This young Pakistani helps design soundtracks for Hollywood films

Pakistani Musician in Hollywood

When we talk about Pakistanis abroad, we rarely bring up the accomplishments of musicians or other artists. (No, Zayn Malik doesn’t count.)

The conversation usually revolves around doctors and entrepreneurs doing great work and creating positive buzz for the rest of the Pakistani community. Like, how often do we get to say: ‘Hey, you know that Pakistani guy that worked on the score for a bunch of Hollywood films with Hans Zimmer?’

Meet Taurees Habib, a 28-year-old Karachiite who did just that.

Click here to read more by Zahra Salahuddin @images.dawn.com

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Pakistani students bring home the Bronze at Microsoft Office World Championship

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Pakistani students are on fire!

Recently, two Pakistani students won the Bronze medal at the Microsoft Office World Championship. This Championship is an annual event conducted by Microsoft which tests a student’s expertise in Word, Powerpoint, and Excel using both the 2010 and 2013 versions.

To appear in this championship, hundreds of students from all over Pakistan are rigorously trained for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Test. This year, the top 118 students were selected to appear in the national championship held in Islamabad during June. Top six students from the local event were then selected to form the national team to represent Pakistan in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship held in Orlando, Florida from 7th to 10th August 2016.

Click here to read more by Maryam Dodhy @techjuice.pk

Top 15 National Songs That Capture the Spirit of Independence

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Music and in particular patriotic songs, have the ability to sum up a nation’s mood, its feeling and its sentiments in catchy melodies. Historic patriotic songs like those during the 60s boosted the army’s morale in the war that rallied the nation. Years later, songs became the driving force behind Pakistan’s sports campaigns in Hockey, Cricket and Squash championships.

Today, we bring to you the top patriotic songs which truly capture the spirit of independence. While the list is extensive, we had to leave out many famous ones, since space is limited but songs aplenty.

Click here to read more by Aadil Shadman @propakistani.pk

Pakistani startup wins third prize at Stanford University startup competition

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In another proud moment for Pakistan, WonderTree, a technology incubator and community hub launched by the Pakistan Software Houses Association, secured third prize at the GIST TECH-I startup competition held at Stanford University in California.

WonderTree fell in the startup category of the annual competition and was one of the 15 applicants selected from 1,074 teams from around the world.

The startup company, incubated at P@SHA’s tech incubator The Nest, develops interactive, augmented reality-based games for children with special needs using Microsoft Kinect technology, with a focus on home based physical therapy, biofeedback and tracking.

Pakistani start-up leaves Facebook founder impressed

Muhammad Waqas, the CEO and co-Founder of WonderTree, said that meeting investors, networking with industry experts and getting one-on-one mentoring at GES 2016 has been a phenomenal experience.

Click here to read more at tribune.com.pk

KE to sponsor NED’s formula racing car

 

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KARACHI: K-Electric (KE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NED’s mechanical engineering department whereby KE will sponsor their formula racing car to compete in the upcoming Formula SAE in Italy.

It will be the first and only team representing Pakistan in Italy this year, said a press statement issued by KE.

Pakistan’s first Formula electric car enters US competition

Formula SAE is one of the biggest global engineering design competitions, which focuses on car design and its manufacturing. More than 250 teams from across the globe will take part in the racing competition, which be held from July 22 to July 25.

Click here to read more at tribune.com.pk

These are the world’s oldest and youngest countries

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Around 20% of people in Japan, Germany and Italy are aged 65 or over, making the populations of these three nations the world’s oldest.

By the middle of this century 22% of North America’s population and just over a quarter (27%) of Europeans will be 65 or older, according to a report by the Pew Research Centre.

Click here to read more by Adam Shirley Content Producer, Formative Content

Meet this Pakistani Entrepreneur who Got Google Funding with Her First Pitch

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Entrepreneurs usually don’t strike gold when it comes time for them to pitch their business idea to investors. But Umaima Mendhro, a Pakistani entrepreneur, is one of the lucky ones who got a bigwig venture firm (and at Google Ventures no less) to fund her business idea on the very first try.

It seems like a fantastic story that’s too easy to believe. But there’s a lot more to Umaima’s ‘first pitch’ than just catching a lucky break. It was a pitch that was the result of her childhood ambition.

This is the story of that pitch.

Umaima Has Always Loved Building Things

Ms. Mendhro has always had this dream of building a reputable multi-national company that she could one day call her very own. She always had big Ivy-League styled plans and aspirations from a very young age.

Click here to read more by Samir Yawar at propakistani.pk

Here’s what it was like to be Mansa Musa, thought to be the richest person in history

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African King Musa Keita I is thought to be the richest person of all time — “richer than anyone could describe,” reports Time.

Literally. His fortune was incomprehensible, Time’s Jacob Davidson writes: “There’s really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth.”

He ruled the Mali Empire in the 14th century and his land was laden with lucrative natural resources, most notably gold.

“His vast wealth was only one piece of his rich legacy,” reports Jessica Smith in a TED-Ed original lesson. Read on to learn more about the legendary king and see what it was really like to be the richest person in history:

Click here to read more by Kathleen Elkins