African ICT Achievers finalist

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You might recall that Your Web AddiCT was african ict achieversnominated for the African ICT Achievers awards again this year. While waiting for the traffic to subside at the QuirkStation, I popped open Gmail….

Dear African ICT Achievers Participant

Congratulations, you have been chosen as a African ICT Achievers Finalist in the following category : Top ICT Youth Innovator

Face-to-Face Adjudication will take place from 8 -12 October 2007, at ForgeAhead offices in Rivonia, Johannesburg, South Africa. Finalists who cannot attend the face-to-face interviews will have video- or telephonic conferencing with judges. At the interview sessions, the marketing department of ForgeAhead will conduct video interviews with all finalists for media purposes. Please ensure that you are available after your interview for the video interviews. A photographer will be at the interviews to take your photograph for the Commemorative Publication. All finalists profiles will be published in the Commemorative Publication. Please note if you will do a video- or telephonic interview you must supply ForgeAhead with a Hi-Res Photograph of yourself.

What a way to end a Friday. Will be doing an interview with the judges again later this month that will determine the winner.

KPMG, official Auditors, and ForgeAhead Research Department might do follow-ups on information. Finalists will be announced to the media at the Finalist Breakfast on 16 November 2007. At this event, certificates signed by the Minister of the Department of Communications will be handed over to all finalists. ForgeAhead will invite all finalists to the event. Winners will be announced at the Banquet in November 2007. All finalists will receive formal invitations to the banquet. A trophy and certificate will be handed over by the sponsors of the category at the banquet. The Gala Banquet will take place 17 November 2007 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pretty excited about this I am. If you take a look at the bold section in the above quoted paragraph. Announced to the media? How do you do that if we are the media? Think I’ll be twittering the entire event from my mobile phone. So heres a first for the African blogosphere: First signs of the finalists of the African ICT Achievers awards published on a blog (this one) and the first place the winners will be published will be on a micro-blogging platform (start following me on twitter here), live from the African ICT Achievers awards.

Announced to the media? Say hello new media. Hows that for innovation?

If you’ve received a similar email and have been selected as a finalist at the African ICT Achievers awards. Please post a comment below. It’d be great to connect before hand, even if only via email. Don’t you find that breaking the ice here is far more comfortable than on the day of the Gala Event? Worked very well before TEDglobal2007.

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