The story of Honey Bajaj is one that almost every Indian child goes through but then rarely does anybody manage to carve out their way as well as the young girl did. From the parent’s wish to become an MBA to actually becoming ‘Innovator of the Year’.
The journey has its highs and lows and Honey wants to remember just the highs because that is how she’s going to reach higher.
Being an innovator, a profession that’s still finding its footing in India was not easy. But today after so many patents to her kitty, Honey couldn’t care less.
From an average student at her hometown in Siliguri to quitting a bank job, Honey did face dilemmas in her career until she found the power of innovation, the one that took her places. She says ”People think experimenting is synonymous with failure. If you are an experimenter and it does not succeed, you are labelled a failure.”
Bajaj is presently a researcher and student at Maasachusetts Institue of Technology (MIT) pursuing a Masters in science and engineering. She has developed Kisana- an application for boosting agricultural productivity, Alexandria- a device for the deaf, an infant warmer amongst many other exemplary tools.
However the one to make her win the big award is her latest initative she’s working upon in MIT. The project titled Udaan is a low cost diagnostic mobile kit that will help community health workers to screen maternal and infant health. This will help in pulling down the number of childbirth deaths that is common in India. India will definitely be helped a great deal with this one.
The lady is happy on winning the Innovator of the Year award. She says ‘My journey has been full of barriers and the road less traveled. Making it this far is a validation of all that I have been.’