INNOVATE FOR BANGLADESH VIRTUAL FESTIVAL
To drive equitable innovation in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Innovation Conclave has organized the first ever virtual innovation festival ‘Innovate for Bangladesh’ Powered by Bkash Ltd. in Association with Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Energypac Power Generation Ltd. The three-day long festival consisted of ‘Youth in Innovation’ & the ‘Bangladesh Business Innovation Summit 2021’ now in its 3rd iteration. The festival was followed by the highly anticipated ‘Bangladesh Innovation Award 2021’ organized in Association with Energypac Power Generation Ltd. The Festival was held from March 12-14, 2021.
The vision of the festival was to drive innovation and the core essence of innovation across key stakeholders of Bangladesh. The festival has been designed to disseminate local and global best practices and approaches to innovation. The key focus is Driving Innovation within different sectors & harnessing the skillset to drive innovation – which will add value to the lives of people and help pursue inclusive growth.
The Festival commenced with a welcome address by Shariful Islam, Founder, Bangladesh Innovation Conclave and opening remarks from Mir Nawbut Ali, CMO, Bkash Ltd.; Rabbur Reza, COO, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Humayun Rashid, MD & CEO, Energypac Power Generation Ltd. The sensational festival comprised of 11 Keynote Sessions, 4 Panel Discussions, and 2 Insight Sessions, 1 Discussion Session, and 1 Case Study Session.
The Keynote Speakers were Mominul Islam, Managing Director and CEO, IPDC Finance Ltd.; Dr. Rokon Zaman, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, North South University; Zaved Akhtar, Vice President, Digital Transformation and Growth, Unilever South Asia; Dr. Newton Howard, Professor, Neurocomputation, Neurosurgery & Mathematics, University of Oxford, Professor of Brain Sciences, Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and Chairman, Brain Sciences Foundation; Hooi Den Huan, Associate Professor of Marketing, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Former Director, Nanyang Technopreneurship Center at Nanyang Technological University, and Former Head, Marketing and International Business Division, NBS at Nanyang Technological University; Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i – Aspire to Innovate; Kaihan Krippendorff, Strategy & Innovation Expert, Author of 5 Best Selling Books, Thinkers50 Recognized Thinker, and Founder of Outthinker; Anirban Ganguly, Founder & CEO, Koios Consult, Malaysia; Mahtab Uddin Ahmed, Managing Director, Robi Axiata Ltd.; Robert C. Wolcott, Chairman & Co-Founder, TWIN Global, Adjunct Professor of Innovation at both School of Business at University of Chicago and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Co-Founder & Partner, Clareo Partners, LLC, and Co-founder and Chairman, The World Innovation Network; & Amer Farid, Director, Strategic Engagement & Innovation, UNICEF Norway.
The Panel Discussants were Nazmul Ahmed, Marketing Consultant; Manik Mahmud, Head of Social Innovation Cluster, a2i – Aspire to Innovate; Md. Tajdin Hassan, Chief Strategy and Digital Transformation Officer, the Daily Star; Waiz Rahim, Founder & CEO, Deligram; Ilmul Haque Sajib, COO, Sheba Platform Ltd.; Ahmad AD, CEO and Co-founder, HungryNaki; Prof. Dr. Syed Ferhat Anwar, Director, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka; Kamal Quadir, Chief Executive Officer, Bkash Ltd.; Humayun Rashid, Managing Director & CEO, Energypac Power Generation Ltd. Power Generation; Farzanah Chowdhury ACII(UK), Managing Director & CEO, Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd.; Habibullah N. Karim, Founder & CEO, Technohaven Company Ltd; Azadul Haq, CEO, Max Group (Power); Mahbubul Matin, President, Dotlines Group; & Sajid Rahman, Co-founder & CEO, Digital Healthcare Solutions.
The presenters and discussants of the Insight Sessions and Discussion Sessions were Ayman Sadiq, Founder, 10 Minute School; Arfan Ali, Managing Director, Bank Asia Ltd.; Zubair Ahmed, Founder & CEO, Hishab Ltd.; Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Artist, Entrepreneur, and Cultural Influencer; & Amitava Chattopadhyay, GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor of Corporate Innovation, INSEAD. There was also an in-depth case study on the innovative ‘Bkash Pay Bill Experience’ by Mobile Financial Service provider, Bkash Ltd.
The ‘Innovate for Bangladesh’ festival was Powered by Bkash Ltd. in Association with Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Energypac Power Generation Ltd. The initiative was supported by Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd., The Strategic Partners for the event were a2i – Aspire to Innovate, Bangladesh Creative Forum, Bangladesh Retail Forum, and Bangladesh Fintech Forum. The Official Carrier for the event was Turkish Airlines, the Technology Partner – Aamra Technologies Ltd., and PR Partner – Backpage PR. An initiative of Bangladesh Innovation Conclave, the event was organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum.
3RD BANGLADESH INNOVATION AWARD 2021
The ‘Bangladesh Innovation Award 2021’ organized in Association with Energypac Power Generation Ltd. was held after the conclusion of the Bangladesh Business Innovation Summit. The accolade – this year in its 3rd iteration – sought to recognize and celebrate the various innovations brought about by entrepreneurs, individuals, public and private organizations. In doing so, the accolade also seeks to inspire the progress and development of innovation to take Bangladesh forward towards a developed and equitable world for the people of the country and beyond.
This year’s Bangladesh Innovation Award organized in Association with Energypac Power Generation Ltd. had awardees in a total of 21 categories and subcategories. A total of 17 winners were announced, alongside 21 honourable mentions, and 1 special award.
Additionally, a youth competition titled ‘Innovate for Bangladesh – Student Competition’ was held to inspire and recognize works done by the talented youth. ‘Jutenum’ were declared the champion of the competition and were awarded won BDT 1 Lac. ‘3-Matric.com’ was declared the runner-up and were awarded BDT 75 Thousand.
Bangladesh Innovation Award 2021 was organized in Association with Energypac Power Generation Ltd. The Strategic Partners for the event were a2i – Aspire to Innovate, Bangladesh Creative Forum, Bangladesh Retail Forum and Bangladesh Fintech Forum. The Official Carrier for the event was Turkish Airlines, the Technology Partner – Aamra Technologies Ltd., and PR Partner – Backpage PR. An initiative of Bangladesh Innovation Conclave, the event was organized by Bangladesh Brand Forum.
The winner list can be viewed below.