Chamindra de Silva, founding member and current leader of the Sahana project, has been awarded MIT’s prestigious Globus Indus Technovator Award (GITA) in the Grass Roots / Developmental category. The purpose of GITA, sponsored by the MIT Indian Students Association, is to honor “any person of Indus origin, resident anywhere in the world, under the age of 45 who has made outstanding technological or entrepreneurial contributions.”
As described here, Chamindra reacted to news of the award in his usual modest and self-effacing way:
As much as I value this award, in the humanitarian response domain, awards are not the focus, as we work mainly to make a difference to those in need. A lot of credit for what we have been able to achieve and build upon is thanks to the many passionate volunteers and contributors in Sri Lanka and around the world, who wanted to make a difference by using their skills for the greater good.
The GITA award now joins a growing list of awards and recognition received by the Sahana project, including the Free Software Award for Social Benefit (Feb 2007), Sourceforge Project of the Month (June 2006), Software 2006: Good Samaritan Award (April 2006, US) and Network World’s top 10 Open Source Companies to Watch (Aug 2006).
Congratulations Chamindra! Well deserved!