Startup Weekend Lahore

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog

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Startup Weekend Lahore

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Lahore University of Management Sciences

Lahore, Punjab

No Talk All Action

Startup Weekend event follows a basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! 


Friday November 20th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Introduction of Coaches and Motivational Speakers

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
(1 min/individual (pre-registered)- no teams formed yet

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Dinner & Networking

9:45 pm
Pitches Selection Finalized

10:00 pm
Start Formalizing Teams

Saturday November 21st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Work Starts!
Teams start to work

1:30 pm

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

2:30 pm
Call for Needs and Skills
(Motivational Speech & open mic session)

3:00 pm
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:30 pm

8:30 pm
Mid weekend 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 November 22nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:30 pm

2:30 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
Judging & Awards

8:45 pm

9:45 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!


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.

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.

Aamer Zaheer

Aamer Zaheer is co-founder and CTO at Ingrain which helps content creators monetize videos through Programmatic Product Placement. Ingrain’s proprietary SceneSense technology can augment new objects in videos automatically while maintaining a consistent context within and across different videos. The first prototype of this technology was Groopic, a camera app, which was built at the first Startup Weekend Lahore in 2012. Aamer currently leads the Technology and Product Development at Ingrain. Previously, he was doing PhD in Computer Vision at LUMS, working on 3D Scene Understanding for Urban Environments and Human Motion.

Event Judges

Huma Qureshi

Huma Qureshi is leading a team at Conrad Labs (Pvt) Ltd developing a single sign-on solution for Gemalto Inc. Previously she was at Microsoft Corp. where she worked on the design and development of Visual Studio tools for Windows Azure. She has eight years of experience in the software industry. She has an MS Computer Science from the University of Washington. She is passionate about solving complex technical challenges and designing scalable
software systems.

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.

Nevil Patel
Vice President at i2c Inc.

Nevil has more than 30 years of experience in managing companies and teams that provide high quality software solutions and products in secured environments for global clients. He is a Certified Information System Auditor with a strong understanding of the information security and regulatory compliance requirements in the financial sector.

He is currently the Vice President Operations at i2c Inc. - a Silicon Valley based global card processor with offices in six countries.

Sameer Noorani

Sameer is the founder of Roomvine, a geo-contextual platform which allows interaction with people and businesses in real world setting. Prior to that, Sameer was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he advised and guided top management across industries on commercial and operation strategy.

Sameer holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.Sc. from LUMS.

Saad Zaeem

Saad is the Co-Founder & CEO of Caramel Tech Studios (Pvt.) Limited, a leading mobile game development studio. He is great at extracting high quality work from the team while keeping them super motivated. Saad has been in the games space for over 5-years and has been part of the production team behind Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Stick Cricket, Order of Elements, Brain Puzzle & Friends and the upcoming mid-core strategy game, Blades of Battle, amongst others on all major mobile platforms. He oversees production, strategy and growth at the company. Saad has a BSc. (Honors) in Social Sciences from LUMS.

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

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

Junaid Haroon

He is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at LUMS School of Science and Engineering. Previously, he received Ph.D. in Computer Science from UT Austin (The University of Texas at Austin) and MS and BS Computer Science from FAST-NU National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.His research interests are static and dynamic techniques in automatic software test generation and in parallel and incremental techniques in scaling algorithms for multicore processors. His experience includes ten years of teaching atFAST-NULUMS, and at UT Austin. His seven years of industry experience includes working at MicrosoftGoogle, and various Pakistan based software houses.

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.

Tanzeel ur Rehman

Tanzeel is the co-founder and COO of Virtual Force. Virtual Force invests in startups based out of US and creates technology teams for them in Lahore. These teams work with the founders to convert the ideas into running businesses. Over the period of last 2 years teams in VF have converted more than 18 ideas to running businesses, a few of them have secured 1st and 2nd rounds of funding as well.

Tanzeel is a Fulbright scholar. He did his MBA from Babson College which is popular for its Entrepreneurship program. Tanzeel did his Computer Engineering from LUMS in 2006 and has been working in the Tech industry for almost 10 years now.

Jamil Goheer

Jamil Goheer is a General Partner and cofounder at Coventure, a New York based venture firm that invests in high growth ideas and founders with intensive domain knowledge. His career spans over 13 years building startups and playing with his own ideas.

Previously he co-founded Kualitatem Inc. in 2009 and lead its global scale and outreach.  Kualitatem is a leading Independent Software Quality Assurance and Information Security Company with customers from Fortune 1000 companies.

Jamil is also a cofounder of Virtual Force, a technology design and innovation firm that is building products that shape the world for better.

Prior to this he was involved in a venture backed speech technology startup identifying languages from speech signal, a social enterprise and an outsourcing company that won awards and was ranked the best startup by P@ASHA in Pakistan and Best Startup by Asia Pacific ICT Association in Indonesia. He is also a Certified Information System Auditor (ISACA) and had been consulting with international organizations like UNESCO, CIDA, UNDP, GTZ, Nike and Foundation for Development Cooperation Australia. He also teaches and speaks on social entrepreneurship in academic settings. He received his undergrad degree in Software from FAST Lahore, Masters degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences and took a leadership program at Clare College Cambridge UK.

Ammar Zaeem

Ammar is the Co-Founder & COO of Caramel Tech Studios (Pvt.) Limited, a leading mobile game development studio. He has over 6 years experience in management and marketing. At Caramel Tech, he has managed production of major games such as Jetpack Joyride, Order of Elements, Mental Combat and the upcoming mid-core strategy game, Blades of Battle. He oversees business development, production and operations at the company. Ammar has handled major marketing efforts with various Multi National Corporations including launching and managing nationwide marketing campaigns. He is a Cricket enthusiast.

Murtaza Taj

Murtaza Taj, a PhD degree holder in electronic engineering and computer science, is the co-founder of Ingrain, a  native video monetization service claimed to be a breakthrough technology to disrupt the video ad service. Along with this, he works as an Assistant Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. His research interests include Machine Learning, Computer Graphics and Image and Video Processing.

Aezaz Hussain

Mr. Aezaz was one of the founding members of Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA). He was an advisor on the Economic Advisory Board and a member of Information Technology Commission of Pakistan as well as the Council of the Computer Society of Pakistan. He also holds directorship in E-Processing Systems (Pvt.) Limited.

Coaches and Mentors

Syed Ali

Syed Ali is a techy at heart and an entrepreneur at present. He has over 15 years of experience including leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, TRG and currently is a founder of a leading cloud based asset tracking solution (EZOfficeInventory). Syed is passionate about technology and its use by enterprises to improve efficiency.
Syed is a LUMS graduate and holds a Master’s degree in CS from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is also an adjunct faculty at Lahore University of Management Sciences.

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

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.

Neelam Irshad

-Director Asmar Textiles Mills Pvt (Ltd). 1996 till today. 
-Director Rimco Corporation Pvt (Ltd).
- Member Chamber Of Commerce Karachi, Lahore, New York & Atlana (Emmbasador North branch)
-Member Paksea, Pregma, Fashion Apparel Fair and different associations in Pakistanand & Usa.
-Member Export promotion Bureau Karachi & Lahore. 
- Exporters cum Manufacturers of terry-cloth ( towels, bathrobs), allied textile items, bed-linen, knitted & woven apparel. 
-Achievement awards of value added denim apparels.
- Highest quota holder and value addition awards.
-Arranged Fairs and Exhibitions with EPB to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Osaka, Nyc, Atlana, Dc, North Carolina, Las Vegas.
- Studied in Cathedral High School, Lahore College, IBA Karachi.
- Associat at Chander B Sharma immigration law firm

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).

Aamer Zaheer

Aamer Zaheer is co-founder and CTO at Ingrain which helps content creators monetize videos through Programmatic Product Placement. Ingrain’s proprietary SceneSense technology can augment new objects in videos automatically while maintaining a consistent context within and across different videos. The first prototype of this technology was Groopic, a camera app, which was built at the first Startup Weekend Lahore in 2012. Aamer currently leads the Technology and Product Development at Ingrain. Previously, he was doing PhD in Computer Vision at LUMS, working on 3D Scene Understanding for Urban Environments and Human Motion.

Abdul Rehman

Abdul Rehman is the co-founder of Ingrain. Ingrain helps video creators make more money from videos through Automatic Product Placement. Ingrain's Scene-Sense technology can augment new objects in videos automatically while maintaining a consistent context within and across different videos. Before Ingrain, Abdul co-founded Groopic which received close to million users and rave reviews from top technology blogs and news channels. Abdul holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from LUMS.

Brian Matthews
Co-Founder, Cultivation Capital

Brian Matthews co-founded Cultivation Capital. Brian has a passion for mentoring and developing start-up founders. He is an investor and mentor at Capital Innovators and a founder of River City Internet Group. Brian is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded and assisted in the sale of the following technology companies: Primary Network to Mpower Communications in 2000, Primary Webworks to Perficient in 2001, CDM Fantasy Sports to Liberty Media in 2006, and IntraISP to Clearwire Communications in 2007.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Lahore 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.

Signature Sponsors

NetSol Technologies is a leader in providing innovative IT solutions to the global asset finance and leasing industry. Since its inception, NetSol has helped numerous businesses find their competitive edge and streamline their operations.




Organizing Team

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

  • Usman
  • Aman
  • Ayesha
  • Zartash
  • Raja Sher


Zartash Uzmi

Zartash is on the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at LUMS since 2002. He is also a cofounder at Confiz Limited which runs Pakwheels, the largest Pakistani portal for car enthusiasts, buyers, and sellers. Zartash received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. At LUMS, his research is focused on scalable design for networking systems. He has also mentored several student startups and is part of the core team that is setting up the LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship.

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.

Event Staff

Rabail Chandio

Moazam Ijaz
Graphic Designer | Photographer | Videographer

Moazam is the Graphic Designer, Photographer and Videographer by profession and has been pursuing graphic designing and photography for a number of years. Moazam has served as the lead Graphic Designer, Photographer and Videographer at LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship for a number of years where his gained significant interest in entrepreneurship. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Lahore University of Management Sciences. His academic interests lie in the field of computer graphics and computer vision. He is the founding member of Design Paradigm, a company that provides design, photography, videography and website development services to businesses. Apart from work, Moazam likes to travel, sketch and to learn more about the entrepreneurial culture in Pakistan.

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