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Award Rules


The BIM Africa Innovation Awards (the "Awards") recognizes the talents and efforts of leading industry professionals and organizations in the construction sector going above and beyond to deploy innovative solutions towards Africa's Development. The growing demand for critical infrastructure to meet the need of a rapidly rising population and boost economic growth across the African continent has necessitated the need for a paradigm shift in the construction project delivery approach via the integration of digital and innovative technologies. As a pan-African multidisciplinary network of BIM experts and enthusiasts, BIM Africa (the “Sponsor”) is aligned to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through fostering innovation, sustainable infrastructure, and urban development to drive Africa’s economic growth.

Nomination for the Award is open to individuals, groups, project teams, start-ups, small or large corporate institution, students, and professionals across the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) industry. Nomination will be considered for only entries relating any African countries as detailed in Eligibility below.


  • All nominations must be submitted online via the corresponding category forms available at (the “Award Site”).
  • Nomination for the award is entirely free and with no financial obligations.
  • All entries must be completed and submitted by the closing date as indicated in the timeline below to be considered.
  • Nominations are welcomed for multiple categories submission only if entry is aligned with each category requirements. Multiple nominations of Individuals or Organisations within the same category do not influence the selection decision.
  • Entries must be written in English. Supporting documents should be translated before submission. Entries must include links to multiple supporting evidence (such as documents, videos or images loaded on an openly accessible storage location online).
  • Content submitted must not contain any material that may, in the sole judgment of Sponsor, infringe on the intellectual property rights of any third party, including but not limited to, copyrights or trademarks owned by others.
  • Content submitted must not violate any third party’s publicity or privacy rights. If an Entry contains the name, likeness, image, video, and/or written or spoken words of any third party, including Nominee, the Entrant must obtain the third-party’s written consent to include such materials in the Entry prior to submitting the Entry.
  • For project entries, consent must be sought from the project owner.
  • For organisational entries, consent should be sought from the nominated organisation.
  • Entry must not contain confidential/trade secrets or proprietary information or violate the terms of your employment or that of a Nominee/Nominee’s employment.
  • By entering, Entrant/Nominator represents and warrants that (i) he/she has obtained all of the necessary rights, licenses, and permissions from any person who may have helped or participated in the creation of the Entry; (ii) that the Entrant/Nominator has the right/permission to agree to these Official Rules and to grant the rights referred to in these Official Rules (free from any encumbrances and/or third-party rights); (iii) that the Entry conforms to these Official Rules, the requirements of the Contest Site and is not subject to any third party agreement(s); and (iv) that the Sponsor or its agencies will not be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity, including without limitation, any copyright collecting societies or holders of copyrights, neighbouring rights, or moral rights, or to persons representing such, as a result of Sponsor’s (or it’s agent’s) use or exploitation of Entry materials or rights therein.
  • The content of all submissions remains, at all times, the copyright of the entrant. The Sponsor and BIM Africa Innovation Awards may wish to reproduce some relevant content for the purpose of promotional materials such as: Publicity, Award winners’ case-studies, or other. If an entrant does not wish to give automatic permission for material to be reproduced, without prior discussion, this must be noted when the submission is made. Financial information will not be published.
  • Evidence provided to support results should be referenced and entries can be disqualified if the data source is not cited.
  • Supporting material, such as independently produced data, industry surveys, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials, press articles, etc. will only be accepted if provided as part of the written submission online. No further hard copy information is required.
  • Content submitted cannot contain material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise violate any applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, rules, treaty, or regulations.
  • Individuals or Organisations with Winning Entries will be invited to participate at the BIM Africa Summit (BAS) 2023 on the 18th and 19th of May 2023 in Marrakech, Morocco, particularly the Innovation Awards 2023 Dinner on May 19th 2023. Winners of each category will be offered only Two (2) Delegate passes for the Summit.
  • Travel, Visa and Lodging arrangements to participate at the Innovation Awards 2023 Dinner are solely the responsibility of Individuals or Organisations with Winning Entries.
  • The Sponsor and BIM Africa Innovation Awards shall not be liable for any costs, damages and loss related to the required Travel, Visa and Lodging arrangements of Individuals or Organisations with Winning Entries.
  • Individuals or Organisations with Winning Entries give the Sponsor the full right to use images and motion pictures captured during the Innovation Awards Dinner to promote the objectives of the Sponsor and BIM Africa Innovation Awards. Such images and motion pictures may be used to project the Sponsor and BIM Africa Innovation Awards to the public. Such images and motion pictures may be published in newspapers, digital prints, handbills, billboards, and wears. They may also be aired via telecast. Photographs and motion pictures captured may be used for jingles and advertisements within and outside Africa.
  • By entering, Entrants acknowledge compliance with these Official Rules including all Conditions of Entry.

The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion, including the determination that an Entry fails to satisfy any of the Project Entry Requirements, Conditions of Entry, or is inconsistent with the goals, image, or policies of the Sponsor. Any Entry not submitted in accordance with the instructions provided on the Contest Site (which are incorporated herein by reference) shall not be considered for the Contest, and none of the Released Parties shall bear any responsibility for any such invalid/incomplete entries. To withdraw an Entry, you must notify the Sponsor via [email protected]. Decisions in all matters relating to the Awards by the Sponsor will be final and binding.


For Award categories related to Organisations: Entries will be accepted from organisations with an office in any African country.

For Award categories related to Projects awards: Entries will be accepted for projects based in an African country.

For Award categories related to Individuals awards: Entries will be accepted for individuals having all of their nominating engagements in any African country.

Entries will be accepted from project owners, developers, construction consultants, contractors, architecture, engineering firms and relevant start-ups.

Any authorised person from within an organisation can nominate the company, a project, or an individual or themselves.

Recent mergers or re-organisations will not be accepted for Entries related to the Outstanding Startup Award category. Entries must be established less than Five (5) years and operating within the building and infrastructure Industry.


January 20 - Nomination Kick-off.

March 6 - Close of Nomination.

March 1 - April 14 - Nomination review and investigative research.

April 15 - 18 - Reach-out and finalization.

April 19 – Announcement of Innovation Awards 2023 Shortlist.

May 19 – Unveiling Winners at Awards Dinner - BIM Africa Summit 2023, Marrakesh, Morocco.


The judging panel is independent, and their decision is final.

The judging panel reserves the right to re-categorise or reject any entry that does not comply with the requirements of the competition and entry criteria.

Entries will only be judged on the basis of the information provided in the entry form and additional supporting material where submitted.

Details of the judging conversations will not be disclosed.

No correspondence will be entered into by the Awards Team or the judges regarding feedback on entries.

Judges are requested to declare any conflict of interests and remove themselves from the process if they are asked to judge an entry that poses one.


We will respect as confidential any financial data submitted unless given express permission to use it.

If there is a particular part of an entry that you would prefer to be kept confidential then please clarify this on the entry.

All entries will be stored securely on our website and accessible only by the judges.

By entering the BIM Africa Innovation Awards, companies are authorising the organisers to use the ‘description’, ‘photos’ and ‘company logo’, for the purpose of the awards presentation and external marketing.

Privacy Policy

Effective: April 01, 2021

The BIM Africa Innovation Awards (the "Awards") are owned and operated by Building Information Modelling Africa Initiative (“BIM Africa”, "we," "us," and "our"). BIM Africa, its subsidiaries, and affiliates respect and are committed to protecting your privacy.

This Privacy Policy outlines how we collect, use, store, protect and when or with whom we may share your personal information.

Information we Collect.

The information that we collect depends on the context of your interaction with us. During your use of our website or communication with us, the following information about you is collected for several services and website functions as outlined below:

  • Personal Information. To establish a unique identifier for you, we collect and process the following information when you participate in the Awards:
    • Name
    • Email Address
    • Phone Contact
    • Mailing Address
    • Organization
    • Position
    • Supporting Information for proof of works
  • Non-Personal Information. To customize your browsing experience, we collect and process the following non-personal technical information:
    • Device hardware model
    • IP address of device
    • Web browser
    • Operating system
    • Server log information
How we collect information
  • We collect information you provide to us when you visit our website, submit an nomination, sign up for our Newsletter, relate with us on social media, participate in our surveys or communicate with us through SMS, email, calls.
  • We collect information through a variety of technologies, such as cookies and software development kits, and web beacon when you use our website.
  • We also acquire information from analytical tools.
Use of information

We use the information we collect to:

  • We also acquire information from analytical tools.
  • Understand the level of innovation deployment across the Africa Built environment.
  • Fulfill legal or regulatory requirements where necessary.
  • Verify your identity in accordance with the applicable legislation and other law enforcement needs.
  • Detect, investigate, and prevent unauthorized or illegal activities.
  • Personalize your Services experience.
  • Analyze Website usage and improve our Website and Website offerings.
  • Analyze and track data to determine the usefulness or popularity of certain content and to better understand the online activity of our Website users.
  • Help us respond to your support needs, answer your inquiries or respond to a communication from you.
  • Contact you about our activities. The email address you provide may be used to communicate information and updates related to your use of our website.
  • Administer a contest, promotion, survey or other features as will be more explained on the Website when such activity is being done.
  • Carry out any other lawful purpose or reason for which the Information was collected.
Cookies Policy

Cookies are tiny files that are saved locally to your computer, to improve your experience when you use our services. We use cookies to remember your preferences and measure how you use our services, so that changes can be made to ensure it meets your needs.

We may also use cookies to ensure that your device is not compromised and to collect information about your computer to mitigate risk, prevent fraud, and promote safety.

Purpose Limitation

We will process your Personal Information only for the purpose(s) for which it has been provided to us. We will not use your personal information for any other purpose, except consent is obtained for such purpose.

Retention of Information

We retain your personal information as long as it is necessary and relevant to fulfil legitimate business purposes, or for a period of time specifically required or allowed by applicable regulation or laws. If you no longer want us to use your information to provide services to you, you can withdraw your consent or request that we erase your information by contacting [email protected]

Please note that if you request erasure of your information, we may retain some of your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigation, and take other actions permitted or required by applicable national laws.

We will respond to your request to exercise these rights within a reasonable time (and in all cases within 30 days of receiving a request).

Data Security and Integrity

We take the security, integrity, and confidentiality of your information seriously. We are committed to making sure your personal information is protected. We employ several physical and electronic security measures to keep your information safe, we provide a secure server with secure server software (SSL) that encrypts all information you input before it is sent to us. We audit our procedures and security measures regularly to ensure they are being properly administered and remain effective and appropriate. Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, we cannot fully guarantee against the access, disclosure, alteration, or deletion of data through events, including but not limited to hardware or software failure or unauthorized use.

Disclosure of Information

We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. We may disclose your Personal Information required to provide certain Services to you and/or in connection with our efforts to prevent and investigate fraudulent or other criminal activity and legal and regulatory authorities, as described below:

  • Anyone that you request or authorize us to share your information with.
  • Cloud service providers to store certain personal data and for disaster recovery services, as well as, for the performance of any contract we enter with you.
  • Fraud detection service providers who will run certain fraud detection checks against Personal Data provided.
  • Spam and abuse detection providers making software available designed to prevent users from programmatically using the Services in unsupported ways.
  • Relevant third parties in the event of a reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business or assets (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
  • As required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena or other legal process, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to government requests, for national security and/or law enforcement purposes.
  • With relevant third parties if it is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our contracts, policies, or procedures.
  • We also may share your information with other financial institutions and with tax authorities if such actions are required from us due to any applicable legislation.
Your Rights

Under applicable laws, in certain circumstances, you have the following rights concerning your personal data:

  • Right to remove consent, where you have provided it, at any time.
  • Right to ask us to confirm if we are processing your information.
  • Right to ask for access to your information.
  • Right to ask us to correct your information if it’s wrong.
  • Right to ask us to delete your information.
  • Right to be forgotten and you can ask that our systems stop using your information.
  • Right to restrict how we use your information.
  • Right to ask us to provide your information in an easily readable format to another company.
  • Right to ask us to stop using your personal information, but only in certain cases.

Our Services are not directed, or intended to be attractive, to Minors. “Minors” are individuals under the age of 14 (or under a higher age if permitted by the laws of their residence). We do not knowingly collect personal data from Minors or allow them to use our services. We are especially sensitive about children’s information. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal information from a Minor, we may delete this information without notice. If you have reason to believe that this has occurred, please contact [email protected]

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to review and update this Privacy Policy at any time. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy via our services. We will update the “Effective Date” when we revise this Policy. Any use of our Privacy Policy after an amendment constitutes your acceptance to the revised Policy.


By using our services and PARTICIPATING IN the Awards, you agree to the use, disclosure, and procedures outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Questions and Comments

If you have questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please reach out to us at [email protected]