Team Pakistan picks up 3 Golds and 1 Silver in major regional technology awards, APICTA 2015

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Colombo – November 21, 2015- The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced this evening that Team Pakistan won 3 Gold Awards and 1 Silver Award at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2015 ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka tonight.

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 197 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 caliber 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.

On hearing news of Team Pakistan’s performance, current P@SHA Chairman Syed Ahmad said “Top performance at APICTA 2015 has shown that young Pakistani IT entrepreneurs are the best in the region. If the IT industry gets support and an enabling environment from the Government, it can provide millions of jobs and help the Government achieve its Pakistan Vision 2025.”

Tonight’s Gold & Silver Award winners included:

GOLD AWARD

Company: Eyedeus Labs

Product: Ingrain

Website: http://www.eyedeus.com

Category: Startup Category

Eyedeus Labs is a startup developing Computer Vision technologies for smartphones. Ingrain is their second product – it is a Platform for targeted native advertisement in videos.

GOLD AWARD

Innovators: Noor Asif & Muhammad Farjad Hassan 
Organization: National University of Science & Technology School of EME

Product: Active and Intelligent Powered Ankle Foot Prosthesis for Trans-tibial Amputees.

Category: Tertiary Student Category
The objective of this project is build and run a prototype of an intelligent powered ankle foot prosthesis based on electromyography, capable of providing active mechanical power at terminal stance, can improve amputee metabolic walking economy compared to a passive or passive-elastic prosthesis.

GOLD AWARD

Company: Evamp & Saanga

Product: Mobile Audio Streaming Service

Website: http://evampsaanga.com

Category: Inclusion & Community Category

This service streams the audio feed from all popular TV and Radio stations in Pakistan, allowing access to live audio from TV & Radio via a simple phone call.  The service does not require mobile broadband, and is accessed via a dial-in short code.  The application is hosted on a Linux platform.  It requires telephony cards for connecting audio calls from the mobile operator to the software application. The live feed of each channel is received by our application via standard TV-Tuner PC boxes, converted into a digital signal by our application, and only the audio stream is picked up for broadcast via our service. The service works like a standard radio, and allows listeners to hear a live audio feed from their favorite TV as well as radio channels.  Imagine travelling on the motor way and being able to dial-in to hear Samaa’s news headlines, PTV Sport, Business Plus, or any one of over 25 TV channels or 8 Radio Stations.  The extensive multilingual audio menu allows you to easily browse between channels, just as you would on a personal audio.  The service includes content in Urdu, English, Pushto, and Sindhi.

SILVER AWARD

Product: Teddict

Website: http://www.teddict.com

Category: School Category

Teddict is a network, learning portal for young students that makes learning more engaging by giving the primary role to the student. Teddict allows students to learn their own way by letting them connect with each other for a diverse portfolio of concepts.

Learning will happen in a gamified environment where students are encouraged to contribute more in the learning process.

About P@SHA:

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 president@pasha.org.pk.

 

 

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