UCC Launches ACIA Awards 2017

The awards aim at recognising outstanding innovations in the country

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has announced that submissions are open for the ACIA 2017 awards, cheapest an annual initiative that fosters innovation through the recognition and reward of outstanding ICT innovations.

According to the Manager Consumer Affairs, page Ibrahim Bbossa, adiposity next years’ edition will focus more on new innovators, those that haven’t been in the contest before.

“We want everyone to get exposed to the knowledge and advice from the panel. Those that appeared previously should be able to improve on their innovations and give a chance to new innovators to also be recognized,” he said.

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The awards are aimed at encouraging individuals, academia, industry, government agencies and other entities to harness ICTs in creating solutions to Uganda’s development challenges.

Bboosa noted that innovators will have an amazing experience with the panelists as they have workshops, lone time with panelists and visiting different incubators to pictch new ideas.

The awards were introduced in 2010 after UCC realised that Uganda was at the precipice of technological change.

Since their establishment, various innovations have been recognized and awarded in different ways.

ACIA 2017 will mark the 7th round of the awards and deadline for submission is April 15th for young innovators and 3rd for other categories.

The 2016 awards will feature award categories namely; Youth ICT Innovations, Business excellence, ICT for development, Digital content, and the 2017 special award.

The Young ICT Innovators category targets the youth and has 3 subcategories in which they can participate.

The Primary and Secondary School students will compete first at a regional level and winners at this stage will advance to compete nationally.

Business Excellence award will recognize the most innovative locally developed ICT solution aimed at improving the performance of an organization (small, medium or large) in terms of efficiency, effectiveness or both.

ICT for Development award will recognize the best ICT solution that has been developed to address any of Uganda’s challenges in Education, Health, Agriculture, Environment sustainability, Government services, ICTs for the disadvantaged, and the advancement of women.

Digital Content award will recognize the most innovative approaches in the compilation of local text, images – including video, or sound into a program, application or product that enhances the value and use of communication platforms in Uganda.


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