Telkom has announced the launch of the Telkom Transformation and Innovation Awards, set to take place on the 14th of November 2023. This event marks the beginning of an annual celebration, recognising Telkom's pivotal role in supporting technology-driven start-ups within the South African ecosystem.
The Telkom Transformation and Innovation Awards will serve as a platform to showcase the exceptional achievements of Telkom's Enterprise and Supplier Development Programmes, spotlighting the impact of these initiatives on the local business ecosystem. Through these awards, Telkom seeks to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of its internal Transformation ambassadors, who champion the Transformation & Innovation agenda across various business units, driving positive change within Telkom.
Dr Mmaki Jantjies, Group Executive for the Innovation and Transformation Office at Telkom, said "One cannot emphasise enough, the importance of platforms such as these awards that celebrate our nation's innovators and the remarkable achievements of innovation contributors towards crafting and building a future-proof and future-ready tech-enabled South Africa."
Telkom is committed to advancing innovation in South Africa and recognises the vital role innovation plays in driving economic growth and development. These awards aim to celebrate our nation's innovators and inspire future generations to continue their efforts in pushing the boundaries of technology and transformation.
The awards ceremony will comprise three segments, each dedicated to honouring different facets of innovation and transformation within Telkom and its extended ecosystem:
Segment 1 - Enterprise Development
• AI Innovation of the Year
• Ecommerce Innovation of the Year
• EdTech Innovation of the Year
• FinTech Innovation of the Year
• HealthTech Innovation of the Year
Segment 2 - Supplier Development
• Top Performance Award
• Most Jobs Created
• Resilience Award
• Openserve – People’s Choice Awards
• Consumer Small Business – People’s Choice Awards
• Gyro – People’s Choice Awards
Segment 3 - Telkom Transformation Ambassadors and Ecosystem Partners
• Tech Woman of the Year
• Tech for Good Award
• Tech Trailblazer of the Year
• Recognition for all internal Telkom Transformation Ambassadors
• Partner Awards for strategic ecosystem partners
“We look forward to celebrating South African innovators and their invaluable contributions”, Dr Jantjies said.