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Top 4 ICT Startup Companies Awarded

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Kathmandu, June 22, 2016: The top four ICT startup companies in Nepal have been awarded amidst a special function organized in the capital today.

Sasto Deal, Kul Techno Lab, Yellow Nepal and Smart Samaj were awarded with the ‘ICT Startup Award 2016’, organized by Living With ICT, a prominent IT magazine in Nepal. The first of its kind in Nepal, the award seeks to highlight, promote and recognize the innovative and life-changing works of ICT startup companies in Nepal.

A renowned 7-member jury team comprising of Sushil Pokharel, Director of Udhyami Ghar; Ananda Raj Khanal, Director of Nepal Telecommunication Authority; Subash Dhakal, DoIT, Government of Nepal among others had judged the startup companies. The final process of selecting the top 4 companies included rounds of remote evaluations, live interviews, presentations, and online and SMS voting by general citizens.

On the occasion, Muni Bahadur Shakya, the first computer scientist of Nepal was awarded with the ICT Pioneer Award. Shakya had made computer in 1979 using microchips. After the completion of computer engineering degree in France and the 5-year research in the USA, he had returned to Nepal to contribute to his own motherland. Though there was a massive chance of his invention to have an international market, the government turned a deaf ear to his concern. Till now, has made Robots with Artificial Intelligence along with his works on the security system. He also runs a computer museum in Kathmandu and has made green computers with just 20 watt of power consumption, which are currently in use for telemedicine service in Kalikot District in western Nepal for the last 6 years.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Information and Communication, Sherdhan Rai shared that he is glad to see such awards being organized to encourage and promote startup companies in Nepal. “It’s really sad to know that scientists and innovators like Muni Shakya were neglected by the state. But, at present, innovators like him would be searched for and given ample assistance by the state to work on their ideas, and rewarded,” he said. He further said that at a time when all other nations are moving ahead with the innovations in ICT Sector, Nepal cannot afford to neglect this sector.

Inaugurated by lighting the lamp using a mobile app, the event was attended by personalities from different walks of life, including the government officials, entrepreneurs, and academicians among others.