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Photo: FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2018
Biscate, a UX Information Technologies’ service, won a High Commendation last week, in London, during the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards. The distinction was attributed by the Financial Times, a business and economic news organisation, and by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank affiliate, focused on the global development of the private sector in developing countries.
During the awards, Biscate (biscate.co.mz) competed for the “Achievement in Sustainable Development: Education, Knowledge and Skills” category, and was distinguished for using inclusive technology to connect informal workers to clients.
According to Frederico P. Silva, co-founder of UX, this distinction emphasises Biscate’s international recognition and elevates it to a level of high prestige, mainly because it has been attributed by two renowned entities.
The competition had a total of 189 entries from 278 organizations and involved projects from more than 126 countries, from different corners of the world.
In addition to Biscate, other projects also deserved prominence at the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards. Andela, a Kenya-based project with a mission to build a network of technology leaders in the African continent and bridge the supply and demand gap between Africa and the US respectively, won first place in the “Education, Knowledge & Skills” category. Capital House EcoHome Phuc Loi earned a distinction in the “Transformational Infrastructure: Green Buildings” category. Logistimo won the “Achievement in Sustainable Development: Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention” award.
In line with the awards, the fifth edition of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference was also held, focusing on the crucial role that the private sector must play in achieving the climate change goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The conference was chaired by senior Financial Times journalists, who helped to analyse how technological innovation is driving economic and social transformation in the developing world, as well as the next stage of the digital financial revolution.
Biscate is a public service that allows handyman and other temporary workers in Mozambique to register their services through a USSD shortcode, *777#, using non-internet-enabled mobile phones. These services become available on the website or mobile application (biscate.co.mz), where clients search, select, contact and evaluate (once the work is done) the workers registered on the platform. This is a UX Information Technologies’ service, developed within the scope of its mission to create products and services for social impact through technology. Biscate is only available to Vodacom users, as it has an exclusive partnership with Vodacom Mozambique.