GTIW: Organizers launch Tech festival; unveils 28 categories

The week-long Ghana Technology and Innovation Week (GTIW) was launched in Accra on Friday, April 22.

The festival targeted at recognizing, acknowledging and promoting excellence in mainstream technology solutions and innovation space was outdoored in the presence of key players, stakeholders, corporate entities and the media.

The main event is scheduled for June 23rd to 25th.

The keenly contested 28-list categories will recognize Tech leaders, Tech enthusiasts, Tech influencers, Tech professionals, Tech entrepreneurs, Tech Institutions, Innovators and Corporate organizations.

The Executive Director of the Center for Human Security and Peace, Adib Saani who doubles as the Chairman of the Board of Jury believes the event will improve productivity amongst the youth in the face of massive unemployment while it solves a myriad of problems affecting the country.

“Tech gives us endless opportunities to aspire to greater heights. This event is meant to encourage tech, promote conversations, not just reward but solve loads of socio-economic issues we’ve had to contend with as a country,” Mr. Saani said.

“We need to make our youth population productive especially in the wake of massive unemployment with a lot of young people leaving school and not having anything to do,” he added.

He also hailed the Vice President’s efforts to digitalize the economy by introducing a system whose foundations are tech-driven.

“The Vice Presidents effort to digitalize the economy has been progressive. I mean, we have seen recently at an event in the Central Region that the Vice President launched an E-travel card,” he said.

He continued: “This means that before a government functionary travels out of the country, all information will be loaded onto the card. It ensures accountability so people won’t travel and not account for the money they have spent.

“For years, we have also seen a lot of reforms in the public sector especially with the introduction of the Ghana Integrated Financial Information Management System (GIFIMS) which is an IT based accounting system that tracks all government expenditure even at the very decentralized level.
This promoted accountability, promotes democracy and ensure people don’t engage in acts that’s inimical to the state. As far as I am concerned, it’s been good but there is still a lot to be done moving forward,” he concluded.

Below is the list of unveiled categories:

 Digital Entertainer of the year
 Digital Entertainment platform of the year
 Digital Media Company of the year
 Tech CXO of the year
 Health Care Platform of the year
 Most Innovative Research Lab Company of the year
 Tech and Innovation Lab/Hub of the year
 Consumer Technology Retail Company of the year
 Digital Product of the year
 Automobile Company of the year
 Logistics Tech Company of the year
 Tech Deployment of the year – Extraction sector
 Tech Deployment of the year – Manufacturing sector
 IOT Deploying of the year
 Educational Technology Company of the year
 Energy Solutions Innovator of the year
 Water Processing Company of the year
 Green Tech Company of the year
 Telecommunications Company of the year
 E-commerce Platform of the year
 Woman of Excellence in Tech
 AI Innovation of the year
 Tech Security Company of the year
 Smart Banking Tech Solution of the year
 Business Process Automation System of the year
 Tech Champion of the year
 Hall of Fame awards

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GTIW To Be Launched in April 2022

Gabriel Herman, the founder of the Ghana Technology and Innovation Week (GTIW) believes the festival targeted at recognizing, acknowledging, and promoting excellence in mainstream technology solutions and innovations space will also be the key catalyst to uniting Ghana’s tech ecosystem.

He made this known in a statement made available to the press ahead of the media launch of the week-long event on Friday, April 22 at the Rooftop of Electroland Ghana – off the ring road central in Accra.

According to him, the tech space in Ghana and the continent needs more collaborators to thrive while he called on players in the ecosystem to join hands in driving the technology and innovation to an appreciable level.

“We are expecting Ghana’s Tech and Innovation space to grow. We are expecting more collaborators and partnerships in Ghana and Africa as a whole to see how best we can push the ecosystem. And to achieve this, we call on tech leaders, tech professionals, tech enthusiasts to come on board to make this a grand event.”

While GTIW is considered the first-ever tech-driven festival in some quarters, Emmaline Datey, C.E.O of Impact Concept and Solutions Africa (ICS Africa), the official event partner reckons that the GTIW “has been carefully planned to positioned to create a lasting solution in the science, tech and innovation space of Ghana,” adding that “It is an avenue to create and inspire excellence in the technology and innovation space.”

“In 5 years this event will be a global event that will be the pedestal for policymaking, talent, and business development, as well as promote investor confidence in our tech and innovation ecosystem,” she concluded.

GTIW, the first-ever premium world of technology event organized by BlaqOrigin MMP Limited and Tech TV will recognize Tech leaders, Tech enthusiasts, Tech influencers, Tech professionals, Tech entrepreneurs, Tech Institutions, and Innovators and Corporate organizations.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), lauded the initiative as he noted that the festival will fit perfectly into the government’s ten-year plan to ensure Ghana ranks top amongst nations with extensive technological advancement.

He made the assertion during a visit by members of the team on Wednesday, April 6.

He further assured of the support from his ministry towards the success of the festival.

Partners for the maiden edition are 2pi real intelligence, Enclave Africa system, Africa Global Radio, Cyclone Eagles, TechChef, Digital Times and Avance Media. Pulse Ghana and Ghanaweb are the official media partners.

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