Etisalat, one of the top telecommunications service providers in Nigeria announced the first edition of the Etisalat prize for innovation. Etisalat Nigeria currently serves a growing subscriber base of over 12 million subscribers. Jidaw assumes that this prize is designed by Etisalat to promote innovation in Africa.
According to the announcement, Etisalat is committed to delivering innovative services whilst rewarding ingenious ideas. It is against this background that the 2012 prize for innovation with a slogan “giving innovation a voice”, was created.
In the view of Jidaw, this is a welcome development if awards will be made based on real, inclusive innovation for development. It is certainly a change from the usual trend of organizing concerts, and loud entertainment activities organized by telecom providers in the name of corporate social responsibility. And in view of the tremendous gains the top telecom providers make from Africa, especially in highly profitable markets like the Nigerian market, it is a constructive and meaningful way of giving back to the African community that has contributed significantly to their growth and success.
It is hoped that other top operators will follow this laudable example. Jidaw observes that the need for innovation is real and initiatives from stakeholders can help in closing gaps. While access to information and communications technologies has improved in Africa, there is a need for creative and innovative practices in the application of technology to address the critical challenges faced by Africa and its people. Jidaw strongly believes that a real push for innovation will enable African people to participate more meaningfully in developing the knowledge economy and fulfill their potentials.
Eligibility and Criteria
This award is open to African network operators, mobile virtual network operators, App developers and Software service providers.
Entries must show a strong impact on broadband usage and demonstrate significant market uptake.
$25,000 and $10,000 will go to the most innovative product/service and the most innovative idea respectively.
winner will be announced at leading ICT awards Africacom 2012 in Capetown, South Africa.
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