KATHMANDU: The best five in three different categories have been announced for this year under the most prestigious ICT Award programme in the technology sector.
The top five finalists of ICT Award 2023 in three different categories — Startup, Product and Rising Star Innovation — were announced on Wednesday based on the selection of 14 jury members.
Among the top five startups are Bhojmandu Food, Diyo A.I Technology, GG Corporation (Happy Minds), Rasan Technologies and Yarsa Tech. Similarly, the best five products under the Product ICT Award are Digi Buzz, Fast Banking, Money Mitra, QuickRPA and Yatri P1. Blanxer, Dreshion, Drishya, Intern Sathi and Prasta Nepali are among the top five successful innovations under the Rising Star Innovation category.
More than 200 nominations were received in these three categories of ICT Award 2023. The best 12 startups, 13 rising stars and 14 products participated in the startup and idea fest held in Kathmandu on October 6 and 7 and exhibited their products and startups. Likewise, they also participated in the presentation and speed dating during the grand jury session held on October 14. According to the organisers, a special television show will be broadcast on Kantipur Television about their presentation, idea and startup.
The best five selected in three different categories will participate in the public voting that will be conducted after some time, while the jury committee will also visit the office in categories such as start-ups. Razan Lamsal: Chairman of the organising committee said that the winner will be specially honoured at the grand finale programme to be held on December 22.
Similarly, the selection process for other individual and institutional award categories under the ICT Award 2023 is also ongoing. The second stage selection process is underway for the categories including Professional Excellence, Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Woman Icon and Nepali Diaspora ICT Award. Similarly, the first stage selection process is being conducted in the categories including Digital Education, Digital Governance and Digital Services category.
The organiser has informed that the nomination period for the South Asia Startup Award category has ended, and the screening is underway. More than 60 nominations have been received from six different countries for the South Asia Startup Award. There are jury members from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for the best selection in this category.
Living with ICT has been organising the ICT Award programme since 2016 A.D. This year, the 8th edition of the ICT Award received more than 550 online nominations in 13 categories. For the selection, there are 14 expert jury members and 13 expert advisory committees.
A television show will also be conducted along with over 25 jury meetings for the selection process and more than10 pre-event campaigns for the promotion. In this award programme; the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology; the Government of Nepal, Information Technology Department, Nepal Telecommunications Authority, NAST, FNCCI, NAS- IT and other organisations have also collaborated.