On the 28th of this month CodeWeek will be celebrating its 2nd birthday. Another year closes its journey, and is headed towards a new much more innovating and inspiring one. During this journey many people inspired us on our way. Looking back not only makes us want to relive every moment and every meeting again but also makes us think how far we have now reached in terms of progress in our industry.
During this year we not only covered Android development, but ruby on rails and software quality assurance as a business. We also learnt how our software professionals are serving the non-IT world, how we are competing Skype with our product ‘Vopium’ and how we developed ‘Cricket Power’, the Official game for the ICC’s Cricket World Cup 2011.
Jamil Goheer, CEO Kualitatem, an entrepreneurs hared his experience of starting a software business with us. He said when starting a software company a neat idea is required. A unique idea which may have not been implemented previously, and promises a fortune. Every successful software engineer we’ve met so far has had a knack for creativity. Not just creativity but with an idea, a desire and passion to do something great.
Faizan Iftikhar, Head Mobile Product Development, highlighted the importance of Android in Pakistan and worldwide. In a conversation he said ‘It’s a mobile platform you can’t afford not to learn. Android is being used for development of amazing applications worldwide. In our country as well, it is being considered today’s most remarkable mobile communications platform.’
Nabeel Akmal Qadeer, the Co-Founder and COO at Technopsis is one of the most sought-after IT professionals in the local SME sector of Pakistan. His views are often thought to be unorthodox yet brilliant. CodeWeek interviewed him a couple of weeks back in his office at Shapes Pvt. Ltd. Head Office [which is the Head Office of Technopsis as well], where he treated us to a hot cup of coffee and some very interesting ideas.
Hasham Malik, Director of Engineering, OSM Invention (Pvt.) Ltd, diverse experience in development spanning over 10 years. His areas of expertise have been e-commerce, social applications, web services and mobile back ends. But in the interview he highlighted the importance of Ruby and Rails in the developer’s community.
Tanveer Sharif, CEO Vopium told us about his product Vopium, Skype’s competitor. He said, ‘In 2008 we managed to raise 2 million Euros from a European investor, after which we expanded in numbers i.e. from 5 to almost 70 employees. This allowed Vopium to expand and introduce our service to the whole of Europe as well as Australia and the US. Then with the global financial crisis, the company was feeling the financial crunch. But in 2010 everything settled down when we signed a major investment contract with Mr. Raghuvinder Kataria, one of the early investors in Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile operator in India and one of the largest in the world.’
In a conversation, Shoaib Malik, Country Manager Mindstorm Studios, discussed how the idea of ‘Cricket Power’ emerged. In his interview he said, ‘Cricket power is the Official game for the ICC’s Cricket World Cup 2011. It is a browser based Cricket Game and it features offline single player, online tournament mode, statistic tracking and challenging AI opponents that learn from your every move. Whether you play offline in exhibition games or hit the Nets Practice mode, Cricket Power will bring you back to the online tournament for a chance to show off your newly mastered skills and compete for top spot on the leader boards.’
Mubashir Naqvi, CEO Qubee, met CodeWeek team in Karachi. With 25 years of experience of working with renowned brands in Pakistan he highlighted the growth and importance of Qubee in Pakistan.
Ali Jaleel, General Manager Dell, in an interview with CodeWeek said, Pakistan is a growing economy which has a significant population comprising of young people enabling technology rapidly. People here are adopting new technology, its latest trends and equipments including PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Tariq Malik, Deputy Chairman, NADRA, in an interview with CodeWeek highlighted NADRA ‘Catalyst for Change’. We are trying our best to change the way government does its business. We are transforming the e-Govt. agenda in Pakistan. NADRA houses the world’s largest multi-biometric database, which gives us a national competitive advantage. We have very effectively used it to bring transparency in many government’s citizen-centric initiatives. These programs have enhanced public convenience, improved service delivery and ensured transparency and above all, left an impression of good governance.