Pakistan grab two golds & five silvers at APICTA 2011 in Pattaya Thailand

November 12, 2011 at 1:16 am 21 comments

They came, they saw, they conquered. That describes it all. As Pakistan’s name was called again and again earlier this evening at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2011, my heart was bursting with pride and a sense of accomplishment. Team work had allowed us to get this far. From the judges, to the mentors – and the nominees, the innovative products, the presentations, the Q&A, the sleepless nights, the hours of work, rehearsals, dry runs – it has all been worth it!

Pakistan was amongst the leaders at the APICTA event this evening. We were right up there with Hong Kong, Australia and Malaysia. Our friends from around the region came and shook our hands and remarked “Pakistan certainly has done well!” One could see the respect in their eyes, one could hear it in their voices. They had recognized the fact that Pakistan had truly arrived!

Team Pakistan comprised of 18 products which were benchmarking themselves with 162 competing products from the Asia Pacific region. 48 judges spent two long days evaluating and assessing the “best of the best” from the region.

Pakistan walked away with two golds in the e-Health and e-Logistics & SCM categories and 5 silvers in the Communication, Financial, Security, E-Inclusion & E-Community and E-Government categories. The Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE) once again swept the Awards with the gold in e-Health and the silver in Communication, Security and E-Government categories. Lumensoft Technologies went for gold in the e-Logistics category with Infotech Group taking the silver in the Financial Apps category and Engro-Orix taking the silver in the E-Inclusion & E-Community category. Complete results have been announced on Jawwad’s blog.

We had been worrying about those who didn’t quite make it to the top slots from Pakistan but it was great to see how involved they became in celebrating the wins we had. All of them rose to the occasion and surrounded the winners, hugging them, patting them on the back, showing all-in-all how much the wins meant to Pakistan.

The CARE team comprising of Dr. Shoab Khan, Dr. Zaheer Ahmed and Dr. Mohsin were over the moon. They had worked very hard to get to this stage of the competition this year and as they went up to the stage over and over again to claim their rightful awards, several judges went up to them and offered their congratulations, told them how impressive they were and what a great contribution they were making to the country. Some of them offered to work with them, to form collaborations, to help position their products in other countries.

Abdul Aziz, CEO of Lumensoft, was competing for the second time at APICTA with a maturer product and a presentation that was crisp and clear and delivered extremely well. He last presented in Melbourne in 2009. When I asked him what he felt was the difference between his two attempts, he said unabashedly “My presentation in Melbourne was pathetic – no wonder I didn’t win!” A great example of a CEO who shed his ego, listened to the advice given by mentors and gave a 100 %. Well done!

The Infotech team was just as willing to take feedback and incorporate it into the build up for the Awards. Amir and Suresh presented well, answered every question with clarity and gave it their best. The Silver in the Financial Application category is a difficult one to attain because Infotech was up against some stiff competition. Preparation paid off in the end.

The Engro/Orix team were stupendous in the way they presented Eman in the E-Inclusion and E-Community category. Atif and Zainab put forward a presentation that wowed the judges and got for them the silver. It is a wonderful program and we hope that this win eggs them on to do other more interesting things with technology. As some of us are fond of saying, 125000 technology professionals cannot move ahead into the new developed age without taking the rest of Pakistan with us. It is for this reason that automation products like Eman are extremely important to the development of our community and our rural sector. Thanks guys for a terrific product. We hope to see more from you in the future.

Team Pakistan did us proud today and we were happy to see that the news brought joy to the faces of many and warmed and thrilled our hearts.

We have great plans for Brunei in 2012. Let us put the plans in action now!

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Team Pakistan wins accolades even before the Awards announcement! This photo describes my feelings so well!

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  • 1. Shoaib Taimur (@shobz)  |  November 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I Am really proud of Team Pakistan and their achievement. Mentoring the team members has achieved wonders and I am really proud of all of you. It is not every day you hear positive news. Victory at APICTA and the Pakistani Cricket Team’s victory over SL sure made this a wonderful day. InshAllah I hope that we win more awards again next year. Kudos to you and the rest of the mentors for a great job.

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  • 2. google (@fraz_lsf)  |  November 12, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Finally sense of achievement …way to go Pakistan

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  • 3. Zaheer A Kidvai  |  November 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Brilliant!

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  • 5. Adeel Ijaz  |  November 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Allhumdulilah. May Allah give alot of success to Pakistan and Pakistanis, Amen

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  • 6. Nadeem Ahsan  |  November 13, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Congratulations team Pakistan! This was a historic victory. No mean feat indeed. And we could do this on a Asia Pacific wide basis even defeating so many participating teams from countries and so called IT leaders like India, Singapore, Australia, China and Korea is just pure joy.

    I wish we can come back with more glory next year in Brunei.

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  • 7. Mughees  |  November 13, 2011 at 2:29 am

    MashAllah!! Way to go Pakistan!!!

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  • 8. Nabeel  |  November 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Great job – many congratulations to the Pakistani ICT community!

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  • 9. Nadeem Ahsan  |  November 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Kudos to everyone on the trip including the coaches.

    However, what about the cheerleaders for whom it was a nice Junket. Can think of a few members right away because they were neither winners, coaches, runner up, nor representatives of companies that participated in the APICTA awards – Babar Khushnood, Rabia Gharib, who else?

    Dr Awab Alvi and Faisal Kapadia – You need to be on Team Pakistan for APICTA 2012!!

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  • 10. Jehan  |  November 14, 2011 at 8:02 am

    @Nadeem … some corrections:

    1. Although India is a part of APICTA, they have never participated and they were not there this year either

    2. There are no free junkets. Badar Khushnood has been a judge and a very active mentor for the past two years. Google pays his way – we do not pick up the tab. Rabia Garib was a contestant this year – and their app missed the Silver by a couple of decimal points.

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    • 11. Nadeem Ahsan  |  November 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks for the clarification. Badar is a real class act.

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  • 12. uc  |  November 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Great moment…

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  • 13. Hasnain  |  November 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Great news, well done, I am really impressed, as I know first hand this is a tough competition.

    Great work Jehan.

    Hasnain

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  • 14. Faisal Kapadia  |  November 15, 2011 at 12:52 am

    @nadeem i am a member of every team pakistan in spirit that goes out there and proves to the world that we are more than just beards and bombs.. well done jehan!! Well done guys… all of you make us proud!!

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  • 15. Nadeem Ahsan  |  November 16, 2011 at 1:47 am

    @Faisal, I was simply batting for you Buddy because you were complaining to Yusuf Jan about PASHA. I think you should be on the team to Brunei in 2012 as you would make an excellent Judge/Mentor.

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  • 16. Saud Akhter  |  November 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Bravo boys!!! indeed a job well done.

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  • 17. zaik chohan  |  November 16, 2011 at 11:46 am

    MashAllah!! Great Way to go Pakistan!!!
    Where is our media esp GEO Tv to highlighting this acheivement…
    As an IT profession i am feeling proud ov myself again today…
    HATS off TEAM GREEN…

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  • 18. Syeda Umema Hani  |  November 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    mashAllah i am very happy that my country men got global recognition.

    God Bless Pakistan !

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  • 19. Uzma  |  November 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Alhamdolillah……May Allah gives more success n glories to Pakistan…Heartiest Congratulations to the whole team for making Pakistan proud of……………

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  • 20. Kasem  |  November 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    So proud of all of these companies! Nd as for InfoTech! Much Much Congrats!!

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  • 21. humaira masood  |  December 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Hats off Engro team .Well done ,Allah bless u always

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