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FillYaTank app tops 40 Nigerian winners @WSA 2016

Nigeria’s FillYaTank Mobile Application has been pronounced top 40 winners in the 2016 United Nations (UN’s) World Summit Award, showcasing the world’s best practices in digital innovation, reports ITRealms.

FillYaTank, ITRealms gathered, is a mobile app developed and produced by a Port Harcourt-based Uchechukwu Anderson Dim.

ITRealms also reports that FillYaTank Mobile Application which is available on IOS and Android platforms respectively via crowdsourcing application, and built to assist end-users save money and time buying Petroleum products (Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene and Gas). 

Confirming this to ITRealms, the Eminent National Expert to UN World Summit Award for Nigeria and Chief Software Architect at Programos, Mr. Amos Emmanuel, said that with FillYaTank mobile application users could build a community that help each other save money and time on petroleum product by reporting prices and availability. 

FillYaTank, he said, offers a game of “Spotting” which entail reporting prices and availability of petrol, diesel, Kerosene or Gas when one is buying in a filling station, passing a filling station going about their daily activity or a filling station they may live close to and earn points while doing so. 

Also, Amos said that the WSA winners were selected by a Jury of international Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts in two democratic rounds, where each UN Member State is eligible to nominate one product per category for the World Summit Award.
“This way, any nomination results from a national pre-selection prior to the international WSA Jury and guarantees a fair and democratic process,” he said.

Stressing that there are some eight (8) categories under evaluation in WSA including Business & Commerce, Government & Citizen Engagement, Learning & Education, Environment & Green Energy, Tourism & Culture, Smart Settlements & Urbanization, Health & Well Being, Inclusion & Empowerment.

According to him, well-meaning Nigerian innovators and promoters of high-impact innovation could seek to be added to the Facebook forum for WSA Nigeria.   

Further, Amos said that Africa's chance was really tight at the global competition given that only Nigeria's National Nominees FillYaTank (Business & Commerce), ScholarX (Learning & Education), RedBank (Health & Wellbeing), and Law Pavilion (Government & Citizen Engagement) mobile apps along with Tunisia’s (3 products) and South Africa’s (4 products) were the african countries with products shortlisted into the grand jury final round.

To improve and sustain Nigeria and indeed Africa's size and quality of innovation product participation in future WSA editions, the President, Programos Foundation, Nigeria, Amos, has initiated 2 major networks: first, a network of WSA Nigeria state-representatives and a continental country-expert platform SmartAfrican Innovation Network in some reality hub tagged BigBrotherICTinnovation.

ITRealms recalled that the World Summit Award is a global initiative within the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). WSA is the only ICT event worldwide, that reaches the mobile community in over 178 countries. WSA highlights digital content improving society and focuses on local content with global relevance. The conducts of the pre-selection at country level rest with a widely recognised network of voluntary eminent country experts.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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