Dr Faisal Kamiran on VOA: Dissecting Pakistani startups and how Government initiatives can ensure their success

March 27, 2024

In his recent interview with VOA, Dr. Faisal Kamiran delved into the challenges encountered by Pakistani startups and the critical role of government initiatives in securing their success. Dr. Faisal highlighted the common pitfalls faced by local startups, emphasizing their failure to address the needs of their target audience effectively. Additionally, he underscored the impact of political instability on investor confidence, leading to reluctance in funding innovative ventures.
To address these challenges, Dr. Faisal acknowledged the IT Ministry’s commendable initiative of allocating a yearly fund of 20 million for new startups, however, he stressed that execution is key in determining the success of this initiative. He spoke about the importance of strategic investment in startups, emphasizing the need for the government to identify and support businesses with genuine potential.
Moreover, he believes that the Government will need specialized training to support these businesses in a variety of roles, e.g. a great COO might struggle with legal knowledge, so finding resources to complement these roles could be what takes them to the next level. Perhaps the most important support new startups will need from the government is to ensure smooth cashflows, as it is something that can make or break an early-stage company.

Dr. Faisal Kamiran wins IT and ITes Export Growth Award 2024: Addo AI acknowledged as one of The Fastest Growing Companies in Pakistan

February 14, 2024

We are pleased to announce that Addo AI, a premiere Data and AI company, has been awarded one of the Fastest Growing IT and ITes Export Company by P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITeS. P@SHA held its prestigious IT and ITes Award 2024 Award Ceremony to celebrate the ICT industry’s remarkable achievements.
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Dr. Faisal Kamiran featured on Voice of America (VOA)_ the use of AI in Pakistan’s Elections

Promoting Responsible AI Governance: Dr. Faisal Kamiran’s Advocacy in the VOA Interview

February 05, 2024

In a recent interview with Voice of America (VOA), Dr. Faisal Kamiran, Co-Founder and President of Addo AI, discussed the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on electoral campaigns and personalized messaging. He delved into the pivotal role AI can play in shaping narratives, ranging from constructive to potentially harmful.
Leveraging his extensive decade-long expertise in Data Governance and Compliance, Dr. Faisal emphasized the importance of ethical AI practices. He highlighted the necessity for a Compliance Governance Framework to prevent AI misuse and ensure its positive impact on the country.
Click here to watch the full interview.

Dr. Faisal Kamiran at the Inaugural Pak-Qatar Tech Conference: Fostering Bilateral Tech Collaboration

December 03, 2023

In a historic stride towards tech diplomacy, the Pak-Qatar Tech Conference kicked off at Doha’s JW Marriott Marquis City Center, witnessing a landmark confluence of Pakistani and Qatari tech enterprises. Organized jointly by the Embassy of Pakistan Doha, Pakistan Software Houses Association, and Pakistan Business Council – Qatar, the event saw vibrant participation from key players in the IT sectors of both nations.

Amidst a gathering comprising business leaders and government officials from Qatar, Dr. Faisal Kamiran, President and Co-founder of Addo AI, played a pivotal role in spearheading Addo’s participation at this transformative event. Addo AI showcased its innovative services and solutions, contributing to a burgeoning atmosphere of collaboration between Pakistani and Qatari tech communities.

The conference, inaugurated by Pakistan’s Caretaker Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, highlighted Pakistan’s technological acumen and paved the way for robust collaborations. The event’s historical significance was echoed at the Pakistan embassy, where representatives from 30 leading IT companies in Pakistan, alongside the Pakistani diaspora in Qatar, converged to build stronger tech ties.

Addo AI’s active engagement in this paradigm-shifting dialogue underscores its commitment to fostering global technological partnerships. This conference serves as a harbinger of an era of promising collaborations, poised to propel bilateral relations to new heights.

Dr. Faisal Kamiran featured in Daily Times, The Business and Daily Front Line for his insightful article on the ‘Tracing the Tech Trajectories of India and Pakistan’

September 26, 2023

Dr. Faisal’s recently published article, “Tracing the Tech Trajectories of India and Pakistan,” offers a compelling comparison of the technological journeys of two Asian nations since their simultaneous emergence in 1947. The article explores the diverse paths taken by India and Pakistan in the ever-evolving global technology landscape. India, celebrated as a global IT powerhouse, prioritized education, exemplified by its prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), now excelling on the global stage.

In contrast, Pakistan, despite facing challenges, is nurturing a promising tech ecosystem, with a growing interest from venture capitalists. The article underscores the vital role technology plays in driving economic growth and societal development and sets the stage for a deeper exploration of their digital transformation journeys.

The journey of India’s IITs to global prominence and Pakistan’s budding tech scene mark a fascinating divergence in technology evolution.

This article prompts us to contemplate how the tech narratives of India and Pakistan will continue to evolve in the coming years and what breakthroughs and innovations lie ahead? Read the full article ‘Tracing the Tech Trajectories of India and Pakistan‘ by Dr. Faisal Kamiran.
His work was simultaneously published in other newspapers such as The Business and Daily Front Line Lahore.

Dr. Faisal Kamiran gets featured on Voice of America (VOA)

August 10, 2023

Dr Faisal Kamiran, Co-Founder and President of Addo AI, engaged in an enlightening conversation with Voice of America (VOA). The discussion centered around the promising role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Pakistan’s landscape.

Dr. Faisal delved into the profound impact of AI on the nation in tandem with Dr. Umar Saif, Former Chairman of Pakistan Information Technology Board. Dr. Saif added, “By integrating AI technologies, government expenses could potentially witness a substantial reduction of 20-40%.”

During the interview, Dr. Faisal emphasized the importance of capacity building and tailored training in AI. He underscored the growing demand for AI expertise and the opportunity to harness emerging markets. Despite these prospects, Dr. Faisal stressed the need for concerted efforts to bridge the resource gap and fast-track the digital revolution.

Furthermore, Dr. Faisal discussed the transformative potential of AI in optimizing government systems for greater efficiency. He illuminated how AI could revolutionize various sectors by offering innovative solutions to intricate challenges.

Dr. Faisal’s insightful interview aligns with Addo’s commitment to pioneering AI advancements for societal benefit. His expertise exemplifies the organization’s dedication to shaping the future through technological innovation.

Research on harassment: Dr. Faisal Kamiran wins innovation award by The World Bank

April 22, 2017

In the spring of 2017, Dr. Faisal Kamiran was honored with the World Bank innovation award, a prestigious recognition valued at $100,000. This accolade, conducted in partnership with the Urban Institute in Washington DC, acknowledged Dr. Faisal’s pioneering work in the fields of data science and artificial intelligence.

His research focused on addressing and mitigating gender-based violence within the context of public transport planning. This award was the outcome of an intense and highly competitive global selection process, underscoring the significance of his contributions to this critical issue.

Data Science Lab in Pakistan, headed by Dr Faisal Kamiran makes Urdu-Hindi dictionary

November 30, 2016

Dr. Faisal Kamiran, the director of the Data Science Lab at Lahore’s Information Technology University, has led the development of the Urdu-Hindi Dictionary app. This innovative application offers translations between Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, and English, catering to more than 542 million speakers of Hindi and Urdu worldwide.

Dr. Faisal’s team focused on understanding Roman Urdu, which is widely used in social media, SMS, and other platforms. The app simplifies translations from Roman Urdu to English, Roman Hindi to English, and even English to Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic, providing definitions, synonyms, and verbs for each word. With a user-friendly interface and timed quizzes to enhance vocabulary, the Urdu-Hindi Dictionary app reflects Dr. Faisal’s commitment to bridging language gaps and facilitating communication.

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