The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), in partnership with the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), organized its 12th annual ICT Conference and Awards Ceremony, during a grand gala event at the Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore on Sept 12.
The major tech sponsors included InfoTech, Federal Ministry of Information Technology and Technology, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), DPL, Systems Limited and Telenor Apps. Bringing together local tech stars on a single platform, the awards were aimed at appreciating innovation and excellence in the Pakistan’s information and communications (ICT) industry, recognizing the efforts of outstanding achievers that have been making waves both locally and internationally. PITB Chairman Dr.Umar Saif was the chief guest while the guests included leading gurus of the tech industry as well as representatives from the government, business sector, professionals, academia, media and students.
Speaking on the occasion, P@SHA Chairman Syed Ahmad said: “The key idea behind holding these awards every year is to give our companies a platform to showcase their talent and innovation, providing them with 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.”
P@SHA President Jehan Ara said they 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.
“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. The process of 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, namely 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.