In a landscape where innovation is the heartbeat of progress, these innovations underscore the dynamic evolution of digital innovation across various sectors in South Africa.
As our society and businesses continue to embrace digital transformation, we are witnessing, through the BCX DIA, ground-breaking solutions that not only drive revenue but also champion social access, the awards add.
“This year, the calibre of innovation we’ve witnessed is inspiring. From a pool of 125 remarkable applicants, we’ve carefully handpicked the nine finalists who have left us in sheer amazement,” says Siyabulela Mpahlwa, chief commercial officer and innovation sponsor at BCX.
The three categories include the Corporate and Public Sectors, and Small and Medium Enterprise — each of which boasts three nominees per category.
The shortlist of the top three nominees in each category is as follows:
Public Sector finalists
- SARS improved its services with an auto-assessment for personal income tax.
- The Joburg Public Library created a mobile eLearning platform to increase reading skills and literacy.
- eThekwini created a data hub for digitisation, automation and data visualisation, improving the city’s operational efficiencies while improving service delivery to citizens.
Corporate Sector finalists
- ABSA (customer engagement) presented Data Analytics Predictive Modelling, a cutting-edge approach to hyper-personalised offers for customers, improving customer engagement and experience.
- Afrika Tikkun created a free-to-use online learning platform, offering internationally recognised Microsoft certifications through a low-bandwidth data consumption model.
- Netcare Heal improved its records management with an electronic medical record system.
SME Sector finalists
- CareConnect Health Information Exchange enhanced healthcare through a digitally-enabled healthcare system through the Health Information Exchange.
- Medsol AI Solutions developed a tool for the AI detection of breast cancer through wireless ultrasound probes in rural South Africa.
- Momint leveraged blockchain technology for crowd-sourcing investments in solar power.
The impact of these innovations is far-reaching. Our society now enjoys easier access to essential services, while businesses and governments benefit from increased operational efficiency, all thanks to digital innovation, say the awards.
The awards add that the pace of digital innovation in South Africa has accelerated significantly, showcasing the extraordinary efforts of corporations, SMEs and the public sector in adopting technology to tackle common challenges.
“BCX congratulates the nominees for making it to this round, and we wish the very best in the final selection,” concludes Mpahlwa.
The winners of the awards will be announced at the Sunday Times Top 100 event, where our nominees will be showcased to captains of industry.