Congratulations again Umar Saif!

April 18, 2009 at 8:30 am 5 comments

umar2Maybe I should put in a permanent Dr. Umar Saif section :). I am losing track of the number of times we have congratulated him for winning an award for innovation or research or a new initiative (in addition to the P@SHA awards that startups he co-founded keep winning). The man just doesn’t seem to stop – and many of us who are his fans, hope he never does. We need icons like him to inspire the youngsters in this country (not that he is very old himself) and to hold the flag high in the international arena. So what has he done now? He has won the MIT Technovator Award in the grassroots and development category.

According to the technovator website:

“The MIT Technovators Awards, instituted in 2003, recognize and felicitate distinguished young innovators of South Asian origin working at the confluence of technology research and entrepreneurship. The awards emphasize the need to honor young, upcoming individuals; and focus on emerging technologies that are bound to have a far-reaching impact on the world as we know it today.”

umar_saif_in_action1I was going to write a detailed post about all this but then I noticed that my friend Babar Bhatti had already beaten me to it, and done it very well. So I am just going to link to the post on his blog (which is one of my favourite blogs).

We share your pride in this achievement Umar, and will celebrate with you next time you are in Karachi or we are in Lahore. Remember your promise to give us the opportunity to interview you on “In the Line of Wire” on the CIO WebStudio next time you are here. In the meantime, all we can say is “Kudos!” “Well done!” “Way to go” “Yay” and all that jazz.

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  • 1. Congratulations again Umar Saif! / LiveFromPakistan  |  April 18, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Congratulations again Umar Saif!…

  • 2. Vic  |  April 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Congrats, Dr Saif.

    Let me quickly use this window of opportunity (ie ‘academia’) to sneak in a quick congrats to SEECS (NUST) for winning a grant award from ISIF (the Information Society Innovation Fund) for their work in “Capacity building for female health workers in rural areas through the use of ICT and mobile based tele-healthcare”.

    Further details may be had from Sylvia Cadena (sylvia at apnic dot net), the Project Officer at ISIF. The grant, to be spent during 2009, is valued at USD 30,000.

  • 3. Congratulations again Umar Saif! | Tea Break  |  April 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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  • 4. Yahya Cheema  |  April 19, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Congrats!! 😀

  • 5. Fariha Akhtar  |  April 20, 2009 at 12:15 am

    OMG…this post is about Dr. UMAR SAIF and I’m reading it after 2 whole days…*faints* but MashAllah MashAllah this is such a great news. Jehan, you are so right…Dr. Umar is certainly an inspiration for youngsters like me. If even today I want to get into research despite being in the industry for almost 2 years and hearing a lot say/suggest that “research is not a good choice if you are in Pakistan”, it’s because of people like Dr. Umar. Such are the people who make us believe in our dreams!
    Congrats to Dr. Saif. We are really proud of you.

    PS: Can I co-host Dr. Umar’s interview with you or least.will you allow me to be with you during the shoot…*begs and pleads* like those who want to go to studio to see stars 😀 I promise to be a good girl! 🙂


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