Entries open for top business app and IoT awards

11 September 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916176

Agriculture & Sugar
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SOUTH African developers wanting to make a mark in the growing app development or the Internet of Things (IoT) spaces are invited to submit their original tech solutions for consideration for this year’s editions of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards and the IOT Conference & Awards.

The cellular network hosted a briefing breakfast at a Durban beachfront hotel recently to invite KwaZulu-Natal app developers to apply and to share the award criteria and some tips on the application process.

Local developers heard how the two competitions, which will both be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 24 October 2019, are considered the Oscars of the ICT industry in Africa. The IOT Conference and Awards will be held during the daytime, while the MTN Business App of the Year Awards will take place in the evening.

There are several categories in each of the competitions. After intensive adjudication processes by panels of expert judges, the overall winners will each walk away with the trip of a lifetime to a destination like Silicon Valley in the United States, Tech Crunch in Germany or a tech event of their choice internationally to the value of R200 000.

The developers of last year’s winning solution at the IOT Conference & Awards opted to travel to Silicon Valley to further their business interests, while the MTN Business App of the Year’s winning team travelled to the prestigious Tech Crunch conference.

The latter, agricultural app Khula, was represented at the Durban briefing by co-founder and director, Karidas Tshintsholo, who shared how winning the Business App award and the trip to Germany had been a game changer for the start-up.

He said the title of best business app had given them a “foot in the door” with potential funders, allowing them to showcase their supply chain solution for emerging farmers.

Speaking ahead of the Durban briefing, MTN Business Chief Enterprise Officer Wanda Matandela said the two awards platforms had over the past few years unearthed and profiled groundbreaking, homegrown apps and tech solutions that have become household names and topics of discussion at business events.

"We believe that by combining the brand appeal of these two development initiatives, we can make a meaningful contribution to the growth of the ICT sector. Additionally, we are reaffirming our commitment to champion the app development movement by promoting game-changing, local solutions that are scalable and commercially viable on the global stage.”

Submissions for both competitions close on 25 September, paving the way for the shortlisting process. Each competition has a separate judging panel of leading tech experts.

During the second round, each of the finalists will be invited to MTN in Johannesburg or via Skype if based outside Johannesburg to pitch their solution to the judges. Contestants will be given 10 minutes to pitch, followed by a Q&A session. The judging process will be audited by global auditing firm PwC.

For more information, interested developers are encouraged to visit: https://www.appoftheyear.co.za... and https://www.iotconference.co.z... respectively.

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