The Ericsson AHUB at AfricaCom proudly hosts the 2015 Ericsson Innovator Awards Sub-Saharan Africa. These awards recognise those trail blazing individuals who use technology to empower communities and individuals, all the while working towards the goal of a fully networked society.
These awards foster new sources of talent through rewarding outstanding ideas. They recognise innovators who use technology to transform people's lives and communities. By competing in these awards, innovators grow their networks as well as their reputations and will get start-up support and guidance from leading African business people.
The theme of the 2015 Ericsson Innovation Awards Sub-Saharan Africa is Improving Life in the City.
Entrants must complete the form that appears in the bottom section of this page. Those entrants chosen as semi-finalists will present their innovation to an Ericsson and external jury.
The final judging will take place on 18 November at the Cape Town Convention Centre at 17:00
The closing date for entries is 10th November 2015
The Ericsson AHUB at AfricaCom 2015 is a space dedicated to showcasing the most important innovations in Africa's technology industry.
This year’s speakers will address issues affecting all business leaders in the African telecommunications industry such as business growth, the use of disruptive technology & methods of sustaining profitability.
President of Sub Saharan Africa
Batstone & Silicon Cape
CEO and Founder
Technology Editor & Anchor
Head of EMEA Sales Mobile Financial Services
Founder & MD
Chief Executive Officer
Cliffton Colony Capital Partners
EP Head TV & Media
Program Director for World Design Capital 2014
City of Cape Town
Co-founder and Lead partner
Previous winners AftaRobot
Every day over 14 million people across South Africa are ferried to and from work, family & friends via public transport in mini bus taxis. These taxis bring people closer together and are an intricate part of South Africa's social fabric. But, as important as this industry is, commuters experience significant problems related to time management & delays.
AftaRobot won the 2014 Ericsson Technology for Good Award at the Ericsson Application Awards. Their solution put commuters in touch with taxi operators via a smart transportation app that allows commuters to track specific taxi's progress along a predetermined route, know when the taxi will reach their stop and predict an estimated time of arrival.
AftaRobot's app brings big data to a traditionally data less environment. The platform empowers commuters with the information they need to have a positive impact on their own situation. The app harnesses the power of smartphones & mobility to reshape the ways in which taxi operators and commuters interact and communicate, opening up new ways to participate in a networked society.
Click here to view previous winners video