— 2013

Sheba Najmi holds the first civic hackathon in Karachi

Pakistan's first-ever Civic Hackathon was organized in Karachi in April 2013 with the awesome help of T2F, P@SHA, and Pring, and the turnout, interest, and energy were unexpectedly high. The goal was to test the hypothesis that there was interest in civic hacking. The participants were diverse in skill-sets community organizers, folks with ideas, software developers, designers, journalists, and even doctors. They came together with a tremendously positive energy of collaboration and of wanting to make their city better. The civic hackers came up with some very interesting solutions to common civic problems, and the event was a huge success overall.

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— 2014

Expanding outwards to other cities

Hackathons are held at LUMS in Lahore and UET in Peshawar, engaging passionate civic tech enthusiasts and attracting hundreds of participants. This event spawned the creation of "Savaree," an app later acquired by Careem.

The first KP Fellowship program commences in partnership with the KP IT Board and the World Bank, welcoming its inaugural batch of 12 fellows.

The first Civic Innovation Lab is established in Lahore, laying the groundwork for a network of innovation hubs.


— 2015

Establishing presence in Islamabad and abroad

The KP Fellowship program expanded, welcoming 20 fellows who tackle 5 civic projects for its second cycle, giving birth to impactful solutions like the Raabta App.

Islamabad holds the 4th hackathon at NUST. Building on the momentum, the Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab (CIL) is also  launched, forming the core team for many years to come.

On the international stage, participating in renowned events like Tech4Gov, the Digital Youth Summit, and the International Open Data Conference.

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— 2016

Building momentum

A 2nd Civic Hackathon held in Islamabad, leading to the launch of more CILs in Karachi and Bahria, strengthening our network. 

Muhafiz app, a tool for safeguarding journalists, launches in partnership with Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD). 

Participated in the prestigious Internet Governance Forum 2016 in Mexico.

Sheba took part in The Impact of Civic Technology Conference, Barcelona


— 2017

Unraveling Innovation

The 3rd cycle of the KP Fellowship program kicks off, tackling diverse civic challenges through new projects.

A Fellowship Alumni Network is created to connect past fellows.

Our network is further expanded with the launch of the Peshawar CIL, providing a dedicated space for civic tech enthusiasts in the city.

Co-hosted the SDG Hackathon in collaboration with Ignite and the Ministry of IT & Telecom, aligning technology with the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


— 2018

Optimizing Systems

The 4th cycle of the KP Fellowship program commences, tackling complex challenges head-on. Projects like the PSRA E-Registration System help facilitate online registration for 9,000 schools across KP. 

Raabta app, developed under the KP Fellowship for the Traffic Police, empowers citizens with real-time traffic information.

Co-organized a 2nd SDG Hackathon in Islamabad with OPEN and Jazz. 


— 2019

Hacking Solutions

5th cycle of the KP Fellowship kick starts with 17 talented fellows tackling 7 critical civic challenges.

CfP joins forces with the World Bank for the Pakistan@100 Innovation Hackathon.

A 3rd SDG Hackathon takes off in collaboration with OPEN Islamabad and Jazz to address global sustainability challenges.


— 2020

Innovation in a time of crisis

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6th KP Fellowship cycle switches to a remote model, with 20 fellows to develop solutions virtually. 

Supporting the COVID-19 response efforts through dashboards and telehealth solutions with the government.

CfP takes part in the Global Pakistan Tech Summit and the g0v Summit 2020.

Completing ApnaRozgar Portal for AHKRC to provide resources for job seekers.

Publishing Pakistan's first Open Data Playbook, promoting transparency and data-driven decision-making.

The first online Civic Hackathon kicks off, attracting over 700 applications from six countries, showcasing the power of virtual collaboration.

The Peshawar CIL team worked  to develop a desktop application to provide point of sale and inventory management services to the Mobile-Book-Shops.


— 2021

Expanding Innovation

The 6th KP Fellowship cycle successfully concludes, equipping another cohort of fellows with the skills to tackle critical civic challenges.

7th KP Fellowship cycle launches with 9 innovative civic solutions for 7 KP government departments.

The first KP Women Internship is launched to nurture the next generation of female tech leaders, in partnership with KPITB, World Bank and Helvetas Swiss Intercoperation

Going back to Peshawar, an SDG GovTech Hackathon is held in collaboration with the KP IT Board.

Launch of the Tech-NIH Fellowship in collaboration with NIH Islamabad, supporting 6 fellows working on 5 healthcare-focused projects

Team members took part in My Society's TicTec's Civic Tech Surgery and Show & Tells


— 2022

Tapping potential

Celebrating International Women's Day in Partnership with Ministry Of IT & Telecom, World Bank, National Information Technology Board and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board, curated by InspireMill

In response to the devastating floods, we built FloodLight a tool that became a vital resource for relief efforts.

14th CfP Alumni Reunion took place at National Incubation Centre Peshawar, reminiscing the work and impact for the past seven cycles

2nd cycle of the KP Women Civic Digital Internship program commenced with 50 Interns and 9 Mentors.

We launched the HCAI App in partnership with the WHO and FMTI-PIMS, a tool for monitoring and preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections.


— 2023

Tech for Good

2nd KP Women Civic Digital Internship graduates 47 women, with 47.5% securing employment.

We expanded in GB--launching the Government Innovation Fellowship, introducing Pakistan's first Volunteer Tourism Program.

Partnered with NIC Peshawar to organize Tech Camp to equip young people with digital skills.

We celebrated a milestone! 10 years of driving positive change through technology for public good.

Organized a 5G Innovation Hackathon with Jazz, exploring the potential of next-generation technology for digital transformation.

Held the first Guftugu in Karachi; subsequently followed by Guftugu in Islamabad and Peshawar, bringing together tech enthusiasts and social innovators to lead civic innovation.