Pakistan sweeps trophies at APICTA 2008
PixSense PSP won the award for Best in Media and Entertainment Applications. Adnan was apparently not expecting it because he didn’t have a bag large enough to take it home.
TPS Pvt Limited’s IRIS won the Award for Best in Tools & Infrastructure Applications. It’s impressive diverse application wowed the judges and Shahzad Shahid was there to claim the trophy.
If the Kraysis team of Jamil, Khurram and Mustafa looks shell-shocked, it is because they were probably not expecting to win. They knew there was competition and had worked 25 hours at a stretch to revamp their presentation, put in all the missing meat and remove all the fat. They were chosen as the Best in the Startup Category.
Imran Zia and I just had to have a picture taken with the winners. We missed our remaining judges – Jawwad Farid was there to see PixSense, TPS and Kraysis receive their awards but had to leave right afterwards for the airport. Sultan Hamdani and Nadeem Aslam Malik were already on the way home.
All in all, there were 134 applications in the running for awards at APICTA 2008 in Jakarta – from 11 economies in 16 categories. Only 16 trophies were awarded and we bagged 3 of them. Yay!!! But as Stephen Lau, Chairman of APICTA rightly said – anyone who participated in these awards was a winner and should be proud of his or her achievements. P@SHA had 12 submissions at APICTA this year of which 4 of the nominees in the areas of e-Health and e-Learning were not able to participate. Hence there were only 8 applications that were actually in the running. All of them put up very strong submissions. The ones who did not qualify for the trophy were told later by the judges in their categories that they had missed by as little as 0.2 points and .17 points.
More later! Just wanted to break the news. Well done Team P@SHA ICT Pakistan. It was an evening which gladdened our hearts. We are so proud of all of you. Three cheers for all the nominees!
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