Monday, November 11, 2019

SECP’s startup portal encourages technology innovation in Pakistan

SECP’s startup portal encourages technology innovation in Pakistan

SECP Information System and Technology Commissioner Shauzeb Ali inaugurated the great initiative at the ‘Startup Grind Pakistan’ conference in Islamabad. The portal has many features including startups, access to mentors and incubation centers, simplified user experience for registration for startup companies and guides with video tutorials for starters.
Shauzeb was hopeful about the future of the portal, as he said “The SECP startup portal will be a gateway to information and collaboration hub, for the facilitation and uplifting of the existing and future entrepreneurs to connect and excel.”
A large number of entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators were gathered under one roof to share their ideas and stories to encourage young entrepreneurs. The statement issued after the event says
“SECP has instituted various reforms to develop a comprehensive and coherent industry policy to shape regulatory thinking and promote a conducive Fintech environment in Pakistan. This will help attract local and international innovators,”
Shauzeb highlighted that Pakistan has done a great job in regards to producing young entrepreneurs and many public sectors including SECP has done great work to encourage investment in the country.
“The SECP is also reviewing the Companies Act with an objective to facilitate startups and provide a conducive environment to young innovative entrepreneurs, amendments in Private Equity and Venture Capital Regulations, draft Equity Crowdfunding Regulations, setting up facilitation desks at CROs and launching of first-ever Regulatory Sandbox in Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan has improved a lot in the ease of doing the business rating, World bank ranked Pakistan at 108 this year as compared to 136 from last year. Pakistan is also expected to become one of the world’s top economies in the coming future. It has great potential for new entrepreneurs to start their business as it is also the world’s 26th biggest consumer market. It has great potential in E-commerce and other online services.

Pakistan got its first female Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning

Pakistan got its first female Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning

An engineering graduate from the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Aqsa Kausar has become Pakistan’s first female Google Developer Expert in Machine Learning.

Machine Learning is the application of Artificial Intelligence that helps the computer system to predict the outcome and take action accordingly without being explicitly programmed.
Aqsa Kausar has done a lot of contribution in her field, she organized workshops in different events including Google DevFest 2018 and Google Cloud Next Extended 2019 held in Islamabad. She was also part of Google’s Machine Learning Train-the-Trainer session recently held in Singapore.
Aqsa is currently working with a Software firm Red Buffer. While talking to TechJuice, she said, “Being a part of Red Buffer has helped me immensely in my journey to becoming a GDE. Red Buffer has some of the best talents in Machine Learning & AI including some amazing tech-savvy women. Our CEO Tayyab Tariq has always been highly supportive and encouraging in my GDE journey, often saying “it’s not about you, it’s about how you use what you have to help others.”
In her free time, Aqsa also writes blogs on Medium (An online publishing platform) on topics related to Machine Learning. She wants people to learn about this field especially women as she sees a lot of potential in the country.
Aqsa told us, “I believe more women should step forward and make use of this amazing opportunity offered by Google, not just for their personal growth and networking, but also to widen the culture of knowledge sharing in Pakistan and to build communities of value.”
Google Developer Expert program is globally recognized by Google to acknowledge the brilliant minds around the world. A person becomes a Developer Expert if he/she has great knowledge in one or more Google technologies. Experts get selected for the tenure of one year and their job is to support the developers and contribute to the concerned community.