Mobile application development is some thing which has grown exponentially in last few years. We have a mobile development firm at every corner now, however the major contention these firms have has always been lack of trained resources, and high amount of time it takes for a graduate to come in and become productive in this domain.
PSEB feeling this need has been active in this domain (Launching mobile development trainings, talking to academia) and pitching the case of Pakistan where ever we can get some help in advancing this domain.
A result of similar effort has resulted in PSEB wining a 400k USD Grant to Establish Mobile Software Development Lab.The grant comes from World Bank (MLab initiative) there will be 5 labs established across the world and PSEB did extremely well to get one of those 5 (there were 75 applicants).
UPDATE (as mentioned by Asim in comments)
It’s actually aonsortium which is collaborating to host the mLab South Asia. The consortium partners include Pakistan Software Export Board, Indus Valley Schools of Arts and Architecture, National College of Arts, Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science, University of Engineering and Technology, and MIT Enterprise Forum of Pakistan. mLab will provide a number of services including:
– Training and accreditation for mobile applications developers;
– Certification for different mobile platforms;
– Hosting competitions for ideas and business models;
– Business mentoring for entrepreneurs;
– Replication of successful applications;
– A repository of ICT4D knowledge;
– Consumer behavior reseearch; and
I usually don’t indulge in personal promotions, but this time I would make an exception. It’s really impressive what Imran Zia has been able to accomplish with in small amount of time he has taken reigns of PSEB, I am sure its not just the result of one person working but combined effort of team, however it does make a huge difference in Govt Organization if the person at top really wants to deliver.