NetSol Technologies conducted a very successful 2nd Throw-a-thon, a hackathon in Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), from 3rd to 5th June 2016. The event was attended by over 200 people from all over Pakistan participated to showcase their ideas revolving around entrepreneurship and virtual reality. Key personnel from the tech and media industry also made appearances.
Over the course of three days, the participants were able to attend workshops by noteworthy 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.
Ten teams from the general startups category were shortlisted to present at the closing ceremony which was attended by Salim Ghauri, CEO of NetSol; Fawwad Ghauri, Head of Digital Tranformation & Co-Founder of Itchy Fingerz; Ahmad Shah Nawaz and Zohair Yousafi, Head of Expansion Pakistan at Uber. The following startups ended up grabbing the top prize.
- First Prize: Ghar Par
- Second Prize: Car Chabi
- Third Prize: BookMyUmrah
- Best Presentation: Azauj, Affordable and Ghar Par
- Best Instagrammer: Zeeshan Irfan
- Best Tweeter: Usama Rehman
In the Virtual Reality track, the prizes went to:
First Prize for Best Overall Experience: Pebu
Second Prize for Best Overall Experience: Virtual Property Guide
First Prize for Most Creative Idea: Raft Tech
Second Prize for Most Creative Idea: Virtual Souls
Faizaan Ghauri, Founder of Throw-a-thon, Vice President of Strategy at NetSol 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 conduct more of these in the future.”