Pakistani technology companies and startups have once again proven their potential at the 18th Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards that took place in Guangzhou, China. Competing with the top companies from 17 countries, Pakistan bagged one gold award and six merit awards.

An international awards program, APICTA Awards take place annually to increase ICT awareness in the community and focusing to assist in bridging the digital divide in the Asia Pacific region.

The winners of P@SHA ICT Awards 2018 represented Pakistan in the 18th edition of APICTA Awards. This year, P@SHA ICT Awards changed their categories to make it more coherent with the standards followed by APICTA. Vigorous training efforts were put in by Executive Members of P@SHA – Jawwad Farid, Sultan Hamdani, and Dr. Shoaib A. Khan to prepare the Pakistani delegation for the competition in China.

Pakistan was also represented in the capacity of judges by P@SHA Executive Members that included Barkan Saeed, and Syed Ali. The Pakistani delegation was lead by Jehan Ara as the Member of Exco for APICTA from Pakistan.

Here is a breakdown of all the awards scored by Pakistan,

Gold Award

Cipher by Avanza Solutions won the Gold Award in the Public Sector – Digital Government category. A specialized blockchain solution, Cipher enables governmental and financial institutions to utilize globalize blockchain platforms.

Merit Awards

1. KeepTruckin is an end-to-end fleet management solution that develops Electronic Logging Devices that can be used by drivers and fleet managers. The project was presented by Senior Research Engineer Ali Hassan, Research Scientist Mudassir Khan, and Research Engineer Ahmed Ali in the Cross-Category for Research & Development.

2. PriceOye, a comparison shopping website that allows users to compare prices, features and specification of mobile devices have won in the Business Services – Marketing Solutions category. The solution was pitched by CEO Adnan Shaffi and Co-Founder Awais Imran.

3. Wukla is an online legal solution that simplifies legal services and makes them accessible to a diverse set of users. The startup was presented by Co-Founder Mubariz Siddiqui in the Legal and HR category under Business Services.

4. ConnectHear, a technology startup bridging the gap between the deaf and the community, through a video-based and in-person sign language interpretation system won in Community and Inclusion – Community Services category. It was pitched by CEO Azima Dhanjee.

5. Fruges, an online marketplace for farmers to market their organic produce and deliver directly to consumers won in the Sustainability and Environment category under Community and Inclusion. It was presented by Co-Founders Syed Akber Ali and Sadaf Sajjad.

6. Fly Mail is an AI and machine learning solution that reads handwriting and creates personal fonts for writing a letter. The project won in the Junior Student Category and was pitched by Nazar Khan and Sofia Khan.

Kudos to the winning teams for bringing pride and recognition to the Pakistani technology ecosystem, making our presence count at the international arena.

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