DURBAN - MTN has announced the winners of the Business App of the Year Awards and Khula! has won the grand prize.
Khula is a supply chain solution for emerging farmers, connecting them directly to the formal marketplace.
The app creates ‘one big virtual farm’ consisting of multiple emerging farms to crowd-source and deliver on bulk orders from supermarkets, restaurant chains and for home delivery. The full software suite includes an e-commerce web platform where clients place orders from farmers, and an uber-type logistics solution that allows independent contractors to complete deliveries.
Wanda Matandela, MTN Business’ Chief Enterprise Officer congratulated the winners and said, "It is very exciting and encouraging to see the high levels of talent and innovation in the local app development space.
She added that they are also very proud to see the MTN Business App of the Year Awards growing in stature and it is helping the company provide a powerful and enabling platform for app developers.
The Khula! app solution also won in the category Best Agriculture Solution. Khula! developers walk away with a trip to Silicon Valley in the United States valued at R200 000.
Matandela said "The prize will benefit the app developers by exposing them and their app to the innovation capital of the world Silicon Valley. Through the initiative it provides a highly credible platform for app developers to be recognised".
A panel of judges made up of industry experts, app developers and previous winners went through the entries and intreviewed all the candidates before finalising the list of winners.
Here is a look at the winners in the other categories:
Best Consumer Solution: Pineapple
This is the world’s first fully functioning decentralised insurer, where members can enjoy transparency and have control over their own communities. All funds paid go into the wallet of the member, and this wallet contributes toward the claims of the community. Everything that is not used goes back to the members.
Best Enterprise Solution: Cowa Bunga
Cowa Bunga Last Mile applies optimisation, security, communication and intelligent client-specific algorithms to the last mile supply chain. The platform comprises a management console, driver app and embedded customer tracking page, and creates a network linking clients to their drivers and customers.
Best Incubated Solution: Digemy Knowledge Partner
The Digemy Knowledge Partner is a learning platform that uses a series of algorithms based on neuro-scientific research. The app creates unique learning curves for each learner based on his/ her knowledge of the subject before they start studying.
Best Incubated Solution and Best Breakthrough Developer: Bestbee
Bestee is the world's fastest and only offline virtual assistant. The app uses complex machine learning algorithms to compute directly on each user’s Android device.
Best South African Solution: Stokfella
This app allows group social savings clubs to transact and manage their funds on a digital platform that is 100% transparent, convenient and cashless. Through Stokfella, members can manage their payments, claims and meetings while having access to competitive returns and an opportunity to increase their wealth.
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)’ Solution: Difela Hymns
The Difela Hymns app is a collection of hymns from the Lifela Tsa Sione Hymn book (Sesotho) as well as Amaqculo a se Wesile Hymn book (Xhosa). The app also helps democratise the web by digitising artefacts central to African languages.
Best Gaming Solution: The African Cyber Gaming League App (ACGL)
The ACGL app allows gaming community users to seamlessly connect to online gaming tournaments, receive instant push notifications, connect to live events and more.
Best Health Solution: dbTrack
The dbTrack certified earphones and mobile application allow users to listen to music via safe, high quality earphones that monitor the exact sound exposure in the ear, in real-time. The app calculates accurate sound dose per day and per week, adjusts sound to a safe level, and provides detailed historical information to track listening habits.
Best Education Solution: Xander English 1-20
Xander English Play is an educational app for young children that focuses on proficiency in arithmetic for numbers one through to 20. Counting and mathematics skills are developed through the app after users have mastered the basics in Xander 123.
Best Financial Solution: Ctrl
Ctrl simplifies short-term insurance and takes the hassle out of getting and comparing different quotes. Everything is done through the app at the user’s convenience, eliminating the need for contacting call centres and generating paperwork to get quotes and advice.
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