The award ceremony was held on 25th October 2022 wherein participating teams along with guests from academic institutions and industry were invited. The ceremony started with recitation from Holy Quran.
In his message on the occasion, Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin, General Manager, Ignite thanked Ms. Aisha Humera Chaudhry, Chair of the Board and Additional Secretary (Ministry of IT &Telecom), for initially coming up with the idea of the contest for the Balochistan. He ellaborated that Ignite did not want to compromise on the quality of the contest and therefore collaborated with ICPC Asia Topi based on their prior experience in programming contests at national and international level. He thanked Dr. Masroor Hussain, Director ICPC Asia Topi and his team for conceiving and developing the idea together with the Ignite team. Dr. Zain also appreciated the participation of students in the contest from all across Balochistan including remote cities such as Zhob, Lasbela, Loralai and Turbat. He spoke about the immense potential of the students based on the statistical data from the contest and the need of grooming, guidance and nurturing this talent to further improve the quality of these students. He emphasized on evidence-based decision making that is essential to transform the country. In the end, Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin thanked the students, faculty members, ICPC team and Ignite team for their hard work, commitment and playing a key role in making the event successful. He also conveyed a positive message of continuing such activities in the future to support the Baloch talent was conveyed.
Dr. Masroor Hussain, Director ICPC Asia Topi, thanked Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Ignite and BUITEMS for hosting the prestigious event. He spoke about the various phases of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Asia Topi and emphasized and encouraged the participation of the Baloch students in the upcoming ICPC contests so they can have a national and international exposure.
The Chief Guest of the ceremony, Engr. Ahmed Farooq Bazai (SI), Vice Chancellor BUITEMS, admired the efforts of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), Ignite and ICPC Asia for organizing the prestigious speed programming competition for the youth of Balochistan. He emphasized on the collaboration of these organizations with the universities of Balochistan to create more opportunities for the native students. Engr. Ahmed Farooq Bazai strongly encouraged the students speaking about the abundance of opportunities available for Baloch youth and urged them to work hard and show their presence in all disciplines at both the national and international platforms. He also laid emphasis on the participation of female students in such programming contests.
Participants were also invited on the stage to share their experience of the competition. Team members from University of Balochistan showed immense gratitude to MoITT, Ignite and ICPC Asia for providing them with such platform where they can showcase their programming skills. Other participants also apprised the efforts and spoke about how the competition raised their confidence and motivated them for active participation in future programming contests.