IBA Connexions ’12
One of the biggest problems adding to the widening gap between the industry and academia is the isolation in which students and organizations operate in. While students have the ideas, time and capacity to develop innovative, cutting edge projects, few such projects actually see the light of day. This is either because the IT industry is unaware of the project or those who will be the ultimate users for the project (users outside the tech industry), don’t have the confidence in universities to actually develop workable projects.
Keeping this in mind, the IBA Web Society and Information Systems Society (Infosys) organized an IT Matchmaking event called CONNEXIONS. The event provided a platform to help not only showcase the talent and projects that students studying IT have created, but also brought the potential users of these technology solutions who will have the opportunity to evaluate the projects and if appropriate, choose to implement them.
The event was held on 24thof May 2012 at Institute of Business Administration (IBA) – Main Campus. There were two major parts to ConneXions.
Final Year Projects Exhibition and Competition
Seminars and Discussion on the HOT IT topics and Technology trends
The event commenced with the demonstration of, roughly, dozens of the Final Year Projects (FYPs) presented by students of various universities of Pakistan including, IBA, NED, FAST, Bahria, Aptech, SSUET and Karachi University (KU). The implementation of creative ideas and the talent of students added value to the entire event. The evaluation of the FYP’s by potential industrialists encouraged students in enhancing skills in their respective criteria. The panel of evaluators included people and Techno-preneurs from top-notch IT firms of the country including TRG Tech, Folio3, GameView Studios and numerous others. The overall exhibition guided the students through different ways of promoting Final year projects in business.
Following the exhibition of FYP’s, the seminar was conducted in the G&T auditorium. Starting with the Recitation of Holy Quran, followed by the Welcome Speech by Dr Sayeed Ghani, Associate Dean of FCS-IBA. Various sessions were taken by great industrialists and entrepreneurs regarding current topics connected to technology.
The first session was conducted by Mr. Aamir M Ibrahim from the Software house, Folio3. He shared his knowledge on “Trends of Mobile Application and its Future”. Dr Shahid Qureshi – Associate Director, Centre of Entrepreneurial Education (CEE), IBA – proceeded with the topic “How to make your FYP, a Business Venture”.
The Sessions took a break for High Tea where participants networked with the Industry Professionals and other esteemed guests. The Program resumed with the interactive and informative session of Dr. Aun Abbas, CEO of R &D and ICT, in which he described the funding system and offered help for the deserving students’ efficient FYP’s either. The last session was taken by Mr. Qutub Ahmed Syed – Managing Director & CEO at Al Intisar Private Limited, who inspired the students to self-belief and constant efforts. Finally the most awaited Panel Discussion took place on hot and interesting topic “Job versus Entrepreneurship”.
The panel was a combination of some Young Successful Entrepreneurs and Some Established Entrepreneurs. The panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Imran Khan, Faculty FCS-IBA. The panel included:
- Mr. Syed Qutub – CEO, Al Intisar Private Limited
- Mr. Huzaifa Badar – CEO, IKNOWL
- Mr. Ali Naseem – CEO, Ephlux
- Mr. Farooq Alam – Director, GameView Studios
- Mr. Shakaib Khan – Founder, SK Motor Syndicate
Formally the event ended with the “Thank you” Speech delivered by the Manager – Web Society and President of Connexions 2012, Mr.Imran Hemani. All the participants were satisfied with the takeaways of the Event and displayed their enthusiasm on future prospects of organizing such Events. Connexions 2012 turned out to be a huge success appraised by the Professionals from the industry, entrepreneurs, faculty and all the participants. Faculty of Computer Science, IBA acknowledges the efforts of all the Management team and everyone involved in organizing Connexions 2012 and wishes all the participants Good Luck for all their future endeavors.
Special Thanks to the Sponsors – Folio3 and Iknowl, PCWorld, IDG as Technology Media Partner, IdeasEvolved as Online Media Partner, Big O Studios as Creative Design Partner, and A.U.F Studios for Photography.