About BASIS National ICT Awards

BASIS National ICT Awards is an annual and copyright program of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and organizing since 2017. The objective of the BASIS National ICT Awards is to provide recognition to outstanding achievements of individuals, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and organizations with operations in Bangladesh who have contributed to the development of the Digital Bangladesh initiatives or in building applications and services for the benefit of Bangladesh. It recognizes creativity, innovation, and excellence in Bangladesh ICT.

This annual Awards program also provides an opportunity and an ideal environment for individuals and companies to gain local, regional and international exposure through on-going promotional activities, and through participation at the international Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards).
Winners of the BASIS National ICT Awards will represent Bangladesh at the annual International APICTA Awards.

Objectives & Benefits of the Program

• Stimulate innovation and creativity.
• Provide a platform for benchmarking of innovations in the industry to ensure the best are produced.
• Provide recognition for the ICT achievers.
• Opportunity for Winners to represent Bangladesh in international awards.
• Provide a platform to export winning ICT products and services.
• Provide networking opportunities for participants.
• Encourage strategic business alliances and cooperation among participants.
• Provide exposure for participating companies to investment opportunities, venture capitalists and investors.
• Create a bigger pool of knowledge workers essential for the development of the ICT industry.
• Increase community awareness of the Digital Bangladesh and of the development in the ICT industry.
• Assist in narrowing the digital divide.

Program Plan

The project hunting will be started from July 2018 through a Press Conference. After collecting the primary submission, a preliminary short list will be made and later final submission will be requested to the shortlisted applicants. Then Final shortlist will be invited for Pitching and Judging session. There is a plan to arrange 4 days long Pitching & judging session which will be closely monitored by the convener and the related management team. There are 6 Head categories including students categories and apart that there are also have 2 Cross categories and 3 Technical Categories too. There are total 105 Awards are planned for winner, 1st and 2nd Runner- up including certifications. Winner team will be nominated into APICTA Awards 2018 as per the guideline of APICTA which is name as ICT Oscar.

About Judges

BASIS National ICT Awards is an annual and copyright program of BASIS which is started organizing since 2017. Based on last years’ experience, BASIS Board has planned to engage an experience team of Judges from different area like- Academic, IT/ITES Sector, Research and Development, Bank/Finance, Startup etc.

5 Head Categories

Head Category Long Descriptor Short Descriptor Solution Categories
Consumer (HC-C)
For projects, products and services that targets or empowers consumer choice or engagement across all markets, including: Retail; Media; Entertainment; Arts and Culture; Gaming; Tourism; Banking, Insurance & Finance (retail); Real estate (retail). Consumer focused industries are fast moving and highly competitive. Digital innovation enables economic participants to respond rapidly to market requirements, bypassing limitations including, for example, production and logistics.
For projects that target consumers across all markets.
• Media & Entertainment • Tourism & Hospitality • Retail and Distribution • Banking, Insurance & Finance • Real estate • Digital Marketing / Advertising
Inclusions & Community Services (HC-IC)
For projects, products and services that target niche markets in order to break down the barriers that prevent some members of the community from fully participating in (and contributing to) society. Innovations may be from: Urban, Rural and Remote Services; Indigenous services, eLearning & education; Health and Wellbeing; Sustainability and Environment; NGOs; Disability Sector; Sport.
For projects that target niche markets in order to break down the barriers that prevent some members of the community from fully participating in (and contributing to) society.
• Regional, Rural and Remote Services • Indigenous Services • Health and Wellbeing • Community Services • Sustainability and Environment • Education
Industrial (HC-I)
For solutions that deliver automation through the integration of systems, technologies and processes for the following sectors includes but not limited to: Agriculture; Mining; Oil & Gas; Energy; Manufacturing; Construction; Transport; Logistics; Utilities. Industrial activity is focused on next generation improvement, supporting the development and competitiveness of the marketplace. Digital productivity is core to optimizing processes, reducing costs and to developing new product offerings.
For solutions that deliver automation through the integration of systems, technologies and processes in the commodities sector.
For solutions that deliver automation through the integration of systems, technologies and processes in the commodities sector.

Category

Head Category Long Descriptor Short Descriptor Solution Categories
Business Services (HC-BS)
For solutions that drive and deliver business solutions with high levels of productivity and competitiveness. These may be solutions that deliver cross industry functions Innovations may be from: Banking; Finance; Legal; Accounting; Architecture; HR; Administrative Services & Professional Services sectors.
For solutions that drive businesses to function more productively and competitively.
• Finance & Accounting solutions (Fintech) • ICT Services solutions • Security solutions • Marketing solutions • Professional Services (legal, HR etc.) solutions
Public Sector and Government (HC-PSG)
For services the core value of which is to deliver the digitization of citizen services and improve efficiencies in the machinery of government. Solutions will be developed by all levels of government or government in collaboration with industry partners. Only nominations from Government owned or controlled entities or Government led delivered can apply. This Award is presented for outstanding ICT innovation dedicated to delivering improved government service delivery or other Digital initiatives for the public.
For services that deliver the digitization and improvement of citizen services and to improve efficiencies in the machinery of government.
• Government & Citizen Services • Digital Government

Students’ School Project (3 Categories)

Streams Descriptor
Junior Students (HC-JS)
For the most outstanding Digital project undertaken by a student or group of students who are studying up to/including grade 9. Generally, refers to ICT projects by students involved in formal education prior to entering a tertiary institution, for example a university. While this category is generally aimed at secondary school (junior) student projects, entries from primary schools are not excluded, though it should be made clear to the primary school students that the same judging standards and criteria are applied equally to both primary and secondary school projects.
Senior Students (HC-SS)
For the most outstanding Digital project undertaken by a student or group of students who are in the last three years of secondary education before college or university.
Tertiary Student Project (HC-TSP)
This award recognizes the most outstanding project undertaken by a tertiary (undergraduate) student or a group of students. Any Information and Communication Technology project or research performed by a student or a group of students who are registered as active undergraduate students in a higher-learning institution, such as college or university during the APICTA Award competition or within 1-year period from his or her graduation date by providing proof of graduation certificate during delivery of the presentation.

Cross Categories & Technology Awards

Each innovation entering in a Head category may also, if eligible, to receive a Technology award and/or a Cross Category award. An innovation may not necessarily win a Head category award but may still be able to win a Cross Category and/or Technology award.Each innovation entering in a Head category may also, if eligible, to receive a Technology award and/or a Cross Category award. An innovation may not necessarily win a Head category award but may still be able to win a Cross Category and/or Technology award.

 

Cross Category awards will identify innovation excellence in:

  • Start Up

  • Research and Development projects.

Technology awards recognize innovation in:

  • Big Data Analytics

  • Internet of Things

  • Artificial Intelligence

Cross Categories:

Sub Category Long Descriptor Short Descriptor
Research & Development Project of the Year (CC-RDP)
Any Information and Communication Technology research and development, conducted by academic, non-academic institutions, or individuals to create innovative products, processes, and services. Such innovations are incomplete and yet to be marketed even though their features and functionalities can be demonstrated.
For outstanding Digital Research & Development (including postgraduate tertiary student research)
Start Up of the Year (CC-SU)
For outstanding innovation by a company in the start-up phase of development. The company will have developed an innovative and potentially superior ICT solution and the company itself is still considered at the early stage of inception. In order to be considered for this award, the following criteria must be met: • The company registration date with the Government’s Company registration must not be more than three (3) years from the date of the APICTA competition. (October 9, 2018). • The individual founder(s) of the company and/or the product developers must still be a major shareholder(s) of the company; and • The company must not be a subsidiary of an established parent company.
For outstanding Digital innovation by a company in the start-up phase of their development.

Technology Awards:

Sub Category Long Descriptor Short Descriptor
Big Data Analytics Technology of the Year (CT-BDA)
Technology developed which utilises large volumes of data – both structured and unstructured that result in strategic analysis and better decisions. This may include advanced data analytics and unique algorithms. It must demonstrate that the datasets are large enough to necessitate high-level programming skill and statistically defensible methodologies in order to transform the data asset into something of value.
Technologies developed which utilizes large volumes of data – both structured and unstructured – that result in strategic analysis and better business decisions.
Internet of Things Technology of the Year (CT- IOT)
The use of IoT technologies for the inter-connectedness of physical devices to enable solutions to extract data or to create new information to improve efficiencies, accuracy and/or economic benefit and reduced human intervention. These include new methods to enable businesses, governments, and consumers to connect to their IoT devices, sensor technology and smart technology including remotes, dashboards, networks, gateways, analytics, data storage, and security.
The use of IoT technologies to create new abilities to extract data or to create new information to improve efficiencies, accuracy and/or economic benefit and reduced human intervention
Artificial Intelligence Technology of the Year (CT-AI)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans. Examples may include expert systems, robotics, self-learning or programs for the perception and recognition of shapes in computer vision systems. Typically, technologies should address central problems or goals of AI research include reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing (communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects.
For solutions which utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans.

Total 105 Awards will be given to the winners in 35 Categories with certification in BASIS National ICT Awards 2018. For more detail on category, visit: http://bit.ly/bnia18cd