First visit to the Lahore Technology Park
On 11th January Badar Khushnood, Haris Nadeem and I made our way to the new Lahore Technology Park (now renamed the Arfa Karim Technology Park) on Ferozepur Road. The idea was to check out the Auditorium, the multimedia projection system, the wifi and the sound system to ensure that everything was in good shape for the Interactive Session on “How to Stay Safe Online” that was scheduled for the next day.
Why were we concerned? Well, this would be the first event to take place at this new Technology Park and Dr. Umar Saif, the Chairman of the Punjab IT Board, Fasih Mehta the PITB Program Manager and their team had been working 24×7 to make sure that the venue was ready for us in time for the event.
We needn’t have worried though. Everything was in perfect shape thanks to the great team at PITB. After checking out the Auditorium we went up to Dr. Umar Saif’s office to chit-chat and discuss the program for the next day. The view of Lahore from his office is absolutely breathtaking. You have to see it to believe it! The official opening of the Arfa Karim Technology Park will take place in the next couple of weeks. P@SHA will have an office there and I hope that it will soon be populated with a large number of IT companies. Umar Saif has lots of other plans for it but more on that later. Just wanted to share the first few pictures of what looks like a top class facility.
Oh by the way, if you are wondering why Badar is playing cowboy, it was cold in Lahore and he tied a scarf round his throat. Haris and I didn’t remind him to remove it when the photo was taken.