Startup Weekend Lahore 2015

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Lahore 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Lahore University of Management Sciences
Opposite Sector U, DHA
Lahore, Punjab

54 hours. A brilliant Idea. A dream come true! No Talk. All Action. Comes to Lahore...

Startup Weekend is back! The internationally renowned event that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to develop an idea of theirs into an applicable business over the course of a weekend with plans to market and sell the product on global level. Brought to you by the premier institution of business and technology, LUMS, Startup Weekend will be held from the 27th to 29th of March, 2015. The event presents a chance for participants to rub elbows with people of excellence in their fields, in the form of coaches, mentors and guest speakers as well as forge partnerships with other participants whose skills can propel their idea to greatness. So mark your calendars, and start the brainstorming, for a weekend that is destined to be unlike any other.

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Friday March 27th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 28th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee (use your PDC Coupons)

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm

9:30 pm
Go Home!


Nahil Mahmood

With over 18 years' experience in telecom, broadband, banking, Information Security, and ICT, Nahil Mahmood has represented six of the world's leading Information Security & Network Security solutions. He is an established and credible Information Security Leader, holding a number of leadership positions for global associations and known for conducting world-class IT training and events internationally. Mr Nahil has been awarded the Information Security Leadership Achievement (ISLA) Award by (ISC)2 Tokyo, Japan. Additionally, he works as the CEO and Founder of Delta Tech, an IT firm specializing in Information Security solutions, a globally Certified Trainer For Franklin Covey International.

Muhammad Nasrullah

I’m founder and Chief Technology Officer of Pring (Pvt) Ltd which is Pakistan’s largest Mobile Social Network. Pring has been recognized as a 2012 Global 100 Company in California by the iconic Red Herring. Red Herring’s editorial staff was one of the first to recognize Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Google and other major technological companies that have changed the way we live and work.

Over the past two years we’ve grown to about five million users, twice the rate of Facebook’s growth in Pakistan. The great thing about Pring is that it works whether you are online or offline with just SMS access. This creates an all-inclusive dialog with everyone.

Prior to e-Business, I co-foundedByteSense (Pvt) Ltd, a company formed to bridge the gap between the industry and telecommunications users.

I’ve done my Bachelors in Computer System Engineering from GIKI and fresh out of University I started my first startup Sixth Sense where we created computer based training courses for clients like the UN and ICWFD. 
I then joined Ericsson as System Integrator and later Solution Architect. During my stay with Ericsson, I worked with Warid Telecom during its early expansion

Event Judges

Omar Farooq

Founder at Appsters. A telecommunications engineer by degree from FAST, Lahore. With a combined experience of over 4 years in the industry in primarily marketing agencies and a design house. Omar walked away from the safety of a job in Jan, 2012 – for the first time. Fast-forward 3 years and 3 failed startups later - the 4th one was successful in the form of Appsters. 

We are a web design and development studio. At Appsters, we take client servicing to be an opportunity to learn about different businesses and models. Having said that I love to create new things. A couple of products are in the oven and set to be launched by late-2015.

Babar Khan Javed

"Babar is a freelance business journalist based in Karachi, with an inclination towards the sharing economy. He also ghostwrites for various C-suite leaders and advises food & fashion brands on their customer acquisition & retention goals. He can be reached at or @Babarkj for professional matters."

Amir Habibzadeh
Developer and Co-Founder

Loves technology, block chain, enterpenuer

Ahmed Shuja

Ahmed Shuja, an entrepreneur and an Interaction Designer designing and developing software and systems since 1997. He holds a BSc (hons) in Computer Sciences from UET, Lahore and an MSc in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London. In the past, before he founded Obscure UX, he worked at LUMS in Pakistan and Philips in the UK among others. He provides consultancy to startups and large corporations in all habitable continents of the world, speaks at tech events, and blogs at and You can read his thoughts and connect with him at

Ayesha Hamid

The American School Of International Academics (pvt)Ltd Lahore Pakistan
January 1995 – Present (19 years 2 months) 55C/3 Gulberg-111,Lahore
American College Of International Academics Lahore pakistan

President of Asian Crusade for special children,Pakistan

Chairperson of Khadija Welfare Society,Pakistan & Much More

Maha Rehman

Maha is working as a Development Consultant.  She has been working with Systems Approach for Better Education Results Project at the World Bank. As a part of this project, she led implementation of the SABER toolkit on the teacher rationalization and recruitment policy in Punjab. She has also been associated with the Sindh Education Reform Project at the World Bank. She has also been blogging at World Bank, End Poverty in South Asia. She has been mentoring social enterprises.

She has a Masters in Economics from Duke University and an undergrad degree in Economics from LUMS.

Khurram Zafar

Khurram, until recently, worked as the Chief Information Officer at a Pakistani stock exchange and was nominated the best private sector CIO of Pakistan by P@SHA. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Entrepreneurship at Information Technology University and a Board Member at Plan9.

Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Computer & Information Technology. He has also co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and has been part of the founding team of 2 global IT consulting firms. He has also consulted for Visa, DHL, Sony, AT&T, Agilent, Merrill Lynch, and several other Fortune 500 and venture-funded start-up companies in varying capacities. Khurram is also an angel investor with an interest in the technology and agriculture sector and has been an adviser to several Venture Capital firms in the United States.

Aside from being a Prentice Hall published author, he is also a progressive farmer, an avid investor in North American securities markets, an absentee landlord of his US and Pakistan based real-estate, a poet, a magician and a proud father of three angels.

Hasan Tariq

Co-founder and CEO of IQVIS Technologies, a silicon valley based Technology company with satellite office in Lahore. He hired a passionate team of magicians (also called developers) and works closely with the clients and the team to make the magic happen. Over past 5 years Hasan and his team has worked with numerous Startups and Enterprises in the valley and delivered enterprise and mobile solutions. Besides IQVIS, Hasan is also CTO of Big data analytics company called Hublife. Prior to IQVIS, Hasan worked in the Silicon Valley for over 15 years for Fujitsu, Netapp and At Fujitsu he managed the Enterprise Applications team dispersed over 3 continents and architected and developed the B2C and B2B ecommerce infrastructure. Hasan holds undergrad in CS and MBA in Marketing.  When he is not working you can find him hiking somewhere in Sierra Nevada

Coaches and Mentors

Tosheeba Sarwar

An experienced entrepreneur, business executive and advisor to a number of emerging and established businesses, Tosheeba Sarwar has over 15 years of experience. She uniquely specialized in guiding small and medium sized business owners towards attaining a level at which they work on their business through development and implementation of key points in business planning and planning for growth and expansion, both domestically and internationally.  Ms Tosheeba worked closely with companies and business owners providing business valuation services and advice on developing and implementing strategies to maximize business value.  She founded the image management outfit – I managers;  and worked with lead brands with a focus on Business Modeling, Strategic Planning, Image Management, Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions, Systems Development, Coaching & Training. She has been associated with about 27 start-ups in different sectors including hospitality, apparel, services, furniture, retail, fashion, surgical instruments, and academics. In addition to the commercial ventures, Ms Tosheeba has actively worked with NPOs such as the CARE Foundation, International Iqbal Society, Kaarvan Foundation & PSTA (teacher training organization).

Dr Amena Hasan

Dr. Amena Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of Business for Social Progress (BSP) where she has undertaken multiple constancy assignments with Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Save the Children UK, ESRA Plus (Education Development Center In.), Micronutrient Initiative, LEAD Pakistan, Farm Forestry Support Project (Inter-cooperation), OMV Pvt. Ltd. (Oil and Gas company), Interloop Pvt. Ltd. (Textile industry) and PPEPCA (Pakistan Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association). The assignments involved project/program Monitoring and Evaluation, participatory research (qualitative and quantitative), capacity development of health and education department officials, community and local NGO trainings, project development and implementation of community-based projects on education, health, livelihoods, skill enhancement, and natural resource management. All the projects focus on marginalized communities and vulnerable groups especially WOMEN and CHILDREN

Abdullah Ahmed

Abdullah Ahmed is the co-founder of Alpha Squared Labs, a Web and Mobile solutions company. A developer, designer, consultant and entrepreneur, Mr Abdullah has worked for various tech-based companies around the world. For instance: DealerManage Inc; Matrikon / Honeywell Process Solutions; Sparkative

Murad Akhter

As Co-Founder and CEO of Tintash, Murad leads a talented and passionate team of Mobile Game and App Developers, Designers, Producers and Artists. Over the past 6 years he has been responsible for grooming and hiring top talent, and driving product development of top-tiered mobile games such as Woody Woodpecker and StickCricket as well as for striking distribution and development deals with renowned game studios and brands such as Digital Chocolate, Playfirst, Universal Studios and BBC Worldwide.

Murad has over 10 years of experience in product management and software development in the high-tech industry. Prior to Tintash, he worked in Silicon Valley at Apple Computer on flagship products such as the company’s first line of 64-bit systems as well as its transition from PowerPC chips to Intel’s multi-core processors. He later worked on jukebox and VOIP applications for the Ultra-Mobile PC platform at Microsoft before starting Tintash in 2007. Murad graduated from Stanford University with an MS and BS in Computer Science.

Qasim Aslam

"Qasim Aslam is a Global Fellow with Sylvan Laureate Foundation and has been working in the development and tech industries for over a decade. He's also a former TEDx speaker and is currently serving as the founder / managing director of The History Project and a partner atArbisoft."

Adnan Shahid

Adnan Shahid is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL), Pakistan's largest ICT and Broadband company. Over his 18 year of professional career, Adnan has held technology, marketing, and strategy leadership positions in different industry verticals. His also founded two companies. He believes that his learnings as an entrepreneur have made him a better business leader. He believes in supporting the entrepreneurial eco-system and works closely with local startup to see how to partner and leverage PTCL  

Abid Malik

Abid Malik has over 24 years of sales, marketing, finance, and business development experience. Most recently he co-founded Indus Venture, that mentors and helps innovative start-ups funded in early and revenue stages.
At the age of 21, he was running a small paint manufacturing facility and discovered poster color formula that rivaled German’s Pelican brand. Having a passion for entrepreneurship and technology, he started his first venture in California and successfully ran and managed three additional start-ups since 1990. In 2011, he co-founded Visiting Providers, a medical practice in Missouri for homebound patients.

Mr Abid is a member of the International board of Minaret Business Organization (MBO) that has chapters in USA and Asia. He is an independent trustee (emeritus) at a socially responsible Amana Mutual Funds (AMANX, AMAGX, AMDX) that manages over 3.5 billion in assets. Mr Abid also serves as a member of the board for Strategic Research Circle, a non-profit that does research in the area of private enterprise and social responsibility.

Sajjad Kirmani

Sajjad Kirmani is the founder and CEO of INFOGISTIC rated as the Best Startup by P@sha in 2012. He is leading the efforts to further increase the organizations investment, business activity & strategic partnerships across globe. He provides guidance and mentors the technical, sales and operations team to meet their day to day challenges. 
He has over 28 years of experience in Information Technology and has served in leadership positions in multinational organizations across Middle East and Pakistan. Prior to establishing INFOGISTIC in 2012, he served 14 years as Director & Executive Vice President at NetSol Technologies where he played a vital role in its global expansion as well as becoming the first company to have CMMI ML 5, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000. 
Sajjad is passionately pursuing his vision to make INFOGISTIC as a center of excellence in Cyber Security and e-Health Technology. 
His contributions towards Information Technology in Pakistan earned him the title of “CIO of Year” in 2010 by Teradata. He is also the CEO and Executive Board Member of DicoTech INFOGISTIC Qatar.
Sajjad holds a Master´s degree in Computer Sciences from University of London along with MBA degree from IBA. He has a passion for gardening and maintains one of the best spring gardens in Lahore.

Raqib Omer

Raqib graduated from LUMS in 2007 with an Undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering followed by a Master’s degree Intelligent Transportation Systems from the University of Waterloo. Raqib is the founder and CEO of Viaesys-Inc, a technology start-up in the mobile resource optimization domain. With state of the art patent pending technology, Viaesys-Inc has successfully secured a number of private and municipal clients in US and Canada. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Lahore 2015 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lahore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Zartash
  • Fareed
  • Muhammad
    Bin Khalid
  • Abdul Moiz
  • Usman
  • Raja Sher


Anurag Maloo
Head of Partnerships (Asia), Seedstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup community architect, and currently works with Seedstars to build right partnerships to impact people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Previously, as a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend for 5.5 years, he was responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities. He has been involved in various startup initiatives, community empowerment and leadership development programs, and bringing innovation into the corporate world. He has done impact trips to nearly 58+ countries across 6 continents working with startup founders, entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders, investors, and governments to develop their entrepreneurship ecosystems. With his proven track record of experience cultivating key influencers within diverse geopolitical regions, Anurag has succeeded in creating inclusive startup communities in turbulent and struggling, yet developing ecosystems and emerging economies of Asia. His interests range from entrepreneurship to education, startups to sustainability, social impact to grassroots innovations, and peace building communities. Being a storyteller, teacher and life explorer, he can be found having engaging in authentic conversations with friends and random people, sharing life stories, radiating positive joyous happy energies, enriching audiences with his traveling experiences and narrating inspirational humane stories around the world from the hot deserts of Rajasthan to the cold and polar deserts of Antarctica, from travelling along the ancient trade cities on Silk Road to the vast, wild grasslands and virgin landscapes of nomadic Mongolia, and to trekking to the Base of the World's highest mountain, Mt. Everest Basecamp. 

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