The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), a body that regulates the communications and broadcasting sector in Uganda will be holding the 3rd Annual Communications Innovation Awards. The Annual Communications Innovation Award was established in 2010 to recognise stakeholders within the industry, who have over a defined period of time, delivered innovative communication services to the Ugandan market. The Awards are aimed at promoting greater local involvement in developing innovative products, services, content, and approaches that exploit or enhance communication platforms for development and in recognition of the fact that the communications industry is a key player in the growth of other sectors of the Ugandan economy at large. On 23rd January 2013, Uganda Communications Commission launched the 3rd Annual Communications Innovation Awards.The Annual Communications Innovation Awards themed “ICT Innovation for National Development” will take place on 7th June 2013. Submissions are open to any: individual, school, institution or organization. The deadline for submissions of entries is on 30th April 2013. The awards categories are as follows; 1. Young ICT Innovators Award
- Uganda’s rising stars – this award shall recognize extraordinary applications of ICT by Secondary school students towards the reduction of the digital divide in Uganda. This may be with regard to ICT access, affordability, availability and/or it’s applicability.
- Uganda’s ICT Visionaries – this award shall recognize an ICT based innovation developed by students in tertiary or a vocational institution thats seeks to make the city or town of their choice smarter.
2. Business Excellence Award
- This award shall recognize outstanding use of ICT by an organization, whose core business is not ICT, to improve the organization’s performance, efficiency, effectiveness or both.
3. ICT for Development Award
- This award shall recognize the extraordinary use of ICTs to improve the livelihood of communities by facilitating Uganda’s achievement of any of the millennium development goals.
4. Service Excellence Award
- Enabling communication for all – this
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award shall recognize outstanding innovative approaches licensed telecom providers to eliminate barriers to ICT inclusion in Uganda.
- Content for all – this award shall recognize the most creative programming that ensures accessibility and applicability of information to the diverse local audiences.
- Modernising post and courier – this award shall recognise the best use of systems and technology by the postal or courier operators to enhance operational efficiency towards a better quality of service.
5) Digital Content Award
- This award shall recognize the outstanding compilation of text, images including video, or sound into an application or product that enhances the value and use of communication networks and services within local communities in Uganda.