Africa: Entries Open for MTN App, IOT Annual Awards

Johannesburg — MTN has opened entries for the App of the Year Award as well Internet of Things (IoT) Conference and Award.

MTN Business is this year bringing two premier events on the annual information and communications technology calendar together

The winners of the respective competitions will be announced at the Sandton International Convention Centre on October 24.

There are several categories in each of the two competitions.

The overall winners will each walk away with the trip to a destination like Silicon Valley, USA, Tech Crunch in Germany or a tech event of their choice internationally to the value of R200 000.

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 coveted Tech Crunch conference.

Wanda Matandela, Chief Enterprise Officer of MTN Business, said over the past few years, these two platforms had unearthed and profiled ground-breaking, home-grown apps and tech solutions that had become household names and topics of discussion at business events.

The executive believes by combining the brand appeal of these two development initiatives, MTN Business could 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," Matandela added.

In the lead up to the awards ceremonies, MTN is hosting industry breakfast sessions that seek to discuss what types of apps are required in various industries.

A session in Cape Town on August 27 will focus on IoT solutions for the industrial, manufacturing, retail and insurance industries. Another session in Pretoria on September 10 will focus on creating smart cities through IoT.

Submissions for both competitions close September 25.

According to Statista, the app development industry is projected to exceed $189 billion by 2020.

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