Kenya: Ocharge Bags Best Innovation Award At Nairobi Innovation Week

OCharge won the best Innovation Award during the Nairobi Innovation week summit at the University of Nairobi, against eighty other contenders.

OCharge, an Airtime Recharge App which rewards users with discount vouchers and deals from Kenya’s top brands, every time they top-up their mobile, bagged the best innovation award against eighty other contenders in attendance. Global and local players in attendance were the likes of Samsung who came in second position, Safaricom, Barclays and IBM.

Ocharge, launched on 9th July, 2016 is powered by Oliza, a consumer internet company, which aims to redefine consumer internet business in Africa. The company is backed by iSON Group, a global leader in BPO services.

Dr. Tonny Omwansa, Chairman, Nairobi Innovation Week said, “OCharge has innovatively made airtime recharge bring more value to something people do every day.”

The innovation week officiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta brought to focus how these ideas translate into profitable ventures. The President also mentioned that the Government will increase annual funding by KSh 100 million. This budget will fund new inventions and the annual exhibition that the university holds to showcase these innovations.

Held from 1st to 5th August 2016 at the University of Nairobi, Nairobi Innovation Week brought together a mix of industry players from government, academia, private sector, techpreneurs, innovators, the youth and other stakeholders. The event delivered robust discussions on key issues in innovation from key stakeholders like UNICEF, Ministry of Information and Communications and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Source: CIO East Africa.