KARACHI: The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced that Team Pakistan won three Gold Awards and one Silver Award at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2015 ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Leading the way with the Gold were the teams from Eyedeus Labs for their new product “Ingrain”, Evamp & Sanga for their product Mobile Audio Streaming Service and students from the NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for their research project Active and Intelligent Powered Ankle Foot Prosthesis for Trans-tibial Amputees.
The Silver Award was taken by a very young team from The Nest i/o – P@SHA’s Technology Incubator in Karachi for their project Teddict. The awards ceremony was graced by the Sri Lankan Minister for Telecom and Digital Infrastructure. The Pakistan High Commissioner Major General (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain in Sri Lanka, was with Team Pakistan to witness the Pakistani Tech sectors red letter moment.
This year’s P@SHA delegation comprised 50 members with 22 technology products competing for the prestigious APICTA Awards against 184 products from 17 economies in the region. Team Pakistan delivered another stunning performance in front of the Who’s Who of the technology industry in the Asia Pacific region in categories that are extremely competitive.
Winners from the Asia Pacific compete in this three day regional event judged by industry professionals, technology veterans and thought leaders from the APAC region. The consistent great results by Team Pakistan are due to the concerted efforts of judges and mentors who work tirelessly with winners at the P@SHA ICT Awards which took place in Lahore in October this year.
Speaking on the occasion, Jehan Ara President of P@SHA said, “The P@SHA ICT Awards , P@SHA’s signature event for the past 12 years, has provided a platform to show the world what technology companies and young people in Pakistan are capable of. This year we have once again proven that our products can be benchmarked against the best in the region.”
International APICTA Judges from 17 economies who evaluated the categories in which Pakistan participated spoke about the consistently high standard of technology products presented by Pakistan year after year.
This year Team Pakistan performed superbly with young people once again taking the lead. With the support of Samsung and Google for Entrepreneurs, P@SHA was able to take a number of young teams to Colombo. The objective was to bring them face-to-face with the best technology companies, professionals and students in the Asia Pacific, to provide an opportunity to meet and form potential partnerships with each other and to attract business and possible investment.
Dressed in their green Team Pakistan t-shirts, the team from Pakistan created impact by putting up a great show. Some of the international judges commented that all the teams had shown the calibre of work being done by the Pakistan tech sector. They were absolutely blown away by the younger teams that took part in the Tertiary Student Category and the Secondary School Project category.
Speaking at the APICTA Awards gala event in Colombo, Dr Shoab A Khan, Immediate Past Chairman of P@SHA and a judge at the APICTA event said: “The standard of the competition is improving each year and we know that because it is the best products from each country that compete, we will have to share the accolades.” Other judges from Pakistan include Jawwad A. Farid, Badar Khushnood, and Sultan Hamdani.