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The IAM KARACHI Innovation Challenge is, to date, Karachi’s biggest hackathon, conducted in collaboration with I AM Karachi Consortium, Karachi Youth Initiative, NEST i/o with separate themes sponsored by Alif Ailaan, Indus Motors, and Interactive Research and Development (IRD).
More than 900 participants registered to attend about 300 were invited to compete in five thematic challenge areas namely, education, health, law and security, transport and environment, and arts, culture and sports. Theme champions Pervaiz Ghias of Indus Motors (transport and environment), Sarah N. Ahmed of Alif Ailaan (education), Rumana Husain of I AM Karachi (arts, culture, and sports), Jameel Yusuf of TPL (law and security), and Ali Habib and Asad Zaidi of IRD (health) announced problem sets for their respective areas and introduced the participants to major challenges.
The participating teams were mentored, trained and guided over a course of three days to refine their ideas. Mentors from all walks of life, including education, journalism, technology finance, etc. helped participants to convert their ideas into workable solution pilots.
Winners were awarded seed money to implement their ideas and two of the projects, Wonder Tree and Aerosync made significant progress towards implementing their solutions.
THE KARACHI INNOVATION CHALLENGE AND HACKATHON (2016) AND ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
The 2nd Karachi Innovation Challenge was hosted at Habib University from Sept 21-23rd 2016 and engaged Citizen Innovators – particularly students and youth professionals – to come together to solve Karachi’s Challenges through a 3-day Hackathon. More than 500 individuals registered for the 3-day event and 30+ teams competed across four broad categories:
- Do It Yourself (DIY) Citizenship
- Creative Humane
- Smart City
- Trusted Government
Teams received mentoring and guidance from civic leaders and experts such as Saima Zaidi, Afia Salam, Farhan Anwar, Imran Azhar, Gulraiz Khan, Salman Abedin, Veqar Islam, among others.
Teams were judged on the basis of innovation, sustainability, resourcefulness, relevance and execution. The winning ideas from the challenge included a Mobile Kutub Khana for the under-privileged; a crime and incident reporting app; a waste separation campaign; and vertical gardening.
Teams also participated in a civic accelerator to help transform their ideas into viable products and services.
Athar Osama, Director, KCIL
Rehma Javed, Manager, KCIL
TBD, Innovation Coordinator
Asra Rizwan, Research and Data Analyst
Bisma Hayat, Project Manager
Aqsa Sarwar Abbasi, Graphic Design
Tazeen Hussain, Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture
Afia Salam, Journalist and Civic Activist
Farhan Anwar, Sustainable Alternatives
Imran Azhar, Entrepreneur and Social Change Agent
Hassan Bin Rizwan, Entrepreneur and Social Change Agent
Gulraiz Khan, Habib University
Amir Mirza, Visual Studies Department, Karachi University
Rayid Ghani, Director, Center for Analytics and Public Policy, University of Chicago
Maroof Syed, Board Member, Pakistan Innovation Foundation
Maudood N. Khan, former National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Asif Alam, VP, Thomson Reuters