KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program 2019

KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program 2019

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The fifth cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program officially launched on July 1, with a formal ceremony at the Durshal Government Innovation Lab (a project of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board - KPITB) in Peshawar, where our KP fellowship management team was on hand to introduce the program and the new cohort of Fellows.

Twenty fellows will be working with seven government departments over the course of next six months to improve citizen-facing services and government service delivery. Our team and fellows have been working out of Durshal for the past two years, and we’re thrilled to continue to be based out of a space with such an exciting, forward-thinking and innovative spirit. The KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program is implemented in partnership with the World Bank and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board - KPITB.

Problem statements:

  • Open Data Portal for Performance Management & Reforms Unit - PMRU Open government is citizens’ right to access to all the documents and proceedings of the government for effective public oversight. Under PMRU’s recently launched Good Governance Strategy, an attempt is being made towards proactive disclosure of information to the public, easy access of the public to government offices and their outreach and interaction. Moreover, open data portal and government transparency indices will be introduced in order to ensure transparency in government processes, and ease of doing business.
  • Monitoring and Reporting system for Chief Secretary Delivery Unit: The newly created Chief Secretary Delivery Unit (CSDU) has been given the task to monitor the on going programs for the newly merged districts from FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In this regard, CSDU reached out to seek support for a reporting system using which the department will be collecting data from the developments under Health and Education departments and sharing it with the Chief Secretary directly.
  • Online Streaming and Polling Portal for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly which is responsible for the legislation in the province. This entity has also realized the importance of bridging the gap between the legislators and public and reached out to the team to help them develop a portal that would enable the public to stream the live proceedings at the assembly or watch them later. This portal will also facilitate the public to be able to provide feedback on the legislators discussion during different sessions, participate in different polls on the petitions being submitted by legislators and make their voices heard.
  • Augmented Reality Based Indoor Navigation System for Public Hospitals More than 210 million people live in Pakistan and is home to many communities with their distinct food, traditions, culture, languages, and dialects. As many as 74 different languages are spoken in Pakistan which shows the diversity found across the country. Urdu is Pakistan’s national language, but only 10 percent of the people speak it and the number is much lower when it comes to reading. One problem that was identified by our team was the number of patients and visitors who found it really difficult to navigate inside the complex structures of public and private hospitals. Most of the times either these hospitals did not have signboards to help visitors navigate or were in languages that were not native. For the time where seconds matter, finding emergencies or other critical installations would take minutes. To address this issue, the Fellowship team has proposed an augmented reality-based system that would facilitate the public to navigate inside different hospitals.
  • Existing E-Governance Initiatives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB). While we work on some new projects, there are also a few previous projects that the government needs support to maintain. This time one such request was put forward by KPITB to maintain their existing E-Governance initiatives. Initially, the Fellows would be working on ASSASAY and ASSAMI but would also be engaged to maintain other projects developed by the department.
  • E-Registration of Private Schools for Private Schools Regulatory Authority. This project is the continuation of the work that our Fellows did last year. The basic idea was to facilitate the department is regularizing the private schools and making it convenient for the existing as well as new schools to register themselves with the department. This system also enabled the public as well as the staff of the schools to file complaints to the department about any irregularity in the school.
  • Online E-Registration Portal for Directorate of Industries and Commerce. The newly elected government has been working to create an environment that helps create, grow and scale businesses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To facilitate new businesses register with the Government, one team under the Fellowship Program has been assigned to develop an online portal that would help them set up their business without any hassle.

Abdullah

Project Team: Chief Secretary Delivery Unit


Abdullah is from Mingora, Swat, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Swat. After graduating, he worked for two years at Qurtuba University, Peshawar, as an Assistant Programmer. He has also worked as a junior programmer at Swat Children Academy, and with Maxtec Developers. In his spare time, he likes to learn about new and emerging programming solutions, technologies and tools. He also enjoys playing badminton and computer games. Abdullah will be working with the Chief Secretary Delivery Unit to develop a monitoring and reporting system.

Ahsan Khattak

Project Team: Augmented reality based indoor navigation for hospitals


Ahsan is from Dargai in Malakand and has a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Abasyn University, Peshawar. Over the past three years, he has worked as a graphic designer for organizations including Stepnex, ITSpurt, Dukandar.com, and Puretech. In his spare time, he likes to keep himself busy with digital drawings and playing video games. He is working with his team to develop an indoor augmented reality navigation system for public hospitals in KP.

Ali Waqas

Project Team: Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU)


Ali is from Mardan and completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), where his favorite subject was Physics. Prior to joining the Fellowship, he worked as a technical support engineer with Claryicon Pvt Ltd. Outside of work, he has a keen interest in world politics and international relations and enjoys playing video games in his free time. As a KP Government Innovation Fellow, he will be working with the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU) to develop an open data portal.

Arsalan Khan

Project team: Watsan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department


Arsalan is from Jalala in Mardan, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Software Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Mardan. Previously, he has worked as an Android developer for RaR Multibiz Service, Digital Pakistan, and Red Stonz Technology. He is assigned to work with the WatSan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department, to map public toilets in KP.

Attaullah Afridi

Project team: Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU)


Attaullah is from Darra Adam Khel in Frontier Region Kohat. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University Of Agriculture Peshawar. He has previously worked with Parexions, The Nerd Camp, Trust Technology Solutions, and his preferred PHP frameworks include CodeIgniter and Laravel. As a KP Government Innovation Fellow, he will be working to develop an open data portal for the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU).

Ayaz Khan

Project team: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) Support team


Ayaz is from Dargai in Malakand, and has a Master’s degree in Information technology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Prior to joining the Fellowship, he worked for two years at Infoline solutions as an android developer. In his spare time, he likes to read novels, and play computer games help. He also spends some time on helping Youtubers with script writing. He will be working with the KPITB Support Team to maintain and improve existing digital services in KP.

Ijaz Ullah

Project team: Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU)


Ijaz is from Atoo Maidan, Lower Dir, and has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. After completing an internship with KPITB, he went on to Germany to study for a Master’s degree in ICT Innovation from TU Berlin. As a KP Government Innovation Fellow, he will be working to develop an open data portal for the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU).

Irfan Ahmad

Project team: Fellowship Support Team


Irfan is from Buner and has a degree in Software Engineering from Abasyn University, Peshawar. Irfan’s expertise is in Android development and his past work experience includes positions at DotCom Services, Pak GeoTech, KPITB and App Storm Studio, as well as internships with Telic Technologies and IT Artificer. Irfan will be working with the Fellowship support team to maintain and improve existing digital services developed under the Fellowship program.

Muhammad Naveed

Project team: Watsan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department


Naveed is from Taxila. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar. He brings to the Fellowship two years of experience in web development with TechEase Solutions and Trust Tech Solutions in Peshawar. He loves to travel, and in his spare time, he likes to read novels, play video games, watch movies. He is assigned to work with the WatSan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department, to map public toilets in KP.

Muhammad Nawaz Wali

Project team: Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU)


Nawaz is from South Waziristan, and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. He has previously worked with AppSols in Peshawar, where his role included formatting, scripting, platform CMS (WordPress, Drupal), and PHP frameworks (CodeIgniter, Laravel). As a KP Government Innovation Fellow, he will be working to develop an open data portal for the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU).

Muhammad Salman

Project team: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly


Salman is from Peshawar, and completed his degree in Software Engineering from Foundation University, Islamabad. Prior to joining the Fellowship, he has worked as a web developer at Tech Track in Peshawar. He enjoys playing cricket and watching movies in his free time. As a KP Government Innovation Fellow, he will be working with the KP Provincial Assembly to develop a live-streaming platform where citizens can watch assembly proceedings live, provide feedback, and participate in polls.

Rameen Sheikh

Project team: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly


Rameen is from Peshawar, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Abasyn University, Peshawar. After graduating, she completed internships with USAID and KPITB, and has been a Lecturer in Computer Science at Govt. Frontier College for Women, Peshawar. Outside of work, she is an avid baker and enjoys painting. Rameen will be working with the KP Provincial Assembly to develop a live-streaming platform where citizens can watch assembly proceedings live, provide feedback, and participate in polls.

Saqlain Shah

Project team: Watsan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department


Saqlain is from Peshawar and has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. He brings to the Fellowship a range of experience in graphic design, UI/UX design and video editing. He has previously worked with Next Technology, iFast Solutions, Wings Consultants and Precise Tech. When he’s not working, Saqlain enjoys motor sports and travelling. He will be working with the WatSan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department, to map public toilets in KP.

Shumaila Farhad

Project team: Fellowship Support Team


Shumaila is from Nowshera. She has a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science from Abasyn University, Peshawar. She spent two years teaching computer science and programming at IBA School Systems, then joined Aptech Media, where she spent six months on learning UI/UX design, web design and web development. She has a keen interest in arts, and enjoys sketching, fashion design and photography. She also runs a blog in her spare time. Shumaila will be working with the Fellowship support team to maintain and improve existing digital services developed under the Fellowship program.

Syed Muneeb Shah

Project team: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) Support team


Muneeb is from Batkhela in Malakand. He has an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Malakand and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Qurtuba University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar. He brings to the Fellowship eight years of experience as a graphic designer. He is a car enthusiast and likes to modify and overhaul classic cars. He also enjoys learning about new and emerging tools and technologies. He will be working with the KPITB Support Team to maintain and improve existing digital services in KP.

Yamin Khan

Project team: Fellowship Support Team


Yamin is from Bannu and completed a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology, Bannu. He has three years of experience of working as a web developer. Outside of work, he is a big fan of cricket. Yamin will be working with the Fellowship support team to maintain and improve existing digital services developed under the Fellowship program.

Yasin Khan

Project team: Chief Secretary Delivery Unit


Yasin is from Mardan, and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Peshawar. He has over two years of experience as an Assistant Programmer at Qurtuba University, and as a web developer at Tech Track and Precise Technology. In his spare time, he likes to play football and practice yoga. He will be working with the Chief Secretary Delivery Unit to develop a monitoring and reporting system.

Zain ul Abideen

Project team: Directorate of Industries and Commerce


Zain was born and raised in Peshawar, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar. He started his professional career with iFast Solutions as a web developer, followed by positions with North West General Hospital and the KP Department of Agriculture. As a KP Government Innovation Fellow, he will be working with the Directorate of Industries and Commerce to build an online e-registration portal to facilitate the businesses in registration.

Zargham Akhtar

Project team: Augmented reality based indoor navigation for hospitals


Zargham is from Nowshera, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northern University, Nowshera, where his favourite course was Game Development. He has previously worked with App Storm Studio and Lean App Solutions. He is working with his team to develop an indoor augmented reality navigation system for public hospitals in KP.

The Managers

We are so happy to have 3 of our own Alumni leading the Fellowship this time.

Ebtihaj
Ebtihaj
Program Manager