In October 15,
2003, Iftekhar Enayetullah and Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha,
Co-Founders of Waste Concern were named one of 25 laureates
for the prestigious 2003
Tech Museum Awardspresented by Applied Materials, Inc.
The Tech Museum of Innovation, located in
San Jose, California announced the laureates.
Valley where technology is considered a way of life, The Tech Museum
Awards were developed to recognize the need to bridge existing
technology in emerging countries and emerging technologies in
Enayetullah and Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha have been selected as
laureates for the Intel Environment Awards for their model of
composting program that turns waste into fertilizer and creates new
jobs. The amount of garbage in Dhaka far exceeds the coping capacity
of municipal authorities. As a result, over half of the city’s waste
remains uncollected and poses grave public health and environmental
hazards. The inadequate collection treatment, and disposal of
garbage are resulting in pollution, contamination of food and water,
the spreading of disease and a significant deterioration in the
quality of urban life. Iftekhar Enayetullah and Abu Hasnat Md.
Maqsood Sinha developed and currently replicating their composting
model in a number of cities of Bangladesh. They have shown that
composting can be organized in an efficient and profitable way.
Their program has created new opportunity of local jobs and helps
nourish Bangladesh’s depleted soil. In 1998, their model was first
replicated by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) of the
Government of Bangladesh with the support from UNDP and later in the
year 2000 Bangladesh government decided to replicate this model in
14 cities of Bangladesh with the support from UNICEF.
On October 15,
at a black tie Awards Gala, Silicon Valley leaders and delegates
from the United Nations joined together to honor all 25 laureates.
The awards, presented in
partnership with the American Council for the United Nations
University and Santa Clara University’s Center for Science,
Technology, and Society, are designed to honor individuals,
for-profit companies, and public and not-for-profit organizations
from around the world who are applying technology to
profoundly improve the human condition in the categories of
education, equality, environment, economic development, and health.
This year, an esteemed panel of
judges considered more than 500 nominations, representing 70
countries. The 25 2003 Tech Laureates come from Bangladesh,
Canada, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nepal, and
the United States. Here it should be mentioned that they are the
first Bangladeshi to receive this rare honor. Iftekhar Enayetullah
and Abu Hasnat Md. Maqsood Sinha were invited by the Tech Museum
Awards authority to participate in the award ceremony in San Jose,
USA during October 14-17, 2003. In this connection the American
Association of Bangladesh Engineers and Architects, San Jose, USA
gave an warm reception to these two Bangladeshi.
mission of The Tech Museum of Innovation, these awards recognize the
innovators who use technology to improve people’s lives,” says Peter
Giles, president and chief executive officer of The Tech. “Through
these awards, The Tech inspires future scientists, technologists,
and social entrepreneurs to harness the incredible power and promise
of technology to solve the challenges that confront us at the dawn
of the 21st Century.”