initiatives being entered including performance
    • Two reference letters
    • Applicants may enter in more than one category. In this case, an independent application must be made for each category
    • All applications received will be judged against selected criteria by a panel of judges to identify winners

Winners will be announced at the MTN Innovations Awards event to be held on 13 November 2015.

Award categories

  1. Best Health Application: Despite the significant improvements in recent years, access to health care services continues to be one of the challenges for Uganda. Health status issues include high child and maternal mortality, diseases such as HIV, Malaria, etc, difficulty in accessing health care and inconsistent quality in primary health care. This award seeks to recognise applications that aim to extend reach, accessibility and efficiency in delivering health services. The application must address both consumers of health services and providers of health services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence features to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

  2. Best Education Application: Barriers to educational opportunities arise from social and economic injustices, learning disabilities, geographic isolation, and lack of resources of all types. Used creatively, technology can enhance both the experience and reach of education. This award seeks to recognise applications that are transforming the experience and reach of education to ordinary Ugandans. The application must address both consumers of education services and providers of education services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
  3. Best Financial Services Application: Financial inclusion for all Ugandans is crucial in building true economic empowerment in the 21st century. The Government of Uganda has taken deliberate steps to build a more inclusive financial system as stipulated in its vision 2040. Indeed, in 2011, the Bank of Uganda adopted a new strategy for pushing forward the financial inclusion agenda based on four pillars: financial literacy, financial consumer protection, financial innovations and financial services data and measurement. This award seeks to recognise applications that are enabling any financial inclusion. The application must address both consumers of financial services and providers of financial services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
  4. Best SME Application: It is estimated that SMEs contribute to about 90% of the private sector production in Uganda and are the main source of new jobs, especially in the low income segments. A key challenge in the SME sector is the limitation in resources to enable capacity building and growth to full potential. This award seeks to recognise applications that aim to address productivity improvement in the SME sector. The application must address both consumers of services and providers of services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

  5. Best Enterprise Effort to Support Innovation: This category seeks to recognise efforts of organisations and NGOs to drive innovation in the ICT space. It looks at organisations that are taking deliberate efforts to support activities of universities, tertiary institutions and individuals in application development efforts. These organisations are encouraging adoption through activities that include funding of local innovation initiatives, testing of innovation, supporting incubation programmes etc.

  6. Most Innovative Mobile App: The mobile phone has been central to the transformation of Uganda and the region as a whole. Today the mobile phone is not just a tool of communication but rather a channel to transfer money, buy and sell goods, access entertainment, etc. This category recognises applications that invent, innovate, revolutionise, recreate or transform things. The application may or may not be from any of the categories indicated above.

  7. Outstanding Woman in Innovation: This award seeks to recognise women that are demonstrating a leading role in defining innovation for Uganda through mobile application innovations that they have developed or other initiatives that they are driving towards building the eco-system.
  8. Innovation Achiever of the Year: This is a special award to recognise an individual or private entity that has had significant impact in defining, enabling and influencing the ‘innovation eco-system’ of Uganda through local initiatives and activities. 


Eligibility criteria

Submissions must meet the following criteria
  1. For entries to any of the application categories:

  • The application is already launched and is being actively used with measurable impact (e.g. number of users, revenue generated etc.)
  • The application addresses a problem or opportunity as defined in the award category
  • The mobile app was launched from 2014 onwards
  • The mobile application was created by a Ugandan(s)

2. For Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Innovation Achiever of the Year

  • The individual or organisation has been active in the innovation space of Uganda for at least four years.
  • The individual or private organisation has implemented initiatives that are:

  • Of pioneering impact in Uganda
  • Still actively running or completed with positive results
  • Implemented in Uganda or internationally with direct benefits for Uganda
  • Have or will have a long term positive and sustainable impact for innovation in Uganda
  • Have or will have potential for a mass market
  • Have or will result in positioning Uganda in the global innovation space regionally or internationally

Judging criteria

Categories for applications

Entries will be rated on each of the criteria below, on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest score:

  • Innovation calibre - uniqueness of the application idea and relevance in the Ugandan market
  • Alignment to the category - how aligned the application is to the theme under which an entry was submitted
  • Current performance - how well the application is delivering on its business objectives
  • Market potential - the potential reach of the service with the application provider’s terms of market size
  • Sustainability - a demonstration of a sustainable business model into the future
  • Business case - the strength of the application in delivering a ROI
  • Scalability - the potential and ability for the application to be scaled up
  • Customer experience - the richness of the customer engagement journey when using the application
  • Relevance in vertical industries - how well the application can support operational efficiency in business in the category, while also enhancing consumer access and experience of service
  • Rich business intelligence presence – the scope of in-built application intelligence to proactively guide user and service provider decision making
  • Multi-hosting - how well the application provides a virtualised environment for enterprise users


Categories for Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Innovation Achiever of the year

Entries will be rated on each of the criteria below, on a scale of 1 – 10 with, 10 being the highest score:
  • Novelty of initiatives or projects delivered - uniqueness and relevance in the Ugandan market
  • Reach of initiatives or projects - the potential reach of the service with the application provider’s terms of market size
  • Current measurable impact of initiatives or projects delivered in driving transformation
  • Sustainability - a demonstration of a sustainability into the future of initiatives or projects delivered

Prizes:

All the awards will receive the following prizes:
  • The MTN Innovations Award
  • Cash prize of $1,000
  • Post event PR promotion
  • MTN 4G office pack

For detailed MTN Innovation Awards terms and conditions, click here.

Entry form

The 2015 MTN Innovation Awards were held on 13 November 2015.

Prepare to take part in the 2016 edition.


The MTN Innovation Awards is a new platform which we have created to recognise outstanding applications developed by Ugandans, as well as outstanding individuals or private organisations that are enabling the local ‘innovation eco-system’.


The MTN Innovation Awards is a new platform which we are creating to recognise outstanding applications developed by Ugandans, as well as outstanding individuals or private organisations that are enabling the local ‘innovation eco-system’.

This year, the awards will recognise application innovations in the following categories: health, education, financial services and SME; these being strategic focus areas for MTN.

How to submit entry:

  • Entry is free
  • Submission deadline: 29 October 2015

Application requirements:

    • Applications must be submitted online in English

Filling of the application form:

    • Upload a summary presentation in PDF format of the project/application/initiatives being entered including performance
    • Two reference letters
    • Applicants may enter in more than one category. In this case, an independent application must be made for each category
    • All applications received will be judged against selected criteria by a panel of judges to identify winners

Winners will be announced at the MTN Innovations Awards event to be held on 13 November 2015.

Award categories

  1. Best Health Application: Despite the significant improvements in recent years, access to health care services continues to be one of the challenges for Uganda. Health status issues include high child and maternal mortality, diseases such as HIV, Malaria, etc, difficulty in accessing health care and inconsistent quality in primary health care. This award seeks to recognise applications that aim to extend reach, accessibility and efficiency in delivering health services. The application must address both consumers of health services and providers of health services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence features to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

  2. Best Education Application: Barriers to educational opportunities arise from social and economic injustices, learning disabilities, geographic isolation, and lack of resources of all types. Used creatively, technology can enhance both the experience and reach of education. This award seeks to recognise applications that are transforming the experience and reach of education to ordinary Ugandans. The application must address both consumers of education services and providers of education services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
  3. Best Financial Services Application: Financial inclusion for all Ugandans is crucial in building true economic empowerment in the 21st century. The Government of Uganda has taken deliberate steps to build a more inclusive financial system as stipulated in its vision 2040. Indeed, in 2011, the Bank of Uganda adopted a new strategy for pushing forward the financial inclusion agenda based on four pillars: financial literacy, financial consumer protection, financial innovations and financial services data and measurement. This award seeks to recognise applications that are enabling any financial inclusion. The application must address both consumers of financial services and providers of financial services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.
  4. Best SME Application: It is estimated that SMEs contribute to about 90% of the private sector production in Uganda and are the main source of new jobs, especially in the low income segments. A key challenge in the SME sector is the limitation in resources to enable capacity building and growth to full potential. This award seeks to recognise applications that aim to address productivity improvement in the SME sector. The application must address both consumers of services and providers of services, and demonstrate enabling business intelligence to enhance reach, accessibility and efficiency.

  5. Best Enterprise Effort to Support Innovation: This category seeks to recognise efforts of organisations and NGOs to drive innovation in the ICT space. It looks at organisations that are taking deliberate efforts to support activities of universities, tertiary institutions and individuals in application development efforts. These organisations are encouraging adoption through activities that include funding of local innovation initiatives, testing of innovation, supporting incubation programmes etc.

  6. Most Innovative Mobile App: The mobile phone has been central to the transformation of Uganda and the region as a whole. Today the mobile phone is not just a tool of communication but rather a channel to transfer money, buy and sell goods, access entertainment, etc. This category recognises applications that invent, innovate, revolutionise, recreate or transform things. The application may or may not be from any of the categories indicated above.

  7. Outstanding Woman in Innovation: This award seeks to recognise women that are demonstrating a leading role in defining innovation for Uganda through mobile application innovations that they have developed or other initiatives that they are driving towards building the eco-system.
  8. Innovation Achiever of the Year: This is a special award to recognise an individual or private entity that has had significant impact in defining, enabling and influencing the ‘innovation eco-system’ of Uganda through local initiatives and activities. 


Eligibility criteria

Submissions must meet the following criteria
  1. For entries to any of the application categories:

  • The application is already launched and is being actively used with measurable impact (e.g. number of users, revenue generated etc.)
  • The application addresses a problem or opportunity as defined in the award category
  • The mobile app was launched from 2014 onwards
  • The mobile application was created by a Ugandan(s)

2. For Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Innovation Achiever of the Year

  • The individual or organisation has been active in the innovation space of Uganda for at least four years.
  • The individual or private organisation has implemented initiatives that are:

  • Of pioneering impact in Uganda
  • Still actively running or completed with positive results
  • Implemented in Uganda or internationally with direct benefits for Uganda
  • Have or will have a long term positive and sustainable impact for innovation in Uganda
  • Have or will have potential for a mass market
  • Have or will result in positioning Uganda in the global innovation space regionally or internationally

Judging criteria

Categories for applications

Entries will be rated on each of the criteria below, on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the highest score:

  • Innovation calibre - uniqueness of the application idea and relevance in the Ugandan market
  • Alignment to the category - how aligned the application is to the theme under which an entry was submitted
  • Current performance - how well the application is delivering on its business objectives
  • Market potential - the potential reach of the service with the application provider’s terms of market size
  • Sustainability - a demonstration of a sustainable business model into the future
  • Business case - the strength of the application in delivering a ROI
  • Scalability - the potential and ability for the application to be scaled up
  • Customer experience - the richness of the customer engagement journey when using the application
  • Relevance in vertical industries - how well the application can support operational efficiency in business in the category, while also enhancing consumer access and experience of service
  • Rich business intelligence presence – the scope of in-built application intelligence to proactively guide user and service provider decision making
  • Multi-hosting - how well the application provides a virtualised environment for enterprise users


Categories for Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Innovation Achiever of the year

Entries will be rated on each of the criteria below, on a scale of 1 – 10 with, 10 being the highest score:
  • Novelty of initiatives or projects delivered - uniqueness and relevance in the Ugandan market
  • Reach of initiatives or projects - the potential reach of the service with the application provider’s terms of market size
  • Current measurable impact of initiatives or projects delivered in driving transformation
  • Sustainability - a demonstration of a sustainability into the future of initiatives or projects delivered

Prizes:

All the awards will receive the following prizes:
  • The MTN Innovations Award
  • Cash prize of $1,000
  • Post event PR promotion
  • MTN 4G office pack

For detailed MTN Innovation Awards terms and conditions, click here.


The 2015 MTN Innovation Awards were held on 13 November 2015.

Prepare to take part in the 2016 edition.