Lagos – Etisalat Nigeria has announced the judges to decide the winning solutions at this year's Pan-African Prize for Innovation, which it will sponsor in South Africa next month.
The event will headline AfricaCom, which is among the biggest technology forums in the continent.
Members of the judging panel include Senior Director of Business Development and Managing Director for Qualcom West Africa, Alex Dadson, Head of Developer Outreach in the Emerging Markets team, Google, Chukwuemeka Afigbo, Reinaldo Fiorini, Principal at McKinsey & Company, Simdul Shagaya, a serial technology and media entrepreneur, and Founder/Executive Chairman of Dealdey and Konga.
Others are Tayo Oviosu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paga, a leading money transfer and payments service in Nigeria, Audu Maikori, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Chocolate City Group and Wilson Feng, Director at Huawei.
The Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation will be awarded at the 16th edition AfricaCom Conference scheduled for Cape Town November 12 to 14.
Entries for the award will be received in two sub-categories.
The first prize for the most innovative product or service launched in the last 18 months. The second prize for the most innovative idea driving or facilitating mobile broadband use in Africa.
The first prize winner will get a sum of $25 000, three devices, a business development mentoring programme and a possible commercial partnership with Etisalat.
The second prize winner will receive a sum of $10 000, three devices, Product Incubation Programme and business development mentoring.
The award is open to manufacturers and customizers of handsets, dongles & modems, embedded Devices, tablets and eReaders.
SMEs and individuals developing innovative mobile broadband solutions are also eligible for the awards.
According to Matthew Willsher, Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, the Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation was founded on the premise of rewarding the most innovative mobile broadband idea, product, or service that provides a significant utility to mobile users.
“There is an abundance of innovative talent in technology residing in the continent. We believe in showcasing these talents that not only create viable opportunities for individuals but also improves the social and economic livelihood of people who use these technologies,” he said.
– CAJ News