African App Developer win Ericsson Global Application Awards.

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Finally, the winners from the 2014 Ericsson Application Awards have been announced at a ceremony held at the Ericsson Studio in Kista, Sweden.

This is an annual competition for application developers with a purpose to promote innovations that will change how businesses are organized, as well as how we organize work this year’s theme was “Apps for working life.”

Reviewed by a panel of global representatives, the winning teams each received twenty five thousand  Euros in prize money. The student category was won by Team WorkMode from South Africa for collaboration app, with the Company category being won by Team SOP from Nigeria with their app that monitors electricity supply.

South Africa’sTeam WorkMode took first place with an app that helps workers collaborate by allowing them to see the real-time work context and tasks of colleagues. The team showed a strong business potential, and their focus on design and usability helped them when it came to innovation and addressing the theme of Apps for working life.

Company category was won by Team SOP from Nigeria who created an app that analyses the availability of electricity in a given area. This presented a strong case of using technology in a way that anyone could understand, value and would invest in. They clearly combined consumer, society and business benefits around lifting transparency of a power delivery in a power delivery well designed package.

RSSA technology for Good Award also went to Africa, with Sowertech’s Afta Robot app receiving the award for their smart solution for public transportation. This will help connect taxis and their customers by providing information on location and much more through their Afta Robot mobile app.

The winners were shortlisted from over 300 registered teams representing 63 countries from all over the globe. The company category attracted 158 entries with 142 teams entering the student competition.

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Winfred Kuria
Winfred Kuria is a self-constituted web content writer in charge of Tech News and Events Publicity at Kachwanya.com. She will communicate in the simplest way possible with an aim of changing the world one mind at a time.
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