Pakistan Innovation Foundation holds this ‘Karachi Innovation Challenge & Hacakthon’ event every year in Karachi. Event is aimed to promote the new citizenship ideas & startups which can create a better more smarter and productive Karachi. This helps young citizens of Karachi to develop new innovative ideas. The tagline states clearly that new, inspiring ideas will be taken in notice.
Ijaad Kar, Nakaal na Kar
DIY Citizenship – Citizen-initiated and run ‘Do it Yourself’ Initiatives aimed at addressing Karachi’s problems in a variety of contexts (education, health, waste collection, economic empowerment, de-radicalization, etc.)
Creative Human Spaces – The Use of Creative Spaces designed to culture, art, storytelling and other creative endeavors to create a humane and harmonious City (things like T2f and others)
Smart City – Technology-driven interferences to help create a smart and intelligent city that brings relief to and works for its citizens rather than vice versa
Trusted City Government – How and through what channels of technology can Karachi & its local bodies recreate their trust levels.
Register for Karachi Innovation Challenge here before August 25, 2016.
The launch event was held at T2F on 17th August 2016. The event included big names social workers like Afia Salam, Saad Amanullah Khan, Amar Khan Gharani & Saima Ziadi. Athar Osama & the team of PIF organization did a fantastic job in explaining why and how the event impacts Karachi.
#KHIinnovates is the official Hashtag of KIC 2016. The sponsors include I Am Karachi, Open Karachi, The Nest i/o, P@SHA & more… The new enhancement is that the teams this year will be Geo tagged & using WhisperO as a proper channel the teams will go out to their authentic consumers which will show how productive the idea is.
#KHIinnovates, Karachi Innovation Challenge, PIF, Pakistan Innovation Foundation
Dolmen Mall, Pakistan’s first international standard mall, is famous for being at the forefront of every major national celebration. With every event, they have continued to raise the bar when it comes to family entertainment and shopping in Karachi.
As our Independence Day approaches, we see the city changing itself to represent the colors of Pakistan, and Dolmen did not stay behind in giving its visitors a flavour of patriotism. This year, their theme, ‘Dolmen loves Pakistan’, was weaved around the concept of
#HamariPehchan aimed at giving people a chance to celebrate Pakistan’s identity.
Spanning across all three malls, namely Dolmen Mall Clifton, Dolman Mall Tariq Road and Dolmen Mall Hyderi, the event kicked off on 12th of August 2016.
Anum Nadeem, Marketing Head of the Dolmen Group, said at the event.
“Living in a time where there is so much uncertainty and negativity surrounding our identity as a nation, we wanted to celebrate the achievements and entertainment aspects of Pakistan which we are known for.
These things are relatable to the older as well as the younger generation of this country and they need to be celebrated. This is what makes us proud as Pakistanis”
A weekend worth of activities were executed in all its patriotic glamour and glory. For this, the mall was draped in shades of greens and whites. The walkways saw magnificent replicas of the country’s monuments. From live murals of national heroes to specially dressed guards standing and saluting the customers, the entire mall gave off 14th August vibes. The main atrium was designed to take the mall-goers on a photographic journey through Pakistan and its rich culture.
Adding to the desi feel, a dhaaba was set up by Chai Wala offering fresh parathas and chai for all those craving for a cup of tea, Pakistan’s undisputed favourite drink. Folk music and a special Azadi Bazaar selling flags, badges, and other patriotic merchandise set the right mood to the three-day event.
To mark the eve of Independence Day, a grandiose performance by Sounds of Kolachi dazzled the audience. The soulful music melted into the beautiful notes of our National Anthem at precisely 12 AM, amidst a shower of confetti while the guards raised the flag and saluted. The moment was breathtakingly beautiful.
On the same night, visitors at Dolmen Mall Tariq Road were enthralled to find Noori performing live and did not shy away from fully enjoying patriotic beats.
On the digital front, an instagram competition was hosted, allowing amateur photographers to showcase their talent. Top three photographs were selected and awarded with prizes. More prizes awaited all those who visited Dolmen wearing green. Shoppers and visitors were, thus, pleasantly surprised at various occasions.
As another successful event comes to an end, Dolmen stands tall and proud; the management determined to keep providing more quality events and celebrations to its visitors. Let’s wait to see what they have in store for the next event!
In honour of Independence Day and in collaboration with Mobilink, Pakistan’s ecommerce leaders Daraz and Kaymu, collectively known as Daraz Group, are having a massive online sale event at www.daraz.pk/independence-day-sale – the event started on August 13 and is still live on the website due to the overwhelming numbers.
An interesting element of this campaign has been the partnership with The Citizens Foundation. This Independence Day, Daraz partnered with TCF, whereby not only will the leading ecommerce portal donate 1% of the revenue on each order but has also given customers a chance to donate online. Daraz tied in The Citizens Foundation’s Baghbaan Programme with its Independence Day campaign at http://www.daraz.pk/tcf.
Through the Baghbaan Programme, customers can make a donation of Rs 1,250 and support a child’s education for the entire month.
To drive more and more people to support this cause, donors are being encouraged to take up the Baghbaan Challenge, whereby they need to make a video of their pledge, post it on their social media pages and tag two friends to take the challenge.
Kaymu.pk and Daraz.pk also ran a Tweet to Donate Campaign around the Independence Day Sales! For every tweet received on the campaign, they donated a t-shirt with the Pakistani flag to the various Walls of Kindness around the country. The campaign was very well received with hundreds of shirts donated to the Walls of Kindness and, consequently, Kaymu and Daraz were able to share the Azaadi fervor with the underprivileged segments of society as well.
Daraz Group’s campaign this year has been all about building on the patriotic fervor. The underlying purpose of the entire sale is to celebrate the best of Pakistan with a powerful hashtag #HumPakistani being the anchor.
To build up the positive vibes around Independence Day, Daraz Group also released a video celebrating all the unique elements of Pakistan, tugging all the right heart strings. Within a week, the video has seen over 43,000 shares and 1.2 million views on Facebook.
Commander Safeguard’s latest Mission Clean-sweep adventure is finally out for all to see! The new “Jungle Main Mungle” episode is not only HILARIOUS but also a testimony to the amazing talent Pakistan has to offer!
The animation has a star-studded cast including Alyy Khan as Commander Safeguard, Ahmad Ali Butt as Dirtoo, Bahroze Sabzwari as Ghunsanna and Bushra Ansarias Dirty.
It also has incredibly sophisticated animation technology, and a song we just can’t get out of our heads (thanks Shuja Haider and Ahmad Ali Butt). The brand hasn’t stopped at entertaining us though.
Continuing their “Sehat o Safai” School Education Program, this Independence Day Safeguard has pledged to educate 2 million kids across Pakistan on importance of health and hygiene.
#CommanderSafeguard #SafeguardPakistan #bbpr
This pledge is part of a larger mission Safeguard has been leading since 2002 to empower kids to become health and hygiene champions. Perhaps the hallmark of this campaign was the birth of Pakistan’s first superhero, Commander Safeguard, created to augment educational material on health and hygiene. Commander Safeguard series ended up doing much more than revolutionizing health and hygiene education though: it transformed Pakistan’s animation industry, and also became an international phenomenon. Safeguard, as the pioneer in animated series, also partnered with 3 Bahadur, an animated movie production by Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, again revolutionizing the perception of heroes to Pakistani youth everywhere.
Commander Safeguard and the associated Safeguard School Education Program are great examples of how private sector brains can contribute to public sector good. Over the years Safeguard has educated 12 million+ kids at the grassroot, primary school level with special support in this cause from key partners Pakistan Medical Association and Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan. This year again, Safeguard Mission Cleansweep will be playing in schools starting 15th Sep.
Safeguard has stayed true to its cause of spreading the message of health and hygiene, and also to ensure we stay entertained throughout the way. Looking forward to seeing more from this brand in coming months! Ready to be a part of Commander Safeguard’s team and join the movement for a healthy Pakistan. Are you?
I guess there’s no easy way to express the excitement except by SCREAMING lungs out “Islamabad got its own Sports Bar”. Offside Sports Bar And Grill launched in F-11 Markaz Islamabad last week.
Yass!! Isn’t it great to have a sports bar in your own city where you can hang out with friends all the time, enjoy sports in friends company while munching on delicious menu that Offside Sports Bar and Grill has? Now, everyday is match day.
‘Kala Chashma’, ‘Rio Olympics’ or ‘Suicide Squad’ weren’t the only attractions online last week. Unless you’re an ignorant soul, there’s a high chance you saw people talking, discussing and mentioning #OffsideSportBarAndGrill on social sphere. The hashtag made rounds on social media in the top trends.
My friends were discussing on Twitter about Offside Sports Bar and Grill Launch on 10th August, a day earlier. Someone posted pictures and menu, looked promising so we decided to have a meetup on the launch day.
Gone are the days we had to wait for Mann Mayal& Udaari episodes to end, Capital Talk to wrap up early so we could switch to sports channel.
Thanks to ‘Offside Sports Bar and Grill‘ now we, sports enthusiasts, can enjoy live matches with yum yum food & friend’s company with much more zest.
So the big day came. As decided, we were supposed to be there by 7:30 which thanks to few domestic issues delayed to 8:30. Offside Sports Bar and Grill is located on main road in F11 Markaz Islamabad besides Shaheen Chemist, so didn’t take much time in locating. As I entered the place, it was jam-packed. To my surprise Islamabad had really came out on the launch. So, it wasn’t me or my friends only, many people were longing for the sports bar’s launch and closely following the launch date. Anyway, thanks to my friends they already had my seat reserved in the corner.
Sports Bar is in the basement offers a perfect view on the road outside. There was this photobooth setup on the wall besides the entrance which I never got chance to take a picture at thanks to our selfie-curious awam. Though it isn’t a very huge hall, but enough to accommodate a good number of people. LCD screens placed at angles visible from almost all the tables so sports lovers can keep an eye on whatever is going-on while gossiping with friends.
We did the same, there was this old Football match between Pakistan & India was being aired, enjoyed the game, relived some proud moments & had patriotic feels (Pre Independence Day feels huh) we enjoyed yum yum food, burgers were okay but those Mini Pizzas were pure love, gossiped took selfies and returned back home with aim to visit back soon!
Based on my experience, here are the rankings:
Approach – 10/10 (it’s on main road)
Ambiance – 8/10
Concept – 9/10
Food – 8/10
Pricing – 7/10
Public – 7/10
So overall, it’s like 8-8.5/10 for me. Do visit and tell me how was yours’ experience at Offside Sports Bar and Grill!
Here’s how you can spot them online – address is Main Hilal Road, F11 Markaz, Islamabad.
How often do you see Serving Ministers and Corporate Managers sharing the stage making pledge for a common mission? Answer would be ‘ hardly ever’. Well, I happened to witness one such instance here in Islamabad couple of weeks back. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, Development and Reforms along with Team Nestle Pakistan made a pledge “behtar kal, aaj se” – a better future for Pakistan’s children. At Nestle’s United for Healthier KidsAaj Se, kick-off event.
The United for Healthier Kids project aims to instill healthier habits in children.This is Nestle’s worldwide initiative for healthier Kids. It was launched here in Pakistan couple of weeks back. Government, along with private sector welcomed, endorsed and appreciated this initiative and vowed to make a collective effort for the cause. The official hashtag for the movement #U4HKAajSe made rounds on social media.
Speaking at the launch event, the chief guest Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, Development and Reform, said,
“A healthy nation is pivotal to economic and social development, which is one of the major pillars in the Vision 2025 plan. Our collaboration with the United for Healthier Kids movement is a step in the same direction.
Our government is committed to realizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seeks collaboration between government and private sectors. Our partnership is in the spirit of synergizing resources of public and private sectors for a healthier Pakistan.
We thank Nestlé Pakistan for bringing this initiative to Pakistan.”
United for Healthier Kids aims at behavioral changes in children aged 3-12 years. Partners in this movement are Nestlé Pakistan, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Lahore Grammar School, Jang Media Group, Geo Network, Service Sales Corporation, Silver Oaks School and Parwaan, among others. The movement aims to help parents establish healthier eating, drinking, and lifestyle habits in children through game-changing education and fun ideas to inspire action and influence behavior.
The nutritional and health conditions in Pakistan have reached an alarming level over the past decade. Currently, Pakistan has the third highest number of children suffering from stunted growth; 43.7% of the total children under the age of 5 suffer from it. 15.1% are wasted and 31.5% are found to be underweight.
United for Healthier Kids Movement
Movement will work closely with its partner organizations to address three major behaviors
Move More Sit Less
Choose to Drink Water
ChooseNutritiously Varied Food Options
Here’s the TVC regarding United for Healthier Kids Movement:
By not only creating awareness and educating parents’ on different obstacles but also outlining proposed solutions for raising healthier kids.
Mr. Bruno Olierhoek, Managing Director Nestlé Pakistan, talking at the occassion said,
“We strongly believe that the health challenges our children face cannot be tackled by a single organization or entity but only through a multi-stakeholder approach. We are grateful to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, as well as our other partners for coming on board with this movement and giving us their valuable support. We are committed to making Pakistan a healthier society by utilizing all the resources at hand.”
The United For Healthier Kids launch event was attended by stakeholders from the government, diplomats, media, the non-profit sector, and parents. The event consisted of a panel discussion led by Sidra Iqbal. The discussion revolved around health conditions in Pakistan, the importance of fitness and exercise, and the dire need to address the problem of nutritional deficiencies.
Others present included Mr. Imran Aslam (President, GEO Network), Mr. Sarmad Ali (Managing Director, Jang Group), Dr. Shagufta Feroz (Nutritionist), Mr. Shahid Hussain (CEO, Service Sales Corporation), Ms. Mehnaz Aziz (CEO, Parwan/ Children’s Global Network) and Mr. Abid Imam (Member, Lahore Grammar School Board of Directors).
The event ended at all the panelists made pledge “kal behtar, aaj se“ !
So finally, after an action-packed thrilling & exciting week, Red Bull Campus Cricket Championship 2016 comes to an end. University of Punjab (UCP), after losing the 2015 championship by a narrow margin, have come back strong. Ceased this one by beating Karachi University in Finals and crowned as Red Bull Campus Cricket Pakistan Champions 2016. Wow! Congratulations Lads, well played!
The tournament has in recent years stamped its name across Pakistan as the only platform that provides a lifetime opportunity for cricketers in campuses around the country. To showcase their talent not only at the national level but also by competing at the international level in the World Finals.
Ali Tipu, UCP’s captain led from the front with an astonishing bowling spell to ensure that his team successfully defend total of 118. Accumulated on a sluggish DHA Sports Club, Moin Khan Academy, pitch that had plenty of moisture following heavy rains in the days leading up to the tournament. Batting first, the UCP batsmen were content at occupying the crease and accumulating runs rather than aiming for a score that would have been tough to post due to the nature of the pitch.
The KU outfit that had won two previous Red Bull Campus Cricket finals at the same venue, were undone by the disciplined line and length of the UCP bowlers who maintained a stranglehold on the proceedings from the get go.
At the post match presentation an elated Tipu thanked his coaches and team for their unflinching support that led them to their crowning glory.
Tipu and his team now travel to Sri Lanka to compete in the World Finals of the Red Bull Campus Cricket. They will rub shoulders with the winners from seven other countries in the annual international tournament that has become an incredible attraction for campus cricketers of the participating nations.
KU and Jinnah Government College have represented Pakistan in the earlier editions of the world finals and now UCP joins the club.
Red Bull Campus Cricket
Overall the 2016 Pakistan edition of the Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament was nothing but a roaring success. With as many as 80 campuses taking part in the month long event. Red Bull Campus Cricket played vital role in spreading the game far and wide. Involving teams from every nook and corner of the country.
Some outstanding talent has been unearthed in the previous years. This year was no different with many talented cricketers impressing with their skills with the bat and the ball.
Mobilink collaborated with the School of Leadership (SoL) for the 15th Young Leaders Conference (YLC 2016). Owing to its undeterred vision of empowering women to the forefront within and outside the company.
The six day event, which is a thought-provoking leadership conference, was held in Karachi, and some 300 students participated from 65+ cities & villages.
Mobilink sponsored 18 ambitious female participants belonging to far flung areas, such as Larkana, Ghotki, Nawabshah and Jahurabad etc. These young girls were chosen based on their passion and aspiration to make a difference in the community around them.
In addition to mentoring sessions for participants held by the Mobilink team. A Key Note Session – Drop the Gender Mask – was also conducted by representatives of Mobilink. Participants were made aware of gender equality and inclusion at the workplace, and highlighted Mobilink’s efforts across all fronts.
Mobilink has held very proactive stance on economic opportunity – gender diversity and resulting diversity of thought can bring. Mobilink’s internal support programs for women remain the most advanced within the telecom industry. Their award winning initiatives such as the m-Literacy program aimed at women in rural areas, have had spectacular impact.
Mobilink’s vision for inclusive workplace and efforts promoting gender parity are aligned. YLC’s aim to promote social integration and combat discrimination through awareness and constructive action.
Since the conference’s inception in 2002, more than 3800 YLC-ians from 130+ cities & villages have impacted around 4,000,000 individuals across Pakistan, through their Social Action Projects themed around Education, Health, Sanitation, Youth & Women Empowerment, Inclusiveness, Employ-ability, Entrepreneurship, Environment, and Leadership Development & Peace Building.
Mobilink Sponsors Young Leaders Conference 2016
Going forward, the 18 Mobilink sponsored female participants will be collaborating with the company on digital themed social projects. While also working as social ambassadors for promoting gender diversity and inspiring women in their respective cities.
Salman Hafeez, Senior HR Business Partner – South, Mobilink invoked incredible engagement from the audience and reinforced the criticality of the issue by sharing that,
“In an organization where you are only using 50% of your strength to help you achieve your strategy, will you lead the market. How will a country where 50% population is not encouraged to contribute to economy, progress?”
Shireen Naqvi, founder of SoL, appreciated Mobilink’s efforts by stating,
“The session brought clarity on certain sensitive, gender-centric concepts and enlightened the audience. On shifting mindsets from the conventional gender power imbalance towards building a more constructive togetherness.”
“Mobilink is part of the very few organizations who have recognized the importance and contribution of women at the workplace and who are taking proactive measures to bring men and women shoulder to shoulder,”
Marking the 71st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thousands of Global Zero activists will participate in a global day of action calling for an end to the nuclear threat. Activists will tour/ride/hike in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Islamabad, tracing the blast of a “small” nuclear weapon and highlighting the zone of devastation in which most injuries would be fatal, overwhelming any possible humanitarian relief efforts.
In 25 Cities Worldwide, Thousands Rally against Nuclear Weapons on 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings
In 25 cities around the world, including 4 in Pakistan, 3 in India, and 17 in the US. Grassroots activists will demand action to eliminate all nuclear weapons as they “Ride Around the Bomb.” The demonstrations also come at a time when President Barack Obama, facing public pressure to live up to the nuclear commitments he outlined in Prague in 2009, is reportedly considering a series of executive actions to reduce the global nuclear threat, including a bold reform that would end U.S. policy permitting first use of nuclear weapons.
Haneen Khalid, South Asia Field Organizer at Global Zero, said.
“We live in a world still recovering from cold war politics, and nuclear weapons are horrific relics of that time. We cannot afford to continue on this trajectory of clinging to outdated weapons that jeopardize our security every day. Whether by accident or design, entire cities could be erased in a matter of minutes, ending human civilization as we know it.”
She further added.
“A world in which our safety hangs in the balance is not a world we want to leave behind for future generations. The time to take action to protect our safety is now.”
Pakistan’s first international standard mall, Dolmen mall, is renowned for always staying a step ahead of its competitors. As summer 2016 approached its end, Dolmen hosted the city’s biggest Back to School Festival. Held from 29th to 31st July 2016 across Dolmen Malls. The festival aimed at school going kids and families; giving them a chance to celebrate and be excited about the scholastic year. Complemented by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child party.
The Marketing Head at Dolmen, Anum Nadeem said,
“We’re holding this event for the first time and are expecting families to shop, eat and have fun. We’ve brought together some great shopping options for our customers.”
At Dolmen Mall Clifton, the Back to School edition of the Dolmen Bazaar saw leading retailers like Hub, Leisure Club, Kidz Dunya & Sindbad as well as budding entrepreneurial ventures like Magic Hands and Paperworks showcase their Back to school range. From school bags, notebooks and stationery to a delightful display of balloon art, the little ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves in this maze of amazement. Parents, on the other hand, rejoiced the rare opportunity for their kids to have fun in a safe and family-friendly environment.
Adding some magic to the cauldron of excitement, Dolmen Mall conjured up the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in collaboration with Liberty Books on the third day of Back to School Festival.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ launch held on Harry Potter’s birthday, 31st July
The response was staggering; the event saw a union of three generations of Potterheads. From five year old HP fanatics flaunting painted scars on their foreheads, to tweens donned in wizard’s robes – even grownups didn’t shy away from swishing their wands and crying out ‘Wingardium Leviosa”.
Fans lined up at 9:30 AM to receive their copy of the book. Harry Potter fandom was so majestically celebrated in Pakistan. Thematic décor, wands, hats, trivia games, giveaway for the best dressed fans. Countless photo opportunities with a truly magical ambience and music, the event was a memorable one.
Dolmen Mall capitalized on the organic pull of Harry Potter fandom and took Back to School Festival to a whole new level. The event exceeded expectation on all fronts, and provided visitors with three days of festivity in a completely family-friendly environment. Dolmen aims to continue surprising its visitors with more such events in the future.
Bloggers and KOLs were hosted by Dolmen Mall at ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ launch event. Special Harry Potter themed giveaways were also given. They shared the impact the book has had on their lives and also relived their back to school memories. Refreshments had crispy Grilled chicken from Golden Chick and delicious cupcakes and coffee from Lals. Everyone left the vicinity of the mall happy and content, with their copy of their favorite book with them.
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