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Mr. Bharatam is also the founder of the not-for-profit CauseanEffect Foundation (CnE). The CauseanEffect project was first launched to help the victims of the super cyclone that devastated Orissa in the year 1999. The same team then moved on to generate funds for the victims of the Gujarat Earthquake and Andhra Floods, as well as the Tsunami-affected victims across Tamil Nadu & Andhra. In all CnE projects, iridium Interactive (ii) functions as the commercial interactive agency, and has been highly successful in generating awareness and publicity. The ii management and employees are actively involved in all the initiatives of CnE, giving generously of their time and expertise.
Mr. Bharatam himself made an abrupt departure from a very promising consultancy career to establish CnE. An avid believer in the World Wide Web, he used the power of internet to raise significant funds for the cyclone victims & to build a global community of 18 million in just 45 days. This effort led him to win the world’s prestigious Kauffman Community Award for ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ in the year 2004. Known for his creativity and innovation, he currently spearheads the Web Accessibility and Usability Initiative, i.e. making websites accessible for the differently-abled.
Accepting the Udyog Rattan award, Mr. Bharatam said that both the awards rightfully belong to management ,staff and well wishers of iridium Interative who have contributed towards making the company a success story.
The award was presented at India Habitat Center, New Delhi. The ceremony was graced by the Governor of Sikkim, Bhism Narain Singh, Ex-governor ,Tamil Nadu, G.V.G Krishna Murthy ,former Election Commissioner and other dignitaries.
The Udyog Rattan Award and Award for Excellence is conferred by the Institute of Economic Studies every year. IES (http://iesindia.org) was established in 1980 by a group of economists, parliamentarians and industrialists who came together to study and discuss problems concerning various aspects of the economy and economic development of India and offer their expert advice and services.
The previous recipients of this prestigious award include Vijay Mallaya, R Krishna Bajaj, H S Singhania, Dr B K Modi, B R Chopra, Renuka Ramnath and H P Nanda.
Over the years the institute has been patronised and inspired by the likes of Pranab Kumar Mukerjee, Khursheed Alam Khan, N D Tiwari, A K Panja, V N Gadgil, Madhavsing Solanki, Giani Zail Singh, Shankar Dayal Sharma, Kumudben Joshi, M Arunachalam, P Shiv Shankar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ram Rao Adik, M Hidayatullah and Rabi Ray.
About iridium Interactive
iridium Interactive (ii) specializes in offering unique user-centric e-business solutions. With a presence across three continents, it has been at the forefront in integrating strategy, design and technology to build unique, robust user-centric e-business solutions. We take the time to understand our client’s goals and develop interactive solutions to meet them. Our talented team has worked on a variety of disciplines for a multitude of clients drawn from various industries, and has a number of award-winning works to its credit. In the year 2007 iridium Interactive was chosen by NASSCOM as one of the top 100 Innovators of India
iridium Interactive operates in the digital virtual world – but out feet are firmly entrenched in the physical real world. Our raison de’ etre is social responsibility. And thats the core genesis.
Speaking on this occasion Sriram said, “We believe that every citizen has a responsibility to give back to the society, and we at iridium Interactive have steadfastly followed this adage. Our socially responsible approach is our differentiator – bringing smiles to more faces, and winning us a few accolades along the way. We translate our ideology into action in many ways: we advocate web accessibility in the virtual world; while working towards up-lifting the disabled in the real world through our non-profit arm, Cause an Effect foundation.”
CauseanEffect (CnE) is an award winning Not-for-Profit organization with international repute focusing on Agriculture, Women, Health, Livelihood, Disability, Child care & Education, Animal Care and Environment.The organization harnesses the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for sustainable and equitable development, to enable the poor and the marginalized communities to transform their lives.The genesis of the Foundation was during the cyclone that wreaked havoc in Orissa. Natural disasters that followed: the earthquake in Gujarat in 2000, cyclone in Andhra in 2001, the tsunami in 2004, were all instances in which we tried to make a difference.
The process of empowering disabled people is an end-to-end value chain that spans iridium and CnE, and is done through multiple initiatives. CnE has conducted disability camps bringing together the State Governments, transport authorities and medical personnel to issue 5000 disability certificates to the differently abled. It has also conducted livelihood trainings that have empowered a thousand people with financial viability, and workshops in education and English language to bring the differently-abled community closer to the mainstream and services on offer through the internet.
ii has also been instrumental in promoting ‘web accessibility’ for visually impaired and motor disabled people, enabling them to access technology- and information-related products through the use of Internet. The company creates awareness amongst website owners (government and private) on the need to make sites accessible to disabled users, and also on promoting Internet usage within the disabled sections of the society.
About Mr. Sriram Bharatam
Sriram started his career with Hewlett-Packard JV in the Strategy & Consulting practice, rising quickly through the ranks. He left a very promising career to establish a non-profit to aid victims of a natural calamity that occurred in Orissa, India in late 1999. An avid believer of the power of the world wide web, he used the power of internet to raise significant sum of funds for Cyclone victims & build a global community of 18 million in just 45 days through CauseanEffect foundation. This effort led him to win the world’s prestigious Kauffman Community Award for ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ in the year 2004.
With this confidence he founded India’s first full-cycle interactive agency, iridium Interactive in 1999. The focus of the organization has been to empower both corporates and their end clients through the medium of the internet. Today his team works with leading corporates in nine verticals across 3 continents. Known for creativity and innovation, he is currently spearheading the Web Accessibility initiative i.e making the web sites accessible for visually challenged in India. He is an alumni of MIT with bachelors in Engineering and Masters in Business Administration & a nominee of Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year Award’.
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Congratulations Sriram..and Congratulations ii team!!!Proud to be part of the team:)!!!
Hats off to you!!! Congratulations!!!
Congratulation Sriram Sir, I am proud to here this success on behalf of all of my team members.
Congratulatios!!!!!!!!! Proud to a part of II family.
Congratulations to Mr. Sri Ram Sir and Hats off to the IridiumInteractive Team!!!!! Well Done.
We are very proud of you.
Congratulations to Sriram.
Keep winning, its a good habit.
And it’s a fantastic feeling reading this blog entry.
A big congratulations on the grand feat, please accept my good wishes on this grand moment of success.
Your efforts in portraying a silver tray of excellent workmanship is highly laudable and I wish all of us at ii should follow the hallowing examples that you have been setting.
Wish you all the best in your future endeavors
congratulations! one more feather in the cap.
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. We all are proud to be part of your distant vision, goal and purpose. Like they say If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. We are happy you started the journey and that we are part of it.
Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award!!
Congrats sir. Very, very well deserved!
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