PWiC at OPEN Silicon Valley Forum 2019

PWiC’s Co-Founders Farah Ali and Huma Hamid attended one of the largest Pakistani entrepreneurship community events in Silicon Valley. A number of notable speakers, entrepreneurs, company executives, professionals, and students of Pakistani origin attended the OPEN Silicon Valley Forum 2019 at Santa Clara Convention Center on April 20th, 2019. It was a great networking opportunity to introduce PWiC to the event attendees.

Fireside Chat with VP Engineering PDE at Electronic Arts and PWiC’s Co-Founder, Farah Ali

In a fireside chat session at the event, Farah Ali talked about the path she took from the schools of Karachi to her first job at Microsoft, what she envisions as the future of AI for the industry and her passion to pay it forward by empowering others to thrive in their careers. She shared her passion for technology, for making an impact on the world and for building innovative products that solve compelling problems.

Farah Ali — Fireside Chat at OPEN Silicon Valley Annual Forum

Interview at OPEN Silicon Valley Annual Forum

Event Highlights in Photos

The event had more than 800 attendees, inspiring keynote sessions, engaging talks, fireside chats, mentoring sessions and endless opportunities to network and connect with other Pakistanis from Silicon Valley.

Keynote Sessions and more

Keynote Session by Mudassir Sheikha, CEO at Careem

Careem’s 3B dollars acquisition by Uber was the talk of the town. Careem’s CEO, Mudassir Sheikha covered the journey in his keynote session. Watch his post-session interview.

Fireside Chat with Phil Jaber, Founder at Philz Coffee

Phil Jaber shared the making of Philz Coffee, one of the most loved coffee brands in the bay area (and beyond). Watch his interview with Farhan Younas.

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