CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

Kenya: Eneza Education Wins This Year's ICT Innovation Awards

Eneza Education has been declared this year's winners of the 2014 ICT Innovation awards at the Connected Kenya summit.

This year's award categories included agriculture, business process resourcing education and training, healthcare delivery, gender youth and vulnerable groups.

Eneza's mission is to make 50 million kids across rural Africa smarter. In Kiswahili, "eneza" means "to reach" or "to spread." Eneza Education platform gives students access to the information that will improve their intelligence, their general knowledge and their lives as content is aligned to the local context and use the mobile devices to deliver information .

Eneza Education also gives schools and parents access to meaningful data and tips for helping their students.

During the award giving ceremony Dr Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT said: "With such awards, we demonstrate that indeed Kenya is a home of ICT innovations and as a government we will ensure that we provide the best policies so that innovations can thrive."

Other winners included Chamasoft, ma3route (under housing and financing category), Shamba Shape Up under Agriculture category, Micro-Clinic technologies under healthcare delivery and Afroes under gender youth and vulnerable groups.

The ICT innovation awards seek to recognise and celebrate Kenyans who have developed ICT solutions that drive economic growth and social development. The awards are designed to highlight innovations steering development in line with Kenya's Vision 2030 to build a vibrant middle income economy

Since inauguration in 2011, the awards have recognized close to 40 new ICT products and solutions. This year's awards were sponsored by UNDP and IBM.

This year's panel of judges was drawn from the ICT industry, private sector, academia, public sector and civil society to review each complete entry against the set criteria.The set criteria looked at market impact, functionality and unique utilization of ICT of the presented product or services.

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