22-year-old Assamese lad Riddhiman Das has been presented with the prestigious “Champions of Change Award” of the United States for his achievement as an immigrant innovator and entrepreneur during an event held at the White House by President Barack Obama recently.
The US has honoured a total of 11 innovators and entrepreneurs, including three Indian Americans. Besides Das, the other recipients of the award were Shradha Agarwal from Chicago and Amar Sawhney from Massachusetts.
The award was instituted by the White House to honour immigrant innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world on the basis of their contribution towards creating American jobs, grow the economy and making the US more competitive.
According to the Assam Tribune report;
[blockquote]Riddhiman Das has been awarded for his contribution in computer science and its application for the welfare and progress of the United States. He is currently pursuing his post-graduation in the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), with specialisation in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He went to the United States in 2008 for undergraduation course at the UMKC with Computer Science (major), Mathematics and Entrepreneurship and successfully completed it in 2012.[/blockquote]
As an undergraduate student, He co-founded three start-up tech companies and is also involved with a Kansas City-based technology start-up that has commercialised the Eye-print Verification System as a simple, safe replacement for entering passwords on smart-phones.
In 2010, The former student of Don Bosco School, Guwahati was honoured as one of the 10 best Under Graduate Students by Bill Gates.
A year later, during his internship with Qualcomm, California, US, he developed three American Patents on his inventions for special health applications of mobile phones. Last year, Google awarded him as one of the world’s top 10 graduates.
In January 2013, he received the US Ignite Next-Generation Developers’ recognition from President Obama.