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The Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services recently hosted the 2014 ICT Achiever’s Awards to acknowledge the efforts of individuals and organisations who have excelled and contributed meaningfully to the development of our nation.

At least 12 individuals and organisations walked always with awards in various categories.

The ICT Businessman of the Year award went to Engineer Lovemore Gowe Mukono. Engineer Mukono is the leading manufacturer of power electronics and renewable energy products with state-of-the-art production facilities in Zimbabwe and Hong Kong.

He founded an NGO that has transformed pyschomotor skills training in Zimbabwe turning learning institutions into centres for academic and technoprenuership excellence.

The runner-up was Liquid Telecom managing director Mr Wellington Makamure.

The ICT Businesswoman of the Year went to NetOne marketing director Mrs Memory Ndoro-Mandiya in recognition of the significant strides she made towards the growth of the mobile telecoms industry in Zimbabwe through her initiatives at the mobile company where she identified numerous areas in rural areas of Zimbabwe to expand network coverage giving rural folks coverage for mobile internet and voice services thereby raising the mobile penetration rate in Zimbabwe above 104 percent and mobile broadband penetration which is now above 45 percent. The runner-up was Ms Caroline Chirima of Baztech

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe received the ICT Company of the Year (large business) award after investing $2,5 million on a new call centre that integrates latest contact centre technology allowing more efficient engagement customers via various platforms like live chat social media, email and call centre agents. Nashua Zimbabwe was the runner-up.

The ICT Company of the Year (SME) award went to Mukonitronics for its Known for My Own Power Station (MOPS), a unique local renewable energy electric power generator dubbed Home Solar Generator and LED energy-saving solar light bulbs. This company was said to have demonstrated leadership, vision and entrepreneurial qualities.

The runner-up was Astro Mobile.

The ICT Project of the Year (Private Sector) went to Liquid’s Harare GPON. The fibre-to-home project by Liquid Telecom was the top ICT project of the year as it has enabled the connection of both residential and commercial areas using a single fibre 1core to connect up to 32 premises. The runner-up was Nashua.

Kuda Sagwete was the Young Woman ICT Innovator of the Year (35 years and below) in recognition of creating the ZiLyfe hub, a community website and social media presence platform that was created to engage audiences in topical issues for Zimbabwean by Zimbabweans. Moselyn Muchena was the first runner-up.

The young man ICT Innovator of the Year (35 years and below) was Mr Gedion Moyo, who was the first to develop the USSD android app for mobile money services. USSD technology offers real time communication between clients and back end servers. Mr Bright Gumbochuma was the runner-up.

Messers Sadomba Mahari and Douglas Dhire walked away with the Web Developer of the Year (companyindividual) accolade after having developed 19 new websites this year alone for NGOs and upgraded 14 client websites.

They also introduced Zilyfe Hub and a new e-shopping cart facility via a new online store under the ZiMagic platform allowing users to pay using mobile money Visa MasterCard and the ICT Web Developer Award was given to him. The runner- up was Mr Martin Chimboya.

The ICT Public Sector Website of the Year award was won by NetOne cellular (Pvt) Ltd because its website enables one to conduct financial transactions. The website has got 511 unique daily hits which increases when running promotions. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority came second.

Chinhoyi University of Technology was the top ICT Educator of the Year (individualinstitution) after it was noted that the institution had managed to instil application development into its students which formed strategic alliances with primary and high schools in Mashonaland West province by hosting various functions and inviting students to participate and partake in activities.

The educator managed to do knowledge transfer to more than 30 schools in Mashonaland West province. The Computer Society of Zimbabwe was second.

The ICT Rural School of the Year accolade went to Mwenezi Government High School.

This school has two computer labs and internet facilities available all the time. It also has an electronic registration system for students which help in tracking down of enrolment and making it easy for updating fees issues and also includes a database for students’ records. The school has 90 percent ICT literacy level for students and 95 percent for its teachers. – TechnoMag.

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Source : The Herald