Experts at a seminar on Saturday highlighted the urgency for putting more emphasis on innovations in every sector to continue the economic growth.
They also stressed on match-making among start-ups and established firms at the day-long seminar at Le Meridian in Dhaka.Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division and Bangladesh Brand organised the progamme styled ‘Bangladesh Innovation Conclave’ followed by the maiden edition of Bangladesh Innovation Award which recognized 19 best innovations in different sector.
Organisers claimed that the award was designed to recognise the vibrant community of innovators – from startups to– and its breakthrough creations and ideas.
The occasion also marked the launch of Bangladesh Innovation Blog & four Innovation Centres in four divisions, Dhaka, Chattagram, Khulna and Sylhet to help promote innovation across the country and people.
In 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.
Innovation Award 2018 got 168 entries and the awards were given under nine categories and another special category.
The awards were designed for sectorial innovation which took place in financial sector, apparel sector, healthcare, SDG inclusion, process, product development, start-up, social and technology.BBF Founder Shariful Islam said,” Vision for the conclave is establishing that innovation must be at the center of our discourse for Bangladesh’s future progress, within all key stakeholders – policy makers, business leaders and professionals,”
Mastercard Labs Director Varun Sakhuja and Nielsen South Asia Executive Director Manoj Kulkarni presented two keynote papers focusing recent trend of service innovation in public and corporate segments.
Prime Minister’s Office SDG Affairs Principle Coordinator Abul Kalam Azad, Dhaka University’s Institute of Business Administration Director Prof Syed Ferhat Anwar, British American Tobacco Bangladesh Managing Director Shehzad Munim, bKash Chief Executive Kamal Quadir and Dhaka Bank Managing Director Syed Mahbubur Rahman were present in different panel discussions.
There was also a special dialogue session between BIC Founder Shariful Islam and Ten Minute School Co-founder Ayman Sadiq where the youth participants got opportunities to talk about innovation era.