Islamabad: Pakistani developers excelled in a global coding challenge with the highest number of participants in the top 50 list.
Pakistan emerged in the top spot with five participants in the Top 50 finishers. Bangladesh, Brazil, and Serbia tied for the second highest number of top 50 finishes with three participants from each country.
The highest numbers of participants were from India (251) whereas 128 participated from Pakistan followed by Nigeria with 88, Bangladesh with 82, Malaysia with 74, and the United States with 67 participants. Toptal, an online freelancing platform for top developers, engineers, programmers, coders, and consultants, organized the global competition.
The success demonstrated the talent of young Pakistani coders and programmers who can prove to be vital in helping the country keep up with the pace of change in technology, technology experts say.
“Our youngsters have proven time and again that they have the potential to compete and win at the international level. What these youngsters need is a platform to utilize their talents to contribute to the growth of Pakistan” Ali Amjad, an Islamabad-based IT professional, told Gulf News. “The government should facilitate by providing support to startups, such as financial assistance, guidance in setting up their companies, marketing their products globally, providing tax exemption and most importantly by reducing the paperwork and streamlining the procedures required to establish their startups and businesses.”
Developers urge the government to support the emerging digital technologies to prepare Pakistan’s young generation for the AI-equipped future.