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 was officially launched on July 1st, 2019 and successfully concluded on December 31st, 2019. The theme for the 2019 cycle centered towards open data, community mobilization, digitization and easy access to public information.

During the fifth cycle, twenty fellows were selected to work on seven innovative solutions over six months to improve citizen-facing services and government service delivery. The Fellows worked out of Durshal, which is a community space developed by KPITB. The Fellowship program has been taking place at Durshal for the past 2 years. The KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program is implemented in partnership with the World Bank and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board - KPITB.

Press & Media Coverage:

A graduation ceremony for the Fellows from the 5th cycle of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program was held on Friday 17th January 2020 at Durshal Peshawar. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, Advisor to the Chief Minister on Science, Technology and Information Technology as the chief guest. He was accompanied by KPITB's senior management, focal persons from partnering Government Departments and representatives from Code for Pakistan. The event was covered by print and electronic media and a Video Report was also prepared to highlight the success stories from the 5th cycle. Event highlights are available on the official Facebook page of KPITB. Top online blogs covered the event including The Middle East North Africa Financial Network, The Express Tribune, UrduPoint, Tribal Press and AagahivlogPk.

Solutions Developed:

  • Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU)- An Open Data Portal was developed for the Performance Management & Reforms Unit - PMRU. Under PMRU’s recently launched Good Governance Strategy, there’s a move towards proactive disclosure of information to the public. Through the open data portal, government transparency indices will be introduced in order to ensure transparency in government processes while facilitating ease of doing business.
  • Chief Secretary Delivery Unit (CSDU)-The Chief Secretary Delivery Unit (CSDU) was created to support the Chief Secretary on high priority tasks to monitor the ongoing programs for the newly merged districts of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  A Monitoring & Evaluation System was developed by our Fellows for CSDU using G-Suite to monitor, track and expedite the progress of the projects in health, education and social departments in the newly merged districts of erstwhile FATA.
  • KP Provincial Assembly -An Online Streaming and Polling Portal was developed for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly. The request was initiated by the IT department in the KP Assembly to develop an online streaming portal that was developed in-house to reduce the expense of subscription costs associated with proprietary solutions. The Online Streaming solution developed by our Fellows is facilitating the department in lowering annual subscription and maintenance costs, and also enabling the department to keep video recordings of the live sessions on their databases.
  • Private Schools Regulatory Authority -An E-Registration portal was developed for the  KP Private Schools for Private Schools Regulatory Authority. The project facilitates the department in regularizing private schools and making it convenient for existing as well as new schools to register themselves with the department. A dashboard was developed for the department for easier management which offers different features, modules, and centralized notification systems to make the management more robust and streamlined. 
  • E-Governance Initiatives of KPITB - A portal for Ease of Doing Business developed for the Directorate of Industries and Commerce to  foster an environment that helps create, grow and scale businesses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To facilitate new businesses to register with the Government, a team of Fellows was assigned to develop an online portal that will help entrepreneurs register their business quickly and without any hassle.
  • Local Government, Elections and Rural Development Department- A Public Toilet Finder Mobile App and Dashboard was developed for WatSan Cell, Local Government, Election and Rural Development Department. The app was developed to drive the campaign towards a Clean and Green KP Province. The Public Toilet Finder is a Mobile App, which can provide the location of Public & Private toilets in the KP Province. The App includes many useful features like finding the nearest toilet up-to 25 KM radius, showing nearby toilets on the home screen, the ability to rate & review public toilets for action by government to improve the services, and the ability to search for toilets based on Filters such as Male/Female and accessibility based toilets. The app was launched on November 19th, marking the World Toilet Day 2019. 
  • Augmented Reality Based Indoor Navigation System for Public Hospitals- Another innovative and community-focused project developed under the Fellowship Program was Rah-E-Sukoon, an Augmented Reality Based Indoor Navigation System for Hospitals. The app lets users navigate the Hospitals of KP by using their smartphone cameras. The app gives turn by turn direction so that patients can easily navigate the hospital, reaching the clinic or lab on time. 


Profiles of the Fellows:

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 worked 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 worked with his team to develop an Augmented Reality Based Indoor 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 worked 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 was assigned to work with WatSan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department, to develop the Public Toilet Finder Mobile app, mapping 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 worked with the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU) to develop an open data portal.

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 scriptwriting. He worked 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 worked with the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU) to develop an open data portal.

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 worked 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 was assigned to work with WatSan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department, to develop the Public Toilet Finder Mobile app, 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 worked with the Performance Management and Reforms Unit (PMRU) to develop an open data portal.

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 worked 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 worked 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 motorsports and traveling. He worked with WatSan Cell, Local Government and Rural Development Department, to develop the Public Toilet Finder Mobile app.

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 worked 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 worked 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 worked 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 worked 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 worked 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 favorite course was Game Development. He has previously worked with App Storm Studio and Lean App Solutions. He worked with his team to develop an Augmented Reality based Indoor Navigation system for Public Hospitals of KP.

The Managers

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

Ebtihaj
Ebtihaj
Program Manager