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Islamabad is the knowledge capital of Pakistan as well with more universities per capita than the rest of the country. It is home to the federal government, telecommunication sector, defense research institutions and software giants due to which the city has more PhDs than the entire country. With abundance of young talent and a budding technology ecosystem, Islamabad has a unique culture of technology entrepreneurship.
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Arzish Azam is the Founder of the PAK-US Tech Exchange, a week long immersion program in Silicon Valley that acts as a gateway for emerging Pakistani entrepreneurs to connect with Silicon Valley. He is a young autodidact entrepreneur, a high school graduate; he started his entrepreneurial career at the Founder Institute in Islamabad under the mentorship of Yusuf Hussain and graduated as their youngest alumni worldwide from amongst 2000+ founders.
As the Chapter Director for Startup Grind in Pakistan, he helped expand the world's largest independent network of entrepreneurs to 10+ cities, 5+ universities in Pakistan and lead the largest delegation ever to the Startup Grind Global Conference 2018 in Silicon Valley. He is going to organize Pakistan's first Google for Entrepreneurs powered technology conference "Startup Grind Pakistan" by the end of 2018 to feature the leading Pakistani technology entrepreneurs, investors, educationalists and inventors.
He represented Pakistan at Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Stanford, Organization of Islamic Corporation's Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2017 in Kazan, Russia and has been incubated at Plan9 - PITB's Technology Incubator and the National Incubation Center in Islamabad. He previously founded JustPrice.pk (Pakistan's First Shopping Search Engine) and JustWiFi.pk (Retail Analytics Solution). He is currently setting up "Ejad Labs" a collaborative innovation hub for South Asian entrepreneurs based on the methodology of Frugal (Jugaad) Innovation.
I am an education professional with expertise in communicating and dealing people from diverse backgrounds. Currently, I am full time senior lecturer in Faculty of Computing at Riphah International Islamic University, Visiting Faculty at National Defence University, Islamabad and as a side-gig program lead of Digital Skills Bootcamp at Skills first, training and facilitating people from almost every sphere of life with basic digital skills.
I hold a Master’s degree in Information Technology (MS-IT) with Networks as majors after being awarded CSUF Scholarship on the basis of Bachelor’s degree performance. I have four plus years teaching experience at a local government university of Pakistan. In addition, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Certified Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) trainer. Teaching assignments included both introductory as well as higher level courses in computer science. As supervisor, I supervised 18 Final Year Projects of BSCS and BSSE programs while being the focal person for “National ICT Research & Development” and “Technical Program Committee” of an International Conference on Emerging Trends in Science and Technology organized by Fatima Jinnah Women University. Moreover, I am the reviewer of HEC recognized science and technology journal.
With the strong urge and motivation to do something to facilitate people and society, worked as Head of Incubation at Social Enterprise with an experience of technical documentation to government IT Board, heading women empowerment program Girls Who Code Pakistan that intends to equip Pakistani young girl with basic digital skills. Being the head of this program, I devised curriculum for 5-week initial program and 10 week full stack development program, identified the local technical resource to train girls, chalked out complete schedule for project and alike.
Twenty-two delegates were able to represent Pakistan at the 6th annual Startup Grind Global Conference, which will took place February 12–14, 2018 in Silicon Valley, USA. They were joined more than 5,000 founders and investors from around the world and participate in more than 40 keynote and fireside sessions to exchange ideas and best practices for how to start and grow their businesses.