Islamabad, September 26, 2023 (PPI-OT): Jazz, Pakistan’s largest digital operator, is bringing Pakistan’s first 5G Innovation Hackathon in close collaboration with National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), NITB, and Code for Pakistan (CfP). The ground-breaking initiative aims to harness the immense potential of 5G technology and other cutting-edge innovations to address critical challenges in Pakistan's key sectors, including health, education, financial services, disaster management and climate change, agri-tech, and Industry 4.0.
The 5G Innovation Hackathon underscores the critical importance of fostering innovation and talent in the realm of 5G technology. By bringing together bright minds, developers, and entrepreneurs, the hackathon serves as a breeding ground for ground-breaking ideas and solutions that will shape the future of telecommunications in Pakistan. The event not only empowers local talent but also ensures that Pakistan remains at the forefront of the digital revolution, paving the way for a more connected and innovative future.
Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer at Jazz, said, "Today, solutions to the longstanding challenges that face developing countries like Pakistan lie in technology. We’re proud to have developed the 5G innovation lab in collaboration with NUST, a tech hub that’s now hosting the country’s first 5G hackathon to help create viable solutions to key challenges while putting Pakistan on the global map of 5G innovation.”
Baber Majid Bhatti, CEO NITB, said, “At NITB, we see the 5G Innovation Hackathon as a catalyst for Pakistan's e-governance evolution. This event unites technology and governance, paving the way for tailored solutions that will enhance citizen services. By harnessing 5G's potential, we're nurturing a digitally connected Pakistan, building capacity, and fostering innovation. Together, we're redefining e-governance for a brighter future.”
Dr Hammad Cheema, Principal and Dean, SINES, NUST, said, “We are thrilled to host the 5G Innovation Hackathon at NUST, an event that brings together the brightest minds in innovation and technology to ignite creative sparks that will shape the future. I thank Jazz, NITB, and CfP for collaborating on this timely initiative as the country prepares to embark on breakthrough 5G-powered solutions that could reshape lives and livelihoods. Together, we can unlock new horizons of innovation and make a lasting impact on the country and the world."
Code for Pakistan's Chief Executive Officer, Shaji Ahmed, expressed excitement about the upcoming event, saying, "The 5G Innovation Hackathon represents a significant step towards harnessing technology for the betterment of society. By partnering with Jazz and NUST, we aim to create a platform where innovation can thrive and where solutions to pressing challenges in Pakistan can emerge. We believe this hackathon will serve as a catalyst for innovation, where diverse minds converge to address Pakistan's most pressing challenges."
The 5G Innovation Hackathon invites talented individuals, researchers, students, and professionals from various backgrounds to collaborate, innovate, and address critical challenges specific to Pakistan's context. Together, we can leverage the power of technology to create real impact and drive positive change.
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