If you’ve developed an app, launched it to the market and your solution is gaining ground with users in your industry, get the recognition you deserve by entering the MTN Business App of the Year Awards. Previous winners have gone on to launch their apps internationally, been acquired by blue-chip corporates and have become well known South African digital products in their own rights.

We’ll be handing out awards in each of the following categories:

  • Best Consumer Solution

    This application should look at opportunities to make the lives of the everyday consumer easier and more convenient. The solution needs to be customer-centric.

    Entertainment

    Entertainment and gaming (including kids apps), that entertain or facilitate fun go here. This includes games, keeping the kiddies occupied and knowing when your must-watch favourite television show is on.

    Productivity

    These apps make your daily to-do’s a breeze, and fulfil a practical need. Diaries, calendars, lists, shopping, personal organisation and email management would all work here.

    Community and social

    Social networking apps, or apps that solve a unique community challenge or problem.

    Media and communications

    Any social media and communications applications used for accessing or collating content, sharing content, connecting with others fit here.

    Creative arts

    Creative apps (including photography and video), that enable you to draw, scribble, embellish, doodle, edit and decorate. Apps that let users tap into their inner Annie Leibovitz or Pablo Picasso belong here.

    Smart Solutions

    Industry-wide apps that provide a smart solution to a specific challenge or problem.
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  • Best Women in STEM Solution

    This is a category focused on recognising the great work being created and achieved by the women in the STEM field. This solution can be of any form but it should inspire and showcase great skill and achievement in the different fields.
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  • Best Enterprise Solution

    This is a solution specifically focused for businesses or companies. The application should talk to business challenges for example storage, CRM or Internet of Things.

    CRM

    Locally developed apps focused on Customer Relationship Management.

    Storage

    Any potential storage solution goes here.

    Utilities

    If your app supports productivity and brings tools to enterprise mobile devices, enter it here.

    E-commerce

    Does your app enable business through e-commerce? Can a customer use aspects of your app to pay your client? Does it secure, underpin or drive e-commerce? Then enter it here.

    Business solutions and sales

    Mobile sales tools, data capture and related apps.

    Smart Solutions

    Industry-wide apps that provide a smart solution to a specific challenge or problem.
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  • Best Incubated Solution

    This is a solution created and built by an individual or team that is currently being developed by an accelerator or incubator hub.
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  • Most Innovative Solution

    All first-to-market and ground-breaking solutions belong here! This application is a one-of –a-kind and disruptive in the industry.
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  • Best Health Solution

    The health industry is inundated with challenges ranging from limited access to health-care professionals, medication to real-time emergency information needs. The solution should focus on alleviating the current challenges faced by the health industry today.
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  • Best Gaming Solution

    Best Gamification Solution

    This is an application aimed at the gaming industry, whether it’s mobile, pc or gamification. The video game entertainment industry is the largest entertainment industry in the world. The SA consumer market for games was worth R2.2bn (in 2015).

    Best Mobile Gaming Solution

    This is an application aimed at the gaming industry, whether it’s mobile, pc or gamification. The video game entertainment industry is the largest entertainment industry in the world. The SA consumer market for games was worth R2.2bn (in 2015).
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  • Best Agricultural Solution

    This is a solution that focuses on solving the growing agricultural challenges in Africa. With more than 60% of its 1.166 billion people living in rural areas, Africa’s economy is inherently dependent on agriculture. Applications in this category strive to capacitate pan-African agricultural efforts.
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  • Best Educational Solution

    This is a solution that focuses on solving the education challenges in Africa. Education consists of schools, colleges, universities and various private institutions, and can be broadly classified into three categories Foundation, primary & secondary education Higher education (Universities and private colleges) Vocational education (This includes industry/job oriented education)
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  • Best Finacial Solution

    Locally developed applications focused specifically on the financial sector.
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  • Best Breakthrough Developer

    This award is given to the new kid on the block, the garage developer and strictly not for the established business.
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  • Best “South African” App

    This is an application that either has an exclusively South African flavour or one that solves a uniquely South African problem. International solutions that have been hyper-localised or modified for the South African market can be entered. An overall winner will be chosen from the above category entrants. Participants benefit from the rigorous judging process, the extensive media coverage of the event, the opportunity to network with major industry stakeholders and the opportunity to take home some fantastic prizes.
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