Netsol Technologies recently conducted its 2nd Throw-A-Thon, a hackathon in Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The event was a huge success with around 200 participants from all over Pakistan who showcased their innovative ideas revolving around entrepreneurship and virtual reality.
The hackathon by the Netsol Technologies kicked off on 3rd June, with a grand opening ceremony attended by the participants and key media and bloggers. Uber was the official transportation partner and provided three free rides per participant throughout the hackathon weekend. CocaCola and eeGeo, which is a 3D mapping and virtual reality platform and just signed a deal with Netsol, also sponsored the event.
There were some very exciting workshops for the participants by some great mentors such as Zubin Davar, Product, and Partnerships Marketing Manager at Google, Bart Denny, Senior Vice President of Product at eeGeo and Ahmad Shah Nawaz, Country Lead of Mobility Apps at Google.
Participants at the Netsol Technologies event experienced the VR headsets
Also, the participants experienced virtual reality by using the first HTC Vive in Pakistan. This created a lot of buzz amongst them as virtual reality is the most talked about technology as off now.
Faizaan Ghauri, Founder of Throw, Vice President of Strategy at Netsol Technologies and Chief Marketing Officer at eeGeo, said,
“We are overwhelmed by the response we got at this hackathon and the startup and VR ideas presented by the participants. It shows that Pakistan has a huge appetite for such events, and we look forward to conducting more of these in the future.”
The closing ceremony was held on the 5th of June and was attended by some very special guests such as Salim Ghauri, Ceo of Netsol, Fawwad Ghauri, Head of Digital Transformation & Co-Founder of Itchy Fingerz, Ahmad Shah Nawaz and Zohair Yousafi, Head of Expansion Pakistan at Uber.
Ten teams from the general startups category was shortlisted to present at the closing ceremony. The 1st Place was secured by, ‘Team Ghar Par’, 2nd Place by ‘Team Car Chabi’ and the 3rd Place by ‘Team Book my Umrah’. Also, the ‘Best Presentation’ award was given to Auzaaj, Affordable and Ghar Par. The Best Instagrammer Award was won by Zeeshan Irfan and the Best Tweeter by Usama Rehman.
In the VR track, the 1st Place for the ‘Best Overall Experience’ was won by ‘Team Pebu’ and the 2nd Place by ‘Team Virtual Property Guide’. The 1st Place for the ‘Most Creative Idea’ was bagged by ‘Team Raft Tech’ and the 2nd Place by ‘Team Virtual Souls.’