Tumwebaze to grace ACIA 2017 awards gala

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ICT minister Frank K Tumwebaze in a chit-chat

A two-day ICT Exhibition has started this morning at Serena Conference Centre grounds under the theme is: “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (May 25-26).

The Exhibition, which is part of the 7th edition of ACIA, offers a platform and exposure to participants to showcase their innovations to diverse audiences. Just to give a peep into this two-event: there are exciting innovations on display by our local innovators.

Please, spare time, and have a feel of how advanced Ugandan ICT innovators are.

ACIA is perhaps the most prestigious information and communications technology awards in Uganda. A brainchild of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), ACIA aims to foster greater local involvement in the development and provision of innovative products, services and content in Uganda.

ACIA has been held almost annually to reward outstanding ICT innovations since their inception in October 2010.

The event usually coincides with the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD – May 17), which is the reason why it’s held in May.

Since then, ACIA has become a signature tune in Uganda’s ICT landscape and communications sector in general.

Increasingly, Ugandans, especially the young and youthful brains, keenly look towards participating in this premier event. Winners have benefited from a pool of prizes that have enabled them acquire the resources, linkages and capacity to enhance their innovations.

This year’s event takes place at the Serena Kampala Hotel from May 24-26, 2017. The thrust of the ACIA 2017 challenges is ICT innovation and entrepreneurship. It focused on facilitating Ugandan youth to develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship by leveraging ICT.

In doing so, UCC hopes that innovations and ideas can be refined and positioned better to access support in terms of funding, and address the issues of scalability and sustainability that are critical to propelling these innovations further.

The ACIA 2017 gala kicked off yesterday, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, with a two-day ICT Hackathon on Smart Transport Management to be held at Turacco Hall, Serena Hotel, Kampala (May 24-25).

Innovation Clinics, under the same theme of “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, are taking place side by side with the ICT Exhibition (May 25-26).

The Clinics focus on intellectual property rights, legal services, industry solutions, prototyping and modelling, social aspects of innovation, entrepreneurship, and acceleration and project validation.

At least 400 participants are expected to attend these clinics. Attendance of the clinics is by registration via the website: http://acia.ug(registration is closed).

Awards Gala – will be the climax of ACIA 2017 whereby winners and runners-up will be recognised for their outstanding innovations.

The regional winners participated in the national competitions where they pitched their ideas and present their models or prototypes before a panel of independent judges on May 20, 2017.

According to Isaac Kalembe, a Senior UCC Public Relations Officer, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, is expected to be the Guest of Honour.

Award categories

There are eight (8) major award categories viz:

  • Young Visionaries (comprises two categories:ICT Explorersand Rising Stars)
  • Digital Content
  • ICT for Development (ICT4D)
  • Service Excellence
  • 2017 ICT Innovation Start-Up, and
  • Business Excellence