Pakistan Preparing a Fleet of Tech-Savvy
Producing 15000 graduates a year, we in Pakistan take pride in our IT education and the ever-developing IT & Software sector. Our youth is not only capable of understanding and competing in the global IT industry but they also have the much needed passion for innovation and development. With a plethora of Entrepreneurship & Incubation centers in Pakistan, particularly in the top universities, Pakistan is all geared up to contribute and make its mark in the global technical arena.
Why Still A Cog in the Machine?
Leaders and motivators such as Dr. Umar Saif, chairman PITB, are playing a significant role in taking our IT sector to the next level. The establishment of tech incubators are among some of the efforts that are helping our industry thrive. However, despite such steps, we still lag behind and don’t have many big names in the global tech industry. Why? Despite the efforts and opportunities we are still mere cog in the machine.
The mobile apps industry is the only industry which requires minimum investment, human resources and other formalities to kick off and turn into a stable earning model. Basic knowledge, a personal computer and an internet connection is all that it takes to commence as an individual publisher and touch the horizon, emerging as a million dollar startup.
China, Israel, Singapore – Examples to Learn From
A messenger based startup called “Pie” based in Singapore was recently acquired by Google. This can be a good example showing us the importance of small app startups. We must also consider the examples Israel and China. Israel as a small country with its influence in the global market with a huge share, and, China as a big country to work for themselves for their own market. Israel has worked in ad monetization and advertising companies like AppNext, Startapp, and clicksmob. In 2014, Israel had $3 billion in ad and monetization exports only, so you can guess the total revenue of mobile apps industry.
If the government allocate funds for IT Parks and Tech Entrepreneurship centers, the private sector acts generously and invests on mentoring and guidance of Youth, Pakistan can certainly become the Silicon Valley of Asia.
Pakistan has great potential. The individual developers are working hard but, for their companies rather than themselves. It means that they will ultimately get minimum share compared to their actual contribution.
There is dire need to encourage and train the young students and those who are struggling to market their work as their own brand and help them enjoy maximum share of their contribution. If the government allocate funds for IT Parks and Tech Entrepreneurship centers, the private sector acts generously and invests on mentoring and guidance of youth, Pakistan can certainly become the Silicon Valley of Asia.