The 2015-2016 KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program

The 2015-2016 KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program

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After the first successful batch of KP Civic Innovation Fellows, the second cohort of Fellows has achieved even greater success in improving the way government works in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Let us introduce you to the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program, its 2015 Fellows, and what’s been happening in the last 6 months.

The 2015-2016 Fellows

In our second cohort, there were 20 Fellows in the program. The Fellows worked in 5 project teams, partnered with 4 government departments. They were hosted by the KP IT Board for the duration of their 6 month Fellowship.

Meet the 2015 Fellows and learn about their projects...

Sohail Khan

Project Team: Traffic


Sohail is a software developer with expertise in .NET, PHP, Java, and Oracle. Originally from Dir, he had to discontinue his studies in 2010 due to terrorism in his area. He then moved to Peshawar and resumed his studies there. He is a graduate in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar. He believes in continuous learning and improvement and is currently learning new technologies like AngularJS and Node.js. He likes working with startups and previously gained some experience at Plan9, an incubation center for startups by the Punjab IT Board. Teaching has been his passion ever since he was a young kid. He loves hiking and sufi music. Currently, Sohail is a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a team lead and backend developer for the Peshawar Traffic Police’s Driver License Automation and Real-Time Traffic Management projects. In addition to bringing the renewal of driver licenses online, the Traffic projects include an Android app that Traffic wardens are currently already using in the field to report citations, accidents, road infrastructure issues, and road furniture such as signboards. The Android app collects the incident data, which is then displayed visually on a map in a Web app.

Taimur Ghaznavi

Project Team: Traffic


Taimur is a UI/UX designer. He is from Peshawar, the city previously known as the 'City of Flowers,' and he hopes that soon it will become the Silicon Valley of Pakistan. He is a certified graphic and web designer from the Skill Development Council Peshawar. Taimur likes electronic sports and won the inter-university e-gaming championships in 2014. He is passionate about gemstones and currently works as an entrepreneur in the gemology industry. Taimur holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar. Currently, Taimur is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a UI/UX designer on the Peshawar Traffic Police Driver License Automation project.

Hafiza Anum

Project Team: Traffic


Anum is a web developer with a special interest in frontend web development and graphic design. She uses her technical skills to improve the lives of people around her. She believes in a life filled with creativity, freedom, and colors. She also believes in girl power and wants to show it through her achievements. She wants to help government work at its full potential by using technology. She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. Currently, Anum is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a software developer for the Peshawar Traffic Police’s Real-Time Traffic Management project.

Muhammad Zeeshan

Project Team: PDMA Relief Reporting


Zeeshan is a web developer who works part time as a freelancer. He is originally from Dera Ismail Khan, but spent most of his childhood in the city of Peshawar. He is very passionate about building technology and loves to code. He holds a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Engineering Peshawar. He is also an electronic sports enthusiast, and he loves to travel by foot. Zeeshan is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is leading the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA)’s Relief Reporting project as a senior web developer. The project is a web application for PDMA that is bringing efficiency to the process of provisioning relief funds to the needy by keeping records of casualties, cattle damage, and distributions to people affected by natural disasters.

Mohsin Tariq

Project Team: PDMA Relief Reporting


Mohsin is a computer engineer by profession and a JavaScript geek who also happens to be in love with Android development. He is an open-source technology contributor and a strong believer in the philosophy, "code is poetry" — music may not turn him on but coding always does! He has been developing web and mobile applications for the past 3 years. To him, plain coding is not enough, clean code and conforming to the latest design patterns is a must. He is also the city captain of Meteor, a modern and reactive full-stack JavaScript framework used to develop fast and scalable web applications. As a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program, Mohsin has been working on the PDMA Relief Reporting project as a web developer.

Shehroz Rashid

Project Team: PDMA Relief Reporting


Shehroz is a computer engineer with excellent coding skills, including Android development, web development, and graphic design. He is also an art enthusiast with a joyful spirit, optimistic mind, and cheerful personality. Working with concept art is one of his hobbies. He believes in pushing his limits to reach new heights. Currently, Shehroz is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working on the PDMA Relief Reporting project as a web developer.

Maira Mukhtar

Project Team: PDMA Relief Reporting


Maira is a user experience designer and content creator, with a focus on interactive designs. She loves bringing her designs to life using HTML, CSS, and AngularJS and has a special interest in technology and personal branding. She was born and raised in Peshawar and holds a BS in Software Engineering from Abasyn University Peshawar. When she is not looking at a computer screen you will find her reading her favorite novels, cooking or listening to music – maybe even all at once. She is a sportsperson as well who participated in many sports events in school and college. Currently, Maira is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program as a UX designer for the PDMA Relief Reporting project.

Asfandiyar Khan

Project Team: KP IT Board File Automation System


Asfandiyar is a developer, designer, and computer geek from Shabqadar. His passion for computers started when he heard about how things inside a computer work with just ones and zeros. He started out as a computer and laptop technician after his matriculation and ended up finishing his graduate studies in computer science with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT). He has a passion for creating high quality and aesthetically appealing websites. He is proficient in the use of a number of different tools and frameworks for web and mobile application development. He has done development work for a number of NGOs and universities, among others. He wishes to launch his own startup that will provide WordPress plugins for peer-to-peer video chat. Currently, Asfandiyar is a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a team lead on a project to create an automated file management and approval system for the KP IT Board.

Muhammad Naveed Akbar

Project Team: KP IT Board File Automation System


Naveed is a technology enthusiast from Faisalabad, Punjab, who is currently finishing his studies in BS in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST-NU). His final year project at his university is to develop a drowsiness detection system using digital image processing. His areas of interest include computer security, science fiction, and playing badminton. As a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program, Naveed is working as a developer for the KPITB File Management System project.

Anum Bakhtiar

Project Team: KP IT Board File Automation System


Anum is a technologist, researcher, and problem solver from Shabqadar, the land famous for its supreme hospitality. Her quest for knowledge brought her to Peshawar to study Software Engineering. She loves to stay up to date with the latest happenings in technology and research. Her final year project at her university is about the role of technology in today’s world and its evolution. She calls the relationship: "Physiologic." Her research has been published at the Malaysian Conference UMT in August 2015. With very good insights into the latest technology research, Anum possesses great qualities for sparking new innovation in technology. Currently, Anum is a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a developer for the KPITB File Management System project.

Allauddin Khan

Project Team: KP IT Board File Automation System


Allauddin is a self-taught graphic designer and web developer from Swat, who has worked with a variety of companies on different software projects. He is a technology enthusiast since 2006 and currently uses technologies like AngularJS, Node.js, Laravel, PHP, and Oracle. He is part of The Nerd Camp, a software house and computer training academy, and is also working on establishing his own startup company. In his free time, he looks for adventure and loves to teach, hike, play games, cook, and take photographs. Currently, Naveed is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a developer for the KPITB Document Management System project.

Muhammad Allaudin

Project Team: PDMA Emergency Website


Allaudin is a computer geek from Mansehra. He is passionate about creating an impact in the world through technology. He believes in following his dreams and in excellence of work. Technology is his passion, but he loves cricket too. Currently, Allaudin is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a developer for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA)’s Emergency Website project. This project is a completely new website and content management system for PDMA to convey information to NGOs and journalists in the field.

Zuraiz Ud Din

Project Team: PDMA Emergency Website


Zuraiz is a full stack developer with a particular interest in Linux based systems, embedded systems, computer security, Android development, and web development. He aims to revolutionize the lives of common citizens and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by building reliable solutions using cutting edge technologies. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar. He is an athlete, a football fan, and an excellent player of FIFA EGame. As a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program, Zuraiz is working as a developer for the PDMA Emergency Website project.

Maria Khan

Project Team: PDMA Emergency Website


Maria is a software developer who likes to build Android apps. She is a happy-go-lucky girl from the Malakand Agency who loves to solve complex programming problems and is passionate about applying her technical skills to change the way governments work. Her other interests include learning new technologies. Currently, Maria is a Fellow with the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working on the PDMA Emergency Website project.

Muhammad Waqas Khan

Project Team: Establishment Dept’s Residence Allocation System


Waqas is a web developer with an MBA in Project Management from Swansea Metropolitan University (UK). He wanted to pursue an M.Sc. in Software Engineering in the UK, but decided to come back to Pakistan and joined the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program as a team lead on a project with the Establishment Division to automate the residence allocation application system for government employees to improve efficiency and transparency of allotting residences based on merit. He is a code savvy person who enjoys working with HTML5, CSS3, PHP, MySQL, jQuery, AngularJS, Node.js, and Bootstrap. He loves to cook and his favourite cuisines are Mexican, Italian, and Indian. After finishing his fellowship, Waqas plans to do a Project Management Professional Certification and intends to launch his own startup.

Farrukh Askari

Project Team: Establishment Dept’s Residence Allocation System


Farrukh is a backend web developer who loves writing APIs. Computers have been his passion ever since he was a young kid. He used to work with ASP.NET and PHP, but his current favourites are Node.js and AngularJS. Linux is his favourite operating system and he spends most of his time fixing and developing the Xfce distro. He likes fixing bugs and helping people solve their technology related problems through different online forums. He loves open source technologies and learning new things. He believes that "nothing is impossible to a willing heart." He attributes his current success to his family and teachers. Currently, Farrukh is a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program and is working as a web developer for the KP Establishment Division’s Residential Management System project.

Madiha Zahoor

Project Team: Establishment Dept’s Residence Allocation System


Madiha is a frontend web developer and designer who was born and raised in Peshawar. She is a freelancer who enjoys working in technologies like Bootstrap (HTML5, CSS3) and has worked on several online freelance projects. She is passionate about building high quality and unique technology solutions for her customers. She loves sports and enjoys spending her time with her family and playing games on her smartphone. She holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. Currently, Madiha is a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program as a frontend developer for the KP Establishment Division’s Residential Management System project.

Ashraf Ali

Project Team: Establishment Dept’s Residence Allocation System


Ashraf is a networking geek and web developer from Swat. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert who is passionate about configuring routers, switches, and setting up DHCP, DNS, FTP, and VPN systems. He moved to Islamabad for better opportunities and has done projects for the Tuloe Newspaper and International University Islamabad. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Swat and earned a gold medal for his hard work and outstanding performance. He loves food, playing football, and watching cricket. Currently, Ashraf is a Fellow at the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program as a developer for the KP Establishment Division’s Residential Management System project.

The Managers

Muhammad Ali Khan

Fellowship Program Head


With a Computer Systems Engineering background, Ali is fascinated by computer security and network forensics. Apart from his experience in security, he also specializes in .NET technologies and data analysis. Ali was a trailbazing Fellow in the first year of the KP Civic Innovation Fellowship Program, where his team created No Kunda, a crowdsourcing app to solve the problem of electricity theft in the country. We were beyond thrilled when he agreed to come on board as Code for Pakistan's first employee, our Programs Head. He took our Fellowship Program in the direction of focusing more on government problems to address government efficiency. He is the guardian angel of the Fellows, leading the Fellowship Program hands-on, keeping the Fellows intellectually stimulated and resolving their problems, and liaising with the government departments. Whether or not he likes it, he is now a quintessential civic hacker... and we are so delighted about that!

Ali Raza

Fellowship Program Manager


Ali Raza, who did a phenomenal job as the Fellowship Program Manager for our first Fellowship cohort, continued as the Fellowship Program Manager from the World Bank side, working closely with Code for Pakistan and the KP IT Board on managing the Fellowship Program. Ali is a tech entrepreneur from Peshawar, the founder of SweetPixel Studios, a mobile apps and games startup. The two Alis work hand-in-hand to lead the Fellowship Program, alternately playing good cop and bad cop. The Fellowship Program has been so fortunate to have the two Alis managing it!

The 2015 Fellowship Projects

Traffic


This Fellowship Team has partnered with the Traffic Police department to (1) build a new token-based system for getting new driver licenses, and (2) to develop a mobile application to allow the real-time reporting of traffic violations onto a centralized server, thus allowing the authorities to make smart decisions based on real-time data from the field. The Android app is accompanied by a Web app that allows the department officials to view the data visualized on a Google Map. This app has already been deployed and is being used by traffic wardens in the field!

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PDMA Relief Reporting


This Fellowship Team has partnered with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to improve the department’s service delivery process by developing an online tool to bring efficiency to the process of provisioning relief funds to the needy by keeping records of casualties, cattle damage, and distributions in disaster-affected areas.

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KP IT Board File Approval Automation System


This Fellowship Team is partnered with the KP IT Board to build a new automated system for file approvals, thus preventing loss of case files, making file approvals and management secure, fast, and efficient, and exercising the power of search through an entire repository within a few seconds.

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PDMA Emergency Website


This Fellowship Team is also partnered with PDMA on a different project. The team has created a new website and content management system for PDMA to convey information to NGOs, journalists, and the public working in disaster-affected areas so as to provide more swift relief to disaster-stricken residents.

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Establishment Division's Residence Allocation Automation System


This Fellowship Team is working with the Establishment Division on automating the residence allocation application system for government employees to improve efficiency and transparency of allotting residences based on merit.

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And finally, a message to the graduating Fellows...

Read about the Fellowship Demo Day in the Express Tribune.