Amid the pandemic, many activities are being done online. This is the case for the Presidential Digital Talent Programme (PDTP) that was hosted virtually by the ICT Authority last week.
The show was sponsored by Huawei Kenya, which is also a partner in the PDTP program. The ceremony was attended by Maureen Mbaka, the Chief Administrative Secretary in place of ICT CS Joe Mucheru.
The overall winner was Annastacia Muisyo with her Traffic E-court innovation.
Other top positions were taken by Crysis Nduku and Mbae Lloyd Mawira with an Automated Token System.
The awards were given by Huawei Kenya. The Chinese company identifies a person or group of interns ‘who have developed an idea or prototype that meets a proven need, can have a major impact, is unique, has a viable business model, is feasible, is relevant to the government’s agenda, is well presented, and has a capable team behind it.’
Traffic E-court uses intelligent speed cameras that capture vehicle speed and feed the information about speeding vehicles to a database. The system then sends alerts to a user’s mobile phone number to pay the fine within a specified period or get a court summon.
PDTP trains ICT graduates over a one-year period. The session includes other activities such as internships in the private and public sector and mentorship that is built to support their ICT capabilities.
At the awards, Huawei was also awarded for the best private sector company supporting the PDTP.
What they said
Huawei has been a critical partner in the DigiTalent program, showing their strong commitment to supporting local ICT talent and local innovation; we appreciate the support from them as well as other private sector partners who are critical to the success of this public-private collaboration that expands the ICT talent pool in the country.
– ICT Authority CEO Dr. Katherine Getao
Huawei is very committed to supporting local ICT talent in as many ways as we can. The PDTP is a fantastic initiative benefitting the government and the private sector. We are delighted that we can not only provide our world-leading innovative products to the government, such as in the Konza Data Centre, but also provide support for local innovation wherever possible. We have hundreds of local partners that we work with, and we wish these innovators luck as they transform this country.
– Adam Lane the Deputy CEO, Huawei Kenya.