Airtime exchange app wins regional innovation award

The app is highly rated for the ease  in presents for movement across networks through services  allowing exchange of airtime form one network to another.

Team Chura has emerged winner of the Sub- Saharan Ericsson Innovation Awards. The Kenyan youngsters' app allows subscribers to switch, buy and cash airtime across networks in a multi- sim environment.

Customers are also allowed to trade in airtime for cash, and presents opportunities for the distribution of airtime to multiple phone numbers on  Kenyan networks.

Chura takes home $10,000 after beating off strong competition from runners-up Guavay, an undergraduate team from Tanzania and third-placed P.O.I Information Technology Services, a small enterprise in Ethiopia. The jury motivated their choice by saying:

"Team Chura's app brings a number of services that address regional challenges, including speed, reliability and coverage. The App shows a strong business potential and creatively addressing the theme "Future of City Life".


Open to students and start-ups from across the region, teams that entered the EIA competition for sub-Saharan Africa were asked to develop ideas that use ICT to improve the quality of urban life.

Each entrant was required to come up with an innovative idea, a business plan and a description of why it should be chosen as winner.


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