Bangladesh Brand Forum organized the ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of Dhaka's Le Méridien hotel on Saturday
Bangladesh Innovation Award 2018 has recognized 19 best innovations for sectors like financial, apparel, healthcare, SDG inclusion, process, product development, start-up, social, and technology sectors.
Bangladesh Innovation Conclave (BIC) put together the first Bangladesh Innovation Award in order for innovation to take center stage in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Brand Forum organized the ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of Dhaka's Le Méridien hotel, yesterday.
Celebrating successful innovations from startups and veterans alike, the award program aimed to build Bangladesh’s economy by acknowledging the creative mind, fueling innovation within it.
Speaking at the event Founder of BIC Shariful Islam said that BIC's vision is to establish innovation at the center of discourse for Bangladesh’s future progress, within all key stakeholders – policy makers, business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, youth, academia and parents.
Awards were given in two ranks – Winner and Honorable Mention.
Two jury sessions were held to select the winners, where the entries were rigorously evaluated by renowned innovation experts of the country. Pioneering innovations – whether products, services or processes - were judged on their novelty, market need, economic impact and disruption of the status quo.
The award ceremony was preceded by Bangladesh Innovation Dialogue, comprised of two keynote sessions and two panel discussions. The dialogue started with the opening speech of Country Manager of MasterCard Syed Mohammad Kamal.
The keynote speakers of the dialogue were Director of Innovation Management at Mastercard Labs Varun Sakhuja, and Executive Director of Asia Pacific at Nielsen South Asia Manoj Kulkarni.
Among others, Prof Syed Ferhat Anwar, director of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), KAM Morshed, director of Advocacy for Social Change Information and Communication Technology Partnership Strengthening Unit at BRAC, and Md Abul Kalam Azad, principal coordinator of SDG Affairs at the Prime minister's office (PMO), were present as panel discussants.
There was also a special dialogue session between BIC Founder Shariful Islam & Ayman Sadiq, Founder of Ten Minute School, during which they spoke about why every youth should know and be ready for the innovation era.
The occasion also marked the launch of Bangladesh Innovation Blog and four Innovation Centres in four divisions of the country - Dhaka, Chattagram, Khulna and Sylhet - to help promote innovation across the country.