Ghanaian entrepreneurs win World Summit Awards

Nandi Mobile and Mobile Technology for Community Health in Ghana (MoTeCH), two local Electronic-Content (e-Content) developers, have won awards at the 2013 World Summit Awards (WSA).

Nandi Mobile, is a technology start-up developer, while MoTeCH, is a technology-driven health initiative.

WSA is a UN initiative to promote the world’s best e-Content products and awards local software applications with global relevance.

Its grand juror selects outstanding mobile content and promotes them at a global congress in Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.

Nandi Mobile won in the e-Business and Commerce category and MoTeCh in the Health and Environment category.

Nandi Mobile won with its Infoline product, a mobile and web service, which connects consumers and businesses in emerging markets.

MoTeCH developed the Nurse Application, which targets pregnant clients with educational and actionable messages tailored to their stages in pregnancy.

The Application is aligned to simplified paper registers to collect clinical information to facilitate easy identification of mothers and infants and saves time for the collation of information to generate monthly reports, alerts and reminders for clients that needs care.

Mr Edward Amartey-Tagoe, Co-founder and Business Director of Nandi Mobile, expressed the joy of his team for the international recognition and explained that the service provides mobile users the option to send messages to businesses and receive responses through a private channel while going around the limitations of lack of internet access.

The product, he said also offers its users the convenience of obtaining relevant business information about products and services via SMS, making business transactions very fast and easy.

Ms Patricia Antwi, Awutu Senya District Director of Health Services said the MoTeCH innovative product had facilitated improved maternal health care service including record keeping in the District since its introduction in 2011.

Ms Dorothy Gordon, Director-General of Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, organised a media briefing on Wednesday, to showcase Ghana’s proud winners and finalists.

She said Ghana had joined the highest winners of the 461 national nominees.

Ms Gordon, said Ghanaian products, which made it to the finals were Trokxi in the e-Culture and Tourism category, Yougora in e-Inclusion and Empowerment, MyPassco in the e-Learning and Education and Leti games for e-Entertainment and Games, Street Development Project for e-Inclusion and Empowerment, as well as Bedroom Diaries from Viasat 1 for Media and Journalism.

She spoke of the importance of the WSA for driving outstanding e-Content which is relevant to people’s needs and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Ms Gordon who is also a member of the Grand juror, explained that Ghana’s consistent achievement in the highly competitive WAS, was an indicator of the quality of Ghanaian talent and skills and the rapidly growing ecosystem.

According to her, both Ghanaian winning products had one thing in common because they served the very specific needs of Ghanaians and thereby fulfil the Summit’s claim for high quality local e-Content, which could perfectly serve as a model on a global level.

She called on Ghanaians to embrace indigenous products, support young entrepreneurs to come out with more innovations that would serve local needs.

This Ms Gordon said would prove to the world that Ghanaians are capable of competing favourably with their international counterparts on the development of e-Content products that meets local and global standards. GNA

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