The winners of the ICT Ministry organized ICT Achievers awards were announced last week Friday at a function held at Cresta Lodge in Harare. Now in their 3rd year the awards were presented by ICT Minister, Nelson Chamisa, and Thokozani Khuphe, Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister.
According to the ICT Ministry, the annual awards are the government’s way of appreciating the efforts of those operating in the ICT Industry by rewarding excellence.
Notably this year, 23rd Century Systems got 3 awards; 2 for the company and one for its CEO Ellman Chanakira who was awarded ICT Business Man of the year. Here are the winners this year:
Top ICT Project Of The Year (Private Sector): Comviva through Pop Technologies for the new EcoCash platform
Top ICT Project Of The Year (Public Sector): Twenty Third Century Systems for Zimconnect eGovernment project
Top NGO Promoter of ICTs: Community Working Group on Health
Top ICT Businessman Of the Year: Ellman Chanakira (CEO of Twenty 3rd Century Systems)
Top ICT Businesswoman Of The Year: Josephine Takundwa (Earthlink Technologies)
Top ICT Company Of The Year: Twenty Third Century Systems
Top ICT Journalist Of The Year: Paul Nyakazeya (Business Reporter at The Zimbabwe Independent)
Top Web developer of the year (Individual or Company): Sadomba-Mahari Computers
Top Public Sector website of the year: Zimbabwe Tourism Authority
Top Young ICT innovator of the year: Tawanda Chitaka
Top ICT educator of the year (Individual or Institution): Computers for Zimbabwean Schools
Top Mobile Operator of the Year: Econet Wireless Zimbabwe
Top ICT rural school of the year: Mwenezi High School
Top ICT Urban School of the Year: Seke 5 High School
Top ICT Supportive Bank of the Year: Afrasia Kingdom Zimbabwe
Top Improved ICT Company of the year: E-Learning Solutions
Top ICT Innovative Company of the Year: E-Learning Solution
Top ICT Computer graphics and animation of the year: Nafuna TV
ICT Company with most Impact (Large Business): Econet Wireless Zimbabwe
ICT Company with most impact (Small Business): Blutech Africa
If you’re curious how the nominations and the award winners are selected it’s basically this: the Ministry calls for nominations which are done via a website set up for the awards ictachieversawards.org.zw. An adjudication panel (apparently of adjudicators that don’t know each other) then goes through the submissions to select the winner. So yes, if no one nominated you, or you didn’t know about the awards….
You can view photos we took at the event on our Facebook page gallery here.