Winners Microsoft ICT Innovation Awards 2016

Educational and Training

Winner: Sukuul Solutions

Product: Sukuul e-Learning Centre
Website: www.Sukuul.com
Contact: Barine Kenneth Njagi barinekn@gmail.com Tel: 0736850516
County based: Kiambu
Instead of the teacher being the sole source of knowledge and information, Sukuul e-Learning Centre empowers the students to learn on their own. Launched in 2013, Sukuul online learning centre allows students to access multi-media learning resources, allowing students to Interact real time with teachers and fellow classmates from schools across the country. Students access the online suukul platform with mobile phones or on their laptops where they can watch video clips and audio and 3D images on the subjects of choice. Start conversation with students from across the country and share learning tips.

Runner-Up: Ennovate Limited

Product : ShulePro
Website: www.shulepro.com
Contact: Samson Wanjohi Ndumia info@shulepro.com Tel:+254719181818
County based: Nairobi

Delivery of student progress to parents is a tedious and costly process for schools.ShulePro is a local solution that allows teachers and guardians to track their students’ performance, helps in the schools accounting/ school fees receipting with an audit trail for auditors. The benefit of ShulePro is that it is built for the local 8-4-4 system and it’s easy to install. The online cloud based platform also provides faster accounting in schools.

Financial Services

Winner: Abacus Finance
Product: Abacus
Website: www.abacus.co.ke/live
Contact: Joel Ng’ang’a Macharia macharia@abacus.co.ke Tel: +254712210600
County based: Nairobi

Abacus helps both local and Diaspora Kenyans access financial investments such as stocks, bonds, and unit trusts, via web and mobile. Currently, accessing proper financial information to inform investments in financial markets is difficult. Long archaic processes for opening and managing investment accounts limit adoption of consumer facing technology. Launched in 2015 Abacus ambition is to make it easy to make and manage investments. As long time investors in the NSE, founders of Abacus believe their product can channel more direct investment to the country.

County Solutions

Winner: Simple Trace Systems
Product: Simple Trace Systems
Website: transport.simpletracesystems.com
Contact: Daniel Njoroge Ng’ang’a danielnjoroge@ymail.com
County based: Thika

The Kenya government across its ministries, departments and counties have a negative fuel efficiency of -24.6%. There is an average of 10% unauthorized private mileage and the government is under staffed to monitor over 11,000 vehicles efficiently. Simple Trace seek to solve this challenges through automation and help save the government over Ksh. 2.4 billion that is lost on fuel theft and unauthorized mileage. The Simple Trace platform enables government officers in charge of transport to efficiently monitor work tickets, vehicle fuelling processes and fuel cards. Launched in 2015, Simple Trace is already in six counties.

Runner-Up: Strathmore Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC)

Product: County Pro
Website: huduma.taitataveta.go.ke and digitika.kiambu.go.ke 
Contact: Tirus Wanyoike Kamau tkamau@strathmore.edu Tel: +254723885209
County based: Nairobi

Previously there had been a lot of bureaucracy, cumbrous paperwork when access government services. County Pro is an online system that enables county governments to collect and manage revenue. It also enables citizens to easily access county government services online. Now in three counties, Countypro is an all- in-one Integrated System that delivers Business Intelligence and Electronic Payment Systems for counties. Taita Taveta County enjoyed an increase in revenue in the month of May 2015 by 73% thanks to CountyPro. CountyPro brings anytime anywhere access to the Government, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Agriculture

Winner: Sokopepe
Product: FARMIS – Farm Records Management Information Systems
Website: www.farmis.co.ke
Contact: JAMES NGUO IMPWI jnguo@alin.net Tel:+254733888164
County Based: Meru

Lack of accurate farm records locks many small scale farmer out of interventions being offered by various agencies and financial institutions. Only accurate farm records can enable the farmers appreciate farming as a business and create evidence base for assessing farmers creditworthiness. FARMIS is a solution that helps farmers understand how much they invest in their farm and how much they make at the end of the season. FARMIS is combines both analogue and digital data collection to provide web and mobile based farm record management. Through a smart phone, farmers manage a structured farm book tailor made for each region and one that provides regular updates and agricultural production reports.

Environmental Management

Winner: New-Edge Technologies
Product: Free-cooling solution deployed on Telecom Nodes
Website: www.newedgetechno.com
Contact person: Daniel Nyango Kiplimo info@newedgetechno.com Tel: +254720829363
County Based: Nairobi

New Edge Technologies solution is a replacement of active air conditioners which uses a lot of electricity and emits carbon to the environment. By using natural ambient air to cool telecom equipment in remote areas, New-Edge Technology’s solution is promoting clean energy. Their installations use naturally natural ambient air saving telcos millions of shillings.

Gender Youth and Vulnerable Groups

Winner: Nairobits
Product: Trust Leveraging on Technology to Transform Lives
Website: www.nairobits.com
Contact: Rukia Abdallah Sebit rukia@nairobits.com Tel:+254725060516
County: Nairobi

Since 1999, Nairobits Trust an organization aimed at empowering marginalized youth living in the urban non-formal settlements has been able to transform the lives of over 7,000 youth. With information resource centres in some of the largest informal centres in Nairobi, Nairobits provides youth with training in ICT multimedia, entrepreneurship, in order to give young people a chances in the formal employment sector. Nairobits has partnered with 32 reputable ICT companies in Kenya that offer internship placement to our graduates. Out of these interns, 90% are retained in the same companies.

IT Services

Winner: Bunifu Technologies
Product: Bunifu Antivirus
Website: bunifusniper.com 
Contact: Wilberforce Seguton seguton@bunifu.co.ke Tel: +254729009764

County based: Baringo
Bunifu Antivirus is a locally developed antivirus. It provides data protection to PC users with a unique ability allowing USB data recovery and immunization.

Tourism

Winner: Enchanted Landscapes
Product: Enchanted Landscapes – online travel guide and website
Website: www.enchantedlandscapes.com
Contact: Henry Kimathi Muuthia henry@enchanted-landscapes.com Tel: 0721246723
County based: Nairobi

There is more to Kenya as tourist destination than the Mara and Mount Kenya. Enchanted Landscapes is an online travel guide and website that enables travellers to choose from a wide selection of destinations. A unique dual review platform allows both travellers and professionals to review an attraction listed on Enhanced Landscapes. With carefully written and peer-reviewed online content, Enchanted Landscapes is putting the best Kenya has to offer the world at world’s doorstep.

Water and Sanitation

Winner: Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company
Product: Jisomee Mita and Water ATM
Website: mfa.nairobiwater.co.ke
Contact: Martin W.K Nangole martin.nangole@nairobiwater.co.ke Tel:0722317018
County based: Nairobi

Jisomee Mita And Water ATM is a mobile filed solution that allows people in informal settlements to read and pay for water and sewerage on daily consumption based on daily income (kadogo economy) using a basic phone. Residents in informal settlements buy 20 litres of water at 50 shillings compared to urban rich residents who pay just 5 shillings for metered water. Jisomee also addresses the non-revenue water challenge the Nairobi City Water Company faces, which stands at 38% to 36% loss. By providing a solution that allows customer to read the water meter on daily basis and pay through mobile money, the Water Company has improved revenue collection from Ksh. 100,000 monthly collection to Ksh. 5 million collection.

County Initiatives

Winner: Machakos County
Product: Emergency Services Call Centre System
Contact: Nicholas Kimanzi Kakwe ictdirector@machakosgovernment.com Tel: 07216110611

The Machakos Emergency Services Call Centre System allows citizens to report emergencies within Machakos County to call centres. The solution helps in ambulances and other emergency fleet dispatch and management. All Machakos Citizens faced with emergence cases call 999 or 112 from their mobile phones. The calls are mapped to the nearest call centre. The Emergency Service System gives respondents the ability to track the emergency fleet online and dispatch the nearest available ambulance from the incident in order to save time. The tracking helps to make sure the ambulance attends to the victims. The call to the national emergency number 999 or 112 is configured to our nearest call centre (Mwala, Mavoko, Machakos, Kangundo and Yatta). Real time reports help informs policy. Use of locals helps in locating the victims and fast services delivery. Since its launch in 2014, the Machakos Emergency Services Call Centre System has served more than 17,000 citizens in distress.

Runner-Up: Kiriniyaga County

Product: Kirinyaga County Automated Revenue Collection & Management System
Website: kirinyaga.go.ke
Contact: Eliud Ndirangu Kariuki keliud14@yahoo.com Tel: +254724382026

The Kirinyaga County Automated Revenue Collection & Management System helps the county to maximize on collection of revenue and managing the collections. The Solution also assists in revenue projection & keeping track of the daily collections on all revenue sources. County staff members are finding the system very efficient and effective. The County has also brought on board local SACCOS to collect revenue on behalf of the county thus increasing payment touch points. Convenience in making payments thus reduced number of defaulters.