The P@SHA ICT Awards are here again. Nominate your product now!
It is that time of year again – the time to recognize and celebrate the innovation that exists in our ICT sector, the Intellectual Property that continues to be created in this country, the wonderful and creative ideas that continue to be turned into innovative products that solve real world problems for business, for individuals and for the community.
The P@SHA ICT Awards is the flagship event that highlights this innovation, this creativity. Each year we get together to celebrate the magic of technological innovation in Pakistan. And each year we are both surprised and delighted by the number of quality entries that we receive. The Awards are now in their sixth year.
Last year 3 of our P@SHA ICT Award winners – PixSense, TPS Pakistan & Kraysis – went on to win the APICTA Awards. Yes that’s right. Out of 145 products that were showcased at APICTA from the Asia Pacific region, 3 out of the 16 winners were from Pakistan. It was a truly glorious moment for us as an industry.
Some of the participants made connections during the Awards that led to business being contracted and that showed the value of participation – and not just winning.
We are trying to share some of the experiences of those who took part – in our book they are all winners. Listen to what Adnan Agboatwalla of PixSense, Jawwad Farid of Alchemy Technologies, Shehzad Shahid of TPS Pakistan, Saad Hussain of Five Rivers Technologies and many others that we will keep adding to the P@SHA Awards website. Do keep going back to listen to what they have to say.
Nominations are open. Do go ahead and nominate your product in any one of the categories. There are also a few service categories that companies can nominate themselves for – these include Best in Operational Excellence, Best in Service Innovation, Best in System Integration and Best in Brand Development. Deadline for entries is September 24, 2009.
This year we have also added a couple of categories for customers – CIOs in the Public and Private sector who have worked with companies to implement solutions and change the way they work internally and with customers.
Research & Development and the Tertiary Student Award categories are open to Universities as well. Let us have more entries from across the country so that we can have an exciting final. Let us not let it be a clean sweep.
These awards could never go ahead if we didn’t have our invaluable sponsors who provide the funds to enable us to do this. This year we already have the early sponsors – the Gold Sponsorship has been taken up by Microsoft Pakistan, the Silver Sponsorship has been taken up by the National ICT R&D Fund and the Bronze Sponsorship has been taken by Intel Pakistan. We are all grateful to them for their support. We are hoping other friends and partners to come on board in the coming week and we will keep adding them onto the website as and when the commitments are received.
Our friends Rabia Garib & Salaina Haroon at CIO Pakistan are working closely with us on this year’s Awards event so you can expect a lot of buzz and activity all the way through to the Awards event on October 14, 2009.
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