Tadala Mtimuni, a staff member and former student at MUST, has emerged as one of the winners for the National Bank of Malawi (NBM) Plc supported ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM) Innovation Jam awards.
The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, December 13, 2020 in Mangochi.
Mtimuni emerged runner up in the Fintech category with her Banki Mkhonde (Village Bank) innovation and was joined on this position by Timothy Kamanga with his Worktech Insight Platform innovation in the Open Innovations category.
The two runners up received K1 million each from NBM Plc.
Otherwise, software systems developer Samson Fiado emerged overall winner in the Fintech category with his ‘Easy Books Accounting’, a simple to use and affordable web-based accounting package developed to manage financial data for small and medium sized institutions.
In the Open Innovation category, Amanda Phiri of Proxima, emerged overall winner. The Open Innovations category comprised of Education, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence and E-Health. Phiri’s submission was in the Education category and showcased a solar powered laptop innovation to provide affordable laptops to the youth.
The two overall winners will be rewarded with an NBM Plc sponsored trip to the Africa Innovations Summit 2021 where they will have the opportunity to learn new technologies and engage with fellow innovators on the global scene.
Reacting to her award, Mtimuni said the announcement came as a shock because she never knew there would be any other awards apart from the main winner.
“Overall, it was exciting because we will be incubating with international organisations such as Digital Impact, and that creates an opportunity to take my innovations to a global platform. The award also came with some benefits and that was very encouraging,” she said.
Other winners were Noble Agriculture and Smart Farming System by Chiku Walani in the Agriculture category; Gloria Kasambwe’s Landitseni Platform and Innocent Bvalani’s Healthpass in the Health category, Dumisani Mfune and Vocal Hospital in Artificial Intelligence category.
NBM Plc Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer Harold Jiya said NBM Plc fully understands and appreciates the pivotal role that innovations and technology play and will continue to play in Malawi’s developmental agenda.
Minister of Information Gospel Kazako who was a guest of honour at the 2020 ICT conference also presented the awards to the winners and commended NBM Plc for supporting the awards.