Future Fest is the biggest tech conference and exhibition in Pakistan and it has become a must-attend event for everyone with even a passing interest in technology. It is taking place at the Expo Center in Lahore on January 6, 7, and 8.
President Dr. Arif Alvi while giving his important remarks on the opening day of Future Fest welcomed the foreign delegations.
He emphasized the need for technology and investing in youth for a prosperous Pakistan.
A historic group of venture capitalists and startups from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were visiting Future Fest this year for the first time, hoping to forge collaborations and make investments in Pakistan.
Over 50,000 people will attend the event this year, together with 200 exhibitors, 500 companies, and 300 speakers from over 30 different nations.
Leaders from more than 50 industries, including entrepreneurs, decision-makers, policymakers, think tanks, investors, and innovators, will gather at Future Fest 2023 to discuss the most crucial issues facing the world today and how technology can contribute positively, all under the umbrella of the hashtag #SaveTheFuture.
Punjab IT Minister Dr. Arslan Khalid was one of the speakers at the occasion who praised Future Fest 2023’s efforts.
He claimed that the difference between Indian and Pakistani industries is not one of branding. “Marketing can only get you in the door; where you stand after that depends on experience.”
“If someone has a negative experience with Pakistan or the services we offer, branding alone won’t solve the problem. There are policy concerns that must be addressed.”
He cited the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) as an excellent illustration of how they are progressing slowly but effectively. “They are strengthening their policies’ underlying principles.”
Dr. Arslan also recognized the issue of having too many conferences and not making the most of them.
Former Chairman PITB Dr. Umar Saif said that the average Pakistani is 22 whereas the average American is 38. “Pakistan has the ideal population, which includes young, aspirational individuals.”
“Very few nations in the world have such a young population, and we will soon board the boat of the invention.”
He mentioned that “In Pakistan in the 1940s, there was no place for innovation, and becoming affluent required being born into a wealthy family with extensive commercial or agricultural holdings.”
He said that in this day and age, you may become a successful tech entrepreneur. “To get wealthy, all you need is talent, knowledge, and effort. In this age of change, Pakistan has several opportunities to advance.”