Kenya’s FunKidz For Kidz Scoops Women4Technology Award at MWC Glomo Awards

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Women4Tech is a new GSMA programme that was introduced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017. Women4Tech is focused on successfully addressing and reducing the gender gap in the mobile industry. The program was meant to help strengthen the overall mobile ecosystem through increased gender equality.

The GSMA Women4Tech – Mobile Industry Leadership Award, was presented to both an individual and organisation, who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to closing the gender gap. Funkidz for Kidz Go Tech, a Kenyan company that helps children use technology to design and create things, was yesterday announced as the winner of of the GSMA Glomo Awards Women4Tech category. Among the nominated Organizations in this category, was Safaricom’s Women in IT and Digital Leadership Institute.

Speaking at the event, Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at GSMA said “Our congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the GSMA’s Glomo Awards at Mobile World Congress this week. The Glomo Awards truly showcase those companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry. We thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2017 Glomo Awards.”

Previously, Kenyan innovations like MKOPA Solar and M-Pesa have been feted at Global Mobile (GLOMO) awards. Other winners of this year’s Glomo Awards include:

Best Mobile Innovation for Health
R/GA and Owlet Baby Care for Owlet

Best Mobile Innovation for Education & Learning
Robi Axiata Ltd for Robi-10 Minute School

Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive
Cisco Jasper Control Center for Connected Cars

Best Mobile Payment Solution
EcoNet Wireless and Mahindra Comviva for EcoCash

Best Use of Mobile for Retail, Brands & Commerce
Shell and MOBGEN, part of Accenture Digital, for Shell Motorist App

Best Use of Mobile for Travel, Leisure & Hospitality
what3words for 3 word addresses

Mobile Connect Award for Authentication & Identity
Orange and Danal Inc. for Check & Go MC

Best Use of Mobile for Smart Cities
KT for KT-MEG (Micro Energy Grid) Platform

Best Mobile Service or Solution for Enterprise
Airbus and Accenture for Wearable Technology Seat Marking Solution

Best Use of Mobile for Advertising or Marketing
PHD Media for Kheloge Toh Jeetoge

Best Mobile Cloud Service or App
VMware for VMware Workspace ONE

Best Mobile Network Solution for Serving Customers
Vodafone Group for Vodafone Smart Pricing

Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets
Reliance Jio Infocomm and Samsung Networks for Jio Digital Movement India

Best Mobile Product, Application or Service for Women in Emerging Markets
Jazz for JazzCash Mobile Account

Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations
Turkcell for ”Hello Hope” Mobile App for İntegration of Syrian Refugees

Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion
Turk Telekom and Boni for LOUD STEPS

The Green Mobile Award
Ericsson and Telenor Myanmar for Pure Solar Myanmar

Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs
World Food Programme for ShareTheMeal

Best Mobile App for the Connected Lifestyle     
MINDBODY for MINDBODY App

Best Mobile App for Virtual or Augmented Reality
Blippar for Blippar

Best Mobile Video, TV or Film App
SK Telecom for oksusu (Jointly with SK Broadband)

Best Mobile App for Business 
Salesforce for Salesforce1

Most Innovative Mobile App
Sliide Airtime Africa for Sliide

Best Overall Mobile App (Judge’s Choice)
Niantic Inc. for Pokémon Go

Best Smartphone 2016
Samsung for Galaxy S7 Edge

Disruptive Device Innovation Award
Amazon for Amazon Echo

Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017
Sony for Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Best Wearable Mobile Technologyx
Orange for Orange VR1

Best Connected Consumer Electronic Device
R/GA and Owlet Baby Care for Owlet

Best Mobile Infrastructure
Huawei for Active Antenna Unit (AAU) Network System

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
Altiostar for Altiostar vRAN (Virtual RAN) Solution

Best Technology Enabler   
Huawei for NFV Solution

Best Mobile Security or Anti-Fraud Solution
Samsung SDS for Samsung Mobile Security Management Suite

Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G
Huawei for the Evolution from 4.5G to 5G

Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks
Nokia for Nokia end-to-end IoT Solution

Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology – The CTO’s choice
Altiostar for Altiostar vRAN (Virtual RAN) Solution

Government Leadership Award
Government of Pakistan

Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry
For Inspirational Efforts in Support of Syrian Refugees
Joint Winners: Asiacell, Deutsche Telekom, Turkcell, Zain and Vodafone

Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award (Individuals)
Iridiscent – Ms Anar Simpson

Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award (Organisations)
Funkidz for Kidz Go Tech

 

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