Virtual City wins another Global Award in Abu Dhabi
NAIROBI December 8, 2010 – Virtual City – a homegrown technology solutions company has bagged yet another global award for its prowess in innovation.
This time â€“ the recognition was based on one of its Mobile Applications dubbed Agrimanagr â€“ an application that allows users to manage agricultural processes using mobile phones.
The World Summit Award (WSA) on Mobile content 2010 was presented to the companyâ€™s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Silas Macharia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday 8th December 2010
Speaking during the award ceremony, Mr. Macharia said: â€œWe are happy to win this award today because it reinforces our quest to lead in providing mobile content that will help many generations and impact on people lives positively.â€
â€œAs Virtual City, we are constantly innovating solutions that will simplify peopleâ€™s lives and in turn change the way human beings relate with technologyâ€, Mr. Macharia added.
The award comes only two months after the company won a one – million dollar (equivalent of Ksh80 Million) global award in the Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge held in the United Kingdom.
The WSA on the other hand seeks to reward, with international Recognition, excellent mobile content developers in eight categories namely: 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.
Virtual City had submitted its Agrimanagr Solution under the category of m-Health and Environment, which emerged the best and consequently awarded the Outstanding Regional Achievement Award for 2010 at the Winners Gala, Conference and Expo held in Abu Dhabi.
The WSA Gala celebration was the highlight of the entire WSA mobile process for 2010 and it was held to honor excellence in m-Content and innovative application creation.
The Award Ceremony, which was hosted by the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) brought together participants from 6 global regions of the e and m-content industry; namely: Europe, North America and Oceania, Latin America, Asia, Arab countries and Africa. There were 40 winners in total in the 8 categories from all over the world.
This second win by the 10-year-old Virtual City is likely to add impetus on the mobile innovations in the country even as technology continues to gain popularity among Kenyan firms; which are now being recognized internationally as leaders in innovation.
Remarking on the achievement, Virtual City CEO John Waibochi said: â€œthe future of Africa lies in technological innovation and this is where our energies need to be redirected.â€