Kenya’s BRCK wins Global SME Award at ITU Telecom World 2016

ITU has announced the winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact. The Awards were announced by ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at a ceremony attended by Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Air Chief Marshal Thares Punsri, Chairman NBTC and ITU elected officials at the close of ITU Telecom World 2016.

The awards were presented in three different categories: the Global SME Award (recognising the most promising innovative solution from an SME), Thematic Awards (open to SMEs and large corporations — for the most promising innovative solutions with social impact in eEducation, eHealth, eGovernment and disaster prevention/communications) and Host Country SME Award (for the best solution chosen by Thailand).

Recognition of Excellence Certificates were presented for the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion.

The ITU Telecom World 2016 Award winners and finalists are:

Recognition of Excellence Certificates:

“It is tremendously exciting to see so many ideas, innovations and so much talent and creativity all in one place,” Zhao said. “I hope that winning our Award and having their innovative solutions recognized by global experts will help these talented innovators grow and scale up their businesses, contributing fresh ideas and vision to our digital economy. I wish them every success.”

“We are making education accessible to all children around the world,” said Alex Masika, head of business development at BRCK, the maker of rugged wireless and mobile wifi devices in Kenya and the winner of Telecom World 2016’s Global SME Award. “I am happy that the impact we are making has been recognized.”

Winners, who took turns pitching their innovations during the event, were selected by an expert jury. ITU Telecom World Awards were open to all exhibitors and sponsors at ITU Telecom World in Bangkok.

The next ITU Telecom World event will be held on September 25 – 28, 2017 in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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