The Daily Star and the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) honoured four individuals and as many information technology firms for their contribution to the country's ICT industry, now seen as the next big export sector after garments. Finance Minister AMA Muhith handed out the trophies to the winners of The Daily Star ICT Awards at Le Meridien hotel in Dhaka on last 29 October, 2016.
The event was organised in association with BRAC Bank and the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a Silicon Valley-based firm, with Le Meridien as hospitality partner Speaking at the ceremony, the finance minister thanked The Daily Star for taking the initiative and hoped the award would continue to take the society forward. Muhith said the ICT revolution surpassed all previous revolutions in human civilisation and the most important element of the ICT revolution was that it was democratic, widespread and participatory. The government also initiated some developments in the sector and made it participatory. It is a success for us.
The Daily Star ICT Awards, first of its kind in the country by a newspaper, aims to recognise individuals and IT firms and raise awareness about the role of ICT in nation-building, and to encourage innovation and excellence among ICT talents and enterprises.
The individuals who won the inaugural awards are Mahboob Zaman, chairman of DataSoft, an internationally acclaimed software firm; late Abu Yousuf Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, founder of IBCS-PRIMAX Software (Bangladesh) Ltd, an IT firm focused on onshore and offshore software development and systems integration; Syed Farhad Ahmed, managing director of Aamra Group of Companies; and Ziaur Rahman, chief executive officer of TigerIT Bangladesh Ltd.
And the firms are ServicEngineBPO, an outsourcing company; Information Technology Consultants Ltd, an electronic payment and transaction processing vendor; Bdjobs.com Ltd, a career management site; and Hungrynaki.com, an online food delivery service. Mahboob Zaman and Abu Yousuf Mesbah Uddin Ahmed were conferred with the ICT Pioneer awards.