Cape Town-based carpool platform provider, UGOMYWAY, has scooped the inaugural AfricaCom 20/20 Innovation Award for 2017 at the 20th AfricaCom conference and exhibition.
The award was presented to Chris Megan, CEO and Sipho Ndimande, Operations Manager at UGOMYWAY, and was based on votes by delegates attending the continent’s largest Technology, Media and Telecommunication event last week.
On accepting the award, Chris Megan said: “We are honoured by the recognition of UGOMYWAY and our ride-sharing platform that is tackling the real-world issue of chronic traffic congestion, and to be a shining example of commerce in the peer-to-peer economy of the fourth Industrial Revolution. We are equally proud to have been referred to as the ‘Tinder of Mobility’”.
Formally launched in 2017 and gathering the support of top-tier corporates throughout Cape Town, the UGOMYWAY app now delivers the highest quality of matches between drivers and passengers for their regular day-to-day journeys. More than 80 percent of new users in Cape Town get a carpool match less than five minutes out of their way on a 21km journey. The app is now being rolled out nationally with a growing presence in Johannesburg, Pretoria and other cities throughout the country.
The AfricaCom 20/20 Arena was the centrepiece of the three-day exhibition located in the recently expanded and newly opened, Technology Arena staged in the recently launched CTICC 2. This brand-new show floor feature was dedicated to accelerating Africa’s digital transformation, featuring more than 100 technology-focused exhibitors.
Equally fitting then, that a Cape Town-based tech start-up could win this inaugural award amongst very stiff competition from across the continent.
The exhibition and conference, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, ran from November 7 to 9.