Friday June 20 2014

Digital innovators to be awarded in new initiative

By Emmanuel Ainebyoona


Digital innovators in Uganda and Africa are set to reap big from the recently launched awards by and Cyber plc Limited.

The Digital Impact Awards Africa ((DIAA) are aimed at promoting and rewarding the best innovation and practices for mobile, web, social, digital finance and cyber security applications.

They will, among other things, entail a conference to enable key stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges of cyber security, e-services, digital financial services, social media, big data and Internet issues. The project also hopes to conduct research on Internet connected digital innovations in the Africa.

“We have a panel of judges and experts from different parts of the world who will evaluate the brands basing on percentages,” said Dr Fredrick Wamala, a cyber-security consultant and the president of the DIAA awards.

Embracing technology

According to the organisers, the nominees for any awards category will have to meet the nomination criterion that is defined for the category. “Entry for potential nomination can be submitted through the project website,” said Mr Innocent Kawooya, a member of the awards committee and a social media expert based at HiPipo.

“We have internet and digital communication. It’s high time everyone embraced digital technology because it’s the way to go,” added Mr Kawooya.

This year’s first ever digital impact awards are slated for August under the theme: “Maximising the Digital Dividend.”
The winners of each category will be decided by the awards jury and research panel that comprise jurors with extensive knowledge and experience in ICT.