Uganda’s Digital Impact Awards Africa announces final list of nominees

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Digital Impact Awards Africa announced yesterday the final list of nominees for the set inaugural awards ceremony to be held in Kampala, Uganda on August 22, 2014.Digital Impact Awards Africa

Some of the nominees include Uganda Telecom, Orange Uganda, Airtel Uganda, WBS Television, MTN Uganda and Huawei Uganda.

The award, which is to be held under the theme “Maximizing the Digital Dividend”, will seek to appreciate and recognize various organizations that are leading in the use of digital media to improve customer service experience for customers. To be nominated, the prospective participants must be active with the East African, Ugandan and African digital space.

The main aim of the award is to encourage and reward the best practices, ideas and services on offer through different digital platforms such as digital finance, web, social, mobile and cyber security applications in both Uganda and the entire Africa.

According to Digital Impact, the nominees are required to have contributed greatly to digital space in East Africa, Uganda and Africa at large. They should provide innovative, engaging or useful content, services, utilities or applications including digital financial services with excellent cyber-security practices.

The nominations list bears nine Award categories for Uganda, the host country, seven for East Africa and three for Africa. For African categories, comprehensive research will be carried out to rate the top 10 brands on Financial service innovations, Apps and Social Media. The research findings will then be announced on the Awards gala night.

Category winners will be determined by the Awards Jury and Research Panel consisting of jurors with wide experience and knowledge in ICT roles — such as innovators, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, policy makers, academicians and consultants.

“People’s Choice Video Commercial of the Year on YouTube”, which is among the Awards category, will be decided completely by public vote. The public will also have a 30-percent say in the voting of some of the categories while financial service innovation and cyber security categories  will be decided wholly by the jury.

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