10th Annual PASHA ICT Awards 2013 Held

PASHA ICT Awards 2013 - Organizers and Winners


The tenth annual [email protected] ICT Awards 2013 took place at a gala event in the capital Islamabad on Saturday. This is the first year that this event has been held in Islamabad having originally been held in Karachi and Lahore during previous years.

The who’s who of the Pakistani ICT sector hob-nobbed with representatives from embassies, government, business sector and from academia at a star-studded event that buzzed with energy showing once again that the Pakistan ICT sector was alive with innovation.

The [email protected] ICT Awards aim to recognize the best innovative technology products and solutions being  developed in Pakistan and to  acknowledge creativity, innovation and excellence in Pakistan’s Information and Communications Technologies sector.

The theme of the 10th [email protected] ICT Awards was “Innovation is the Catalyst for Growth”.

This year we received an overwhelming number of entries, said Jehan Ara President of [email protected] Panels of judges from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad spent long hours listening to innovators present their software products and service offerings in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Every year it becomes more and more difficult to identify the best in each category, she said. There are so many great entries.

There are a few innovators that we expect to see in the winning circle every year simply because they keep creating great products, said one of the 21 judges who adjudicated this year’s Awards. However, each year we are surprised at the number of new faces and new companies that somehow emerge to the surface.


Innovation is taking place in every nook and corner of this country, said [email protected] Chairman Naseer Akhtar. This year 40 amazing entries were declared as the best innovators in the17 product and 15 services categories of the [email protected] ICT Awards.

The winners from the product categories of the [email protected] ICT Awards 2013 will be part of the [email protected] delegation that will compete at the APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) in Hong Kong, against 15 IT economies, namely, Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.

APICTA is scheduled to be held on November 24 – 27, 2013 where top innovators from the region will go head to head to benchmark their products against the best in the region.

Next year Pakistan will play host to the Asia Pacific ICT Awards when 250 – 300 delegates from a wide number of economies will fly into Lahore and Islamabad.


[email protected] ICT Awards 2013 Winners’ List

  • Best in E-Learning Applications

  • Best in Security Applications

    • Winner
      • Product: CERT Station Cyber Security Dashboard
        Company: CERT Station Cyber Security Dashboard
  • Best in New Media & Entertainment Applications

  • Best in Financial Industry Applications

  • Best in Research & Development

    • Winner
    • Runner Up
      • Product: Named Entity Recognition
        Omar Hassan Akhtar
  • Best in Industry Applications

  • Best in E-Government Applications

  • Best in E-Logistics & Supply Chain

  • Best in e-Health

  • Best in Tools & Infrastructure Applications

  • Best in Communications Applications

    • Winner
      • Product: SMSall-pk
  • Best in Green & Sustainable IT Applications

  • Best in E-Inclusion & E-Community

    • Winner:
      • Product: Lady Health Workers Initiative
        Organization: National Program for Family Planning & Primary Care A Technology for the People initiative
  • Best Start Up

  • Best in Tertiary Student Category

    • Winner
      • Product: Online Urdu Character Recognition
        International Islamic University – Sana Rasheed
    • Runners Up
      • Product: Bio-Tech Prosthetic hand controlled by EMG Signals
        Usman Raza
      • Product: An Eye for the Blind
        Muhammad Junaid Gill – NUCES FAST Lahore
      • Product: Cloud 9
        Moiz Ali – NUCES FAST Karachi
  • Best in Secondary Student Category

    • Winner
      • Product: Awam Ki Awaz
        Zarmeen Sahar – Lahore
  • Best in Mobile Applications

    • Winner
      • Product: Cricket Companion
        Company: Tricast Media Pvt Ltd
    • Runner Up
  • Best in Managed Services

  • Best in Service Innovation

    • Winner
      • Catalyic Consulting – Winner
  • Best in CSR

  • Best in Brand Development

    • Winner
      • – Winner
  • Best in Animation

  • Best in HR Development

  • Best in Social Media (IT)

  • Best in Social Media (non-IT)

  • Best in BPO

  • Best CIO Public Sector

    • Winner
      • Dr. Umar Saif – Chairman Punjab IT Board


  • Why there is no award for E-Commerce sites like symbios, kaymu, daraz, techcity and many other?

    • valid point! I’ve also a little confusion over the selection criteria. Even eyedeus was mentioned in some of the giants like gizmodo, mashable, techcrunch but werplay got the award.

      Not sure what’s going on here!

      • I think e-commerce boom arrives this year in Pakistan, may be they will consider it in next year.

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