The AfricaCom Awards this year will see the return of old favourites and the addition of several new categories, all exemplifying Africa’s digital progression.
Entries are now open for organisations to submit their best work conducted or implemented over the past 12 months. The deadline for entries is 4 October 2019.
The annual event not only recognises the achievements of the best organisations, solutions, products and people in the telecommunications and technology sector, but is also an ideal opportunity for networking with established and emerging industry players.
This year, under the theme of Enchanted Forest, over 450 guests to the awards ceremony will enjoy a three-course meal and live entertainment, with former Springbok rugby great Bryan Habana who will emcee the evening.
PCCW Global, who supported the event in 2018, confirmed their involvement for 2019, saying: “PCCW Global is delighted to sponsor the AfricaCom Awards which recognise the sterling works performed by companies and personalities that are developing solutions and products to improve connectivity that will drive Africa into the fourth industrial revolution. Good luck to all who enter.”
Awards categories for 2019 are as follows:
• Connecting the Continent Award (new)
• Delivering Excellence in Customer Service
• “Everything as a Service” – Best Cloud or Application Solution (new)
• Changing Lives Award
• Best Digital Entertainment Innovation
• Security Product or Service of the Year (new)
• Best Network Management Software (new)
• Best Connected Consumer Device (new)
• Best Innovation for Enterprise (new)
• Most Innovative Service “The Business of Tomorrow”
• Government Leadership Award (new)
In addition to the above, accolades will also be bestowed on the CXO of the Year and Enterprise CXO of the Year, both of which are voted for by the industry.
The CXO of the Year will be an Africa-based telecoms, ICT and enterprise leader, who is prioritising telecoms innovation, embracing disruptive technology and elevating the continent’s digital economy. In 2018 the award was presented to Abdikarim Mohamed Eid, CEO of Telesom.
The Enterprise CXO of the Year Award celebrates an enterprise leader who excels at prioritising telecoms innovation, embracing disruptive tech and elevating the continent’s digital economy. In 2018 this prestigious accolade went to Priya Thakoor, Chief Digital Officer for Coca-Cola South Africa.
The 2019 edition of the AfricaCom Awards are sponsored by PCCW Global and Intelsat who also support the Changing Lives Award. The event will take place in Cape Town at The Lookout on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, followed by the after party.