Colombo: The Team Pakistan displayed stunning technological performance at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2015 and won 3 Gold and 1 Silver at the award ceremony held in Colombo, last evening.The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES delegation comprised of 50 members with 22 technology products, competing for the prestigious APICTA Awards against 197 products from 17 countries of the region.The Sri Lankan Minister for Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando was the chief guest at the awards ceremony, which was also graced by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain.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 Technology Incubator in Karachi for their project Teddict.Winners from the Asia Pacific compete in this three day regional event were judged by industry professionals, technology veterans and thought leaders from the APAC region.International APICTA Judges from 17 countries 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, PASHA was able to take to Colombo, a number of young teams of Pakistani IT professionals under the banner of Team Pakistan. 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. The international judges commended the members of team Pakistan for displaying high caliber of work which truly represented Pakistan’s booming tech sector. They were absolutely blown away by the younger members that took part in the Tertiary Student Category and the Secondary School Project category.While speaking on the occasion, President PASHA Jehan Ara said, “The PASHA ICT Awards – a PASHA 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.”
PASHA’s main objective is to promote and develop the software and services industry in Pakistan and to protect the rights of its members. PASHA 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. PASHA and its member companies are playing an active role in making their presence felt, both nationally and internationally.