The 'ICT AWARD 2021,' a prominent award in the field of information and communication technology, has been announced among the top five in various categories. The finest 5 out of 11 distinct categories have been announced through the selection procedure of the jury committee for the sixth edition of the F1Soft ICT Award 2021. The best five in the Huawei Startup ICT Award, Product ICT Award, and Rising Star Innovation ICT Award 2021 categories were chosen through a presentation and speed dating session held last Saturday. Starting November 1, the top 5 shortlisted candidates will be required to engage in public voting (e-sewa and SMS). Likewise, the Public Choice ICT Award category has been opened for the top 10 candidates in each of the three categories already chosen. The organizers will announce the finest in the grand finale program after the jury selection, public voting, and field visit.
Duluwa Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., House of Books Pvt. Ltd., Kheti Venture Pvt. Ltd., Nirman Sathi Technovation Pvt. Ltd., and Puryau Services Pvt. Ltd. are the top five startups chosen. More than 50 ICT startup firms were submitted in the Startup ICT Award 2021 category. The best five, according to the organizers, were chosen after three rounds of selection. Bugby, IMS Distribution Management System, Mikha, Plantsat, and Sayak are among the top five products for the Product ICT Award 2021. According to the organizers, more than 40 ICT items were nominated in this category, with the top five being chosen after three rounds of selection.
Ask Mattrab, IoT-based Economic Air Purifier for the Global South, Mushoor, Open Past Paper, and Rent a Bike are among the top five ideas shortlisted for the Rising Star Innovation ICT Award 2021. More than 60 nominations were received this year in the area of Rising Star Innovation. In addition to these three categories, there are four other awards: Pioneer ICT Award, Nepali Diaspora ICT Award, Entrepreneur ICT Award, and Woman Icon ICT Award. Likewise, public and private sector organizations are sought for the Digital Education ICT Award (Public Sector), Digital Education ICT Award (Private Sector), Digital Governance ICT Award (Public Sector), and Digital Services ICT Award (Private Sector). The selection process is underway in all these categories.
According to the organizers, more than 400 nominations for the F1Soft ICT Award 2021 in Association with Genese, Powered by Huawei 2021 have been received in 11 different categories. The selection process for the remaining eight categories is still underway, according to the organizer Living with ICT. According to Mr. Razan Lamsal, the organizing committee's coordinator, a 12-member jury and 13 special advisory groups have been constituted for the best selection. The ICT Award has the support, cooperation, and participation of all individuals, organizations, and innovators in the area, according to Lamsal, because it is a significant endeavor in the development of Nepal's digital ecosystem.
The ICT AWARD, which began in 2016, have grown into a significant platform for promoting individuals, organizations, ideas, and startups working in the field of technology, according to the participants. Under the ICT Award selection process, events such as Startup and Idea Fest, Presentation and Speed Dating Session, Field Visit, and Public Voting are held. Dr. Subarna Shakya added the transparent and impartial selection process is a major success of the ICT Award. Likewise, Dr. Sunil Babu Shrestha, Vice Chancellor of NAST stated that ICT AWARD has put the major positive impact in the field of IT sector and IT industry of the country as it consists innovation, startups, and ideas with entrepreneurship.
This year's ICT Award winners will receive special recognition from Rastriya Banijya Bank, including a cash prize of Rs 1.5 million and also investment opportunities in startups and ideas from Huawei, Ncell, Nepal Telecom, E-sewa, DishHome, and other companies. F1Soft is the title sponsor of the ICT Awards 2021 and Genese as in Association and Huawei as Powered-by among the sponsors. The banking partner is Rastriya Banijya Bank, and the category sponsor is Ncell. NTA, NAST, NITC, Presidential Business School, E-Sewa, Eminence Ways, Upgrade, Dish Home, NMB Bank, Hamro Patro, Technorio, and other organizations have lent their support and collaboration to the award program.
The ICT Awards 2021 grand finale will take place on 17th of December, 2021 at The Soaltee Hotel in Kathmandu.