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Abacus Global has announced Pakistan’s first Application Programming Interface (API) based hackathon. It is to be held in Lahore over 13th and 14th January, 2018 and free registrations are open on their website at present.

This is great news for all the techies and startups. Here’s information on what this is in case you didn’t know:

About APIs

Webs and apps use APIs to integrate programs from other apps and websites. For example, your ride-hailing trackers use Google Maps to display destinations, routes and traffic data, and many web pages display videos by using YouTube plug-ins.


Because of these incredibly useful services of APIs, developers expect massive  aggregation of applications and websites in the future. The accuracy and durability of of Google Maps, for example, cannot be replicated. So any company wishing to give users online directions on its website will almost surely opt for this pre-existing map using APIs rather than create its own.

By mentoring developers and programmers regarding API in Pakistan, better and improved applications could be created, not to mention the advanced business ventures that would follow.

The judges and mentors at API hackathon include

  • Abbas Ali Khan (Managing Director Abacus Consulting)
  • Shoaib Khan (Vice President Abacus Consulting)
  • Khurram Zafar (Executive Director LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Ali Mukhtar (CEO, Pharma Ventures)
  • Badar Khushnood (Co-founder and Partner, Bramerz)
  • Omer Moeen Malik (Head of Digital Payments, Telenor Bank)
  • Hamayun Sabar Aziz (Chief Information Officer, Telenor Bank)
  • Amir Aftab (Head of Digital and IT Development, Telenor Pakistan)
  • Hassan Shahid Arain (Head of Digital Innovation, Telenor Bank)
  • Tilal Ahmer (Head of Digital Channels & Customer Experience,Telenor Bank)
  • Riyan Imdad (Digital Enablement Expert, Telenor Pakistan)
  • Omer Salimullah (Head of Open Banking & Ecosystem Development, JS Bank)

The APIthon in January, therefore, is a bright opportunity for programmers in Pakistan.

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