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ICT Award is being held every year in Nepal since 2016. Furthermore, it is currently the biggest tech award in Nepal. The main aim of this ceremony is to celebrate national excellence in the disciple of IT sectors in the country. This time around, Huawei was the title sponsor of the ceremony thereby making it Huawei ICT Award 2020. Find the details about the ICT award 2020 event and the list of winners below.
Huawei ICT Awards 2020 Grand Finale was held successfully on 26th December 2020 at Soaltee Crown Plaza, Kathmandu. Similarly, the ceremony aired live on Himalayan HD, Dish Home, Hamro Patro, as well as on ICT Award’s Official Facebook and Instagram Page.
The prestigious award ceremony honored winners of a total of 12 Different Categories. However, the ceremony was organized with limited participation of contestants as well as guests whilst keeping the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic in mind.
Apart from title sponsor Huawei Nepal, the event supported by Nepal Telecom as well as Genese Solution. Furthermore, it was endorsed by the Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) and powered by Fonepay.
Honorable Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Prabat Gurung, Former Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ganesh Shah, MoCIT’s Secretary, Mr. Hari Bashyal as well as many other special guests made the award ceremony more alluring.
Furthermore, Mr. Prabat Gurung said, “We all need to formulate strategies and framework, as well as all the sectors including private and public needs to work together to build, grow and develop ICT sector.” He followed by saying “The Government of Nepal wants to expand the technology thereby making the Digital Nepal campaign a true success by creating a roster of technology experts.”
Similarly, Mr. Ganesh Shah said, “The Government of Nepal has already passed the framework for Digital Nepal, as well as an event like ICT Awards, is a very good platform as a step towards accomplishing that goal.” Nevertheless, Mr. Hari Bashyal expressed his gratitude towards organizing such award ceremonies as well as to participants for their sheer effort to contribute to the ICT sector of Nepal.
The Huawei ICT Awards 2020 was presented in 12 different categories this year. Similarly, this around, the event received more than 350 online nominations and then got selected through different phases from jury advisors. Furthermore, Huawei ICT Awards 2020 had 14 jury members as well as 14 Jury advisors.
Categories like Startup ICT Awards, Rising Student ICT Awards, Product ICT Awards as well as Ncell Innovation ICT Awards were announced after being selected in various categories. Similarly, winners of Digital Education, Entrepreneur ICT Award, Digital Governance ICT Awards Pioneer ICT Award, Nepal Diaspora ICT Award, Media Person ICT Award, as well as Woman Icon ICT Award were announced.
The jury and advisory committee, as well as the organizing committee, have worked tremendously to make the event a success. Furthermore, the event received three times more nominations for the award than last year. Four months were spent just on the selection process as well as more than 25 jury meetings were held.
However, most of the jury meetings were conducted virtually by using means of information technology to its potential. Furthermore, jury coordinator Mr. Sushil Pokharel said, “This is the first time in Nepal that technology has been used to make the selection process fair, transparent as well as credible, and it’s exemplary for all.”
The winners of all 12 different categories in Huawei ICT Awards 2020 are listed below. Some of the categories like Startup, Product, Rising Student and Innovation ICT Award also went through the online voting for the best nominations announced.
|Huawei ICT Awards 2020 Category||Winners|
|Startup ICT Awards||Cryptogen Nepal Pvt. Ltd|
|Product ICT Award||CPFDS and KYC Management|
|Rising Student ICT Award||Sanchai Chau|
|Ncell Innovation ICT Award||Paaila Emergency Resuscitator|
|Digital Education Award||Budhanilkantha School|
|Digital Governance ICT Award||Inland Revenue Department|
|Pioneer ICT Award||Nilkantha Uprety|
|Entrepreneur ICT Award||Binay Bohora|
|Nepali Diaspora ICT Award||Gaurav Raj Upadhaya|
|Women Icon ICT Award||Timilia Yami Thapa|
|Media Person ICT Award||Kiran Acharya|
|Jury Mention ICT Award||Hamro Swasthya|
Nonetheless, some notable winners attracted huge applause and prizes. Cryptogen Nepal Pvt. Ltd. won the Startup ICT Award. Their work regarding information security and helping many companies to equip themselves with cybersecurity helped them to achieve this award. Similarly, CPFDS and KYC management won the Product ICT Award for their Anti Money Laundering Solution. Furthermore, 18 banks and financial institutions in Nepal use this solution.
Sanchai Chau won the Rising Student Award as they developed a health consulting app to improve the daily lifestyle of an individual. Paaila Emergency Resuscitator won Ncell Innovation Driven Crisis Response Awards because they brought innovation in the Nepal market that provided critical ventilators to hospitals during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Mrs. Timila Yami Thapa won the Woman ICT Award which is brand new category, added this year. Furthermore, she kindly requested the Government of Nepal to invest in education as well as on giving loans and also focused on the importance of ICT by saying that an investment of Rs.1 can generate millions.
Huawei received good remarks from the special guest as well as the participants for being the event’s main sponsor. Mr. Ganesh Shah showed generous appreciation to Huawei Nepal for their dedication to contribute to the ICT sector of Nepal for more than 20 years now.
Similarly, Mr. Hari Banshyal thanked Huawei Nepal for helping to make the event a success that can contribute to building technologies to improve the ICT sector. Furthermore, Mr. Prabat Gurung awarded Huawei Nepal with a special token for supporting the event and the ICT sector of Nepal.
CEO of Huawei Nepal, Mr. Willian Zhang shared the delight to collaborate with ICT Award. He expressed his gladness in honoring the best ones in the ICT sector as well as in strengthening the technology sector of Nepal. Furthermore, he even expressed Huawei Nepal’s commitment to bringing digital to Nepal along with all ICT stakeholders as well as making everyone in Nepal benefit from the digital world.
All the winners of the Huawei ICT Awards 2020 Grand Finale will receive special honors, shield, and more. Furthermore, this year’s winners of Startup ICT Award, Product ICT Award, Rising Student ICT Award as well as Innovation Driven Crisis Response ICT Award 2020 can enjoy the opportunity to get concessional loan facility up to Rs. 5 million under the Startup Fund of Government of Nepal.
Furthermore, banking partner Rastriya Banijya Bank will provide unauthorized concessional facility up to Rs. 1 million. Moreover, the Innovation-Driven Crisis Response ICT Award winner will receive special prize money of Rs. 300,000 through Ncell. Similarly, Nepal Telecom will provide high-speed fiber to the home service to all the winners for one year. Huawei Nepal will provide free Huawei Cloud Services to the Top 5 as well as Genesis Solutions will provide the winners with Amazon web hosting service worth USD. 5,000.
eSewa will also help all the winners by helping the best in their business integration as well as promoting free of cost. Eminence Wise, a Cybersecurity partner will provide all the necessary support packages for cybersecurity. Furthermore, the winners will receive other additional services and facilities as well.
Tell us what do you think of the ICT Award 2020 and the Winners which contributed to the development of the ICT sector in Nepal.