Abshar Rashid solves a problem on InnoCentive

August 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm 15 comments

Abshar Rashid, Bachelors of Computer Systems Engineering (2008) from NED University, has solved a problem posted on the InnoCentive website. His solution was accepted from hundreds of solutions submitted online from across the globe. He got a reward of US$5000, through a cheque received and paid in Pakistan.

The problem was to design a new trading model for software developed at large firms but abandoned for any reasons of cost cutting, bankruptcy, etc. A sponsor company posted the problem and allocated US$5000 as prize money. Innocentive keeps the identity of the sponsoring company anonymous.

His success should encourage other brilliant professionals and students in Pakistan to attempt to solve problems posted at Innocentive. Registration and solution submission at Innocentive is free and sponsor companies post problems from numerous industries to offset their R&D costs by engaging the world’s talent to solve their business problems for a fraction of the cost.

Abshar has around two years professional experience in Software and Web Development. He learnt his first programming language at the age of 9, when he developed a Quiz Application in GW-Basic.

Currently working on Data-Warehousing and Intelligent Applications for Financial Services and Business Process Management, Abshar works in the business intelligence and analytics space in Pakistan.

InnoCentive harnesses collective brainpower from around the world to solve problems that they think really matter.

If you love challenges and are good at finding solutions that will have a real impact on the world, join InnoCentive’s Global Solver Network. The InnoCentive website states:

Solvers are creative, thoughtful and highly educated individuals with varied backgrounds and work experience. Sound interesting? You get to choose when to work and what Challenges to work on. Successful Solvers win cash awards, recognition and the satisfaction of helping to make the world a better place.

The challenge disciplines include Business & Entrepreneurship, Chemistry, Computer/Information Technology, Engineering/Design. Food/Agriculture, Life Sciences, Math/Statistics and Physical Sciences. Go have a look. Who knows? You may solve the next problem that is posted on InnoCentive. Way to go Abshar! You have proven that there is indeed tremendous talent in this country. All we have to do is go look for it, nurture it and provide it with the right environment in which to flourish. Thank you Nauman Sheikh (of Credit Chex) for informing us of Abshar’s success.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Faisal Khan  |  August 9, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Commendable effort! This is news worth sharing.

    • 2. Jehan  |  August 10, 2010 at 7:54 am

      It certainly is Faisal. It will probably also show other youngsters that there are challenging opportunities out there where they can prove their worth the way that Abshar has done and will hopefully continue to do.

  • 3. Shahzad Ahmad  |  August 9, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    This is awesome… makes me proud. Great work Abshar. Keep up the great work, you are donig 🙂

    JA: Thanks for letting us all know about this great news.

    • 4. Jehan  |  August 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

      It is a pleasure to be able to spread some good news around in these challenging times.

  • 5. Mahmood Mirza  |  August 10, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Refreshing snippet of good news, and you’re a star for giving it the coverage it deserves!

    • 6. Jehan  |  August 10, 2010 at 7:51 am

      There is so much depressing news all around that something like this is like a ray of sunshine. Young Pakistanis analyzing and solving complicated R&D problems makes me extremely proud. Acknowledging Abshar’s achievements is the least we can all do.

  • 7. Meraj Khattak  |  August 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

    This is great. I am really happy to hear such news, we need more such news.

  • […] this, Pakistan’s Abshar Rashid did the honors of solving a complex problem which got posted on the InnoCentive website! His solution was accepted from hundreds of solutions […]

  • 9. Usman Arshad  |  August 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    WOW, great job Abshar Rashid, keep the good work and get more success

  • 10. Madiha  |  August 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Brilliant, Good job Absher !

  • 11. I  |  August 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    You made us all proud boy ! 🙂

  • 12. Absher Rashid  |  August 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Dear All

    Highly obliged by your valuable appraise.

    The R & D solution I proposed was chosen as the winning solution a few months back in May; and it seemed to me to be a rather showy/pompous idea for having this news being posted at such a public forum. Hence, I hadn’t shared the news with all, except a very few.

    However, I feel very much encouraged after having read Madam Jehan’s comments and other comments about the need of such good news items in these times of crisis.

    Just for the sake of mentioning this: there have been many winners at the InnoCentive from under-developed countries this year. Infact, there have been considerable winning solutions devised by Indians. However, I do not find any other Pakistani fellow on the winners list, besides myself.
    Lets play our parts to bring the name of Pakistan somewhere in the news apart from War against terror.

    I’d also like to clarify that the R & D problems posted at InnoCentive are not as complex as one might perceive. But they do require some thoughtful study and great amounts of creativity: not to mention the expertise (Almost all R & D Problems are at a Post Grad Level). Due to our substandard system of education, one often feels within himself a lack of required expertise and conceptual proficiency. This is however not an excuse of not trying: every failure leads to increased experience and the learning satisfaction is still more than exciting, despite one succeeds or not in the effort exerted.

    Once Again, very much thanks for the Wishes and Prayers.

  • 13. Syed Jaseem  |  August 22, 2010 at 1:20 am

    excellent work Absher……..

  • 14. Waqas Ali  |  August 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Glad to know about you Absher. 😉

    Best luck for the future success.

  • 15. Marium Rashid  |  May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Proud of you bro!
    keep it up!


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