The 2017 Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA2017) were held at the Kampala Serena Hotel last Friday, the 22nd of September. With Hipipo in the organization, given their tremendous efforts when it comes to events, a guest was confident of a smooth run of the event.
The show kicked off at exactly 7pm and was hosted by the king of radio, Spirit FM’s King Wesley.
There was a welcoming entertainment from the Burundian drummers that held firmly to their drumming sticks the entire performance.
A series of panel discussions ensued on a selection of issues pertaining digital and financial inclusion.
The first discussion was on what needs to be done to improve access and affordability of the internet. The second was on Agency banking and how ready we are for it. The third was looking at financial inclusion for the poor and the women.
Different stakeholders such as Mr. Nicholas Kalungi, Mr. Ali Abdul Rehman, Mr. Joseph Owino, Mr. Abdul Ssebagala, Mr. Godfrey Byekwaso, Mr. Godfrey Yiga, Mr. Yanok Robert, and Mr. Francis Wasswa deliberated during the discussions.
After the panelists leaving the stage, it was time for the awarding ceremony. The organising team, led by the HiPipo CEO, gave in remarks, which were followed by those from the DIAA patron Hon.Karubanga David, the state minister for Public Service.
The awards were categorized in two batches. The first batch of winners was announced online, via social media, as the second batch awaited announcement from stage.
The first receipient was Prof Maggie Kigozi, who was already known to be the DIAA Investment Leadership Award winner beforehand. Prior to the receipt, there was a poem recited by Emily, a young talented girl, on the Professor and why she deserved this award.
Hon.Karubanga David was then invited to hand over the award, which he did, just before Prof. Maggie Kigozi gave a remarks speech.
The announcement of other winners followed in the second batch categories.
Here is the Full List of Winners
DIAA Investment Leadership Award – Prof Maggie Kigozi
Digital Brand of the Year – MTN
Best Digital Financial Service Platform for Africa – Mahindra Comviva Mobiquity
Best Mobile App for Africa – My Vodacom App
Best Online Banking – Standard Chartered Bank
Best Mobile Banking – Stanbic Bank
Best Digital Embrace by Microfinance Institution – Pride Microfinance
Best Technology Brand on Social Media – MTN
Best Financial Services Brand on Social Media – Centenary Bank
Best Digital Customer Service by Utilities Brand – NWSC
Best Mobile Financial Service for Africa – MTN Mobile Money
Best B2B Payments/Transfers Integrator –Yo Uganda
Best Consumer Goods Brand on Social Media – Movit
Best Financial Inclusion Product/Service –MTN/CBA MoKash
Best Government Body on Social Media –NWSC
Best Cybersecurity Practice – Standard Chartered Bank
Best Promoter of Financial Literacy –Stanbic National Schools Championship
Best Digital Customer Service by Financial Services Brand – Centenary Bank
Best Digital Customer Service by Technology Brand – MTN
Commended use of Digital in Consumer Goods Sector – Movit
Best E-Commerce Service – Jumia
Commended use of Digital in Real Estate Sector – National Housing & Construction
Commended use of Digital in Retail & Distribution Sector – Nina Interiors Limited
Commended use of Digital in Education Sector – UTAMU
Best E-Service – KCCA (Ecitie)
Best Pay TV/VOD Service for Africa – DSTV
Best Remittances Service for Africa –WorldRemit
Best Smartphone Brand for Africa –Samsung
Best Corporate Website for Africa –Safaricom
Best Fintech Innovation for Africa – M-KOPA
Best Consumer Payments Service – Payway
Best Industrial Goods Brand on Social Media – UMEME
Best Use of Digital for Brand/Product/Service Marketing
Campaign – Africell ‘Don’t be Cheated’
Best Use of Digital for Event/Sponsorship/CSR Marketing
Campaign – Airtel “Tulumbe AFCON”
Commended Connectivity Initiative –Africell Triple Mbs
Commended Digital Content/Apps Initiative – Vodafone Jump
Commended use of Digital in Travel Sector – RwandAir
Commended use of Digital in Foods & Beverage Sector – Riham
Commended use of Digital in Energy Sector – Total Uganda
Commended use of Digital in Agriculture & Agro Processing
Sector – Jesa Farm Dairy
Commended use of Digital in Insurance Sector – UAP Insurance
Commended use of Digital in Healthcare Sector – Case Hospital
Commended use of Digital in Tourism Sector – Great Lakes Safari
The event ended at 11pm with a dinner.