Highlights from GBG Peshawar’s Annual BizFest 2018

Google Business Group Peshawar conducted its annual conference BizFest 2018 on Saturday 15th Dec 2018. The event was hosted by Impact Dynamics supported by National Incubation Center, Peshawar with the Outreach Partners Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB), Peshawar 2.0; Media Partners Focus Productions, TechJuice, Startup Guide Pakistan; Academia Partners CECOS University and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University and Food Punch as the Food Partner.

A blend of Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship: the conference was attended by KPITB Managing Director, Dr Shahbaz Khan, Murtaza Zaidi (from the National Incubation Center, Peshawar), Dr Faisal Khan from Peshawar 2.0. Other speakers included Sidra Amin and Syed Ommer Amer, Co-founders Daastan; Faiza Yousuf, Founder #WomenInTechPK (Women Only); Fatima Rizwan, Founder TechJuice; Nadia Patel Gangjee, Founder Sheops and Muhammad Moiz, Founder Desi Bombshell; Wazahat A Jabbar, CEO CODE Informatics; Karishma from Unidesk, Waqas Khan a software consultant, Syed Farhan Raza Growth Hacker and Serial Entrepreneur, Raza Matin from Google, Ebtihaj Khan from Code for Pakistan, Aiman Azfarand Hufsa Munawar from GDG Islamabad Shehryar Khan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board – KPITB Lalsayd Mohmand who specialises in Google Ads and other experts hailing from different backgrounds across Pakistan.

BizFest 2018 had three main tracks featuring sessions on Entrepreneurship, Technology (featuring Google tools and Technology) and WomenWill (an initiative by Google aiming toward digital literacy, financial Inclusion, leadership and entrepreneurship of female leader)

The sessions included panel discussions, fireside chats, office hours (UI/UX Design, YouTube 101, Google My Business) and workshops (Google Ads, Google Analytics, Google for Writers) and hosted major influences of the industry and experts hailing from different backgrounds across Pakistan.

The event started with the Keynote presented by Maryam Arshad, Manager Google Business Group Peshawar. The opening panel had federal and local government representatives along with private leading bodies of the industry engaged in a dedicated discussion for the betterment of the industry and the inclusion of technology in entrepreneurship.The WomenWill panel was driven by healthy conversation aimed towards financial inclusion, digital literacy, leadership and entrepreneurship of females in the industry.

The event also featured Raza Matin, Marketing Consultant at Google, who gave a workshop on “The Importance of Failure in Innovation”. GBG Peshawar’s BizFest 2018 was a milestone achieved as it gave the local community a national exposure and vice versa. We look forward towards witnessing such events in other parts of the country as well.

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