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Asian Innovation Awards

September 23rd, 2005 · No Comments

WSJ writes about the finalists:

Forget, for a moment, the idea that an innovation has to be something new, either in terms of the problem it solves or when it was invented.

Just ask Mohammad Saidullah, an Indian honey seller in his 60s, who has been peddling his amphibious bicycle around the flood-prone plains of Bihar — and once or twice across the Ganges — for the past 30 years.

It’s not much to look at — a sky-blue tangle of spokes, paddles and wooden floats — but it has finally gotten some recognition. Discovered by an Indian organization called the Honey Bee network, which collects data on such initiatives via a web of students, nongovernment groups and volunteers, his contraption earned Mr. Saidullah a life-time achievement award in January from India’s National Innovation Foundation. And now he’s one of 12 finalists for this year’s Asian Innovation Awards, presented by The Asian Wall Street Journal in association with Global Entrepolis@Singapore. The awards honor people and companies who improve quality of life or business productivity.

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