Nigeria’s​ ​​TRUCKIT.NG​​ ​has been voted among​ ​the​ ​40​ ​winners​ ​of​ this year’s ​international​ ​World​ ​Summit​ ​Award that showcases​ ​the​ ​world’s​ ​best​ ​practices​ ​in​ ​digital​ ​innovation​ ​with​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​society.

Programos​ ​Foundation,​ ​Nigeria’s​ ​coordinating​ ​civil​ ​society​ ​organization​ ​for​ ​the​ ​United​ ​Nations based​ ​World​ ​Summit​ ​Awards​, ​which​ ​selects​ ​and​ ​promotes​ ​local​ ​digital​ ​innovation​ ​with​ ​high impact​ ​on​ ​improving​ ​society has announced.

Announcing the results, Mr Amos Emmanuel, Chief Software Architect/Chairman, Programos Software Group and Founder, Programos Foundation,​ noted that 40 Winners from 23 countries, selected from over 400 nominations from 180 countries.

Amos Emmanuel, Nigeria Eminent Expert for United Nations World Summit Awards

He said the World Summit Awards present a global spectre of change making projects ranging from big data for tourism to organ 3D printing, from a job-platform focusing on female tech talent to empowering smallholder farms – no matter what the technology,​  it’s​ the​ unique​ content​ that​ makes​ this​ top​ 40​ exceptional.

UTRUCKIT.NG will​ ​receive​ ​their​ ​Award​ ​in​ ​the​ ​​SMART​ ​SETTLEMENTS​ ​&​ ​URBANIZATION​ ​category​ ​​at​ ​the World​ ​Summit​ ​Global​ ​Congress​ ​in​ ​Vienna​ ​March​ ​2018.​ ​The award will also be given to the innovator ​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​UN representatives,​ ​ICT​ ​ministries,​ ​Country​ ​contingent​ ​and​ ​the​ ​private​ ​sector.​ ​​

Nigeria​ ​won​ ​in​ ​the​ ​category​ ​along with​ ​Canada,​ ​Sri​ ​Lanka,​ ​​ ​Chile​ ​and​ ​China. Pioneered​ ​by​ ​Tom​ ​Roberts,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​just​ ​made​ ​Nigeria​ ​proud. ​​TRUCKIT.NG​​ ​enables​ ​cargo owners​ ​​ ​convey​ ​their​ ​cargo​ ​the​ ​way​ ​they​ ​want​ ​it​ ​​ ​from​ ​the​ ​comfort​ ​of​ ​their​ ​homes​ ​just​ ​by​ ​​ ​using the​ ​Truckit​ ​app.

“To drive meaningful and relevant digital innovation, you have to serve local needs and compare with global excellence. With the WSA we recognize innovation of tomorrow already today. This year’s winners are an excellent selection of this momentum, matching local solutions to local needs, with global relevance. WSA highlights the diversity and excellence in​ ​digital​ ​content​ ​with​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​society,” said ​​WSA​ ​Chairman​ ​Peter​ ​A.​ ​Bruck​​. The​ ​agenda​ ​of​ ​the​ ​WSA​ ​Global​ ​Congress​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​compilation​ ​of​ ​interaction​ ​and​ ​inspiration, assembling​ ​workshops,​ ​business​ ​blind-dates​ ​and​ ​infamous​ ​keynotes,​ ​bringing​ ​together​ ​UN and​ ​governmental​ ​representatives,​ ​privates​ ​sector​ ​and​ ​innovators.

WSA​ ​2017​ ​once​ ​more​ ​presents​ ​a​ ​diameter​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​innovation​ ​from​ ​Chile​ ​to​ ​Malaysia,​ ​from Nigeria​ ​to​ ​Finland.​ ​Be​ ​it​ ​a​ ​miniature​ ​AED​ ​machine​ ​with​ ​diagnostic​ ​app,​ ​an​ ​environmental behaviour​ ​training​ ​game,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​tiny​ ​programmable​ ​computer​ ​that​ ​helps/encourages​ ​school children​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​code,​ ​the​ ​WSA​ ​Winners​ ​2017​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​vast​ ​spectre​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​innovation globally. The​ ​WSA​ ​winners​ ​2017​ ​will​ ​present​ ​their​ ​innovations​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​their​ ​awards​ ​at​ ​the​ ​WSA Global​ ​Congress​ ​in​ ​Vienna,​ ​Austria​ ​(March​ ​20-22​ ​2018).​ ​The​ ​agenda​ ​of​ ​the​ ​WSA​ ​Congress will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​compilation​ ​of​ ​interaction​ ​and​ ​inspiration,​ ​assembling​ ​workshops,​ ​business blind-dates​ ​and​ ​inspiring​ ​keynotes,​ ​bringing​ ​together​ ​the​ ​global​ ​and​ ​multi-stakeholder network​ ​of​ ​WSA. WSA​ ​promotes​ ​and​ ​recognizes​ ​the​ ​uniqueness​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​innovation​ ​with​ ​impact​ ​on society.  The​ ​WSA​ ​winners​ ​were​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​a​ ​Jury​ ​of​ ​international​ ​ICT​ ​experts​ ​in​ ​two​ ​democratic rounds.​ ​Each​ ​UN​ ​Member​ ​State​ ​is​ ​eligible​ ​to​ ​nominate​ ​one​ ​product​ ​per​ ​category​ ​for​ ​the World​ ​Summit​ ​Award.​ ​This​ ​way​ ​any​ ​nomination​ ​results​ ​from​ ​a​ ​national​ ​pre-selection​ ​prior​ ​to the​ ​international​ ​WSA​ ​Jury.

During​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Competition,​ ​the​ ​innovation​ ​contest​ ​was​ ​indeed​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for​ ​the National​ ​Expert​ ​to​ ​identify​ ​new​ ​solutions​ ​creating​ ​positive​ ​impacts​ ​from​ ​across​ ​Nigeria. Submitted​ ​products​ ​range​ ​from​ ​diverse​ ​sectoral​ ​categories.​ ​In​ ​Business​ ​and​ ​Commerce category,​ ​the​ ​disruptive​ ​digital​ ​banking​ ​product​ ​called​ ​“​​”​ ​from​ ​Wema​ ​Bank​ ​Plc emerged​ ​the​ ​National​ ​winner,​ ​while​ ​​for​ ​the​ ​Culture​ ​&​ ​​ ​Tourism​ ​category,​ ​​NICADEMIA​, anchored​ ​by​ ​Ubalua​ ​Valentine​ ​won;​ ​​EDALAF​ ​Tutor​​ ​championed​ ​by​ ​Abiodun​ ​Falade​ ​won​ ​in​ ​the Learning​ ​and​ ​&​ ​Education​ ​category;​ ​​ONLINE​ ​LEGAL​ ​ACCESS​,​ ​led​ ​by​ ​Gbenga​ ​Oso​ ​won​ ​the Government​ ​&​ ​​ ​Citizen​ ​​ ​Engagement​ ​category;​eTrash2Cash​​ ​led​ ​by​ ​Muhammad​ ​Abdullahi​ ​​ ​won the​ ​ENVIRONMENT​ ​&​ ​​ ​GREEN​ ​ENERGY​ ​category.

The​ ​World​ ​Summit​ ​Award​ ​(WSA)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​global​ ​initiative,​ ​which​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​select​ ​and​ ​promote​ ​the world’s​ ​best​ ​in​ ​digital​ ​content​ ​and​ ​innovative​ ​applications.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​organised​ ​in​ ​the​ ​framework​ ​of​ ​the United​ ​Nations’​ ​World​ ​Summit​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Information​ ​Society​ ​(WSIS),​ ​and​ ​mandated​ ​by​ ​the​ ​WSIS Plan​ ​of​ ​Action.

The​ ​WSA​ ​is​ ​a​ ​nomination​ ​based​ ​award​ ​that​ ​works​ ​with​ ​an​ ​international​ ​expert​ ​network.​ ​The expert’s​ ​task​ ​is​ ​to​ ​scout​ ​the​ ​national​ ​ICT​ ​markets​ ​for​ ​suitable​ ​applications​ ​due​ ​to​ ​the​ ​evaluation criteria​ ​of​ ​the​ ​WSA.

“It​ ​is​ ​positive​ ​development​ ​that​ ​​Nigeria’s​ ​innovation​ ​space​ ​have​ ​been​ ​competitive​ ​in​ ​the World​ ​Summit​ ​Awards​ ​annual​ ​competitions​ ​in​ ​the​ ​last​ ​decade.​ ​Last​ ​year​ ​FilYaTank mobile​ ​from​ ​Nigeria​ ​also​ ​won​ ​the​ ​global​ ​competition.”​ ​​Mr​ ​Amos​ ​Emmanuel​ ​stated.​ ​He added​,​ ​“It​ ​is​ ​my​ ​prayers​ ​that​ ​my​ ​current​ ​continental​ ​engagements​ ​of​ ​African National​ ​Experts​ ​with​ ​the​ ​support​ ​of​ ​the​ ​WSA​ ​office​ ​in​ ​Austria​ ​on​ ​the​ ​new​ ​WSA AFRICA​ ​platform​ ​can​ ​engender​ ​valuable​ ​collaboration​ ​to​ ​deepen​ ​the​ ​knowledge content​ ​of​ ​the​ ​continents’​ ​digital​ ​sector​ ​innovators.


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