Nation Bank of Malawi on Wednesday honoured its pledge to Information Communication and Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) with a K1 million cheque to the third winner of the innovations awards.
At a ceremony at the bank’s towers in Blantyre its head of IT John Mitchell said they will continue to support ICTAM's awards.
“We already have a frame work with ICTAM and will be applying the same agreement by supporting the Innovation Jam in 2020 just like it was in 2019. We will be encouraging innovations and we hope in 2020 there will be even more brilliant ideas from ICT innovators in Malawi,” he said.
Mitchell implored on the industry to take up the ideas and implement them for Malawi's betterment.
“If these innovations will be adopted by the industry in Malawi they will make a big different to the economy and social set up, agriculture e-health, finance, almost each and every aspect of the society is being touched by these innovations," he said.
Edmond Kachale vice president of ICTAM said they have been running the awards for the past four years were greateful for the support from NBM.
Sam Masikini, one of the winners who was representing his mates at the cheque presentation recently took a trip to Rwanda for a Tech Summit where they learnt of the challenges nations are facing in trying to move forward with technology.
“Digital infrastructure; what does your nation has to offer concerning innovation or technology itself. How much interest does a nation put into such a field? We discussed mainly the challenges and what they are doing to push the frontier.
Technology is for the people and there is need to look at the people problems and how it will affect them in the future.”
The Polytechnic final year student was second place for his development of Thandi, a voice and gesture command system which interacts with different home appliances.