Local firm feted for mobile phone application


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Aug 14, 2009
A local company has scooped a global award for innovativeness thanks to its mobile phone application enabling agri-businesses manage their supply chain.

VirtualCity won the World Summit Award (WSA) on mobile content for the Agrimanagr — an application that allows users to automate produce, purchasing transaction. The award comes only two months after the company won a $1 million (Sh80 million) global award in the Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge.

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"The award reinforces our quest to provide mobile content that will help many generations, and impact on people lives positively," said Silas Macharia, the chief commercial officer of VirtualCity when he received the award in Abu Dhabi Wednesday.

"We are constantly innovating solutions that will simplify people’s lives and in turn change the way human beings relate with technology."

World Summit Award rewards mobile content developers who make a difference in m-Business and Commerce; m-Government and Participation; M-Learning and Education; m-Entertainment and Lifestyle; m-Tourism and Culture; m-Media and News; m-Environment and Health; and m - Inclusion and Empowerment.

VirtualCity had submitted its Agrimanagr solution under the category of m-Health and Environment, which it later won, and consequently awarded the Outstanding Regional Achievement Award for 2010 at the Winners Gala, Conference and Expo, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre.

This second win by the 10-year-old VirtualCity is likely to add impetus on the mobile innovations in the country, as technology continues to gain popularity among Kenyan firms; which are now being recognised internationally as leaders in innovation.

Remarking on the achievement, VirtualCity CEO John Waibochi said: "the future of Africa lies in technological innovation and this is where our energies need to be redirected."

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