This year’s MOBEX Africa Tech Expo and Innovation Awards, aimed at honouring innovations and inventions that are being powered by technology, has been slated for 29-31 August 2019 at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra, organisers have announced.
For this year, nominations have been extended to other African countries including Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal as well as the ‘Eva Lokko’ ICT award – a new feature added to the awards scheme.
According to George Spencer Quaye, CEO for Coasters Company Limited – event organiser of MOBEX Africa – the awards will recognise organisations’ and individuals’ contribution to development of the ICT eco-system in Ghana.
“It is quite competitive, and we hope that the Ghanaian innovators get to show themselves as worthy champions on the continent,” he told B&FT in an interview during the event’s media-launch.
The recognition, he noted, will spur innovation and engender creativity among Ghanaians; thus accelerating the adoption of technological or ICT tools in everyday lives of Ghanaians.
He also added that the focus for this year is on the banking sector, which has been themed ‘E-Finance: Future of Payments and Banking’. It is geared at engendering confidence in the sector and also embracing technology.
There are four main thematic areas for the Mobex Africa Innovation Awards: which are the Enterprise, Fintech, Governance, Consumer and Social Good, with some new categories added to these four areas.
With the exception of the Governance category, the other three – Fintech, Enterprise, Consumer and Social Good – nominations are open to the public and companies.
The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday 16th July 2019, with over 44 competitive awards up for grabs.
Regarding the prize range, the winner takes home a gold-encrusted plaque; and with the individual awards, winners get to participate in a technology conference held in South Africa.
Dr. Amediku Settor-Head of Payment Systems at the Bank of Ghana, who represented the central bank governor, indicated that innovations have brought changes in the payment systems.
He also added that passage of the Payment Systems and Services Act will open-up the payments ecosystem for participation by non-banks entities, such as fintechs and other non-bank companies that are keen to partake.
The Head of Payment Systems-BoG also disclosed that a complementary new payment system strategy is being worked on.
Prof. Narku Quaynor, the chief judge of the Judging Academy, stated that the event will help change the narrative on Africa.
“For us and our businesses to grow, it requires us to constantly reimagine the future of Africa. I see an integrated economy with a robust banking sector driving prosperity for the continent, and this can only be made possible with technology,” he said.
The Mobex Africa Innovation Awards (MIA) is an industry-specific awards scheme, established to honour the excellence, innovation and creativity of enterprises and individuals helping to transform lives and livelihood using technology; and solving socio-economic problems with the deployment of ICT skills and knowledge. MIA was created to help drive creative, technical, and professional progress by providing solutions to social challenges, enhancing businesses, and evolving forms of social interaction.