Netsol & PixSense win Awards at APICTA
In our eyes all the participants from Pakistan were winners. Their products and their presentations were appreciated by experts from the region. By taking the time to go to Singapore and benchmarking their products against the best in Asia Pacific, they made Pakistan look good. So thanks to all our stars.
The most difficult part of this entire exercise for the judges is to keep the names of the winners a secret until they are announced on the night of the Awards. We were bound by the Code of Ethics that we were signatories to, to keep our big mouths shut and not to let on who the winners were. So we talked about everything else and stuck to our guns even when faced with the most persuasive of nominees.
It was worth it though. When the Master of Ceremonies announced the Best of Communications Award was a tie between Pixsense and a Malaysian company, the Pakistanis in the audience went wild. If Adnan Agboatwalla doesn’t look too thrilled in this photo, it may be because he would rather not have shared the Award with anyone. Well done Adnan! You did us proud and we are thrilled that PixSense has developed a product that is not only recognized by the likes of Telenor, Vodaphone and China Mobile but also by the toughest judges in the Asia Pacific region.
The Financial Applications Category, like the Communications Category, came up against cutting edge applications developed by the best teams from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, etc but Netsol Technologies’ LeaseSoft application stood out and was declared the overall Winner in the Financial Category. Khalid Iqbal, VP of LeaseSoft Marketing, could simply not believe it! His feet didn’t touch the ground for quite a while. The rest of us jumped out of our seats to congratulate Khalid. The Chief Judge and the Economy Heads came over to us and congratulated us when the PixSense and Netsol Awards were announced. Pakistan is right up there when it comes to producing top quality software and we have proven it!
The teams in Pakistan were not left behind as SMSes and phone calls were put through right away to share the good news. Dawn News had been on standby and was the first to run the news regarding Pakistan’s success at APICTA.
One thing that I wanted to highlight here. The Pakistani companies that went to APICTA went on their own steam. P@SHA is admittedly covering their airfare but other than that, none of them received any kind of support from any other source. Compare this with the likes of Singapore and Malaysia. Each of them brought about 30 companies. They always do. All the costs are covered by their governments. I remember last year the Malaysian Economy head told me that around 30 ICT entrepreneurs were sponsored by the Malaysian government for a week’s entrepreneurship course at MIT – this included the fees, the airfare and the accommodation. Now that is what I call support. That’s not all – both governments actually provide angel funds for young people to try out innovative ideas. They showcase the products all over the world. There is much more talent that exists within the Pakistan ICT sector. More emphasis on education, on R&D and on the recognition, facilitation and growth of a young and energetic sector, might do wonders for this country.
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