The first, exclusive, dedicated mobile money awards for Africa will feature five award categories. The shortlist of nominees will be announced before the event, with the winners declared on the night itself.
The five award categories are:
1. Best Financial Inclusion Service 2013
This Award recognises a current mobile financial service that has brought about tangible socio-economic improvement, and made a real difference to the unbanked in Africa through greater financial inclusion. It could be from a bank, telecommunications service provider, solutions vendor, or other financial institution.
2. Best Mobile Money Application Award
Understanding what functionality customers require in a mobile financial service is tantamount to success. The winner of 2013’s best mobile money app Award will be a financial institution, MNO or app developer – either on feature phones, smartphones, or web based - that demonstrates a current, innovative and consumer-centric mobile money app in Africa.
3. Mobile Banking Service of the Year
This category recognizes an outstanding mobile banking initiative from a financial institution in Africa over the past year.
4. Best Mobile Money Platform for Africa
This category is an opportunity for platform providers to shine, and will recognise a quality solution being used in Africa over this past year.
5. Best Retail Initiative Award 2013
With mCommerce gaining importance and innovations taking place to facilitate wider use of mWallets, this Award recognises the best retail initiative in Africa relating to mobile money in the past year.
The awards are open to mobile operators, financial institutions, solutions providers, retailers, app developers, NGOs and 3rd party operators.