Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) today announced Pakistan’s second National Innovation Awards at its 3rd Annual Pakistan Innovation Forum 2016.
The Conference, titled INNOVATORS OF TOMORROW, sought to showcase and promote individuals and institutions who had gone against the tide to innovate and build something from scratch. The Conference featured an Innovation Showcase that brought together about 50 Innovators from across the country to demonstrate their ideas and talents.
Speaking at the Pakistan Innovation Forum, Dr. Miftah Ismail, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Chairman, Board of Investment lauded the efforts of Pakistani Innovators, and PIF, for creating an innovation culture in Pakistan and noted that Pakistan was full of innovative talent and creative people and all they needed for inspiration and some support to achieve glory.
The Conference was also attended by some of the leaders from Pakistan’s corporate sector, government, and the civil society who enjoyed the noteworthy exhibits and contributions of the innovators including an full-motion F-16 Flight simulator being exported to France, Pakistan’s First Formula Electric Car, a virtual reality cricket game, and several exhibits from the classrooms of the future including science, astronomy, robotics, music, and art.
Later, the Winners of the National Innovation Awards were announced across 12 general categories and 3 special categories. Dr. Abdul Bari Khan of Indus Hospital was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions and lifelong service to healthcare, philanthropy, and the society at large. Usman Riaz, Senior TED Fellow and creator for the Sheesha Gar – Pakistan’s first hand drawn animation film – was awarded Special Young Innovative Talent Award. Other winners included Telenor, UBL, TCS, BISP, Forward Sports, Indus Hospital, Zaheen Machines, Habib University, Numaish Karachi, Invest2Innovate, British Council’s ILMPOSSIBLE, and Aman Ambulances.
Pakistan Innovation Foundation launched new initiatives – a pre-seed ideas Accelerator, National STEM School, and Karachi Civic Innovation Lab to address important gaps in Pakistan’s Innovation Eco-system.
Speaking at the Launch of the National Innovation Awards ™ Mr. Saad Amanullah Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Innovation Foundation said: “One of the three main streams of our work is about recognizing and rewarding Pakistani Innovators. There are many exemplary things and we must recognize those innovators so that the hands of others are strengthened.” “As Pakistan’s leading and only champion of Innovation, the National Innovation Awards is a way for PIF to do that,” he added.
THE WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL INNOVATION AWARDS 2016 are:
a) Corporate Innovation: TCS (Winner), Telenor (Runnerup)
b) Education Innovation: British Council’s ILMPossible (Winner), Multinet’s meraSABAQ (Runnerup)
c) Health Innovation: Indus Hospital (Winner), doctHERS (Runnerup)
d) Government Innovation: BISP (Winner), PITB (Runnerup)
e) Agri+Rural: Telenor Kushhal Zamindar (Winner), Pakistan Agriculture Council’s Agri-Mandi (Runnerup)
f) Most Innovative University or Programme: Habib University (Winner), and School of Mechanical and Metalurgical Engineering (SMME-NUST) (Runnerup)
g) Finance/Fintech Innovation: UBL (Winner), INNOV8 (Runnerup)
h) Industrial Innovation: Forward Sports (Winner), SPEL Group (Runnerup)
i) Social/Development Innovation: Invest2Innovate (Winner), The Reading Room Project (Runnerup)
j) Civic Innovation: Aman Ambulances (Winner), Painting the Walls of Karachi (Runnerup)
k) Art+Design Innovation: Numaish Karachi (Winner), Patari (Runnerup)
l) Most Innovative Technology Startup: Zaheen Machines (Winner), Rozee.pk (Runnerup)
The Three Special Awards went to:
Peoples Choice Innovator of the Year Award: System Teknologies International AND PNEC-NUST Formula Electric Car (Tied)
Special Award for Young Innovative Talent: Usman Riaz, Senior TED Fellow and Creator of Sheesha Gar.
Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation: Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Founder of Indus Hospital Network, Philanthropist, and Changebearer
Posted: 8 December, 2016
Pakistan’s Only National Innovation Awards to recognize and honor Pakistan’s leading innovators – both individuals and institutions/companies – that successfully made remarkable achievements.
Pakistan Innovation Awards – now in its 4th year are a regular future in the country’s annual conference calendar and the only National Conference focused on Innovation. The Launch of National Innovation Awards gel very well with the conference theme – Full STEAM Ahead – Pakistan 2047– that explores the themes surrounding the building blocks and players of the entire paradigm of innovation in technology, innovation and science to bring about a radical transformation across a range of different and interlinked spheres, namely, Education, Entrepreneurial, Technology, and Individuals in Pakistan.
The nominations are sought in 12 different categories:
- Most Innovative University
- Social / Development Innovation
- Corporate/Business Innovation
- Most Innovative Tech Startup
- Finance/Fintech Innovation
- Civic Innovation
- Government Innovation
- Health Innovation
- Education Innovation
- Agri+Rural Innovation
- Industry Innovation
- Art and Design Innovation
In addition to the above 12 categories, three (03) SPECIAL AWARDS are also conferred: a Young Innovative Talent Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Peoples’ Choice Innovator of the Year Award.
Pakistan Innovation Foundation, in collaboration with Arbisoft and Mera Sabaq organised the first ever Creative Content Hackathon with Teachers of Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan Karachi on 8th and 9th October. This is the first ever such Hackathon in Pakistan aimed at addressing the challenging shortage of quality digital content in Pakistan. #ContentHackathon
Thank you for showing interest, in STEM 2021.
We are now taking registrations for STEM:NEXT Wave 5 leading up to STEM 2021
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In Collaboration with
Pakistan Innovation Foundation
STEM 2021 – Pakistan’s Coolest STEM School for 2021.
WE ARE NOW TAKING REGISTRATIONS FOR STEM:NEXT WAVE 4 Leading to STEM 2021
Due to the unusual circumstances this year, STEM:NEXT WAVES will run in June, September, and November 2021.
If you’d like to Pre-Register, please do so (Register here). You may also complete all formalities to reserve your spot on the programme.
Welcome to STEM 2020 – Pakistan’s Coolest Science School!
Due to the unprecedented circumstances this year, we are not only going virtual but also re-thinking the whole concept of National STEM School applications, admissions, and the learning process!
Unlike the detailed application, online test, and in-person interviews in past years, this year’s admission process will be far more interesting, inclusive, and participative.
WE ARE INTRODUCING STEM: NEXT WAVE 3
A series of talks by eminent scientists, makers and innovators as a prequel to the STEM School 2020.
You will listen to and actively participate in 12 Science Talks and Public Lectures – one every day (except weekends) – via Zoom from Dec 7, 2020 through Dec 19, 2020 and will answer short quizzes pertaining to each of these. These quizzes will not just test the knowledge grasped from the speaker but also make you think hard and do your own little research.
STEM:NEXT Wave 3 is the toughest of the 3 qualifying rounds for STEM 2020. Wave 1 Students had the option to take 12 best of 18 quizzes and Wave 2 Students had the option to take 12 best out of 15 quizzes to be considered for qualifying for STEM2020.
Wave 3 will offer no such choice and candidates must attend all 12 out of 12 quizzes to qualify. These quizzes will challenge your intellect and in order to qualify you must demonstrate ability to absorb knowledge, build upon it, and solve tough problems. But testing your mettle against the best and the brightest could be super fun too!
In order to compete, you must fill out the form (here). You will receive an email with details regarding tuition fee, etc. Once you submit us your fee challan, you will receive a private login and password to participate in the talks.
In order to qualify for STEM 2020, you must attend 12 talks and answer quizzes. An applicants 12 best quizzes will be used to calculate their score so attending and answering more will be an additional advantage. Highest scoring candidates may be required to appear in an interview before final selection for STEM 2020.
Upon sole discretion of the STEM School Mgmt, the talks may be made open to the public via Facebook. However, subsequent Q&A sessions and followup quizzes will only be accessible to the registered applicants.
However, should one register late, he/she may be able to view the full recordings of the past sessions and attempt the quizzes until the Quiz completion date.
- Eligible Age: 12 yrs to 18 yrs.
- Eligible Location: Any
- Themes: Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Aeronautics, and Computer Science
Tuition Fee, Financial Aid, etc.
The Tuition Fee for STEM: NEXT Wave 3 is PKR 5000/- (or $75 for foreign or expat students) for 12 Talks payable at once (and non-refundable). This fee of the qualifying candidates will be adjusted against the programme fee for the STEM 2020 Programme.
STEM 2020 Programme Fee shall be PKR 25,000 (or $200 for foreign or expat students) is payable only after a student qualifies and a provisional offer for admission is made. This fee will cover the cost of shared/returnable equipment, etc. The selected STEM 2020 students will receive Physics, Biology, and Aeronautics kits they would use to work individually or in small groups in a socially distanced manner in the comfort of their homes.
However, as per STEM School Policy and Tradition, no student is ever denied admission for lack of financial resources. Therefore, any deserving student with a valid proof of financial need (such as school fee challan) will be able to receive either a 50% discount or can pay a fee equivalent to one month’s tuition fee (however small this may be). If you’re applying for financial aid, please upload a copy of your school fee challan to receive the fee discount.
Important dates to consider:
- Registration Opens: Nov 15
- Science Lectures Begin: Dec 7
- Registration Through: Dec 5
- Quiz Completion by: Dec 20
- Admission STEM 2020: Dec 23
REGISTER HERE BEFORE Dec 5, 2020 (Register here)
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Previously on National STEM School:
STEM:NEXT WAVE 1
National STEM School: Makers Summer Camp 2019
The National STEM School: Makers Summer Camp is a 10-day residential adventure for 13-17 year olds to come and experience the excitement of making, building, and breaking things! In its 2nd year now, Makers Summer Camp is an annual programme designed to bring the best and brightest makers and tinkerers from across the country and give them ‘wings’ to realise their dreams!
Now in its 4th year, National STEM School so far has produced 150+ high-achieving and amazing alums who have inspired us by going to places, getting admissions in some of the leading universities, and winning competitions around the world.
Makers Summer Camp 2019 is being brought to you in collaboration with College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (CEME) at Rawalpindi for July 22-31, 2019.
Application deadline is June 30, 2019.
National STEM School 2018 at LUMS
The National STEM School is a 10-day residential programme for 13-17 year olds to come and experience the excitement of learning science by doing science and building things! The National STEM School is an annual programme designed to bring the best and brightest students from across the country and give them ‘wings’ to realise their dreams!
Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) organised the National STEM School for the first time at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in December 2016. The National STEM School 2018 is being organised in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences, Institute of Integrated Biosciences (IIB) at CECOS University, School of Metallurgical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) at NUST, Khwarzimi Science Society (KSS), and Zeds Astronomical Observatory from December 27, 2018 to January 5, 2019 at LUMS. This unique 10-day residential programme will bring together some of the brightest students from across Pakistan to experience hands-on science like never before.
Registrations are now open for National STEM School 2018 – 19 . Selection shall be made on the basis of questions addressed in the registration form, online test and an in person interview.
This years theme:
Programme Fee is PKR 25,000, which does not include travel costs.
Need-based Full and Partial Scholarships that cover travel and board are available for Pakistan-based Candidates. No selected candidate shall be denied the opportunity for financial reasons. Please identify in the registration form if you have a financial need.
Oversees Pakistanis and Expats’ students are also welcome. Parents are encouraged to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about Fees and Logistical Arrangements.
Objectives of the National STEM School:
The Objectives of the programme are:
1) To enable young learners to understand what science really is, how scientists think (and work)?
2) To help young learners experience the excitement of hands-on science and technology in a challenging yet cooperative environment
3) To impart the skillset and excitement of ‘building’ things and doing ‘hands-on’ science thus creating a culture of making in Pakistan.
Here is a glance at our STEM Future Scientists from 2016 , 2017 and 2018.
DOES YOUR TEACHER DESERVE A NOBEL PRIZE OF TEACHING?
The Varkey Foundation of United Kingdom presents the Global Teacher Prize – a $1 Million Prize that is sometimes referred to as the Nobel of Teaching – awarded every March at the Dubai Education and Skills Forum organised under the patronage of HRH Sheikh Muhammed, the Crown Prince of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Pakistan Innovation Foundation – PIF is the National Partner of Pakistan for the Global Teacher Prize.
Nominations are now open for 2017 Prize and may be made on the web at: http://www.globalteacherprize.org/nominate before October 14, 2016.
Nominate the most amazing teacher you know! Give that Amazing teacher that shaped your life and that many thousands more the best thank you possible!
Thank You for showing interest. Please register below to get invitation on Sunday, to attend Closing Ceremony of KARACHI INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2016
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As with the extremely successful event in 2015, the 2nd Karachi Innovation Challenge and Hackathon was hosted at Habib University. KIC&H engaged Citizen Innovators – particularly students and youth professionals – to come together to solve Karachi’s Challenges through a 3-day Hackathon and a subsequent accelerator.
The challenge was divided across FOUR themes:
1-Do It Yourself (DIY) Citizenship focussed on self-organising empowered Citizens to come together to address the City’s problems
2-Creative Humane Spaces aimed at encouraging the use of public spaces to bring together art, culture, literature, and sport to create new narratives and ownership
3-Smart City will explore the creative and innovative use of technology and innovation to build solutions to enable the City to work for its Citizens
4-Trusted Government to enable citizen ideas in openness, efficiency, and transparency in government to create trust between government and the citizens.
FOUR teams won startup support of upto PKR 300,000 each plus a chance to participate in the civic accelerator.
Four WINNING teams and Four RUNNER UP teams will be a part of the Civic Accelerator were:
- Team MentHub (Runner up) wants to develop a mentoring platform to connect Mentors and kids from underprivileged areas
- Team vReport (Runner up) is building a problem reporting platform
- Team Aurosaviours (Runner up) have a model that converts humid air into water using Silk Thread
- Team Green Buildings (Runner up) is promoting the idea of a greener Karachi through Vertical Gardening
- Team Mobile KutabKhana, (Winners) One of the winning teams is taking Libraries to kids and promoting the idea of Mobile Libraries
- Team Chaska On Wheels, (Winners) has made a Rikshaw for disabled people that converts into a Food Cart
- Team AeroSync, (Winners) want to install public toilets in Karachi
- Team Pentagon, (Winners) Believes that the biggest problem of waste management is waste separation and their model works on that