20th December, 2018
Kashif Nazir Khan and Muhammad Ahsan Farooq (student of BESE 2K16 at NUST – SEECS) participated in Telenor DigiGov Hackfest 2018 in association with Microsoft hosted at Telenor Headquarters 345,
Islamabad from 16 - 18 Dec, 2018. The main theme was to improve public
facilities provided by government. More than 70 participants attended
from different universities. Our Team ‘RealPharma’ won first prize in
said Hackfest. RealPharma presented idea to curb sale of fake medicine
in Pakistan which holds up to 50% share of total pharmaceutical market.
On 1st day there was introduction to what this
DigiGov hackfest is all about. Introduction to Microsoft Cloud
technologies was also part of agenda. Further representatives of
Microsoft UK interacted with participants and encouraged them to thinks
big and use modern technologies to solves issues in public sector.
There was ideation and teaming session, all participants were
encouraged to form diverse teams and brainstorm idea.
Second day started out with Microsoft mentor’s
sessions, discussing and evaluating idea. Mentors gave constructive
criticism and ideas of many groups improved on provided feedback. A
workshop on Gamification of Your Idea and User Experience was carried
out by a representative from International Game Developers Association.
Time was provided for working on prototype of your idea.
Third day started with working on prototype and
deploying your application on Microsoft Cloud Services. Pitching
Session started as of noon. Judges included from Ignite, Ministry of
IT, Telenor Pakistan and Microsoft UK. Results were announced later and
final ceremony was held with award distribution.
According to Pakistan Medical Association total
pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan is 343 Billion PKR. Research
carried out by ‘Campaign For Fighting Diseases’ suggest around 40-50%
of total supply of medicine is fake.
The idea was to digitize the whole supply chain
of pharmaceuticals using blockchain keeping track of every medicine
being produced by ‘real’ manufacturers. On top of this blockchain
supply chain solution, every medicine comes up with a scratchable code
just like mobile top up cards. Whenever, consumer purchases medicine he
just needs to enter the code provided on medicine and our system will
tell details of medicine that include the name of medicine, the name of
medicine store it was provided to, manufacturing date and expiry date.
If ground facts have harmony to actual product bought, it means the
medicine is genuine. If ground facts conflict, this is case of sale of
fake medicine. User can report sale of fake medicine and further actions
could be taken on part of government and manufacturer to blacklist
that medical store.
This supply chain solution will be provided to
medicine manufacturers on subscription base and he will be responsible
to convince distributors and medical store owners to use the system. As
far manufacturer is concerned, his sales would be boosted as fake
medicine (50%) would be out of market and further his reputation that
was on stake due fake medicine sale on their name would be minimized.
We are working on making Minimum Viable Product
(MVP), and soon pilot it. If things go as scheduled our product is
going to available for testing by June, 2019.