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All-girls team ‘Patronus’ wins Pakistan’s first 5G Innovation Hackathon

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With Huawei and Code for Pakistan (CfP) acting as the technical and implementation partners, respectively, the all-girl team “Patronus” from FAST NUCES Islamabad emerged victorious in Pakistan’s inaugural 5G Innovation Hackathon, sponsored by NUST and Jazz.

As per a press release, the winning team developed a cutting-edge health monitoring system powered by 5G that uses Wi-Fi signals, notably Channel State Information (CSI) data, to precisely identify falls and assess respiration and heart rates.

The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI) team, “Cellular V2X Enhancement,” who presented a trailblazing effort in the transportation sector by integrating vehicles into the 5G network and fostering advanced communication between vehicles, traffic management systems, and pedestrians, took second place in the hackathon.

In response to the hackathon’s success, Aamir Ibrahim, CEO of Jazz, stated: “We are moving closer to using technology to enhance the lives and livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis with the successful conclusion of Pakistan’s first 5G Innovation Hackathon.” By means of such endeavours, our objective is to enable Pakistan’s most brilliant brains to propel creativity and tackle urgent societal issues.”

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The CEO of the National Information Technology Board (NITB), Baber Majid Bhatti, expressed his thoughts on the occasion and stressed the value of programmes like the 5G Innovation Hackathon in laying a solid basis for Pakistan’s digital future. The speaker highlighted that through using 5G technology and promoting creativity, significant obstacles may be overcome and fresh prospects for expansion and advancement can be unlocked.

During the event, PTA Chairman Maj Gen (R) Hafeez Ur Rehman made a statement, saying, “The 5G Innovation Hackathon highlights the importance of collaboration and innovation in preparing Pakistan for the digital future.” These kinds of events foster creativity and provide informative data that can impact governmental decisions and advance the adoption of cutting-edge technologies.

The awards come after months of mentoring by subject matter experts and pioneers in the industry at Pakistan’s first 5G Innovation Lab, which Jazz established in December 2022. Modern facilities and a collaborative atmosphere at the lab are propelling 5G technology research and innovation in a number of industries.

Six finalist teams were selected from among 370 applications to present their creative solutions during the hackathon. The groups included GIKI, Swabi; National Science and Technology Park (NSTP), Islamabad; FAST NUCES, Islamabad; PNEC NUST, Karachi; a person from Islamabad; and UET, Peshawar. The event included a number of innovative projects that are transforming multiple national businesses with 5G technology.

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