The Pakistan contingent at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2009 in Melbourne did the industry and the country proud by presenting ICT solutions of the highest standard yet again this year. They were able to benchmark their products against 158 other products from around the Asia Pacific region. As Stephen Lau, the outgoing Chairman of APICTA, said in his speech at the Awards dinner “All 158 entries were winners because they were recognized by their countries as being the best of the best, and were therefore showcased as the most innovative solutions from the region.”
P@SHA entries have consistently outdone themselves in previous years but this year was different because the two products that stood out were in categories that have not traditionally been our strengths.
For the first time ever we took with us a Secondary School Student entry “MediConnect” and a 3D Cricket Game “Cricket Revolution” – a production of Mindstorm Studios.
Zayd Enam of MediConnect is only 17 years old. He vowed us all at the P@SHA Tech Crunch Gong Awards and the P@SHA ICT Awards in October this year. And in Melbourne at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2009, he totally bowled over the judges in his category with his passion, his brilliant presentation and the idea behind MediConnect. It was therefore no surprise that he won the APICTA Award in the Secondary School Student category making the whole P@SHA contingent proud.
Although the CEO of Mindstorm Studios was unable to make it to Melbourne, Farhan Masood of Solotech who went there to pitch his own Security product, volunteered to make the Cricket Revolution pitch on his behalf in the Digital Media & Entertainment category. Cricket Revolution came out a close Runner up in this category and was given the Merit Award.
Yet again Pakistan proved that innovation continues to thrive in a young but growing ICT sector despite numerous challenges. The Pakistan ICT sector continues to benchmark itself against products from the region and does extremely well.
Judges from Pakistan at the event included Zafar Khan, CEO of Sofizar and Sultan Hamdani, COO of Maison Consulting. Participants received great mentoring and presentation advice from Jawwad Farid – CEO of Alchemy Technologies, Imran Zia – CEO of Vahzay & Immediate Past Chairman of P@SHA and Adnan Agboatwalla – CoFounder of PixSense.
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