In profile: Sheops, TEDdict and WonderTree – three of the start-ups which made it to the GES this year.
This year, as they have done consistently since 2010/11, a number of Pakistani start-ups will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held in Silicon Valley. They will also be able to pitch to investors at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) event. Doing so is nowhere as easy as it sounds; GES and GIST are highly prestigious tech events and hard to get into; only 1,000 participants from all over the world may attend and a mere 15 are invited to pitch.
I met three of the entries from Pakistan, and only one somewhat resembled the entrepreneur stereotype of 20-something males with messenger bags slung across their chest. The others? Well, nothing says ‘Pakistani tech entrepreneur’ better than a 38-year-old mother of two, right? Or a trio of CEOs who have never been to school, and of whom, only one can sign legal papers because the other two are underage. No doubt about it, this is one eclectic bunch.
Click here to read more by Sarwat Yasmeen Azeem@aurora.dawn.com
Time to unfollow her too, I thought.
You know what I’m talking about. Don’t you just hate it when you follow someone on Instagram for their innovative, quirky posts, only to realize a few weeks later that they’ve sold their soul to the devil and stooped to just doing paid reviews? Let’s be honest: content’s looking pretty shoddy now on the mammoth photo-sharing app.
Splore is here to to challenge that very feature — to make sure that their users thrive on quality content rather than star power. This hot new app on the block lets people follow hashtags of interest rather than people, so you’re sure to have a feed that’s basically tailor-made for you, filled with material that excites you.
Click here to read more by Anum Rehman Chagani @images.dawn.com
Newly launched Android game ‘Pak Truck Driver’ is arguably the most exciting driving game to have come out of Pakistan. By putting you behind the wheel of a beautifully decorated truck, it takes you through Pakistan’s breathtaking mountain ranges.
Your task is to carry consignments from one location to another while ensuring minimum damage to the shipment. The narrow and dangerous roads, lofty speed breakers, and tricky curves add to difficulty and excitement.
The trucking experience of course, is not complete without the flamboyant truck horns and folk music in the background; and ‘Apex Logics’, the developers behind the game, have incorporated these elements into the game with style.
Click here to read more by Munir Rahool @dawn.com
It is said that what people perceive is stronger than the reality, something which rings doubly true in the world of social media marketing.
People now spend quite a lot of time on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter than they do watching TV nowadays, essentially making it a great spot for marketers. In order to win, Pakistani brands and startups have turned to social media.
Here are a few Pakistani startups, in our opinion, that have made the most out of their marketing genius, attracting customers with the right mix of humor, aesthetic style, branding and messaging over social media.
Click here to read more by Samar Yawar @propakistani.pk
Within a few seconds of seeing someone — whether on a date or at the grocery store — we decide on numerous things about them, from how smart they are to how likely they are to commit a crime.
Surprisingly, our first impressions can be remarkably accurate in some instances. In others, they can be wildly off base.
Here are a few of the things we determine about people based on how they look.
Click here to read more by Erin Brodwin @Business Insider
You have probably been living under a rock if you don’t know what Pokemon Gois. Pokemon Go is a game that has all but revived our childhood attachment with the beloved Japanese anime – with a modern twist of course. The game has been implemented using Augmented Reality, which provides users with a completely immersive experience as they maneuver their way through the city, catchin’ ’em all!
Needless to say that Pokemon Go has turned into a worldwide phenomenon and people are banking on its popularity. And rightly so. Pakistani brands have been using Pokemon Go for some clever marketing strategies. Now artists are hopping on the bandwagon too! Moin Nazim of MoiNazim Graphics has designed some very brilliant Pokemon illustrations with a little ‘desi’ touch and we’re loving his take!
Click here to read more by Maryam Dodhy @ Tech Juice
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
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
I am the COO in a 400-person regional office for an international company. We have office and distribution center employees here. Everybody on our team works together in this location and for a long time it was a high-performing team. Now, things have changed for the worse.
Click here to read more by Liz Ryan