The organisers of ICT Awards 2020 announced the best five of the four genres through a virtual program on October 20. This year, online nominations for the ICT Awards in 11 different categories were announced. In other categories, various stages of selection process are underway. The 14-member jury selected the top five in the Start-up ICT Award, Product ICT Award, Innovation Driven Crisis Response ICT Award and Rising Student ICT Award 2020 in the third round of selection process. More than 200 online applications were received in these four categories this year. Chief Jury Coordinator Hempal Shrestha said that the nomination for the ICT Award 2020 was very enthusiastic and the competition was high.
Among the top five successful startup companies under the Start-up ICT Award 2020 are Biz Hub I.T. Services, CryptoGen Nepal, Genius Systems, Jeeve Health and Nep Meds. In Product ICT Award 2020, CPFDS, Fuse Classroom, Genius IPTV, Jeeve and NyanoNani are in the top five. Under the Innovation Driven Crisis Response ICT Award 2020 are Covid 19 Pneumonia Detection Using Deep Learning and Neural Network, Go Corona- Nurse Robot, Paaila Emergency Resuscitator, Sister Robot and Thermographic Camera. The top five projects under the Rising Student ICT Award 2020 are 3D printing with recycled plastic, Baala: From Waste to Wealth, Sanchai Chhau, Smart Blind Man Stick and Smart Ghar.
The nominees in the four different categories were shortlisted in the first round. A 14-member jury then selected the best 12. The top 12 participated in a virtual presentation and speed round in front of the jury members. Those who made it to the top five in four different categories will now have to participate in public voting. Chairman of the organizing committee Rajan Lamsal said that public voting has been conducted from October 21 and can be done through SMS, email and payment partner eSewa.
According to the organizers, more than 350 online applications were received for the fifth edition of the ICT Awards 2020 for 11 categories. The jury committee has stated that the best 7 will be selected from the other 7 categories then the selection of the best 3 will be done. The grand finale of the ICT Awards 2020 will be held in December.