Pakistani Named as One of Top Young Innovators in World

Dr. Umar SaifDr. Umar Saif, a professor at LUMS, has been recognized by MIT amongst 35 top young innovators in the world for his software BitMate, a peer-to-peer file sharing system aimed for low bandwidth networks.

The MIT Technology Review selects the top innovators from around the world after in-depth evaluation process.

Judges, who are leading experts in their fields from universities such as MIT, Stanford and Harvard, consider hundreds of high-impact researchers and entrepreneurs from all over the world, out of which top 35 are chosen for the award.

Dr. Saif’s named was included in the list for his contribution for developing world by speeding up their download speeds. BitMate, as mentioned above, is like a torrent software for low-bandwidth users. It let’s a pool of users in the same area to share the common data to pool the bandwidth, which ultimately reduces download time, typically by half.

Released in February this year, the software has already been downloaded more than 30,000 times by people in 173 countries.

Earlier, Dr. Saif’s had developed an SMS based utility, named as ‘SMSall’ for Pakistani audience that enabled users to interact with each other in form of groups. This solution was formed in response to October 2005 earthquake to make communication easier and smoother for those helping hands in remote regions.

Via Technology Review

  • Word Life

    Proud to be a Pakistani !

  • That’s great news indeed.

  • waheed

    Great… :)

  • Nauman Afzal

    Good news we are proud of you doc,

  • Salman Abbas

    Looks good, I’ll give it a try :)

  • MashAllah.. This is a Good News.. Ab Hum main se hee ayengay.. Pakistani Zindabad ! :)

  • Hanan

    Well done Sir, You made us proud.

  • Baloch

    good work

  • Imran Chauhdry

    yes all pakistanis are proud of you doc.

  • samz

    kindly educate me more about bitmate… if its torrent software and i think it is called poor man’s broadband as well… but are torrents legal to download?


    well done,dr.umar saif pakistani nation ko ap par fakhar hy.

  • Wiqqe

    Pride of Pakistan

    We are Proud of Dr. Umar Saif, for his contribution in the Revolution of infotech in developing countries. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.
    Salute to Great Person..!


  • Ikram Musawir Yousafzai

    we are proud of you sir.

  • ejaz masood

    yuo are our pride

  • m.yasir

    This is really a great news for Pakistan, especially when there is so much frustration in Pakistan due to deteriorating conditions of law and economy…


  • Naveed

    good work

  • No doubt gr8 effort proud to be a Pakistani