Coffee, IT and Companies: P@SHA Oscars 2017


The P@SHA ICT Awards is a platform to recognize and acknowledge creativity and innovation and award excellence in the Information and Communication Technologies in Pakistan. After a rigorous tri-city judging round, the winners were announced last evening. The 14th edition of the awards ceremony and gala dinner event was held at the Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

The P@SHA ICT Awards are organized annually by the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA). This time around the sponsors and partners include UBL, Systems Ltd., Pakistan Software Export Board, Inbox Business Technologies, 7Vals, and C@re.

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Speaking at the event, Chairman Barkan Saeed emphasized on the growth of the local ICT industry and said:

“IT industry is the only way forward for Pakistan to make a name in the world” 

 Take a look at the award categories and winners:

  • Tourism & Hospitality: Peekaboo Guru by Fetch Sky 
  • Application Tools & Platforms: Appricot Studio – ConsoliAds
  • Tertiary Student Project: Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University, Peshawar NoColi
  • Startup company: Neurostic Pvt. Ltd.
  • Security Application: Trillium Information Security Systems ~ T-Eye™ Threat Intelligence Platform
  • Research & Development: NUST College of E & ME ~ IntelliHealth
  • New Media & Entertainment: Cricingif
  • Retail & Supply Chain Management Award: ‘Fishry’ by Bramerz
  • Financial Industry Application: ‘Cipher’ by Avanza Solutions
  • Inclusion & E-Community: Transparent Hands ~ Crowdfunding Platform in Healthcare
  • E-Learning: Knowledge Platform ~ Learn Smart Classroom
  • Government and Public Sector: LMKT Pvt Ltd ~ VO8
  • Communications Award: Contegris Pvt Ltd
  • Project Management: Systems Ltd.
  • Award for Best in Animation: WeRPlay
  • Social Media Award: Competitive Edge Digital
  • Best in Service Innovation: EfroTech Services
  • Best in Managed Services: Systems Ltd.
  • Mobile Applications Award: Peekaboo Guru by Fetch Sky
  • HR Excellence: WeRPlay
  • Best in Gender Diversity: Ngrid Co
  • Best in CSR: Maison Consulting & Solutions
  • Best in Brand Development: Cricingif
  • Best in BPO: Ovex Technologies

As sponsors for the event, United Bank Ltd. has announced a special “FinTech Innovation Award” worth Rs. 500,000 in cash. CreditFix secured the Best FinTech of the Year Award, Oscar for Best Innovation in Payments. Data Analytics Award was secured by Love for Data. Special judging session was held for the ‘Innovation in Fintech’ category where judges included Omer Ehtisham, Samina Rizwan and Ammar Waheed.

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A total of 25 judges were included in the jury this time around. Some of these include Raza Matin (Google), Faizan Siddiqui (Jang Media Group – IMM), Jawwad Farid (Alchemy Technologies), Afaque Ahmed (KITE), Ahmed Ayub (10 Pearls), Ather Imran (Sybrid), Faisal Khan (Ovex Technologies), Shehryar Hyderi (P@SHA), Murtaza Zaidi (TiE Islamabad), Owais Zaidi (The Hive) and Barkan Saeed (P@SHA).

Winners from P@SHA ICT Awards 2017 will be heading to Dhaka, Bangladesh for the annual Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards in December. Pakistan was awarded three gold, and six silver awards at APICTA 2016 in Taiwan, a record-breaking milestone for the local ICT industry.

Stay tuned to IDG Pakistan for more coverage on those representing Pakistan at the APICTA 2017.