The Connected ICT Innovation Awards celebrate Kenyan entrepreneurs that have launched new ICT products and services. The inaugural awards were held in 2011 at the Connected Kenya Summit; the award has since recognized more than 45 new ICT products and solutions.
The awards are designed to highlight innovation that meets Kenya’s blueprint vision to build a vibrant middle income economy by the year 2030. Participants are asked to submit proof of their innovation in one of 13 categories derived from the v2030 economic pillar. The categories are:
A month before Connected Summit, a call for entries is advertised inviting Kenyan companies that have innovative ICT products in the market to submit their product or service. The eligibility criteria requires applicant to meet the following requirements:
In the first call for proposals in 2011, 170 applicants participated, 88 were considered for review and 11 were selected as finalists. In 2015, participation was up to 338 entries.
Majority of participants are between 26 -35 years old. Like many ICT competitions and awards, women make up about 15% of participants.
A panel of experts are invited to review and select winners from the proposals submitted. All proposals are submitted online. The panel meet for 2-3 days and review and score evidence submitted for each proposal that meets the criteria. They then deliberate and select runner-up and winners for the awards.
The selection process is monitored and audited by auditing firm.
The winners and runner ups are presented with trophies at an award ceremony during the Connected Summit.
The awards have always been sponsored by some of the most innovative companies in Kenya. Their sponsorship demonstrate their commitment to supporting excellence and creativity in Kenya’s ICT sector.
|Accenture Development Partnership (ADP)||2011|
|IBM and UNDP||2014|
The Awards have recognized innovative ideas that have since grown into some of the most recognizable tech start-ups in Kenya.
Overall winner: Totohealth for Totohealth in the Health Care Delivery category
|Boresha||Smart series educational software||Education and Training|
|Mobi Changa||Changa.co.ke||Financial Services|
|Totohealth||Totohealth||Health Care Delivery|
|Kejahunt||Kejahunt.co.ke||Housing and Urbanisation|
|Kuhustle||Kuhustle.com||IT & Telcoms|
|m-shamba||m-shamba||Local and International Trade|
Overall winner: Eneza Education for Eneza education platform in the Education and Training category
|The Mediae Company||Shamba Shape Up||Agriculture|
|Eneza Education||Eneza||Education and Training|
|MCUAC Enterprises (runner up)||sukuul e-learning outsource|
|Digital Vision||Chamasoft||Financial Services|
|The Mediae Company||HAKI – the mobile game||Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups|
|Kenya Medical Supply Authority (KESMA) and MicroClinic Technologies||ZiDi - Automating Quantification and Forecasting of Essential Drugs in Public Facilities in Kenya||Health Care Delivery|
|Nasoft Technologies||Ma3Route||Housing and Urbanisation|
|FlashCast Ventures (runner up)||Enabling Smart Urban Transit In Nairobi.||Housing and Urbanisation|
Overall winner: Olivine Technology for ASim in the Wholesale and Retail Trade category
|Digital Divide Data||Impact Sourcing||
|Kiasa Techonlgies||Kilimo-Online||County Focus|
|Digital Divide Data||Deaf Aid Training Program||Education and Training|
|Web Tribe||JamboPay||Financial Services|
Gender Youth and
|Iridium interactive||TIBU||Health Care Delivery|
Social equity and
|Olivine Technology||ASiM||Wholesale and Retail Trade|
Overall winner: Medisoft East Africa for Teleradiology in the Health Care Delivery category
|Greeen Dreams TEch||iCow||Agriculture|
|Digital Divide Data DDD||Digital Management Operators (DMOs) Prorgam||
|Kuza Biashara||SME Capacity Building Service||Education and Training|
|Tusqee Systems (Runner Up)||School SMS||Education and Training|
|Digital Horizons||Cleanbill Payroll & Accounting Services||Financial services|
|PlusPeople Kenya (runner up)||Uhasibu||Financial services|
|Michezo Africa||Michezoafrica.com||Gender youth and vulnerable groups|
|Medisoft East Africa||Teleradiology||Health Care Delivery|
|The International Clinic (runner up)||Findadoctor.co.ke||Health Care Delivery|
|ALIN||Maarifa Centers||Social equity and poverty reduction|
|Compulynx (runner up)||e-voucher solution||Social equity and poverty reduction|
|MamaMikes||Mamamikes.com||Wholesale and retail trade|
|Ringier Kenya (runner up)||Rupu.co.ke||Wholesale and retail trade|
|International Livestock Research Institute||Index Based Livestock Insurance||Agriculture|
|uzanunua.com||uzanunua.com||Business Process Outsourcing/Offshoring|
|Horizon Contact Centers Ltd||HK_v1 Platform||Business Process Outsourcing/Offshoring|
|Ushahidi||Ushahidi||Education and Training|
|Virtual Essence Ltd||MsingiPACK E-learning/E-revision solution for upper primary under 8-4-4 syllabus||Education and Training|
|Mobikash Afrika Limited||MobiKash||Financial Services|
|Space Kenya Networks LTD||Whive.com :: Social Media Applications||Gender, Youth and Vulnerable Groups|
|Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi||Electronic Health Management Information System||Health Care Delivery|
|Anniversary Lab||Security Master System||Housing and Urbanisation|
|Mbetsa Innovations Ltd||SMS Mobile vehicle car tracking and security system||Manufacturing|
|Websimba Ltd||Eat Out Kenya||Tourism|