PIF Launches National Innovation Awards to Celebrate Pakistani Innovative Spirit
Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) today launched Pakistan’s First National Innovation Awards to recognize and honor Pakistan’s leading innovators – both individuals and institutions/companies – that have remarkable achievements.
The National Innovation Awards will be given at the Pakistan Innovation Forum 2015 – a regular future in the country’s annual conference calendar and the only National Conference focused on Innovation. The Launch of National Innovation Awards gel very well with the conference theme – MAKE IN PAKISTAN – that seeks to promote individuals and institutions who are the tinkerer-innovator kinds and have actually created something from scratch in Pakistan.
The nominations are open for anybody to nominate individuals and institutions in 12 different categories, namely:
Most Innovative University
Social / Development Innovation
Most Innovative Tech Startup
Art and Design Innovation
In addition to the above 12 categories, three (03) SPECIAL PRIZES shall also be given to: a Young Innovative Talent Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Peoples’ Choice Innovator of the Year Award. Nominations can be made by Nov 30 at: www.pif.org.pk/national-innovation-award
Speaking at the Launch of the National Innovation Awards ™ Mr. Saad Amanullah Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Innovation Foundation said:
One of the three main streams of our work is about recognizing and rewarding Pakistani Innovators. We often feel there is no innovation in Pakistan and that is not correct. There are many exemplary things that happened in Pakistan from Orangi Pilot Project, to Easy Paisa, and the like and we must recognize those innovators so that the hands of others are strengthened.” “As Pakistan’s leading and only champion of Innovation, the National Innovation Awards is a way for PIF to do that.
Dr. Athar Osama, Founder and CEO of Pakistan Innovation Foundation, said:
We have been thinking of doing Innovation Awards to recognize and honor those who took the bold and difficult step of innovation to help advance this country forward. These are the kinds of people because of whom progress happens and they have the true heroes of Pakistan and an inspiration for us all.
National Innovation Awards ™ will recognize 68 years of Pakistani Innovative Spirit. To join the conversation about MAKE IN PAKISTAN follow the twitter hashtag: #MakeInPK