MTN Business announced two winners of the inaugural Mind2Machine challenge at the awards ceremony that took place in Johannesburg yesterday evening.
Adroit Technologies scooped the Mind2Machine Award of the Year 2015 for its app, built on the REMOTEWORX Machine2Machine Platform. The app monitors, controls and manages a geographically distributed set of mobile and fixed generator sites by inspecting power, fuel and alarm systems of the generators.
Moses Joseph Mayimela walked away with the Breakthrough Developer of the Year award for his prototype monitoring system that allows for the tracking of perishable and non-perishable goods that are being stored in fridges and transported by vehicles over long distances. The system provides an early warning prompt to ensure that the goods arrive to their intended destinations still in good condition.
Other entries in the Mind2Machine Award of the Year included Techsolutions, K Measure, MaH Quest Enterprises (Pty) Ltd and Pi Information Technologies. Breakthrough Developer of the Year runner-ups included Marabele Enterprise and MEMT.
“We wish to congratulate the winners and runner-ups for investing their time and energy to bring solutions to everyday challenges facing the business sector. Initiatives such as Mind2Machine complement our strategic intent of driving sustainable growth and developing new opportunities to ensure the delivery of a bold new digital world,” says Alpheus Mangale, chief enterprise officer for MTN Business South Africa.
“Being a catalyst for technological change and empowerment of developer communities by connecting them with the formal economy is one of our key strategic pillars. I’m glad that this challenge enabled us to identify talented African developers, who helped create scalable and relevant business solutions that will solve real-world problems,” Mangale says.
The MTN Business Mind2Machine challenge follows the unveiling of MTN’s IoT platform, including the introduction of a global SIM card which gives customers access to the MTN Business IoT platform with the same data rate across MTN’s footprint in Africa. The global SIM also enables unprecedented control of the IoT services.
As part of the IoT platform launch, application developers from across South Africa were invited to participate in the MTN Business Mind2Machine challenge.