Today is a great day for Dritte. We're proud to announce that MIT Tech Review has selected Umar Saif as one of the top innovators under the age of 35 (informally referred to as the "TR-35 Award"). "The TR35 recognizes the world's top 35 young innovators that are radically transforming technology as we know it. Their work - spanning medicine, computing, communications, energy, electronics and nanotechnology - is changing our world", according to the Tech Review. This is the first time in the past decade that a Pakistani has been recognized by the Tech Review.
Umar has been cited for his works on BitMate and SMSall. Both technologies are aimed at providing better communication infrastructure for developing regions. SMSall is the "Twitter over SMS" that has been used to send nearly 4 billion texts to about 2.4 million users. BitMate, on the other hand, targets slow Internet connections in developing regions, and lets users pool their bandwidth together for faster downloads. BitMate has been downloaded more than 30,000 times by people in 173 countries.
The TechReview cites these two works probably because they were most recently in the news, but there are many other exciting projects that Umar is taking a lead on. He moved back to Pakistan, from MIT, with one goal in mind; use technology in innovative ways for improving the lives of people in developing regions. The MIT TR-35 selection will hopefully help in bringing more attention to this noble cause.