ICT Innovations win big at the Young Achievers Awards 2018


Tech-related innovations were the highlight of Saturday night as the won big at the Young Achievers Awards 2018 that took place at the Kampala Serena Hotel in the country’s capital. The Young Achievers Awards recognizes and celebrates outstanding youth in the Ugandan Community that have excelled in various realms such as the Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media and Journalism, Philanthropy, Innovation, Sports among others.

The biggest win of the night went to Phillis Kyomuhendo, the Co-founder of mSCAN, a technology that allows rural pregnant women to get ultrasound scans at low costs using a mobile phone, tablet or computer. The mScan is a portable ultrasound scanner made of a smartphone and a probe for pregnant women in rural areas.

Matibabu the world’s first non-invasive test device for mass malaria screening that eliminates all infection risks won the Innovation and ICT category of the night. Championed By Brian Gitta, the device is aimed at better detecting malaria not just in Uganda, but across sub-Saharan Africa, where caused by malaria each year occur.

Jean Onyati, Founder & CEO, Akellobanker a service aimed Redefining access to inclusive credit services for farmers and traders​ by use ​of ​financial and non financial data to underwrite credit to the financially excluded communities, took home the Farming and Agro-Processing category award.

The Young Achievers Awards founded in 2009 is an initiative of Reach A Hand Uganda that rewards excellence, hard work and innovations of youth and entrepreneurs in Uganda. Over 100 have been rewarded with this accolade including the Life Time Achievement Award that has been accepted by H.E Yoweri K. Museveni, H.E Paul Kagume, the late Dr. James Mulwana, Sister Rachelle Fassera, Prof Senteza Kajubi, Noelina Kareeba, and Ali Mufuruki.

The Awards were graced by Deputy President of Kenya, HE William Samoei Ruto who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Here is a Full list of Winners;

The full list of winners:

Innovations and ICT – Brian Gitta, Founder, Matibabu

Farming and Agro-Processing – Jean Onyait, Founder Akellobanker

Business – Nataliey Bitature, Co-Founder Musana Carts

Social Entrepreneurship – Andrew Musoke, Gifted Hands Network

Fashion – Anita Beryl, Founder Beryl Qouture

Film and Photography – Richard Mulindwa, Movie Producer, Writer and Director

Performing Arts – Eddy Kenzo, Big Talent Ent

Journalism – Raymond Mujuni, Investigative Journalist, NBS TV

Outstanding Sports Personality – Lady Cranes

Life Time Achievement Award – William Ruto, Deputy President, Republic of Kenya

Overall Younger Achiever – Phyllis Kyomuhendo, Co-founder mSCAN