Owner: Vodafone Malta Foundation and the Paulo Freire Institute
Developer: BB Associates Ltd trading as Maltaserv
Iċ-Ċavetta is an app created by the Vodafone Malta Foundation and the Paulo Freire Institute, and developed by Maltaserv. It is essentially a Maltese literacy toolkit targeted at adults and youths facing social exclusion and employment challenges. The toolkit is structured like a course and contains a set of 32 interactive activities – starting off at an elementary level and becoming progressively more advanced – to allow the user to acquire basic reading and writing skills in Maltese. Iċ-Ċavetta is currently the only existing resource aimed at teaching basic literacy skills in Maltese which is specifically targeted at youths and adults. It is based on Paulo Freire Institute’s several years of work in the field of education and in helping adults with literacy. The overarching aim of iċ-Ċavetta is to be the key to employment opportunities, greater confidence and wellbeing and, ultimately, a higher standard of living.
Best B2B Application
Owner: Mi-C3 International Ltd
Mi-C3’s Affectli is a revolutionary IoT contextual collaboration platform, that supports the entire operational environment of organisations, people and things, including how these relate to those outside, and around the core: business, customers, vendors, suppliers, regulators and stakeholders. Affectli collects information from a myriad of signal generating devices, processes the data through its rules engine executing processes according to organisation specific processes or applications. The processes will entail tasks that are assigned to profile owners. The tasks are communicated in context within a communications platform that ensures the most effective communication amongst the participants is delivered - whether through live chat, structured forms, free text or including media and documentation supporting the successful completion of the task. The business is provided with situational awareness through Maps with live and drillable data represented in space and geo-location. The organisation is also provided with real-time and predictive Analytics that are designed and modified according to the organisation’s needs - giving the right person, the right information, at the right time, to react to and pre-empt emerging situations.
Best eCommerce Site (B2C)
Owner: Fablab Valletta
Developer: Growth Gurus
A gift of empowerment through an eCommerce website that enables people to learn, make, invent and innovate in a collaborative and global network. With 1,200 FabLabs across 30 countries, only one owns an eCommerce website that provides the fundamentals to a customer-centric solution to enable anyone to fabricate their vision. That’s FabLab Valletta, by Growth Gurus. A FabLab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. The new FabLab eCommerce website extends this brand mission to an online audience. It has dramatically streamlined the promotion, booking, scheduling, project management and client engagement in using our machinery, workspaces and tools. The platform features an integrated calendar that shows all the availabilities in real time and enables user-specified time slot bookings for each of our digital fabrication technologies, including laser cutters, 3D printers, VR headsets and workspaces.
Best eGovernment Initiative
Owner: Mater Dei Hospital
Developer: Cursor Limited
Text messaging has become one of the most used media in communication. Mater Dei Hospital has implemented CPASms, an electronic messaging system [sms], where reminders are sent to people with outpatients’ appointments through SMS. People are set to be reminded of their appointments 10 days and 2 days respectively prior to their hospital visitation. One of the biggest advantages of this system is the reduction of missed appointments. One-third of no-shows is a result of people forgetting about their appointments. In the first month of the system’s inception, the total number of missed appointments has subsequently been reduced by 11%. This equates to some 20 thousand appointments in a year. Or a cost avoidance of 1.9 Million euros worth of specialist multi-disciplinary teams’ (consultants, doctors, nurses etc) working hours. As a result of CPASms, waiting lists are being cut down drastically in certain outpatient clinics. In an acute hospital environment this means that the solution is actually improving health outcomes and saving lives. CPASms is currently being rolled-out to all hospitals and clinics that fall under the remit of the Ministry of Health.
Best ICT Academic Dissertation with an eBusiness Theme
THE EFFECT OF LOCAL NEWS ON THE MALTESE STOCK MARKET: AN EMPIRICAL EVALUATION USING MACHINE LEARNING
Student Name: Francesca Gauci
Stock market predictability has been a longstanding issue in financial research and practice. This dissertation investigates the possibility of finding patterns within the Maltese stock market using a synthesis of linguistic and statistical methods. In particular, this work applies text mining and machine learning to determine the performance of different supervised prediction models and the predictive power of non-quantifiable news articles for future market movement. Different keyword extraction methods are used to identify terms that provide a clear description of the article content. Each news instance is labelled either as a rise or drop, based on the change in the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) Index. The results of this experiment contribute towards an empirical appraisal of the application of various learning algorithms in correlating news stories with fluctuations in the MSE index. Results were corroborated with experts from the finance domain and it is established that the proposed methodology is substantially reflective of the true dynamics of the Maltese market.
Best Social Media Campaign (50% People's Choice)
LOVIN MALTA'S APRIL FOOLS PARTITLM CAMPAIGN
Owner: Lovin Malta
Lovin Malta's audacious April Fools' campaign saw the online news and entertainment platform officially registering as a political party and proposing a detailed electoral manifesto that got widespread coverage across national news media. The campaign generated thousands of euros worth of PR space and reached more than 600,000 Facebook users, while capturing the island's attention and positioning Lovin Malta as a legitimate source of political commentary. The 360 campaign combined PR, social media, video, music, radio, social media influencers, web platforms and crowdfunding to create an unforgettable campaign that exceeded objectives despite a zero budget. The campaign also served a social function by raising awareness about important political issues, putting voters directly in contact with candidates in their district and providing a critique of the political parties in Malta, while keeping everything as entertaining as possible.
Best Tech Start Up
Owner: Altaro Ltd
Altaro VM Backup is a hassle-free Virtual Machine backup software solution for Hyper-V and VMware. Our solution is a fast, affordable, is a high performer and is specially developed for small and mid-market businesses. We’ve cut the waste and hassle to give customers an agile, streamlined solution that is easy to implement, feature-rich, backed with an outstanding support as part of the package. The intuitive interface of the solution allows end-users to set up and perform backups and restores easily. Altaro VM Backup is affordably priced (per host and not per socket, CPU or VM) and backed by outstanding support.
Best Use of Technology in Business Transformation
Owner: Luxembourg Airport
Airports are increasingly challenged to improve travellers’ experience and provide innovative solutions to support today’s age of ‘connected travellers. Now that the solution has been deployed, travellers arriving and departing from Lux-Airport will be able to plan their trips better, decide on the best method to get to the airport and optimise their time while at the airport whether it's enjoying a delicious lunch or buying presents for their loved ones. This innovative end-to-end digital solution will give visitors an excellent experience that extends beyond the airport terminal.