Karachi AI Meetup at KSBL

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The Karachi A.I Summit took place on 31st March at Karachi School of Business and Leadership. Unique as it was, the summit brought together heavyweights of the A.I for a 3 hour event covering a range of topics. The event was Co-hosted by PEC & TECH Pakistan, Supported by PASHA.
Second in the A.I meetups, the event started with Mesum Raza Hemani’s address to the audience about Karachi.AI and its vision and zeal which was followed by Keynote Speech by Mr. Shoaib Ul Haq (Asst. Professor at KSBL). Mr. Shoaib gave a brief introduction to A.I and how it affecting Information Revolution,particularly in finance sector.
Following the strict time allotment, the first speaker was Mr. Irfan Sharif from Receipt Bot who spoke about the use of artificial intelligence in accounting and bookkeeping. He introduced the topic of automated bookkeeping where A.I sorts financial information without the need of human oversight and how softwares are evolving to properly deal with accounting requirements and complexities.
He was followed by Mr. Anis Sheikh who spoke about Financial Content Writing and Introduced the public with Pakistani Built world’s Top automated AI based content writing package “DANTE”, He stressed upon his struggles and idea behind the creation of Dante and how it’s revolutionizing the financial content writing industry. The product has a completed MVP on stock market commentary and is ready to be sold before the AMCs, Fund Management Companies and Brokerage Houses who hire costly analyst to develop commentaries on daily stock closings. BASE-H announced release of its financial content writing module to public in May 2018.
Continuing the excellence Ms Saarah Rasheed acquired stage, who spoke about financial trading and markets. Their talks highlighted the deep impact artificial intelligence can have on various mechanisms and measures used for financial reporting, bringing forth data that and its articulation which may not have been possible with just human oversight. Many trends and measures that A.I detected had previously eluded human intelligence and it opens new possibilities for improved financial strategies and automate algorithmic trading mechanisms.
Ms. Naureen Hayat spoke about the role of artificial intelligence in lending and credit. Focusing on FinTech, she emphasized how the huge cache of information can help predict behaviors and use that information to develop credit scores for lending, while reducing fraud at the same time. The pattern recognition is important for better KYC, reduce financial theft/fraud and better lending score, and this is where artificial intelligence is making leaps and bounds.
The financial segment of the A.I event highlighted key learnings, such as massive improvements to understanding patterns and better data gathering, sorting,analysis and predictions for financial strategies. Most of these are already in practice in various countries around the globe and its implementation in Pakistan will certainly improve business and finance sector to better serve the people.
But finance is not the only beneficiary of A.I. The next segment focused on E-Commerce and it started with Ms. Anum Kamran’s talk about Pakistan ECommerce Consortium and its wide motives together with collaborations with Karachi.AI. She spoke about how A.I is using customer data to predict buying behavior and how various websites use it to customize customer experience when they land on the website. Following it she revealed the new projects led by PEC & Karachi.AI to bring Pakistani Ecommerce Markets into AI driven play.
Mr. Usama Noman followed her with Botsifying E-Commerce, speaking about how Botsify is changing the way businesses interact with customers. With automated systems that can learn, Chat Bots can replace many functions of human interactions by quickly addressing customer queries and suggest products/services that they are looking for, including completing customer orders within the chat window. Mr. Usama also gave various examples including Chat Bots ability to get more customer orders by reminding them of abandoned carts, compared with email reminders to customers.
The final talk of the segment was from Mesum Raza Hemani who spoke on harnessing power of A.I to power E-Commerce where A.I’s intuition can be tweaked to better serve customer, including improved NLP, Visual and Voice searching, better recommendations and purchase reminders. Improving efficiency of A.I can bring additional benefits, including price prediction that can accurately place product/service within reach of the target audience.
Dinner and Networking session was scheduled right after the awards presented by honorable guests Mr.Kanwal Masroor (Founder TECH) and Mr. Ahmed Rauf Essa (CEO Telemart). Karachi.AI community is organizing quarterly meetups and scheduled for next one in June 2018 to discuss latest trends in various segments and share the learning experiences amongst the stakeholders.
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Live Demo Patient Lost 3 inches in 45 Minutes

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The Federal capital witnessed an eventful evening where the audience was left nothing short then mesmerized. 3D lifestyle; licensee of the original Non-Surgical 3D Lipo technology finally launched in Pakistan with 10 clinics in Karachi, Lahore and

Islamabad.

 

3D Lifestyle introduces the ultimate combination of advanced technologies offering a complete & prescriptive approach to non-surgical face and body treatments in Pakistan.

 

Unlike any other treatment in the Medical Aesthetics landscape; 3D lifestyle, with their revolutionary-technology, performed a Non-Surgical fat loss treatment that took to the hearts of those present and millions online. When it showcased LIVE treatment session by Living up to its staggering claim of “Lose 1 Inch in 45 Minutes”.

 

The event was conducted at La Chirurgie in F8 Islamabad, which in every aspect is Pakistan’s premier and busiest Aesthetic clinics setup by Dr. Humayun Mohmand and his Partner Dr. Armeela Javed and their team of highly qualified Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Plastic Surgeons.

 

Live Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1v96gX-5pI

 

Dr. Humayun illustrated that 3D lipo’s ULTIMATE device comes handy for fat loss- skin tightening- facial lift and rejuvenations, all with no surgery or injectable. He further went deep into the science of Non-Surgically breaking up of fat cells through the most advanced Cavitation process where quad transducers ensure ultrasound waves cause severe disruption of the adipose cells, thus breaking down the fat cell membrane were this content is then disposed of the lymphatic system and the liver. The uniqueness of Cavitation is that you can see results from the 1st treatment!

 

Crylolipolysis also specifically targets fat cells Non-Surgically, by lowering the temperature to -6o; it pinpoints the content of the fat cells and causes a crystallization: no other structure is affected by this process like cavitation the remaining content disposed of naturally. Crylolipolysis delivered results in 4-6 weeks and works excellent on all stubborn fat!

 

Radio frequency is another important function of 3D Lipo using advanced quad polar technology; radio frequency enables not only skin tightening for the face but also for the body! The concentration of collagen fibers and the regeneration of the collagen and elastin deposits tighten the skin layers creating a smoother, healthier and younger looking skin.

 

With the smile on his face Dr. Humayun with all his excitement said “the combination of 3D lipo’s industry standard protocols produces great results and I am delighted to be the first one in Pakistan to come on board with visionaries like Jawad Qureshi to introduce this to my patients.”

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All eyes got glued to Mr. Jawad Qureshi; the Founder and CEO of 3D lifestyle when he took center stage “It’s an emotional day in my life! I once was 290 LBS and I felt the isolation in the society; today, I take a moment to thank those who are constantly working to innovate technologies! this is not just looking slimmer and younger, this is about to change and with 100 clinics soon to be launched in Pakistan, I trust our beautiful citizen will always stand out among any crowd”  Mr. Qureshi also emphasize on how important it was for 3D lifestyle to strategically launch with doctors who give attention to detail with best practices and no one could have been a better pick then Dr. Humayun Mohmand who without doubt has grandfathered himself in the Medical Aesthetics landscape of Pakistan!

 

Finally the wait was over when Mr. Jawad Qureshi requests Dr. Humayun to announce the result of the change in the abdominal circumference post treatment raising curiosity among the viewers!

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Sure enough, there was a huge roar in the audience as magic had just been surfaced when Dr. Humayun announced and unbelievable circumference reduction of 3 inches of that patient over just a single treatment session! For many it was beyond

comprehension and bloggers sent videos and tweets that went viral in seconds across the national social media platform!

 

No one was more excited than the patient who underwent the treatment! Here is what he had to say “it was certainly history and I am in total shock! I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Qureshi and I want to thank you to everyone at 3D lifestyle especially

 

Dr. Humayun for educating me on the treatment not just by the procedure being non surgically pain free but with no such risks and complications I can now hope to lose the 5 inches I always wanted to and go back to my teen age size”

 

At the very end it was surreal to feel the energy that was reflecting from the attendees and how transformation in the health care phase evolved where a patient who in today’s in age has no time to work out or manage a diet, can simply take 45 minutes session during an office break and loose an inch of belly fat Non-Surgically.

JumpStart Celebrates International Women’s Day

 

International Women’s Day is a global celebration to recognize achievements made by women around the World and to support global actions needed to accelerate gender parity.

With the objective to create a more gender inclusive world, Jumpstart Pakistan has always facilitated Women Entrepreneurs in becoming responsive and responsible leaders.

On 8th March, 2017 through a meaningful celebration & targeted bold action JumpStart Pakistan celebrated International Women’s Day at DotZero Karachi. This gathering was well attended by Women Entrepreneurs. Among the invited speakers were professional women including successful women entrepreneurs who have created a mark in their respective industry and also women who are holding senior posts in various organizations and among the government.

The session started with President of JumpStart Karachi chapter, Eram Abbasi, introducing to the women the aims and objectives of JumpStart, how it is stimulating and supporting the startup ecosystem in Pakistan and how it is organizing various events in different cities across Pakistan.

Ms. Naheed Memon, who is serving as Chairperson at the Sind Board of Investment was invited as guest of honor. She is a role model for being a successful professional woman. She was the CEO of a public policy think tank in Pakistan, and headed it’s research and advocacy function. She is also a Director in her family owned group of companies based in Karachi; the core business unit, Kings Apparel is one of the country’s largest knitwear manufacturers. In London, Naheed worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch for a number of years. She was the Founder CEO of a management consultancy firm in London which serviced clients including PwC and foreign missions.

Ms Ayesha Fahad and Ms Sadaf Fatima both very prominent entrepreneurs who are successfully running their business were invited to share their success stories. Both the stories were an eye opener for the participants. The journey included success and failure phases, the support that they received by the society and people around them and many such interesting turning points specially how these ladies are managing their business along with family and kids.

Ms Ayesha Fahad, owner of Ashlamour and D2R brands narrated her journey from university days, where she initially was exposed to the concept of entrepreneurship and how she developed her interest to start her own business through participation in business plan competitions and exposure to organizations such as SMEDA (Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority) and initiatives like Shell Tameer. She took her first risk by starting a handbag business by the name Ashlamour. She herself used to design high end ethnic bags and get it made at low cost, using labor that worked remotely.  At this stage she used to sell her product through various outlets. Later on she got married and due to the constant support by her husband and inlaws she continued her journey. Recently she has launched her second venture by the name D2R (Dream to Reality). This is all about Planners that are diaries with very ethnic and well thought out designs for women to plan their dreams ahead.

Mrs Sadaf Fatima, an engineer by education and an engineering consultant by profession was the next speaker to share her success story. Sadaf is running her engineering consulting firm with the name of M/S Sadaf Fatima. She narrated her story how, after graduation, she worked with a construction firm for a while which she couldn’t continue after her marriage. Due to her home responsibilities she started her home based consultation work. At this stage her former colleagues and university professors supported her in many ways including getting projects. She single handedly not only managed her initial projects but at the same time managed her house responsibilities alongside. She eventually rented a home nearby, dedicated top floor for office work, and gradually hired a team to deal with various projects by fulfilling all the job roles needed for success.

The major commonality among both entrepreneurs was that their families, including husbands, supported them well and their major motivation was the drive to be successful and respectable members of the society.

The participants showed great interest in the talks by the speakers. At the end of the session an open discussion was held where many recommendations were put forward to promote women entrepreneurs and help women play a vital role in the economy.

 

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1st International Conference on Innovations in Computer Science and Software Engineering

 

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The past couple of decades have witnessed rapid advances in the field of Computing. The global economy has made it imperative for the international community to cooperate and collaborate with each other to explore and keep informed of the leading technological advancements.

 

In response to this need, The Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, NED University of Engineering & Technology organized the 1st International Conference on Innovations in Computer Science and Software Engineering (ICONICS-2016) on 15-16 December 2016.

 

 

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The objectives for organizing this conference were two-fold. Firstly, to invite proponents of cutting-edge software technologies and research internationally, to share their latest research ideas, innovations and their vision of the way forward in computer science and software research and development. Secondly, the conference acted as a bridge between academia and industry which would help in promoting a vibrant research environment in NED University which is beneficial for the both.

An overwhelming response from the academia and industry was received. Attendees for the conference included representatives from Pakistan, USA, UK and Malaysia.

The conference comprised of six sessions which included:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Speech recognition and pattern recognition
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Computer Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Computer Networks and Wireless Communication
  • Emerging Trends in Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Poster presentation.

73 full papers were received from around the world. After critical review from the members of technical programme committee, 19 full papers were accepted. The acceptance rate for this conference was therefore 26%.

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A workshop on Social Network Analysis was also organized. During this session participants had an opportunity to understand the fundamentals of community structures, evolution of communities, as well as case studies on the utilization of Social Network Analysis in real world problems. Workshop participants experienced state of the art Social Network Analysis software tools for analysing large and small social networks.

The conference provided a stimulating environment of cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary exchange of research ideas.

The main sponsor of ICONICS-2016 was the Higher Education Commission Pakistan. Abacus Consulting, Jaffer Business Systems Pvt. Ltd, Mare Consulting, United States Educational Foundation Pakistan, and Pak Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. also contributed as sponsors.

The Chief Guest for the conference opening ceremony was Mr. Jam Mehtab Dahar (Honourable Minister of Education and Literacy Sindh), and Dr. Sikandar Ali Shoro (Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Sindh for Information Science and Technology) was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony. Guests of honor were Vice Chancellor of NED University Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque, Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed (President of OPEN Karachi), Mr. Ashraf Kapadia (Ex-MD Systems Limited), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tufail Jokhio (Dean Faculty of Information Sciences and Humanities of NED University). Keynote Speakers for the conference were Prof. Dr. Junaid Ahmed Zubairi from State University New York, Prof. Dr. Nasreen Badruddin from Universiti Tekanologi PETRONAS Malaysia, Dr. Muhammad Atif Tahir from Northumbria University UK, Dr. Syed Saad Azhar Ali from Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Malaysia, and Dr. Syed Faraz Hassan from Massey University New Zealand. Dr. Shariq Mahmood Khan, Secretary ICONICS-2016, presented the vote of thanks at the closing session.

Railway from China to Rotterdam

The video above shows entrepreneurial experience of the two founders, Jan Paul Vegt and Liu Yong Gao, which is exactly what entrepreneurs around the world go through when taking a difficult decision. Being part of a budding tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem in Karachi I can feel their pain and how much difficult it was to risk taking a new path.

To briefly explain, these entrepreneurs have Rotterdam (Netherlands) based company that exports organic baby food to China. The air transport is too costly for their business and their orders via sea were delayed by two months due to fog. Considering these challenges, they decided to go with railway. Despite the fact Rotterdam is not fully connected with China through railway and most trains from China stop at Germany, railway still proves cheaper than air transport and one month faster than sea transport. For these entrepreneurs, and any other around the world, the best thing is to find the right balance between cost and benefits while guaranteeing delivery of products and services.

This decision does exactly that. It reduces the logistic cost by half compared to air freight and also prevent delays to delivery of products and services. It is not just limited to Jan and Liu only, there are many other entrepreneurs who are facing the same challenges in logistics. With an active railroad connected to European rail network, a third and reliable route opens up that will solve major logistics issue, bringing down cost of business. It will also allow travel options to and from China, giving a boost to both business travels and tourism.

With just sea and air freight, the trade volume between Europe and China is about half a trillion Euro and has been growing steadily. It is likely to touch 650 billion Euros by year 2020 and to facilitate this growth the additional route of rail will be key component.

The implications of this decision are quite significant. For example, China manufactures products for entrepreneurs and businesses from around the world. Innovative startups from incubators like Startup Chile/Y-Combinator and those who run campaigns on Kickstarter/Indiegogo get manufacturing done from China and deliver the products globally. There will be major cost saving benefits with the use of rail network and many other locations will also open up from where the train passes through. By extending the network into South Asia and South-East Asia, through the upcoming CPEC and BCIM corridors, the trade volume will increase even more significantly. The South Asian and South-East Asian markets will further open up to European trade and entrepreneurs and small scale businesses stand to benefit with this connectivity. This will allow innovators from Asia to take advantage of a more connected route and a much more reliable logistics system.

Which means an innovator from Pakistan can get products made in China and have them delivered in Europe and Asia at lower cost and much more convenience. It will also bypass some of the trade barriers that make it difficult to do business between Asian countries and with Europe.

The benefits of this are immense and with growing global trade, the opportunities for innovators, entrepreneurs and global businesses will only get better.

Sindh Education Foundation Launches Next Phase of Education Improvement

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Karachi, Sindh, June 30, 2016 – Sindh Education Foundation (SEF), Govt. of Sindh officially launched a program here on June 30, 2016 to establish middle and high schools in the province in a bid with an overall objective to gradually to bridge the upsettingly huge gap between primary and post-primary education in the province.

Under the banner of the SEF Middle and High School (SMHS) Program, with the support of Sindh Government’s Education & Literacy Department, the Foundation has finalized selection of approximately 60 School Operators for establishment of around 125 Middle/High schools in Sindh. These schools are planned to be set up in areas where there are no post-primary schools.

With financial and technical support extended to these post-primary schools, SEF would accomplish enrollment of 30,000 students in Phase I, making a small breakthrough. The overall target assigned to the Foundation under this program is to reach out to estimated 200,000 students in the coming 05 years.

SEF, which is a semi-autonomous body working under a Board of Governors headed by the Chief Minister Sindh and with Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Department as its vice chairman, would provide financial and technical support for establishment and management of middle and high schools.

According to the SEMIS Data of the year 2014-15, 90% of the public schools in the province are primary, leaving perturbing 10% of all three types of schools combined, i.e. Middle/Elementary, Secondary and Higher Secondary. According to the data, 42,342 schools are primary, 2,336 are middle/elementary, 1,752 are secondary and only 294 are higher secondary. One of the reasons behind the huge dropout ratio to post-primary education in the province, as evident from the numbers mentioned above, is lack of primary schools.

Addressing the gathering, SEF Managing Director, Naheed S. Durrani said, “We want to change the perspective and approach towards education in the province. We want to support establishment of schools that can empower the students.”

“It’s time we provide students with the quality schooling which is aligned with modern methods of teaching and learning supplemented by ICT,” she added.

The session was attended by two members of the SEF BoG, who have recently joined the board namely Mr. Nazir A. Tunio and Mr. Husnain Qamar Shah. Both the members are presently involved in multifaceted activities relating to education in Sindh.

Operators have been selected after a comprehensive, transparent, and merit-based process from scrutiny of applications and to selection of successful operators. This involved an exhaustive to physical verification of proposed sites and, finally, selection of applicants – the entire process lasted for six months, from January to June 2016. The selected operators were oriented on the philosophy of the program, quality-check mechanisms and legal bindings of the contract being made under the program.

Pakistan – An Emerging Gaming Market

Guest Post by Mohammad Faizan

Who’d have thought the country better known for all the wrong reasons like terrorism, bomb blasts and what not, will make an IT industry one of the fastest growing industries in Pakistan. The country with immense raw talent continues to rise on the globe as Pakistan started to show its existence with a better image.

 

The new young generation of game developers in the country has helped industry to grow to an estimated $3 billion. This is due to the hard work of many young and creative Pakistani entrepreneurs and gamers like Shahid Ahmed who won Develop Industry Excellence Award in 2014 for his immense contribution for Sony Entertainment. Sumail, 16, a Pakistani gamer made history when he helped his team to win Dota 2 Asian Championship in 2015.

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According to a report, Pakistan employs more than 25,000 people in software exports. There are many start-up companies established by young developers like Mindstorm by Ahmed, Kwick Games and Caramel Studio to name a few. Continue reading