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Punjab International IT, Science and Technology Competition 2014

Feb 19, 2014

Punjab Youth Festival 2014, organized by the Government of Punjab, was inaugurated by Provincial Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan. The festival would continue till April 2014 encompassing a multifaceted set of events. The complete list of events is available at
http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/Dls/PYF2014/schedule/SchedulePYF2014.html

The festival program includes Punjab IT Exhibitions/Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions/Competitions and would encompass the most comprehensive IT events to be orchestrated within the Punjab Youth Festival 2014. Event modules cover all pivotal categories of the engineering domain. Competitions of each category are designed for participants to flex their creative and technical abilities. Further information is on the event is available at
http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/

PSEB member companies would pay Rs. 8,000 to exhibit for the entire duration of the Exhibition. Application forms and TORs for exhibiting are available at http://www.pseb.org.pk/images/TenderTORs/application__tors_exhibitions2014.doc
and must be submitted with  following documents

•    Demand draft of PKR 8,000 in favor of Pakistan Software Export Board (Refundable in case of non-selection).
•    Duly filled-in application Form.
•    Signed TORs.

Kindly submit your application and bank draft along with the above mentioned documents to the undersigned on February 22, 2014 by 11 A.M. Please note that only companies with PSEB’s valid membership would be considered.

Jahanzaib Shafi
Manager International Marketing
Pakistan Software Export Board
Ministry of IT & Telecom
2nd Floor Evacuee Trust Complex F-5,
Agha Khan Road,Islamabad.Pakistan

UAN +92-51-111-333-666 Ext 112
Email: mkt@pseb.org.pk
website: http://www.pseb.org.pk , http://www.it.org.pk

 

 

Nomination for IT Advisory Panel

Feb 13, 2014

Pakistan Software Export Board hereby solicits nominations for an advisory panel in-line with the directives of the Minister of State, Ministry of Information Technology, Ms. Anusha Rehman. The IT advisory panel would be responsible for formulating concrete and practical recommendations for bolstering the IT industry growth in Pakistan thereby creating employment, generating local demand and foreign exchange earnings.
The IT advisory panel’s mandate is clearly of extreme importance as it would form the basis for the future policy measures and subsequent steps that would be implemented in order to ensure sustainable growth for Pakistan’s IT Industry. You are therefore requested to exercise great care in making your recommendations in order to ensure that the most eligible experts are nominated to the IT advisory panel. It may kindly be noted that in order to avoid conflict of interest, you may not recommend yourself or a professional colleague working with you in the same entity.
The nominations may kindly be emailed to the undersigned by February 24, 2014.

Contact Person:

Sulman Hassan
Director International Marketing
Pakistan Software Export Board
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex,
F-5, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tele: +92-51-111-333-666 Ext: 112
Fax: +92-51-9204075
Email: mkt@pseb.org.pk

REMINDER: EOI for Participation in Punjab Youth Festival Exhibition and Job Fair

Feb 11, 2014

Pakistan Software Export Board, in-line with the policy to bolster local IT Sector, hereby solicits applications from PSEB member companies to exhibit at Punjab International Science and Technology Exhibitions and Competition, scheduled to be held  between 2-9 March 2014 in Lahore. The event would be held in conjunction with Punjab Job fair 2014. Both events are a major part of the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 which is being organized by the Government of Punjab.

As per information provided by the Punjab Government “Punjab International IT Exhibitions and Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions and Competitions are the most comprehensive events to be orchestrated within the Punjab Youth Festival 2014. Event modules include all pivotal categories of the engineering domain. Competitions of each category are designed for participants to flex their creative and technical abilities”. Further details on the event may be obtained at http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/.

Substantial subsidy would be provided by PSEB to selected PSEB member companies for exhibiting and actively participating at Punjab International IT Exhibitions and Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions and Competitions. In return, PSEB expects that the exhibiting PSEB member companies would effectively utilize their respective presence at the aforementioned events by soliciting prospective customers, developing necessary business contacts and exploring cooperation and collaboration possibilities.

Kindly submit your intention to exhibit via email by Feb 20, 2014 to mkt@pseb.org.pk.

Punjab Youth Festival 2014

Feb 10, 2014

Punjab Youth Festival 2014, organized by the Government of Punjab, was inaugurated by Provincial Minister for Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan. The festival would continue till April 2014 encompassing a multifaceted set of events including a major book fair, a film festival, numerous sporting competition as well as an industrial exhibition youth convention and education expo in addition to many other major events. The complete list of events is available at

http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/Dls/PYF2014/schedule/SchedulePYF2014.html

The festival program includes Punjab IT Exhibitions/Competitions and Punjab International Science & Technology Exhibitions/Competitions and would encompass the most comprehensive IT events to be orchestrated within the Punjab Youth Festival 2014. Event modules cover all pivotal categories of the engineering domain. Competitions of each category are designed for participants to flex their creative and technical abilities. Further information is on the event is available at

http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/

PSEB Member companies are requested to actively take part in the Punjab Youth festival as well as Punjab International IT exhibitions and Competitions and may register online (http://www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk/EngineeringEvents/ComputerScienceHome.html) for various activities available under Punjab International IT exhibition and competitions

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship July 27-30, 2014

Feb 4, 2014

The Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship will be held from July 27th to 30th , 2014  is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills and gain recognition.

As per the organizers, Participants in the Championship must be students currently enrolled in an approved academic institution recognized by the state or country in which it operates. To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of June 15, 2014). Verification of student status and student identification is required.

For more details Contact Engr Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, TEC Education Foundation,
Phone: +92 21 111-832-647

12th Teradata national IT excellence Awards – Call for nominations

Feb 4, 2014

Teradata National Excellence Awards are one of the most prestigious IT awards in Pakistan. As per the organizers these awards have now become an integral part of the IT industry recognizing various professionals associated in the field of Information Technology. Teradata has opened the nomination for the 12th Teradata National IT Excellence Awards all over the country.

As per the organizers , awards are given in 12 categories, in order to spread awareness around the awards, Teradata associates will be conducting a 30 min session to address any specific questions regarding the awards and the allied nominations process.

All criteria and nomination forms pertaining to successful nominations are to be filled online (www.Teradata-Awards.com) and a ticket number will be generated. Any supporting documents should be uploaded via the website or mailed to KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co. (Teradata partners in the awards process, their contact details are mentioned on the Teradata website) mentioning the ticket number. They are also responsible to handle all queries pertaining to nominations.

For more details Contact Ms. Maliha Elahi, Manager Marketing, PR and Business Development, Phone: +92 51 201 1111

Important: PSEB Registration Renewal

Jan 30, 2014
PSEB functions on inclusive model enabling IT companies of all sizes and located anywhere in Pakistan to become its registered member, helping us in shaping the incentives and facilitation most desired by the IT companies.

Renewal of your company registration with PSEB is highly recommended in order to ensure that your business is adequately represented by PSEB and in order to avail incentives and facilitation from the current as well as upcoming programs.

 

We would appreciate your opinion on current and upcoming initiatives along with suggestions for improving the incentives and facilitation being provided by the government to the IT industry. In this regard, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3TK2TK3 and submit your valued feedback.

 

Contact Person:

Sajid Iqbal
Manager Domestic Business
Pakistan Software Export Board
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex,
F-5, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan

Contact: 051-9204074 Ext 102

Greener pastures: Pakistani entrepreneur teams up with US giant

Jan 3, 2014

“MITEFP- Business Acceleration Program (BAP) significantly helped us by mentoring and advising us, making us presentable and acceptable for any United States (US)-based corporation to even look at us,” said Farhan Masood, founder of SoloMetrics, a research-based electronics engineering and IT company out of Chicago with roots in Pakistan.

SoloMetrics recently signed a joint venture with Mace Security International, an American company that manufactures personal defence, safety and security products including their renowned range of pepper sprays. The joint venture has been named as SoloMace.

http://etribuneblogs.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/farhan-masood.jpg

“We feel excited about our joint venture with Mace as they are the household brand for defence and security in the US,” Masood said in an email to this correspondent. “They have a wide network of over 550 distributors across the US that will not only make our sales process cost efficient but also increase product reach.”
Masood had won MITEF – BAP last year for his innovative product SmartXS. The 36-year-old inventor from Lahore claimed that his product has the world’s fastest retina and face scanner algorithm.
MITEFP-BAP is a highly competitive annual event with an objective to help Pakistani IT, Information Technology Essential Standards, telecom and new media companies improve their business.

The winners get a chance to attend an entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) at MIT in Cambridge, US. The EDP is intensive training program through which Pakistani entrepreneurs meet venture capitalists, angel investors and serial entrepreneurs in the US.

According to Pakistan Software Export Board’s website, some of the companies that participated in this programme saw their revenues grow by five to 10 times and valuation increase by 15 times. For example, Sofizar’s revenue increased from less than $1 million to $30 million in two-and-a-half years.

“MIT brought us to the US and we met the Mace team through our partners and advisors in the US and it clicked,” Masood said. “We have significantly benefited from the programme and we encourage all Pakistani start-ups and growing companies to participate in it.”

When he won the aforesaid contest, Masood was heading Lahore-based SoloSmart as its CEO, with SoloMetrics was then one of its subsidiaries in the US. At the time Masood was planning to transform all its subsidiaries into one entity – SoloMetrics.
Through his innovative products, Masood has already served clients like National Database and Registration Authority, the Pakistan Army and multinational companies including Pepsico, Nestle and Tetra Pak. This joint venture, according to him, will help him focus on expanding the customer base in the US. “We are expecting to start our sales process in the US by the first quarter of 2014,” he said.

SoloMace works on personal defence technologies that are less lethal but more effective and technologically advanced, Masood said, responding to a question about their upcoming products. “We will be bringing safety and traceability features to the previous line of defence products that are already being offered,” he said. “There is a lot of new development happening and we are in process of filing patents around that,” he added.
While the main target market seems to be the US, Masood said their products have wide applications for Pakistan as well.
Giving an example of their upcoming consumer product, Masood said their range of self-defence pepper spray products embedded with GPS and biometric triggers would make a common Pakistani – especially women – feel much safer.

MOST URGENT: Final Notice to Call Centers

Dec 9, 2013

MOST URGE

Reference PSEB advisory to all registered call centers on Wednesday, 13th November, 2013 and reminder on 18th November, 2013. (copy available athttp://www.pseb.org.pk/newindex.html). The call centers that have failed to comply are at risk of IP blockage by PTA and suspension of PSEB registration.

 

 

Final notice is hereby served to the call centers that have not yet complied to immediately submit the required information to PSEB as per technical detail form available athttp://www.pseb.org.pk/images/docs/call center technical detail form.doc no later than Thursday, 5th December, 2013. You also need to ensure that required information has been submitted to PTA by your service provider as well.

 

 PTA has complained that certain call centers have been contacting them directly. All communication with PTA regarding white listing of IPs must be routed through the concerned service provider and PSEB as per PTA’s SOPs.

 

 PTA has observed that majority of call centers are submitting large number of IP’s for white listing over & above requirements of respective call centers. Therefore it is further notified to all registered call centers including those who have already provided the desired technical details to ensure that the number of IP’s required to be white listed must be kept to a minimum with proper justification.

 

 

For further clarification, the undersigned can be contacted.

 

 

Contact Person:

 

Mr. Sajid Iqbal

 

Manager Domestic Business

 

Pakistan Software Export Board (G) Ltd

 

Ministry of Information Technology

 

2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex

 

F-5, Aga Khan Road

 

Islamabad.

 

Ph: +92-51-9220812

 

Email: siqbal@pseb.org.pk

NT: Final Notice to Call Centers

Most Urgent: Advisory Note for Call Centers

Nov 18, 2013

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has recently enforced a new system for white listing IP addresses of legitimate call centers and blocking of illegal IP’s using VoIP services. This system will also block/delist the IP addresses of call centers immediately on expiry of registration.

In order to ensure uninterrupted VoIP services, you are strongly advised in your own interest to strictly follow the below given guidelines. Failing to comply may result in blocking of your IPs by PTA:

- PTA has urgently required PSEB to share certain technical data of registered call centers and to update them as and when there are any changes. In this regard, please provide no later than Wednesday, 20th November, 2013 information requested in the form available at http://www.pseb.org.pk/images/docs/call center technical detail form.doc. Please share the completed form with PSEB on time in order to ensure that the given IPs are not blocked by PTA without any valid justification.

- You are required to immediately update PSEB in case of any change in your call center location, service provider, IP address scheme etc. which PSEB must share with PTA as soon as there is any change. Furthermore, please note that the call center registration certificate is location specific and is not valid for any other address.

- Apply for the renewal of your call center registration at least 30 days before the expiry date.

- Ask your service provider to submit to PTA your valid call center registration certificate immediately on receipt along with other formalities for white listing by PTA.

Kindly do not hesitate to contact the undersigned if you need any clarification.

Mr. Sajid Iqbal
Manager Domestic Business
Pakistan Software Export Board (G) Ltd
Ministry of Information Technology
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex
F-5, Aga Khan Road,Islamabad.
Ph: +92-51-9220812

PSEB’s Future Initiatives

Oct 31, 2013

Standardization of Pakistani IT industry on CMMi

The software industry has expanded dramatically, due to among other things, lower hardware costs and the need for information systems and Internet presence just to stay competitive. There is however, a problem that has plagued the industry since its inception: the subject of quality. There are few approaches, standards or best practices, which have resulted on hundreds of software engineers, project managers and academics struggling to find a solution against ongoing projects that fail to meet expectations, get delayed or consume more budget than it was initially granted. However, one of the most recent quality models with greater acceptance is the so-called Capability Maturity Model Integration – CMMI.

Ministry of Information Technology is planning to launch the 3rd phase of this program through Pakistan Software Export Board by assisting 5-10 companies to achieve various level of CMMi.

In May 2004, PSEB launched the first phase of the program and assisted following four companies in achieving CMMi level-3 and CMMi level-5;

  1. NetSol Technologies (Pvt) Ltd
  2. Systems (Pvt) Ltd
  3. KalSoft (Pvt) Ltd
  4. Digital Processing Systems

In 2006, PSEB launched 2nd phase of this program and assisted following eighteen companies to achieve CMMi Level-2;

1

Eworx Intl (Pvt.) Ltd.

2

Techlogix Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd.

3

Si3 – System Innovations (Pvt.) Ltd.

4

Abacus Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd.

5

Descon Information Systems

6

E-Dev Technologies

7

Prosol Technologies

8

Avanza Solutions

b9

Shaukat Khanum Cancer Research Hospital (IT DIV)

10

Geopaq Technologies

11

Advanced Computing and Engineering Solutions

12

NADRA

13

Prislogix

14

CARE (Center for Advanced Research in Engineering) Pvt. Ltd.

15

Esol Pakistan

16

Information Architects

17

iEngineering Pakistan

18

Innovative Pvt. Ltd.

Benefits of the program to Pakistani IT Companies

PSEB conducted a survey to gauge the benefits taken by IT companies from CMMI. The survey results indicates following statistics;

Impact of CMMI

Growth of HR strength

31.60%

36.27

Employee retention rate

71.77

82.73

Reduction in project rework

38.67%

19.36%

Reduction in project delays

34.64%

16.35%

Export Revenue

50.00%

65.98%

Domestic Revenue

35.00%

146.59%

After successful completion of two CMMI programs, PSEB is planning to launch phase-III of the subject program under the leadership of Ministry of Information Technology.

Strengthening of Industry Through International Certification Phase-II

Information Security Management System (ISMS) is a systematic approach to managing sensitive company information so that it remains secure. It encompasses people, processes and IT systems. It ensures business continuity, minimizes business damage through the management of information security risks and maximizes business opportunities.

ISO27001 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving a documented Information Security Management System within the context of the organization’s overall business risks. It specifies requirements for the implementation of security controls in the following aspects:

ñ Confidentiality: Information is accessible only to those with authorization

ñ Integrity: Maintains the accuracy and completeness of information

ñ Availability: Authorized users have access to information when required

PSEB’s ISO27001 INITIATIVE

In October, 2005, PSEB launched first phase of this program and assisted following 11 IT organizations to achieve ISO27001 certifications;

1

Netsol Technologies (Pvt) Ltd

2

Ikonami (Pvt) Ltd

3

Systems (Pvt).Ltd

4

Innovative (Pvt) Ltd

5

Digital Processing Systems

6

CureMD

7

Abacus Consulting (Pvt) Ltd

8

Autosoft Dynamics (Pvt) Ltd

9

ACES (Pvt) Ltd

10

C4i

11

iEngineering

 

Now, PSEB is planning to launch phase-II of this program in collaboration with the National ICT R&D Fund Co. The proposed project has following objectives.

  • ·To bring 6 IT Organizations to ISO27001

(a) By providing consultancy through a well reputed local or international ISO27001 consultancy firm(s).

(b) By providing services of reputed ISO 27001audit firm(s) for the certification.

  • ·To arrange training programs through reputed local and/or international firm(s) to get 120 IT/ITES companies employees trained as ISO 27001 lead implementers.
  • ·To arrange training programs through reputed local and/or international firm(s) to get 6 employees of MOITT & PSEB trained as ISO 27001 Lead Auditors.
  • ·To conduct/organize/sponsor 3 workshops/conferences/seminars to create awareness on information security and services management either independently or in collaboration with reputed local and international firms

Project Benefits

Economic

This project has vast direct and indirect economic benefits. Project will certify leading 6 Pakistani companies to ISO27001 standard, enabling them to

§ bid for mega International Projects.

§ be able to provide assurance that the organization has implemented a system for the management of information security/services management in line with the standard.

§ provide confidence to management, business partners, customers and auditors that the organization is serious about information security management/managed services to deliver the quality of service.

Social benefits with indicators

The demand of skilled human resource will increase as a result of this project both during and post implementation. Conversely due to multi-fold implications of the project, the company’s growth would be accelerated resulting in higher level of employment creation.

Employment generation (direct and indirect)

It is estimated that companies being assisted in this projects will generate more employments (direct/indirect) after completion of this project in the area of information security and service management. This new skill set requirement by the industry will provide new employment opportunities. The workshops and trainings to be conducted under this project will help in creating this new resource pool.

PSEB’s On-going programs

Oct 31, 2013

National ICT Internship program

PSEB in collaboration with National ICT R&D Fund has started a new program titled “National ICT Internship program”. Through this program PSEB planned to deploy 800 interns in the ICT Industry for a period of four month. Four interns will be deployed in 2013 and 400 interns will be deployed in 2014.

This program was launched in June 2013 and by now PSEB has deployed over 300 interns in the ICT Industry of which over 100 interns have already secured their full time employment in the ICT Industry in October 2013. It is expected that by the end of December 2013 over 250 interns will secure their employment under PSEB’s National ICT Internship program.

PSEB’s Incubator program

PSEB in collaboration with National ICT R&D Fund has started a new program titled “PSEB’s incubator program”. Through this program PSEB planned to establish 10 new startup companies in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad. Five companies will be launched in 2013 and five companies will be launched in 2014.

This program was launched in May 2013 and by now PSEB has launched following five companies at its various locations;

1).Autonomous survey boat, Islamabad

2).Diagnostic Kit for Efi cars, Islamabad

3).Identification of friend and foe in the battle field, Islamabad

4).Kinnectometer, Lahore

5).Alvile Robotics, Karachi

 

Convo Secures Series-A Funding from Morgenthaler Ventures

Sep 23, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Convo, a cloud-based collaboration service, today announced a $5 million Series-A investment from Morgenthaler Ventures. This financing is the company’s first investment by an institutional venture capital firm. The funding will be used to evolve its offerings, introduce their service on more platforms, and accelerate user reach and growth.

Convo is a multi-platform service designed to allow teams to share and work together simply and naturally by combining discussions with messaging, images, docs, presentations and PDFs.

Since 2012, Convo has seen exceptionally high levels of engagement in their paying accounts, with an average monthly-active over daily-active ratio of 75%, which is noticeably higher than even the 30% of most social games.

Convo is available across all major platforms and has launched versions of its software for Windows, Mac, Web, iPhone, and Android.

“We built our company with slim resources and a small team, and therefore are excited about our prospects with Morgenthaler Ventures in our corner. They have helped companies at our stage and with our enterprise focus grow exponentially,” said Faizan Buzdar, founder and CEO of Convo. “Our immediate priority is to use the new infusion of capital to continue delivering a service that meets the ease-of-use, reliability, and security demands of our customers.”

Said Rebecca Lynn, Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures, “We have been amazed at the level of engagement we have seen from Convo’s early customers, including many global brands. These organizations won’t settle for inconsistent, light-weight solutions. Multinational organizations have selected Convo after putting them through a battery of security tests. There are collaboration services you use to run chit chat, and there are those that run your company. Convo is relied on for the latter.”

“Looking across our portfolio, there is a common trait amongst our entrepreneurs, one of extraordinary tenacity and vision, which Faizan has in spades,” said Alex Nigg, Venture Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures. “Faizan started his business in Pakistan, moved it to San Francisco, and overcame considerable odds to attract a list of loyal customers from around the world.”

About Convo

Convo (www.convo.com) is designed to help any group of people working together to achieve great things. Convo allows creative and innovative teams to easily have the real-time conversations needed to advance a cutting-edge campaign, launch a new product or break the latest news story. Convo, an interactive workspace, is made for people who thrive on the creative process and who want to “get there first.” The company (formerly Scrybe) has recently reincorporated in the United States and is headquartered in San Francisco with an offshore office in Pakistan.

About Morgenthaler Ventures

Morgenthaler Ventures is a premier venture capital firm, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build valuable companies for more than 45 years. The firm has invested in more than 300 companies, and currently focuses on early-stage, capital-efficient software companies. Convo joins Morgenthaler Ventures’ past and present portfolio companies, including: Evernote, Lending Club, Siri, MuleSoft, Nominum, NuoDB, Voltage Security, Jaspersoft , PeopleMatter, Check, Doximity, Socrata, Adara, Rhythm NewMedia, Wize Commerce (NexTag), Overture Networks and Apple. More portfolio information can be found at www.morgenthaler.com/all-portfolio-companies. The firm is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA.

Leading Telecom Company Telenor Pakistan Honored by Data Warehousing Institute for Advanced Analytics on Teradata

Sep 10, 2013

SAN DIEGO, California Teradata (NYSE: TDC), the analytic data solutions company, today announced that Telenor Pakistan is a Best Practice Award Winner in the category of Advanced Analytics in the annual competition sponsored by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), the premier provider of in-depth, high-quality education and training in business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW). The Telenor Pakistan system runs on a large, centralized Teradata enterprise data warehouse.

TDWI held the awards ceremony on Monday, August 19, at the TDWI World Conference in San Diego, California – where Telenor and other winners were recognized.

For more details please check : http://www.teradata.com/News-Releases/2013/Leading-Telecom-Company-Telenor-Pakistan-Honored-by-Data-Warehousing-Institute-for-Advanced-Analytics-on-Teradata

Invitation to Take Part in MITEFP-OPEN Business Acceleration Program (BAP-2013)

Aug 6, 2013
 MITEF Pakistan takes great pleasure in announcing the start of the MITEFP-OPEN Business Acceleration Program (BAP-2013). BAP-2007 to BAP-2012 were huge successes and the participating teams reported that they benefited tremendously from participating in these competitions. This history making initiative has the potential of having significant impact on the growth of IT Industry in particular and economic growth of Pakistan in general.

 

MITEFP-OPEN BAP now in its seventh year has become one of the best programs of its kind in the world (as declared by Mr. Ken Morse, Founding MD MIT Entrepreneurship Center). MITEF global has also recognized efforts of MITEFP and thus inducted Mr. Azhar Rizvi as a member of the Global Advisory Board of MIT Enterprise Forum. Jason Potin, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum Global, and Editor-in-Chief of the Technology Review has gone on record saying ”I always use MITEF Pakistan and BAP as an example of how MITEF can have an outsized impact in a country – particularly an emerging market with great entrepreneurs, such as Pakistan”.

BAP-2013 like the highly successful BAP-2012 to BAP-2007, aims to help accelerate the participating ICT companies/teams to the next level by putting these companies/teams through a mentoring/coaching program. This year the scope of the program is expanded by including two more tracks i.e. the Start-up and the Researcher Tracks. The final outcome of the program would be a Business Acceleration Plan (BP), Start-up Business Plans and the Researchers Commercialization Plans which would be ranked by experts to decide the winner and runner-up teams for each track.Some members of the top firms would be partly sponsored ( subject to availability of funds)  to attend the MIT EDP (Entrepreneurship Development Program) at MIT in USA. OPEN USA would arrange events in USA where these companies would be honored and presented to OPEN members/Investors.

The organizers urge all the IT/ITES/Telecom/New Media Established Companies, Start-ups and Research Teams to take part in BAP-2013 to avail this Opportunity of a Life Time.

To register please visit http://mitef-pakistan.org/bapsubmission.htm  and email to any one of the following email addresses info@mitef-pakistan.org,  “Asghar Azmi” <asghar@mitef-pakistan.org>,     zahirsyed@mitef-pakistan.org , zahirsyed@gmail.com, “Syed Azhar A Rizvi” <azharrizvi@mitef-pakistan.org>, azharrizvi@gmail.com.

If you have any queries please contact the undersigned.

Dr. Zahir Ali Syed              Mr. Azhar Rizvi

Co-Chair, MITEFP            Vice-Chair, MITEFP, Member MITEF Global Advisory Board

0300-823-2348                 0300-828-2649

Website: http://mitef-pakistan.org/ , Email: info@mitef-pakistan.org

TENDER NOTICE NO. A(01)/PSEB/2013-03 FOR PURCHASE OF LAPTOPS AT PSEB ISLAMABAD

Aug 2, 2013

Pakistan Software Export Board (Guarantee) Limited invites quotations from reputed firms registered with Income Tax and Sales Tax department for the supply of “Laptops” for PSEB Islamabad office. The detail descriptions and specifications of the required equipment / item are mentioned in the below link:

http://www.pseb.org.pk/images/TenderTORs/tender notice for purchase of laptops.pdf

 

MIT recognises Pakistani as one of world’s brilliant minds

Jul 15, 2013

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them, says Walt Disney.

Disney’s quote, perhaps, best explains the success story of Farhan Masood, who has been recognised as one of the world’s brilliant minds by Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this year for his product – world’s fastest retina and face scanner algorithm called SmartXS.

Masood’s dream – to build a Pakistani product and turn it into a global one – came true this year after he won the MIT Business Acceleration Plan contest, a highly competitive annual event whose objective is to help Pakistani IT, ITES, telecom and new media companies improve their business.

Read more http://tribune.com.pk/story/576597/mit-recognises-pakistani-as-one-of-worlds-brilliant-minds/

Seeking Expression of Interest From ICT Companies

Jun 13, 2013

Pakistan Software Export Board in collaboration with the National ICT R&D Fund has launched a new internship program titled “National ICT Internship program”. Through this program, PSEB will place 800 graduates in the ICT companies for a period of four months. PSEB will pay stipend to the ICT interns through “National ICT Internship program”. First batch of 200 interns has recently been placed in the ICT companies, whereas placement of 2nd batch of 200 interns is in progress.

Interested ICT companies may submit their demand for the ICT interns through on-line portal at www.internship.pseb.org.pk/internship/ or through postal mail addressed to Director Projects, PSEB, 2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex Building, F-5/1, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan for further processing.

For further clarification, please contact undersigned.

Saif-ur-Rehman Korai
Director Projects, PSEB
Islamabad.
Ph:051-9211094
email; skorai@pseb.org.pk

EXPO Pakistan 26-29 September 2013

Jun 10, 2013

Pakistan Software Export Board in line with the policy to bolster local IT Sector, hereby solicits applications from PSEB member companies to exhibit at EXPO Pakistan 2013, scheduled to be held on 26-29 September 2013, at the Karachi Expo Center.

EXPO Pakistan, organized by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and held for 8 consecutive years, has evolved into a major exhibition. This annual event offers an ideal platform to PSEB member companies to interact with prospective local and overseas customers. As per the information provided by the organizers, the four day Expo Pakistan “showcases the largest collection of Pakistan’s export merchandise and has thus become the primary sourcing point for a large number of businesses worldwide, giving them a head start on buying and ordering. Foreign exhibitors, from neighboring countries, also utilize Expo Pakistan to launch their respective products and Services.”

EXPO PAKISTAN HIGHLIGHTS 2012

a. Business generated – over US$ 518 million
b. 70 MOUs were signed between counterparts associations & chambers.
c. Participation of over 600 buyers from 52+ countries.
d. 15,000+ business visitors were present to witness the event.
e. 355 stalls spread across 6 halls

Additional information on the event can be obtained at http://www.expopakistan.gov.pk. Information on the Event Organizer is available at http://www.tdap.gov.pk.

Substantial subsidy would be provided by PSEB to selected PSEB member companies to exhibit at Expo Pakistan 2013. In return, PSEB expects that the exhibiting PSEB member companies would effectively utilize their respective presence at Expo Pakistan 2013 by engaging prospective customers, developing necessary business contacts and exploring cooperation and collaboration possibilities.

PSEB member companies would pay Rs. 12,500 only for a 12 sqm space for entire duration of the Exhibition. Application forms and TORs for exhibiting are available at

http://www.pseb.org.pk/images/docs/expopakistan-eventparticipationform.doc
and be submitted with  following

•    Demand draft of PKR 12,500 in favor of Pakistan Software Export Board (Refundable in case of non-selection).
•    Duly filled-in application Form.
•    Signed TORs.

Kindly submit your application and bank draft along with the above mentioned documents to the undersigned by June 20, 2013 by 11 P.M. Please note that only companies with PSEB’s valid membership would be considered.

Kindly do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Contact Person,

Jahanzaib Shafi
Manager International Marketing
Pakistan Software Export Board
2nd Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex,
F-5, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tele: +92-51-920 1466
Fax: +92-51-9204075 Email: mkt@pseb.org.pk

SEEKING MENTORS FOR PSEB’S NEWLY ESTABLISHED STARTUPS

Jun 7, 2013
PSEB has launched a new incubator program in collaboration with the National ICT R&D Fund and aims to offer both assistance and resources to technology-based companies at the earliest stage of their establishment. For details please visit http://www.pseb.org.pk/.

Selection for “INCUBATOR GRANT” is based on a competitive process and so far eight (08) startup teams have been selected for which PSEB is seeking voluntary services of commercial and technical mentors to help the newly established startups. Mentors will be responsible for providing business and technical support to the team with a logical project plan, and feedback on the team’s progress to PSEB on monthly basis. Broadly, the roles & responsibilities of the mentors include:

1) To guide the startups (incubator teams) and help them with commercial / technical issues related to their projects and to make it a viable business.

2) To connect startups (incubator teams) to sources of future funding beyond 12 months.

3) To hold regular meetings with PSEB, endorse the budget as well as monthly progress report submitted by the incubatees. The mentors will assign tasks to the startups and monitor their progress on regular basis. If the incubator team fails to get a satisfactory report from the mentors in three successive months, PSEB may wrap up the said startup.

PSEB shall appreciate,  if interested IT experts contact undersigned with recent CV and a cover letter showing “expression of interest” via email at skorai@pseb.org.pk or courier at below address within 10-days of publication of this newsletter.

Saif ur Rehman Korai
Director Projects
Pakistan Software Export Board
Ministry of IT& Telecom
Government of Pakistan
2nd Floor Evacuee Trust Complex F-5,
Agha Khan Road, Islamabad, Pakistan.
UAN +92-51-9204074 Ext 128
Direct # +92-51-9211094 Fax +92-51-9204075