ISLAMABAD – Telenor Pakistan has announced Maaz Imran and Sadaf Amin as representatives from Pakistan at the second edition of Telenor Youth Summit 2014 in Oslo, Norway, which is being organized in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center. The two winners of the qualifying competition will also get a chance to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and Concert.
The competition attracted over 800 entries towards bringing positive social change through the use of mobile communication and internet. As per the judging format, after three rounds of extensive evaluation, top 11participants were called in to present their ideas to a panel of esteemed jury members including Salman Ansari, former advisor, Ministry of IT & telecommunications; Badar Khushnood, Google – Pakistan Country Consultant for Google Inc; Omer Bin Tariq, Director, Internet and Devices, Telenor Pakistan, Atifa Asghar, Director Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Telenor Pakistan and Sidra Iqbal, youth activist & TV Anchor.
The two winners – Maaz Imran and Sadaf Amin were triumphant for their ideas titled ’e Tution Hub’ and ‘Mobile Agriculture Farming Control System’ respectively.
Speaking at the winners’ announcement ceremony, Atifa Asghar, Director Corporate Communications and Responsibility, Telenor Pakistan lauded the enthusiasm of all the contestants and said; “The competition has received an overwhelming response and we are delighted to observe many inspiring ideas and initiatives using digital communication for the betterment of society. This platform is yet another testament of our vision to make the youth realize the full potential of internet by developing useful services that can provide opportunity to empower society and subsequently develop 3G ecosystem in Pakistan, taking us closer to our ambition of bringing ‘Internet for All’.”
“We congratulate the winners and wish them all the best for The Telenor Youth Summit in Oslo, Norway. This will definitely be an experience that they will remember for a lifetime,” she concluded.
Expressing his delight, Maaz said, “Telenor Youth Summit is a great opportunity for me to represent Pakistan on a global platform.” Sadaf shared a similar sentiment. “I’m very excited to be a part of the Youth Summit and look forward to the extensive exposure and networking opportunity with a diverse group of peers”, he said.
The Telenor Youth Summit 2014, which will be held from December 9 to 11, is the second edition of Telenor Group’s global initiative. It is conceived as a place for exchanging opinions on ways in which mobile communication technologies stimulate growth and change the society. The host of the Summit will be Jon Fredrik Baksaas, CEO of Telenor Group. During the Summit, young people from 13 countries of Telenor operations together with Telenor functional experts and already established change makers will further develop the ideas to be presented at the Nobel Peace Centre, as well as at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2015.