Information and Communications Technology of Malawi (ICTAM) has announced the return of the National ICT Innovation Forum awards with an aim of exposing the overall winner to a regional competition.
ICTAM President, Wisely Phiri and its vice president, Bram Fudzulani held a press briefing on Friday where it was announced that this year’s winner will represent the country during the Commonwealth ICT Application Forum in Rwanda next year.
“The National ICT Innovation Forum is back, and this time around, it has gotten better with more exciting announcements. The best innovation winner will represent Malawi at the regional Commonwealth ICT Application Forum in Rwanda in 2018,” Phiri said.
The ICT Association of Malawi inaugurated ICT Innovation Forum in 2016 when the first version of the event was held in Mangochi.
Phiri said the National ICT Innovation Forum is an annual event that creates a platform through which innovation and science is showcased and promoted in Malawi.
“The National ICT Innovation Forum also brings together local ICT innovation experts to demonstrate some of their work and be recognized. The platform is first in Malawi, focuses on a number of sectors and is calling for submission of these categories,” he said.
On his part, Fudzulani said the event this year has gone to a completely new level, as we will be collaborating with other regional players to promote the innovation within the African region.
“We also noted during the inauguration period that we did not give enough time for the participating teams and the judging panel to have more time to review all entries hence calling for submission earlier this year to allow for more time for the coaching of the participants,” he said.
Just like last year, this year’s categories include: Agriculture, Education and Training, Gender.