Interview with Muhammad Naveed | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Muhammad Naveed

Interview with Muhammad Naveed

Q: Is there something your town/city is famous for, or something interesting or unique about it?

A: I belong to Mansehra which is famous for its peaches and pine nuts.


Q: Favourite subject in school? A favorite course at university?

A: I have done my Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Agriculture University, Peshawar. My favorite subject is Maths because I like solving problems.


Q: Work experience?

A: I have two years of experience in web development (Laravel, Codeigniter, PHP, Html, CSS, Javascript) with TechEase Solutions and Trust Tech Solution Peshawar.


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I like to read novels and play video games.


Q: Why did you apply to the KP Government Innovation Fellowship?

A: To be part of the civic tech community, work in a team environment, enhance my skills, and work with the government to help citizens.


Q: Which government department were you assigned to work with? What solution did you work on?

A: I was assigned to work with the Local Government Department (WSSP & WatSan Cell). In particular, my team and I worked on addressing the sanitation component of SDG 6. We created the Public Toilet Finder Mobile app to map all the public toilets in KP and make them more accessible to the public. The app also allows citizens to be able to review and provide their feedback on the services available at each toilet.


Q: Other achievements you want to share?

A: Being able to work on making applications single-handedly with only limited work experience.


Q: How has your experience of the Fellowship program and working with the government been like? What were the challenges? What were the positive aspects?

A: My experience has been mind-blowing. I have learned about team management and project management through the Fellowship. Since the main requirement of the project was to map the geolocations of the public toilets, there was some delay in the collection of data as it required field visits to remote areas of the province. Overall it was a great experience.


Q: What was your favorite part of being a Fellow?

A: Being able to use my skills for the right purpose at the right place.


Q: What was the unique quality you brought to the Fellowship?

A: My management and communication skills.


Q: What do you hope will be the impact of the work that you did? What do you hope this will achieve?

A: The project will facilitate people and promote cleanliness, making citizens’ lives more convenient.


Q: What is one civic/social problem in your community/hometown that you think needs to be solved urgently?

A: To fix the education system in my hometown and improve the quality of the education being provided.


Q: What is your favorite book/movie/tv show, and why?

A: My favorite book is Peer-e-Kaamil. I like it because it is very relevant and educational.


Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: That I am a Hafiz-e-Quran.


Q: How would other people (friends, colleagues) describe you?

A: As somebody who is hot-headed and funny.


Q: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?

A: To have the ability to reverse or stop time, to fix one’s mistakes.


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