Interview with Syed Muneeb Shah | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Syed Muneeb Shah

Interview with Syed Muneeb Shah

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

A: I am from Batkhela (Malakand). My home town is famous for housing Asia’s longest straight bazaar without any blocks.


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

A: I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree from Malakand University (Major: Law & Political Science) and a Masters in Computer Science from Qurtuba University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar. Designing was my favorite course because my math skills are weak.


Q: Work experience?

A: I have a profound experience of 8 years in graphic design.


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I am a car enthusiast, and I am very interested in modifying cars and overhauling classic cars in my free time. Learning new tools related to computer technology is also one of my favorite hobbies.


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

A: I was curious about working with government departments, and I wanted to learn new technologies to keep myself up to date in the tech market. I also wanted to form a routine and work in an organized environment and improve my time management.


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

A: I was assigned to work with the KP IT Board. I helped improve the existing projects that were already being operated by the department.


Q: Any other achievements you want to share?

A: I supported the making of an app for Dubai Mall. The app allows people to locate their car’s exact location in the parking lot.


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 was great. I got the opportunity to learn more and groom my skills in web development. I also learned about the trends and upcoming projects in the government sector.


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

A: The incredibly supportive management team and being accepted by all.


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

A: Optimism and being adaptive.


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

A: Providing better services for citizens and connecting them to the government.


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

A: People are more business-focused and money-oriented. There should be more work done on bringing innovation to the region.


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

A: Five minutes of crafts videos because I get to learn a lot of new techniques from them.


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

A: That I modify classic cars.


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

A: As somebody who is straightforward and serious.


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

A: Having the ability to time travel.

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