#ZimStartups: Zimbabwean Startup Scoops ITU Award

George Chingore, a young innovative Zimbabwean scooped  ITU 2016 accolade for excelling in providing  and promoting innovative solutions with social impact.

He collected the award for being the best innovative exhibitor within each National Pavilion at ITU Telecom Word 2016.

By TechnoMag Reporter

The ITU Telecom World Awards were open to all sponsors and exhibitors present at ITU Telecom World 2016, whether within a National or Thematic Pavilion, as an Independent Stand or SME Pod.

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe took to microblogging ste Twitter to congratulate the Harare Institute of Technology dropout.

Chingore said he was amazed for the support he got.

” Im very thankful for all the support,” he tersely said.

The initiative which ran from the 14 to the 17 of November 2016 and was held in Thailand  ran with the theme Collaborating in the digital economy with a specific focus on the key role of SMEs in the digital ecosystem .

All innovators are driven by necessity which is the mother of invention. After failing to locate an airtime vendor inside the high rise building called Joina City as they are prohibited there, Chingore rushed out of the mall where there will be a sea of airtime vendors scattered outside the building.

the award certificate
the award certificate

The Joina City scenario for Chingore came to him as a loophole that had to be filled leading to the birth of Protonix.

Pitching up his invention at the Zimbabwe ICT Innovation Fund Harare Pitch Night in September, the young man from capital narrated how his aging father would send either him or his little brother to buy airtime.

Further with his father’s failing eyesight he would be asked to punch in the scratchcard numbers as they have small font.

The young techie dropped out of the Harare Institute of Technology due to funding challenges. Seeing these airtime scratchcard flaws Chingore then figured out that the problems would be solved by an automated airtime vending machine.
The machine still in prototype stage makes life very much easier as one does not have to get their finger nails dirty from scratching the cards and the struggle of trying to figure out the little numbers on the card. More so, as this machine is supposed to be housed in shopping malls so that people wont have to go out looking for airtime vendor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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