The annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards took a bit of a different format this year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still spreading around the world, this year’s awards took place virtually.

“Since its inception, the MTN Business App of the Year Awards has remained a highlight on the annual ICT calendar. It has unleashed apps that are now household names and provide services to millions of South Africans. They have impacted positively on virtually all aspects of life from financial services, to healthcare and education,” said head of marketing at MTN SA Business, Kholo Magagane.

The overall winner of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards was EasyEquities. EasyEquities makes investing easier and more accessible through its app.

The app also won out in the Best Consumer Solution category and walks away with a grand prize of a trip to a tech-related destination worth R200 000.

The winners in each of the categories are listed below.

  • Best Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics): Examsta
    The first SA learning platform to focus on content-heavy subjects like Geography and Life Sciences, cutting across the South Africa national curriculum and IEB curriculum. It enables learners to progress using gamification.
  • Best Enterprise Solution: Checkers Sixty60
    In less than 12 months, this online shopping app has become a household name thanks to its hyper-convenience and speed of delivery. It allows a team of in-store shoppers to simply scan each product displayed on the screen’s device to complete the customer’s order. The app facilitates thousands of orders every day.
  • Best Incubated Solution: Technishen
    An on-demand mobile platform where businesses and households can request support from a variety of technicians, ranging from IT support, electrical installation and maintenance, auto mechanics or plumbing services. The app uses geo-location to find a supplier within a 10 km radius.
  • Most Innovative Solution: BirdPro
    The ultimate app for avid birdwatchers in SA, BirdPro provides users with the most sophisticated identification tool on the market. It can identify over 6,500 birds and includes more than 1,700 clear bird calls. Names of birds are available in all SA languages, as well as German, French and Portuguese.
  • Best Health Solution: Lexie Hearing
    This app allows customers who have purchased a pair of Bluetooth Lexie hearing aids to customise their unique hearing profiles. A two-minute, clinically validated hearing check on the app automatically programmes the hearing aids based on results. It includes an easy-to-use, animated, step-by-step instruction guide.
  • Best Gaming Solution: League of Legends Augmented Rift
    An augmented reality game where a character appears and casts a spell or attacks another character and solves a puzzle. This turn-based, player vs. player game features vivid animation and sees bigger impact as harder puzzles are solved.
  • Best Agricultural Solution: GreenFingers Mobile
    This app replaces ‘pen and paper’ and agroforestry management systems, enabling the digital management and finance of smallholder farmers, in various value chains, at scale. At its core, the platform allows field officers to collect farmer, household and transactional data. Its reforestation tracking tool incentivises farmers to plant trees and allows funders to invest directly into outcomes-based reforestation projects.
  • Best Educational Solution: Xitsonga Dictionary
    This solution provides users with thousands of words translated from Xitsonga to English in a fun and intuitive way. See something and need to know what it’s called in Xitsonga? Simply take a picture using the Xitsonga vision feature. The app also shares the wisdom of the Vatsonga people by providing access to proverbs and idioms.
  • Best Financial Solution: StokFella
    Informal savings and loans clubs, or stokvels, have a following of over 11 million members – this is an industry worth over R50 billion. StokFella enables stokvels to manage, consolidate, communicate, visualise and analyse their stokvel activity financials and any other related stokvel matters.
  • Best ‘South African’ App: Bottles
    While the Bottles app started out as a service for the delivery of alcoholic beverages, 2020 saw the app evolving to also deliver grocery items. In partnership with Pick n Pay, the app offers same-day and next-day deliveries. Users can browse through more than 5,000 products, all at in-store pricing.

All of the above winners receive a share of a R100 000 prize pool.

MTN Business App Academy awards

This year the awards also introduced the MTN Business App Academy.

Here aspiring developers participated in a six week coding programme which culminated in a 72 hour hackathon.

The winners from the hackathon were:

  • Best Breakthough Solution: Matric Live
  • Best Youth App: Guardian Health

Finally the People’s Choice Award went to Checkers Sixty60.

Congratulations to all of the winners.