Open Source Summit Pakistan 2018

Open Source Foundation of Pakistan holds 5th Annual Open Source Summit Pakistan  & 1st OSSAwards at Bahria University Islamabad


March 8 , Press Release Open Source Summit 2018

 Open Source Summit Pakistan 2018, held on March 8 at Bahria University Islamabad Campus.

 Open Source Foundation Pakistan organized an enthusiastic and informative 5th Open Source Summit 2018 at Bahria University Islamabad on 8th March. For the 1st time, Open Source awards were given to various techies & Strategy makers, Start-UPs & inovtors  to acknowledge their contributions to Open Source in Pakistan. There were around 600+ attendees from industry, academia, govt, and students.


Organized by Open Source Foundation of Pakistan

Hosted by Bahria University Islamabad Campus

Sponsored  by:  Pakistan Software Export Board, Inbox Technologies,  OpenWare Business, Internet Society Pakistan Chapter, IEEE Bahria University Chapter, Computer Society of Pakistan, Pakistan institute of Entrepreneurship, Odoo S.A.

Network Partners:

 IEEE Computer Society Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan Software Export Board, Computer Society of Pakistan, Code For Pakistan, Open Islamabad, Internet Society of Pakistan Islamabad Chapter, PIE, Gen Pakistan, Clip Bucket, Odoo, OWB, Softech Logix, Open Source Education, Tune.pk

Media partners:

ProPakistani.pkTune.pk , Techmag.pk , BeingGuru.com, PrestashopWeb Essentialzz, InnomediaDrupal and Daily Azkaar

 

 


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Dr. Shams Ul Islam, Dean Engineering

The event started with a welcome address by Dr. Najamul Islam of Bahria university. He said that the hosting of this annual event for the 3rd time by Bahria University reflects the university’s commitment towards Open Source and industry academia collaboration. 

Chief Guest 













Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director HEC

Chief Guest, Dr. Arshad Ali, Executive Director, Higher Education Commission, mentioned that events such as Open Source Summit are excellent for spreading awareness and for creating industry academia linkages. He also said that universities should utilize open source platforms to build their IT infrastructures in future. To build Open Source culture in Pakistan, he recommended that OSFP should build a road map with future activities and timelines for spreading open source in Pakistan. He said that HEC has allocated Rs. 1.5 billion for National Research programs in universities and open source community can submit research proposals to this program.

 

Mr. Saleem Rafik, Chairman OSFP

 

Mr. Salim Rafik, Chairman OSFP discussed various problem in the country and how open source can play a part in resolving these issues. He said that IT departments of government are preferring to use Open Source because source code is available and they will not have to hire 3rd parties in case of any issues. He discussed the achievements and role of OSFP in creating awareness about Open Source at both industry and academia level in Pakistan. He said that open source community can contribute 500 million dollars to Pakistan’s economy in the next 5 years.
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Mr. Yusuf Hussain, CEO Ingite

 Mr. Yusuf Husain, CEO Ignite mentioned that Open source movement was started in reaction to licensed software for free availability of source code. He discussed the 4th Industrial wave and the importance of innovation and how it has changed the entire world. He encouraged coders to participate in Google Summer of Code program which is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development.  He also mentioned that Pakistan needs to produce trained HR to fulfil National & International needs.

Mr. Wahaj Siraj, CEO Nayatel Pvt. Ltd

 Mr. Wahaj Siraj, CEO Nayatel discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and risk taking and how it has made USA the global leader in IT. He mentioned that 95% of software at Nayatel is based on open source. 



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Dr. Ashraf Masood, CEO KhasTech & Vice Chair OSFP

 Brig. Dr. Ashraf Masood, Vice Chairman OSFP, discussed Open Source applications in Block Chain Technologies i.e Banks Data, Vehicles, Elections, etc. He also talked about Open Source Hardware and how he utilized open source hardware to generate a bigger revenue for his organization. He suggested M.S and PhD students to opt for Open Source topics in their thesis.

Mr. Barkan Saeed, Chairman P@SHA

Mr. Barkan Saeed, Chairman P@SHA, talked about how Open Source tools benefited him when he started his IT firm many years ago. Also, how Open Source has revolutionized the IT world (Mobile, Website, IoT) over the last decade.

 

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Mr. Umair Shahid, Head of Marketing and Products in 2nd Quadrant

 Mr. Umair Shahid, Head of Marketing and Products in 2nd Quadrant, discussed various types of Open Source Licenses and their importance for linking, re-distribution and modification of code in open source.

Mr. Asim Ghaffar, President Code For Pakistan

 Mr. Asim Ghaffar, President Code For Pakistan, shared how Open Source benefited a project of his organization with Islamabad Government. He said that source code should be opened to all so that everyone can benefit.

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Awards 

 

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Ms. Sidra Jalil receiving award on the behalf of Founder Code For Pakistan, Ms. Sheeba Najmi

 

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Chairman HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, receiving award from E.C Member OSFP Mr. Tahir Mahmood Chaudhary

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 Ex Dean NUST, Vice Chairman OSFP and CEO Jolta Group, Dr. Ashraf Masood, receiving award from Executive Director HEC Dr. Arshad Ali

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Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, CEO , Turnaround Consulting, receiving Nayatel’s his shield from Dr. Arshad, ED HEC

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 Mr. Humayun Zafar receiving award on the behalf of Director KICS Dr. Waqar Mahmood from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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 Team Lead ClipBucket Mr. Ruman Malik receiving shield on the behalf of Founder ClipBucket, Mr. Arsalan Hassan from Executive Director HEC Dr. Arshad Ali


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Dr. Shehzad receiving award on behalf of Ex V.C KUST (Kohat University of Science and Technology) and Founder 3Kay Education Dr. Lutfullah Kakakhel from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Team Lead UM Health Care Trust, Ms. Shumaila Kayani, receiving her award from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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E.C Member OSFP Mr. Tahir Mahmood Chaudhary receiving award on the behalf of Mr Asaf Maroof from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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 Chairman P@SHA and CEO Viztech, Mr. Barkan Saeed, receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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CEO Infomist and Founder Being Guru, Mr. Hisham Sarwar, receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Founder OSFP, Mr. Babar Zahoor receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Head Of Marketing and Products in 2nd Quadrant, Mr. Umair Shahid, receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Ms. Ghazala Tanveer from PSEB receiving award on behalf of Co-Founder OSFP, Ms. Asma Qadeer, from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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President Code For Pakistan, Mr. Asim Ghaffar, receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Co-Founder OSFP and COO OWB Mr. Ameen Sharif receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Technical Lead at Recurship Mr. Mashhood Khan receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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Assistant Professor C@SE Mr Najam-us-Siraj receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC Dr Arshad Ali

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Founder and CEO Kalaam Ms Syeda Rozeena Saleha receiving her shield from Executive Director HEC Dr Arshad Ali

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Dr. Shehzad Khalid Director ORIC receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC Dr Arshad Ali

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Dean Bahria University Dr. Najam-ul-Islam receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC Dr Arshad Ali

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Chairman OSFP and CEO OWB, Mr Saleem Rafik, honoring awarding shield to Open Source Summit 2018 Pakistan Chief Guest, Executive Director HEC, Dr Arshad Ali

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MD PSEB, Mr. Ali Abbas Hasni, receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr Arshad Ali

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CEO Web Essentialzz Ms Lubna Ali receiving her shield from Executive Director HEC Dr Arshad Ali

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Ambassador Prestashop, Mr. Ahsan Yameen, receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr. Arshad Ali

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President OSFP Mr. Shahid Altaf Qureshi receiving his shield from Executive Director HEC, Dr Arshad Ali

Awards

For the first time, 1st Open Source awards were given to the following for their contribution to Open Source: 

  • Ms. Sheba Najmi – Founder, Code For Pakistan
  • Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed – Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC)
  • Mr. Wahaj Siraj – CEO Nayatel
  • Dr. Ashraf Masood – Ex NUST Dean / CEO Jolta Group
  • Dr. Waqar Mehmood - Director KICS, UET Lahore
  • Mr. Fouad Riaz Bajwa - Open Source Evangelist
  • Ms. Shumaila Keyani - Team Lead UM Health Care Trust
  • Mr. Arsalan Hassan – Founder, Clipbucket.com
  • Mr. M. Kamran Azeem - Co-Founder OSFP / Senior Consultant Praqma
  • Dr. Lutfullah Kakakhel -- Ex V.C KUST and Founder 3kay.pk
  • Mrs. Asma Qadeer -- Co-Founder OSFP / Member Executive Council
  • Mr. Asaf Maroof – Open Source Consultant
  • Mr. Aamir Shehzad -  CEO Roshan Tech

Tech Talks

In the afternoon, open source experts belonging to various organizations enlightened the audience with their precious knowledge of open source and its applications.

 

NAME

OCCUPATION

TOPIC

Mr. Ameen Sharif

Information Security Professional ,

COO OpenWare Business

Information Security and Open Source

Mr. Abdullah Saqib

Country Manager viamo.io 

Mobile

Tackling Poverty, hunger, Climate change using Open Source Technologies

Ms. Syeda Rozeena Saleha

CEO Kalaam

Artificial Intelligence & its Challenges in modern Era

Mr. Taimoor Yousaf

AM Big Data Telenor, Chapter Lead, Big Data & IOT OSFP

IOT and Open Source Technologies

Mr. Salim Rafik

Mr. Babar Zahoor

Chairman OSFP & CEO OWB

Founder OSFP & CTO OWB

Edoo – Education Institute Digital Platform

Mr. Ahsan Yameen 

Mr. Shahid AltafQureshi

Ambassador Prestashop

President OSFP, CEO Cyberkings

Manage Prestashop 

E-Commerce Store

Mr. Umair Shahid

Head Of Marketing and Products in 2nd Quadrant

Big Data using Postgresql Database

Mr. Hassan Shabir

Co-Founder OSFP

Open Source and Entrepreneurship

Mr. Mashhood Khan

Technical Lead at Recurship and Google Developer Expert for Web and Angular

Future Of the Web

Mr. Najam us Siraj

Assistant Professor at Center For Advanced Studies in Engineering (C.A.S.E)

ETSI-NFV Implementation on OSM

Mr. Muhammad Iqbal

Senior Drupal Developer  at FIGOVER

Drupal CMS

Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain

CEO, Turnaround Consulting

Turning around failed tech startups 

Mr. Qasim Mehmood