Pakistan finished 4th in the overall awards count, ahead of economic powerhouses Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and China.
(Taipei, Taiwan – December 5, 2016) – The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced this afternoon that Team Pakistan has won 3 Gold Awards and 6 Silver Awards at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2016 ceremony held in Taipei, Taiwan today.
Leading the way with the Golds were a young team from NUST for their project ‘Clinical Decision Support System for Diagnosis of Movement Disorders’, another team from NUST who collaborated with CASE, AFIO and Biomisa for their Research and Development project ‘Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Image for CDSS’ and Wondertree, a startup from P@SHA’s Tech Incubator The Nest i/o who won in the Inclusion and Community Category.
The Silver awards were bagged by Amin Farid for his chatbot school project on Conversation Engineering and Mr. Higgins, NUST for their project Sionser, UBL Fund Managers for their financial product imPro, Trillium Information Systems for their Security product T-Eye and two startups of The Nest i/o - MandiExpress and Sheops.
To bring innovation by Pakistani IT companies to the forefront, P@SHA took a delegation of 41 people to Taipei for the 16th annual APICTA Awards, a four day event that is deemed as the Oscars night for the Asia Pacific ICT arena. 28 teams from Pakistan competed against 236 from 17 economies across the Asia Pacific and were judged by 60+ seasoned professionals.
This delegation also included 9 teams who are alumni of P@SHA’s Tech Incubator, The Nest i/o. The regional Awards ceremony invites applications from 17 economies, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal and Pakistan.
Participants representing Pakistan were winners and runners-up at P@SHA’s flagship ICT Awards Program 2016 and were widely applauded for their performance against an extremely talented pool of competitors. The judging was done by industry veterans, tech professionals and renowned thought leaders and VCs from all across the Asia Pacific region.
Speaking on the occasion, Jehan Ara President of P@SHA said, “P@SHA showcases the true potential and diverse talent of the ICT industry time and again by providing them a platform like the P@SHA ICT Awards and paving way for them to compete and win against companies and products that are deemed the best in the region. All credit goes to the hard work put in by these teams and the efforts of mentors and judges who have been working with them all individually since October.” Judges from Pakistan included Jawwad A. Farid, Badar Khushnood, Dr Shoab Khan, Sultan Hamdani and Jehan Ara.
This year Team Pakistan’s performance was once again dominated by young people. With the support of its partners and sponsors, The Nest i/o was able to take a number of young teams from its current and previous cohorts of startups to give them a unique chance to meet and form potential partnerships with industry veterans in the region and attract business opportunities and possible investment for their respective ventures.
The international judges were all praise for the teams from Pakistan and commented that even the youngest of teams had shown the caliber of work being done by the Pakistan tech sector.
The Gold & Silver Award winners included:
Innovator: Muhammad Asad Raza
Institution: NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Product: Clinical Decision Support System for Diagnosis of Movement Disorders
Category: Tertiary Student Project
This product is an integration of hardware and software that accurately collects data samples from patient’s hand tremors and analyzes it to give doctors support in their clinical decision making.
Institution: NUST College of EME with collaborating units CASE, AFIO and Biomisa
Product: Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Image for CDSS
Category: Research and Development
The product offers the capabilities of a self-diagnosis system to auto diagnosis of different complications of macular and ocular pathology. The objective is to prevent sudden blindness or vision loss by providing an easy to access service to remote area patients all over Pakistan.
Category: Inclusion and Community
WonderTree is a platform that helps special children develop physical, social, academic and life skill sets through their augmented reality games.
Innovator: Amin Farid
Institution: Cedar College
Product: Conversation Engineering and chatbots
Category: School Project
The Higgins Engine is a conversation engineering tool that evaluate chat bot chat scripts as input and scores them for readability, complexity, and user experience based on rules identified as part of our first chatbot implementation on Botsify. The tool helps improves chatbot answers, increases customer satisfaction and sales conversions and boosts overall user experience.
Category: Inclusion and Community
Sheops is an online marketplace for women that provides entrepreneurship and earning opportunities to women and small women-owned businesses through a hassle-free and easy-to-use platform.
Company: Trillium Information Security Systems in research collaboration with the ASERG Lab at COMSATS Islamabad
Product: T-Eye Platform
T-Eye provides an insight into the threat landscape specific to an organization. It is capable of hosting different types of emulation services that are designed as decoy systems for attackers to interact with.
Category: Retail and Supply Chain
MandiExpress connects farmers directly to consumers. By buying straight from the Mandi, MandiExpress provides high quality, organic produce straight to the customer’s doorstep.
Company: UBL Fund Managers
Category: Financial Application
imPro is an integrated blend of technological innovation and business process re-engineering efforts that improves business efficiency while sustaining it with automation, integration and customer empowerment.
Innovators: Hassan Iqbal, Maria Aftab, Naila Iqbal, Muhammad Faizan Arshad Choudhary, Osama Waqar Bhatti
Institution: National University of Science & Technology (NUST)
Category: Tertiary Student Project
Sionser is a portable device with android application interface to measure, store and transmit accurate concentrations of toxic contaminants (Arsenic, Nitrates etc.) spontaneously in drinking water, providing a check and report mechanism of its safety for human consumption to concerned authorities.
The Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA) was founded in 1992. Today its membership includes more than 450 of the country’s largest software houses, product development centers, BPO companies, Animation & New Media studios and consulting & system integration companies. P@SHA’s main objective is to promote and develop the software and services industry in Pakistan and to protect the rights of its members. P@SHA has been an active industry advocacy platform and has been projecting the potential of the Pakistan IT and ITES community internationally, especially in the region such as South Asia, Middle East and Asia Pacific. P@SHA and its member companies are playing an active role in making their presence felt, both nationally and internationally.
For more information about P@SHA, please contact Ms. Jehan Ara, President P@SHA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) is an international awards program that aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and provide networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region. Now in their 16th year, the event not only recognizes innovation and creativity in the IT sector but also promotes economic and trade relations, facilitates technology transfer, and offers business opportunities and exposure to venture capitalists and investors.