Karachi: A journey that started 7 years ago in Hong Kong for the Pakistani Technology Industry reached an important milestone on November 11, 2011 in Pattaya, Thailand.
After winning 7 silvers in 2010 at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2010 held in Kuala Lumpur in October of last year, the P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) led and sponsored Pakistan delegation on Nov 11 delivered another stunning performance in front of the who’s who of the technology industry in the Asia Pacific region.
Team P@SHA from Pakistan picked up two Gold medals in the e-Logistics and e-Health categories while five silvers weighed in the APICTA categories of E-Inclusion and E-Community, Security, Financial Application, Communication and E-Government.
International APICTA Judges who graded and evaluated categories in which Pakistan participated spoke about the consistently high standard of presentations made by the Pakistani delegation, the level of preparedness and professionalism of Pakistani delegates and the trouble they had in picking winners and merit awards in competitive categories such as e-Learning and New Media and Entertainment.
Mr. Stephen Lau, a member of the judges Advisory Panel, the EXCO as well as a member of the core team behind the awards spoke about the progress Pakistan has made across the years at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards and how he has seen us grow from a small delegation to one of the fastest growing delegations at APICTA . The 30 strong Pakistan delegations put together their hands to celebrate each Gold and Merit win with 600 hundred delegates in attendance at the event.
Over the years the event has become a platform for Pakistani companies to meet with partners, counterparts and competition on one platform while presenting the case for their products in front of judges from 20 economies.
This year too was no different. While some teams didn’t win, their pitches and products didn’t go un-noticed. We expect and hope that over the next few weeks some of these regional collaboration conversations will generate even more good news for Team Pakistan.
Team Pakistan will now represent Pakistan next year in Brunei at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2012.
Tonight’s Pakistan category winners and runners up included:
APICTA Gold – Winners
1. E-Logistics and Supply Chain Management Applications – Winner
Product: Candela RMS Ultimate Edition
Lumensoft Pvt Ltd
An exciting mature product with more than 700 implementations across Pakistan in the retail store and inventory management space that beat entries from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia to come out as number one.
2. e-Health Applications Category – Winner
Product: Arrythmia and Sudden Death Syndrome Detection
CARE (Center for Advanced Research in Engineering)
CARE’s first gold at the competition came up in the Head Judges briefing when the Head Judge for the category spoke about the professionalism and quality of not just the CARE team but the entire Pakistan delegation.
APICTA Silver – Merit Awards
1. E-Government Applications Category – APICTA Silver (Merit)
Product: National Air Space Management System (NASMS)
Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE)
A consolidated national air space management system that bring together elements of detection, management, violation, flight plans and projected paths .
2. e-Inclusion and E-Community Applications Category – APICTA Silver (Merit)
Engro Foods and Orix Leasing Pakistan
One of the largest milk collection networks in the world uses technology to bring financial services to the milk producers of inner Punjab.
3. Security Applications Category – APICTA Silver (Merit)
Product: Consolidated Security System
Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE)
A consolidated electronic security platform at the national level.
4. Financial Applications Category – APICTA Silver (Merit)
Product: Capizar Suite of Applications
Infotech Pvt Limited
A complete end to end solution for capital markets in the developing world
Product: CCLC Controller
CARE Pvt. Ltd.
The pre-awards night – update
As the sun sets on 11th November 2011 at the Dusit Thani in Pattaya Thailand, team Pakistan gets ready to receive its score card on a team effort that started last year at the close of the Awards night in Kula Lumpur Malaysia in 2010. Every year after the awards night three to four P@SHA APICTA Awards advisors and judges get together to determine what we did right and where we missed out.
We surprised ourselves and our well wishers and partners at APICTA last year with our tally of seven silvers. It was an exhilarating moment hearing the name of Pakistan being called out at the Kula Lumpur Convention Center last year with the cream of the technology community from the Asia Pacific region.
Let’s see what tonight’s score card looks like.
Here is the list of categories in which we presented, our presenters, our products and their companies. This group flew our flag high, competing with 160 nominations from 12 economies. A final 72 hour push involved 6 mentors and advisors working till late at night with nominees from Pakistan polishing pitches, suggesting tweaks and helping with delivery. The push started with the arrival of the Judges at the Dusit Thani on 8th November.
A group 50 plus qualified and distinguished APICTA judges heard pitches starting from 8:30 am till 5:30 pm for two days running followed by a final round of approval and validation of results on the morning of the third day.
|1||E-Government||Dr. Shoaib||National Air Space Administration Platform|
|3||Tertiary Student||Zoya Ali Naqvi||ICE for Windows 7 NED University|
|4||Tertiary Student||Akhlaque Hussain||Gesture Based User Interface IST – Islamabad|
|5||New Media and
|Saad Hussain||Photo Editor for Black Berry|
|6||New Media and
|Faizan Iftikhar||Angry Monkey|
|7||Communication||Dr. Shoaib Khan||CCLC Controller|
|Amir Raza Khan||Capizar Suite for Capital Markets|
|Syed Ali||ICT and VAS Platform for Telco operators|
|10||E-Logistics||Abdul Aziz||Candella Retail Management Solution for Stores and Chain Stores|
|11||Security||Dr. Shoaib Khan||Consolidated Security Platform|
|12||Security||Farhan Masood||SmartXS –|
|Dr. Shoaib Khan||SDR|
|14||Research||Salman ul Haque||CUVILIB – Calculation accelerator algorithm for Image processing|
|15||Research||Salman Khan||VOIP Switch|
|16||E-Health||Dr. Shoaib Khan||Telemedicine solution for remote Cardiac Care|
|17||E-Inclusion||Atif Ali||EMAN – Milk collection Network|
|18||E-Inclusion||Farhan Masood||Go-Green Pakistan – Using social media for social impact|
The 18 companies were shortlisted earlier this year at the Annual P@SHA ICT Awards 2011 held in Karachi, Pakistan.
Keep your social media peeled for live updates from the front as the Asia Pacific ICT Awards night starts in the next 25 minutes at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand.
For more information, contact:
Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA)
Room 310, 3rd Floor, Business Centre
Block 2, PECHS, Main Shahrah-e-Faisal