Teams from NUST and FAST Win Microsoft Student Hackathon

NUST and FAST Teams were named as the winners of the Microsoft Student Hackathon at a virtual event organized in Islamabad by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as well as Microsoft Pakistan.

The winners were FAST NUCES Peshawar Campus team "QueryCity," the winner of the competition and Pakistan will represent the team "AI-Based Ophthalmology Grading" of NUST CEME Rawalpindi in the world finals.

Both teams won Rs. 100,000 cash for becoming national champions, USD 1000 in Azure loans, and also cash prizes and gift hampers from the runner-up teams.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, Microsoft Country Manager, Shahzad Khan, Microsoft Country Education Leader, Jibran Jamshad, Education Lead MCC, Angela Nganga, and other senior officials participated in the virtual gathering.

The Minister praised the efforts made by HEC and Microsoft Pakistan to provide the opportunities to demonstrate students' talent and to develop creative solutions to the complicated problems of the contemporary world.

"Pakistani young people are committed to the well-being of the government because it regards them as a national asset. Competitors like these play an important part in bringing forth and projecting the best of our young creative minds," he said.

Dr. Shaista Sohail, Executive Director of HEC, said,

Many students who have taken part in such competitions created their own start-ups that now became multi-million dollar companies, and we have seen highly creative ideas coming forward.

He also shared his thoughts with the Microsoft Country Lead,

One of Microsoft's attempts to transform skills growth, encourage emerging technologists, and encourage teamwork is this student hackathon competition. It's all about creativity, change, and the next thing. The talent we have in Pakistan is fantastic, and these competitions just serve to underline this raw talent and give it a chance to hit the world.

"In the 2022 Imagine Cup that strives to nurture a spirit of social and technology entrepreneurship, we will inspire these students to use their imagination to solve true society challenges through techniques."