Facebook and Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology along with the National Technology Fund (IGNITE) launched the first ever Facebook Innovation Lab located in the National Incubation Centre (NIC) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on April 3, 2019.
Facebook Innovation Lab Pakistan commenced to boost tech Innovation in the Country. The platform will focus on providing infrastructure access to developers, entrepreneurs and community groups enabling them to network, train and grow their expertise. It will also help developers build products and applications using emerging technology like Virtual Reality (VR).
Jason Lin, Programme Manager, Partnerships at Facebook enlighten that “We are proud to launch Facebook Innovation Lab as a part of our long term commitment to support innovation and the developer community in Pakistan. Facebook is committed to building an impactful community in Pakistan and we believe it is important to support businesses, start-ups and the individuals who are driving innovation to grow and succeed.”
“We are confident that through our partnership with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, National Incubation Centre (NIC) Lahore, Ignite and LUMS, the Facebook Innovation Lab will not only be a unique training and innovation centre, but will support a vibrant and transformative technology community in the country,” added Jason Lin.
Yusuf Hussain, CEO Ignite said, “Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence are swiftly expanding and will be major sectors of the future. Ignite’s partnership with Facebook, one of the world’s prevalent AR/VR development platforms, will help launch this decisive 4IR technology in Pakistan in a big way.”
LUMS Vice Chancellor, Dr. Arshad Ahmad said, “Innovation is the backbone of cutting edge research and quality teaching at LUMS. The Facebook Innovation Lab Pakistan provides leverage to our core offerings and enables us to achieve another level of training and mentorship – it promises to create social capital amongst young entrepreneurs that will drive their ideas with no boundaries.”