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The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in Cape Town on 12 November at the awards party which takes place on the eve of AfricaCom.
The awards aim to celebrate the best in mobile and tech innovation across the continent. This year, over 300 submissions from 39 countries were received, with solutions launched across all 54 African markets by startups, established ventures and corporates.
AppsAfrica.com has shortlisted 70 finalists for this year’s AppsAfrica Innovation Awards
In a statement yesterday (10 October) the advisory service said most of the entries received were from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.
A significant amount of submissions were also made from smaller markets including Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritania and Liberia, illustrating what AppsAfrica described as “the growth of innovation” across the continent.
The awards, which are supported by Uber, JET8, Syntonic and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO), will provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking opportunities with over 300 industry peers who are expected to attend the awards finals.
Category winners will also be invited to attend Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019, where they will join over 400 tech leaders from across the continent.
Applications for the 14 categories were assessed and judged by an independent panel of industry experts including media, investors and leaders from the tech ecosystem. Having assessed all the entries, the judges have whittled it down to the following 70 finalists. They are:
Custos Media Technologies for Custos (South Africa), Fintech Ltd for Interstellar Decentralized Wallet and Exchange (Cameroon), Savannah for GoomCash (Mauritania) and SovTech for Project UBU (South Africa)
Best African App
Farmcrowdy for the Farmcrowdy App (Nigeria), Fedgroup for Fedgroup Impact Farming (South Africa), Inzone Adlink for Hey Jude App (South Africa), biNu Africa for Moya Messenger (South Africa) and SafeBoda (Uganda)
Changing Africa Award
Internet of Things (IoT)
Mobility and transport
Media and entertainment
OGLE Digital Media for OGLE Content Download Hotspots (South Africa), Publiseer (Nigeria), Qene Technologies for Kukulu Game (Ethiopia), Taza PLC for EventsEthiopia (Ethiopia) and Vodacom for Vodacom Music! (South Africa)