P@SHA Empowers Global Innovation in Technology with its 12th Annual Conference and ICT Awards

2015_PashaAwards_Winners

(Lahore) (October 12th, 2015) – The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES  (P@SHA), in partnership with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), organised its 12th annual ICT Conference and Awards Ceremony, during a grand gala event on October 12, 2015 at Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore.

The event was organised in partnership with Punjab IT Board (PITB), along with major tech sponsors including Infotech, Ministry of IT and PSEB, DPL and Systems Limited and Telenor Apps.

Bringing together local tech stars on a single platform, the Awards ceremony lauded innovation and excellence in the Pakistan ICT industry and recognized the efforts of outstanding achievers that have been making waves both locally and internationally. The guest list for both events included leading gurus of the tech industry as well as representatives from the government, the business sector, professionals, academia and students.

“As always, we were overwhelmed by the number of entries that started pouring in from all around the country as soon as we opened applications for the P@SHA ICT Awards which are now in their 12th year”, said Jehan Ara, President of P@SHA. “Celebrating innovation in the Pakistan IT industry is our foremost goal and we started these awards with a vision to promote innovation in Pakistan. There is so much to celebrate, so many innovators who prove again and again that we are a country brimming with talent and creativity; where people with wonderful ideas start companies and transform their ideas into dreams and products that conquer markets, create impact and win awards and accolades.”

Entries for the P@SHA ICT Awards were received from Hyderabad, Mianwali, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Judging was held in all three major cities of Pakistan to evaluate the applicants and their products. Companies and individuals were asked to pitch their products in front of a panel of judges, that included Syed Ahmed, Shehryar Hydri, Jawwad Farid, Adil Moosajee, Shahjahan Chaudhary, Ashraf Kapadia, Farhan Masood, Zafar Khan, Sameer Noorani, Nabeel Nawaz, Amin Ansari, Abdul Aziz, Saad Hamid and  Jehan Ara.

According to the Chairman of P@SHA Mr Syed Ahmad, CEO of DPL, “The key idea behind holding these awards every year is to give our companies a platform to showcase their talent and innovation, and provide them a chance to gain local, regional and international exposure. At the end of the day, it’s all about promoting growth and excellence in the IT sector and establish Pakistan’s stature as a hub of creativity and innovation.”

The application process for the awards kicked off in August, and companies and individuals regardless of being P@SHA members or not, applied in 17 product categories and 15 service categories. P@SHA ICT Awards also open doors to international exposure for local companies working on innovative ideas, as the winners from Product categories will get a chance to represent Pakistan at APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) 2015 that are being held in Colombo next month.

Preceding the Awards night was P@SHA’s Annual Conference, with a number of panel discussions by notable industry experts lined up on core issues of concern for the ICT industry. The conference began with a talk by Shoaib Makani, who used to be part of Khosla Ventures in Silicon Valley and is now running his own startup in Silicon Valley. A discussion on the emerging e-commerce landscape in Pakistan was next, followed by a panel on scaling and growth hacking titled: “From zero to million (founders who grew companies to million+ and how)”. The key panel in the conference however, was focused on Taxation – the role of the regulation and how it affects the growth of IT companies operating in Pakistan. The final panel of the day was dedicated to the thriving startup eco-culture in Pakistan, highlighting the role of accelerators, incubators and freelancers on boosting the growth of the IT sector.

About P@SHA:

The Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA) was founded in 1992 by nine technology companies. Today its membership includes more than 450 software houses, product development shops, mobile application companies, 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, both in the region and internationally. 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 president@pasha.org.pk or follow P@SHA on Facebook (facebook.com/pakict) or Twitter (@pashaorg)

Official hashtag for the event is #PASHAAwards15.

P@SHA ICT Awards 2015 – Complete List of Winners

Product Categories

Best in Government & Public Sector

Winner

Company: RAR MultiBiz Services (Pvt.) Ltd

Product: CMIS

Website: www.multibizservices.com 

Best in Application Tools & Platforms

Runner Up

Company: Bramerz Private Limited

Product: Fishry

Website: www.bramerz.pk

Runner Up

Company: Avanza Solutions

Product: Novus – Multichannel Switch

Website: www.avanzasolutions.com

Winner

Company: Wavetech FZCO

Product: Opinion Plus

Website: www.wavetec.com

Best in Health and Well Being

Runner Up

Company: CureMD Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited

Product: Population Health Management

Website: www.curemd.com

Winner

Company: CASE / NUST College of EME

Product: AL-BASR

Website: www.case.edu.pk

Best in E-inclusion and Community

Runner Up

Company: UAP

Product: WonderTree

Website: www.wondertree.co

Runner Up

Company: Sukoon.com.pk

Product: Sukoon Online Services

Website: www.sukoon.com.pk

Winner

Company: Evamp & Saanga

Product: Mobile Audio Streaming Service

Website: www.evampsaanga.com

Best in E-Learning

Runner Up

Company: EduCoders

Website: www.educoders.com

Winner

Company: Arbisoft

Product: Play Physics

Website: www.arbisoft.com

Best in E-Logistics and Supply Chain

Runner Up

Company: ESoftBiz

Product: iWMS

Website: www.esoft-biz.com

Winner

Company: Efrotech Services

Product: BizzTrax

Website: www.efrotech.com

Best in Sustainability & Environment Technology

Winner

Company: XGear (Pvt.) Ltd.

Product: XGear – Drive Smart

Website: www.xgear.io

Best in Financial Industry Application

Runner Up

Company: Efrotech Services

Product: ePayroll (Payroll Disbursement Solution)

Website: www.efrotech.com

Runner Up

Company: Monet (Pvt.) Ltd

Product: Swipe2Pay

Website: www.monet-online.com

Winner

Company: AutoSoft Dynamics (Pvt.) Limited

Product: AutoBANKER

Website: www.autosoftdynamics.com

Best in Industrial Application

Winner

Company: Evamp & Saanga

Product: Telecom On-Device-Portal (ODP)

Website: www.evampsaanga.com

Best in Research & Development

Runner Up

Company: BurqStream Technologies

Product: Flow Monitoring & Blockage Detection System

Website: www.burqstream.com

Winner

Company: TunaCode Pvt. Ltd.

Product: Undersea Enhancer

Website: www.tunacode.com

Best in Security Application

Winner

Company: BurqStream Technologies

Product: SecureVideo

Website: www.burqstream.com

Best Startup

Runner Up

Company: Finspire Innovations (Pvt.) Ltd.

Product: Investor Lounge

Website: www.investorlounge.co

Runner Up

Company: Sukoon.com.pk

Product: Sukoon Online Services

Website: www.sukoon.com.pk

Winner

Company: Ingrain (Pvt.) Ltd.

Product: Ingrain

Website:www.ingrain.io

Best Tertiary Student Project

Runner Up

Company: Namal College Mianwali

Product: Rateker

Website: www.rateker.com

Runner Up

Company: College of EME, National University of Sciences and Technology

Product: Development of EMG/ EEG Controlled Upper Limb Prosthesis

Website: www.ceme.nust.edu.pk

Winner

Company: Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture

Product: Whisper O

Website: www.whispero.io

Best in Tourism & Hospitality

Winner

Company: Wavetec FZCO

Product: Vendi

Website: www.wavetec.com

Best School Project

Winner

Company: Teddict

Website: www.teddict.com

Service Categories

Best in Animation

Winner

Company: WeRPlay

Product: Run Sheeda Run

Website: www.werplay.com

Best in Mobile Application

Runner Up

Company: OneByte

Product: CFxComics

Website: www.onebyte.biz

Winner

Company: Avanza Solutions

Product: Proximate

Website: www.avanzasolutions.com

Best in BPO

Winner

Company: Systems Limited

Website: www.systemsltd.com

Best in Brand Development

Runner Up

Company: Avanza Solutions

Website: www.avanzasolutions.com

Winner

Company: Invest2Innovate

Website: www.invest2innovate.com

Best in Gender Diversity

Runner Up

Company: Bramerz Private Limited

Website: www.bramerz.pk

Winner

Company: WeRPlay

Website: www.werplay.com

Best in HR Excellence

Winner

Company: Systems Limited

Website: www.systemsltd.com

Best in Managed Services

Winner

Company: Monet (Pvt.) Ltd

Website:www.monet-online.com

Best in Project Management

Runner Up

Company: Systems Limited

Website: www.systemsltd.com

Winner

Company: TPS Pvt. Ltd.

Product: Ooredoo Payment Gateway Project

Website: www.tpsonline.com

Best in Service Innovation

Runner Up

Company: Software Labs/Streebo

Product: Open Payments Analytics (OPA)

Website: www.streebo.com

Winner

Company: UBL Fund Managers

Website: http://www.ublfunds.com

Best in Social Media (IT Company)

Runner Up

Company: Strategic Alliancez

Website: www.strategicalliancez.com

Winner

Company: Bramerz Private Limited

Website: www.bramerz.pk

Best in Export Growth

Winner

Company: Systems Limited

Website: www.systemsltd.com

CIO of the Year (Private Sector)

Winner

Company: Muhammad Rehan Qadri, CIO UBL Fund Managers

Website: http://www.ublfunds.com

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