About Innovation Awards

The Connected ICT Innovation Awards celebrate Kenyan entrepreneurs that have launched new ICT products and services. The inaugural awards were held in 2011 at the Connected Kenya Summit; the award has since recognized more than 45 new ICT products and solutions.

The awards are designed to highlight innovation that meets Kenya’s blueprint vision to build a vibrant middle income economy by the year 2030. Participants are asked to submit proof of their innovation in one of 13 categories derived from the v2030 economic pillar. The categories are:

  • Agriculture
  • Business Process Outsourcing/Off-shoring
  • Education and Training
  • Environment
  • Financial Services
  • Gender, Youth and Vulnerable groups
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Housing and Urbanization
  • Manufacturing
  • Social Equity
  • Tourism
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade

How It Works

A month before Connected Summit, a call for entries is advertised inviting Kenyan companies that have innovative ICT products in the market to submit their product or service. The eligibility criteria requires applicant to meet the following requirements:

  1. Company officially registered in Kenya
  2. Product or service that is complete and has been in use for at least 6 months
  3. Product or service that has Kenyan citizens as end user (can be delivered through a third party company or organization)
  4. Product or service that addresses at least one of the Vision 2030 social economic pillars

In the first call for proposals in 2011, 170 applicants participated, 88 were considered for review and 11 were selected as finalists. In 2015, participation was up to 338 entries.

Majority of participants are between 26 -35 years old. Like many ICT competitions and awards, women make up about 15% of participants.

Selection Process

A panel of experts are invited to review and select winners from the proposals submitted. All proposals are submitted online. The panel meet for 2-3 days and review and score evidence submitted for each proposal that meets the criteria. The panel then deliberates and selects runner-up and winners for the awards.

The selection process is monitored and audited by auditing firm.

The winners and runner ups are presented with trophies at an award ceremony during the Connected Summit.

Sponsors

The awards have always been sponsored by some of the most innovative companies in Kenya. Their sponsorship demonstrates their commitment to supporting excellence and creativity in Kenya’s ICT sector.

Sponsor Year
Accenture Development Partnership (ADP) 2011
Safaricom 2012
Google Kenya 2013
IBM and UNDP 2014
Konza 2015
Microsoft 2016
Oracle Corporation 2017