STAFF REPORTER ISB: Innovators from around the world have recently gathered at the Information Technology University (ITU) to present technology-based innovative solutions for poverty alleviation.

They attended the concluding session of the Lahore International Development Design Summit (IDDS). The summit was part of the global initiative of the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Laboratory (IPAL) and the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN).

Speaking at the concluding session, ITU Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif said thatPakistanhad great potential to meet the contemporary development challenges by using information and communication technology (ICT).

IPLA Director Mustafa Naseem said one of the teams had proposed a design to make the polio vaccination campaign more effective. “Such real-world solutions is theneedof the hour,” he added.

As many as 30 innovators in six teams have worked for two weeks in the Punjab designing prototype solutions to challenges related to health, agriculture, disaster response and education. The teams worked on projects providing low-cost and practical solutions to various social issues.

Of the 30 participants, 12 werePakistanis. The others hailed from Central and South America, North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Australia.

This years innovators, selected following an application process, included experts in software development, electrical engineering, design, health, agriculture, and other fields.

The summit organisers had worked with communities in and around Lahore and other parts of the province to identify challenges that could be addressed using information communications technology.

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