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Young Pakistani IT student wins world challenge

May 06, 2013
Illustration by Bilal Brohi / Spider Magazine
Illustration by Bilal Brohi / Spider Magazine

ISLAMABAD, May 6 - A Pakistani student from Balochistan has achieved a grand winner award and a gold medal in an international computer project competition held recently to find world's best young IT wizard.

Waleed Bashir from Khuzdar, who is a class 9 student in PakTurk School, Quetta, won the first prize in the first International Infomatrix Asia and Pacific Project Competition 2013 held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, according to a report from the Technology Times.

Bashir developed a project titled “Green Automation” to win among 100 projects presented by students of twenty countries including Russia, Azerbaijan, India, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Georgia, Somalia and Ukraine.

He developed an automated system that can control a house office or garden through computer and internet without any human attendant. Heat, water level, and humidity were controlled through the sensors while energy required to run the system is derived from movable solar panels that follows the direction of sun automatically.

“I want to serve this largely arid province and turn the whole of Pakistan fertile,” said Bashir while commenting on his achievement. The project which can be used to increase the production of crops in an efficient and economical way without using grid electricity quickly caught the attention of the judges, who declared Bashir the winner and awarded him a prize of USD 600.