Speaker: Muhammad Waqas
About the talk: Social entrepreneurship in Pakistan is still an unexplored arena. With thriving nonprofit organizations working for social causes, it is difficult for social startups to establish themselves in the ecosystem. However, to bring civic innovation in gestating entrepreneurial ecosystems like Pakistan's, it is extremely important that social startups are sustainable. The speaker focuses on Pakistan's role in the global tech market, social entrepreneurship in the region, how innovation affects the civic society and the importance of self-sustainability of a social start up.
About the speaker: Muhammad Waqas is the co-founder and CEO of a technology start-up Wonder Tree. His venture is all about creating social impact. Wondertree is using augmented reality for the therapy and education of children with special needs. His idea recently won an award hosted by Shell Tameer. At The GIST 2016 held at Silicon Valley, Wondertree secured third spot competing along 1072 global startups. With a long list of representations made locally and abroad, the startup has won numerous awards including P@SHA Awards 2016 in Pakistan and APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) Awards 2016 held in Taipei.