We are pleased to announce a brand new Microsoft InnovationCenter in Lahore, Pakistan. The Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) in Lahoreofficially launched on November 21, 2012, by the Microsoft Pakistan team, incollaboration with Government of Punjab. This specific MIC has been establishedwith the aim of facilitating the local IT-based economy via development ofskills and talent showcasing and is being supported by the Punjab InformationTechnology Board (PITB). The MIC Lahore will have different programs geared towards developing diverse segments of theknowledge-based economy. The Skills Development program focuses onintellectual capital and polishes the IT-skills of people through technical andbusiness courses for local ICT companies. It also provides structuredemployment programs for students. The second program, the PartnershipAccelerator, focuses on enabling successful partnerships by connectingpeople and organizations in the innovation ecosystem. The local and regionalindustrial alliances are further cultivated in partnership with Microsoft tosupport the growth of software ‘industry clusters’ and software qualityassurance programs.
Another program is the Innovation Accelerator. This program will emphasize theenhancement of local technical capacity through innovative engagements. Thisincludes labs, prototype development, testing for ISVs, Startups, Partners,Students and Entrepreneurs.
Sayed Hashish, General Manager, Microsoft North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Pakistannoted, “Through our collaboration with the government of Punjab, we are nowproviding access to world-class resources for software developers, ITprofessionals, students, academics and entrepreneurs in Pakistan. Tuned tolocal and regional needs, MIC in Lahore will fuel the development of localsoftware industries in Pakistan and fill young technology users with enthusiasmto make them ready to address the challenges ahead.”
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Mian Muhammad ShahbazSharif, attended the launch, in addition to Dr. Umar Saif, the Chairman ofthe Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Saima Sheikh, the JointDirector E-Government of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).Dr. Ijaz Munir, Secretary Higher Education Department for the Government ofPunjab was also there, in addition to Microsoft’s Ali Faramawy,Corporate Vice President, Microsoft MEA, Sayed Hashish General Manager,Microsoft NEPA and Harb Bou-Harb, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft NEPA.