Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) organized the P@SHA LaunchPad 2014 series of events for the sixth year successfully. The events were held in the three metropolis of Pakistan – in Karachi on June 24 at IBA Main Campus, in Lahore on June 25 at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and in Islamabad on June 26 in partnership with Kuch Khaas. While the Pakistan Software Export Board provided partial sponsorship for holding the P@SHA LaunchPad events this year.
P@SHA LaunchPad serves as a remarkable platform to discover the best technology ideas and startups within Pakistan, bring them in front of the Pakistan IT industry’s most experienced and influential professionals and entrepreneurs and highlight them through online showcases and social media.
The purpose is to create a space where young people with great ideas, and where early-stage companies with innovative products, can have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of people who ask relevant questions, make suggestions to help develop the idea or product, assist with market identification, mentoring and possibly investment.
P@SHA LaunchPad 2014 series kicked off with an overwhelming response with a total of 131 entries from participants across all the three cities within a week’s time. As per the P@SHA LaunchPad tradition the aim was to select three winners from each city 1) Best Startup 2) Best Innovative Idea and 3) Best Social Innovation Idea/Product with each winner receiving a cash prize of Rs. 100,000.
This year the competition was tougher and the phenomenal ideas exceeded the expectations of the judges by a huge margin. As one of the judges commented, “The P@SHA LaunchPad entries keep getting better and better each year.” The judges were quite impressed with the presentations made by the competing teams and the quick-witted responses of the participants. On the other hand, it was a good learning experience for the participating teams who received some useful mentoring from the judges to improve their ideas/products.
A special thanks to all the judges from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad who took out the time to be on the P@SHA LaunchPad jury. P@SHA is immensely grateful to IBA – Karachi, LCWU and Kuch Khaas as well as the volunteers for facilitating our events impeccably and the Pakistan Software Export Board for supporting our initiative.
The P@SHA LaunchPad 2014 winners are as follows:
Best Startup – Syed Ali Ahsan for Tangible Ideas
Syed Ali Ahsan has developed a desktop 3D Printer in Pakistan himself and plans to build an eco-system for 3D Printing, an ideal hackerspace to help enthusiasts learn and work towards 3D Printing.
Best Innovative Idea – Jamal Nasir for Offline Locator
The idea is to get a person or vehicle’s location using smartphone without using the Internet.
Best Social Innovation Product/Idea–Shariq Raza for Sitback.pk
Sitback.pk aims to solve real life problems of university students throughout Pakistan with the use of web apps. The team aims to make Sitback.pk a complete platform for university students in the country. Currently Sitback.pk offers the “Uni Rides” & the “Book Shop” apps to save students time & money.
Best Social Innovation Product/Idea – Rafay Qureshi for Dastkari.pk
Dastkari.Pk is the marketplace for artisans and craft workers in Pakistan who are expert at making handicrafts, handmade jewelry, quilts and other handmade items.
Best Startup – Madeeha Hassan for Savaree
Savaree is an organization-based ride-sharing platform that brings together drivers going a certain route and people who need a ride along that route.
Best Innovative Idea – Junaid Hafeez for Urdu Plagiarism Detector
The idea is to develop a product for Udru language which can detect plagiarism in Urdu documents as there is a prevailing issue of intellectual property of ideas, research, papers, reports created in Urdu which are being stolen and there is no way to detect plagiarized data. This detector will mainly help researchers and universities.
Best Social Innovation – Talha Khurshid Siddiqui for My Learningz
MyLearningZ.com aims to become Pakistan’s top-notch personal and professional development portal. It is working for the development of the people and building a learning culture within the country by giving out extracts from best selling personal and professional development books, conducting video interviews on different topics with CEO’s trainers, professionals and activists, short talks and much more.
Best Social Innovation – Syed Uzair Shah for Active Shehri
Active Shehri aims to create society linkage among citizens using cyber space so they can discuss their issues online and solve problems, moreover if they are facing issues with some concerned authorities they can raise their voice collectively and create a larger impact.
Best Startup – Asrar ul Hasan for Air Ads
Air Ads will give a unique augmented reality experience to advertisers to advertise. This is a city based advertisement platform to enable mobile app users to scan the Air of their city with their smart phones to know about all the happenings in the city.
Best Innovative Idea – Rizwan Karim for Online Appointment
An online database where doctors or consultants will enter their time availability with time slabs with dates in advance for the next whole week/month/year and in turn they will also save average consultancy time.