Congratulations again Umar Saif!
Maybe 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.”
I 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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