First 5G Innovation Hackathon launched

Jazz, Pakistan’s largest digital operator, launched Pakistan’s first 5G Innovation Hackathon on Tuesday in collaboration with the National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust), NITB, and Code for Pakistan (CfP).

The groundbreaking initiative aims to harness the immense potential of 5G technology and other cutting-edge innovations to address critical challenges in Pakistan’s key sectors, including health, education, financial services, disaster management and climate change, agri-tech and industry.

The 5G Innovation Hackathon underscores the critical importance of fostering innovation and talent in the realm of 5G technology.

By bringing together bright minds, developers, and entrepreneurs, the hackathon serves as a breeding ground for groundbreaking ideas and solutions that will shape the future of telecommunications in Pakistan.

The event not only empowers local talent but also ensures that Pakistan remains at the forefront of the digital revolution, paving the way for a more connected and innovative future.

Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, Jazz, Syed Fakhar Ahmed said: “Today, solutions to the longstanding challenges that face developing countries like Pakistan lie in technology.”

He said the country’s first 5G hackathon will help create viable solutions to key challenges while putting Pakistan on the global map of 5G innovation.

NITB CEOBaber Majid Bhatti said: “NITB sees the 5G Innovation Hackathon as a catalyst for Pakistan’s e-governance evolution. This event unites technology and governance, paving the way for tailored solutions that will enhance citizen services. By harnessing 5G’s potential, we’re nurturing a digitally connected Pakistan, building capacity, and fostering innovation. Together, we’re redefining e-governance for a brighter future.”

The National Information Technology Board (NITB) is a consulting team of coordinated designers, developers, engineers, research writers, and management experts who bring design-led innovations and solutions to help government departments thrive.

The NITB develops and delivers sophisticated IT services, technologies, and apps for public departments.

Dr Hammad Cheema, Principal and Dean, SINES, Nust, said the event brought together the brightest minds in innovation and technology to ignite creative sparks that would shape the future.

He lauded Jazz, NITB and CfP for collaborating on this initiative as the country prepares to embark on breakthrough 5G-powered solutions that could reshape lives and livelihoods.

Code for Pakistan’s Chief Executive Officer Shaji Ahmed expressed excitement about the upcoming event, saying, “The 5G Innovation Hackathon represents a significant step towards harnessing technology for the betterment of society. By partnering with Jazz and Nust, we aim to create a platform where innovation can thrive and where solutions to pressing challenges in Pakistan can emerge. We believe this hackathon will serve as a catalyst for innovation, where diverse minds converge to address Pakistan’s most pressing challenges.”

The 5G Innovation Hackathon invites talented individuals, researchers, students, and professionals from various backgrounds to collaborate, innovate, and address critical challenges specific to Pakistan’s context.

He added that the project will leverage the power of technology to create real impact and drive positive change.

Code for Pakistan is a civic tech nonprofit leveraging technology and innovation to create accessible and citizen-centred governance solutions that serve all Pakistanis.