DICE Foundation in collaboration with its domestic and international partners, is pursuing a DICE Program in Pakistan, to foster culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the country and transform Pakistan into an innovation-driven economy. The current partners of DICE Program in Pakistan are: HEC, PCST, ISESCO, British Council, COMSATS, IBA, LUMS, IST, NUST, NED, SMEDA, PSF, ICT R&D Fund, UOG, DUHS, UET-KPK and UET-Taxila, UAF and NTU. Annual DICE Mega Innovation Event is one of the major initiatives of the DICE Program and has been conducted every year since 2007. Read More ...

The idea behind the event is to motivate academia, industry, government, entrepreneurs and expatriates to come to a common platform to showcase innovations and technologies, share knowledge and further collaborate with each other for the rapid development of innovative products, necessary for the economic development of the country. Besides, DICE Mega event, there are several other focused annual events such as DICE-Automotive, DICE-Energy, DICE-Health, DICE Textile, DICE Agriculture & Food Sciences organized under the DICE Program. In addition, there are numerous intra-university events conducted as well.

DICE 2020 - Future of Innovation : A Smart World

Get ready to evolve – with fresh ideas, innovative trends and cutting-edge technologies from the IT industry’s influential game changers.

A unique Event for creative entrepreneurs, designers and business owners – introducing you to World’s most innovative businesses and uncovering the latest approaches to design thinking and innovation.

Now more than ever, technology has the potential to revolutionize the world as we experience it. The digital breakthroughs of the last decade have set the foundation for a future that is safer, happier, and more efficient. But now we must harness these technologies to turn this potential into reality.

The Emerging Technology Event/Conference explores tomorrow’s technologies that are shaping the world by impacting businesses and consumers. Hear experts share their perspectives on how cutting-edge concepts like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Security, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Biotech will create a better future.


Evolve brings together some of the best IT leaders & visionaries to share real-world insights on how to impact both the corporate culture and the IT landscape. Get fired up to learn, share, connect and play.


  • World-Class Keynotes
  • Industry Experts & Thought Leaders
  • Tech Solutions
  • Network Opportunities
  • Access to the Latest Technologies

COMSATS Silicon Valley Technology Park

COMSATS becoming a Top-Tier global Research University powered by Silicon Valley. Brining industry-aligned programs to meet the needs of Pakistan Tech Industry for the First time in the History of Pakistan.

COMSATS for Pakistan will stand at the heart of the Ecosystem. COMSATS University has established itself as The Center of Emerging Technologies in the region with an established partnership with Silicon Valley, USA the fifth largest economy in the world.

COMSATS & Silicon Valley

  • Keeping pace with changing workplace demands
  • Creating Enterprise Talent Solutions
  • Research Partnership Solutions

To accelerate innovation at your company, we invite you to partner with faculty at COMSATS

PAKISTAN Research Academia & Silicon Valley

In order to lead to transformational improvements, COMSATS is not only focused on educational technology but instead focused on sustaining technology center to create “Learning Culture” where innovation can Thrive.

Companies participating in DICE-IET exhibition

Universities Participating in DICE 2020

Key Dates

Last Date of Project Report SubmissionDecember 30, 2019
Acceptance Notification January 24, 2020
Event DatesMarch 6-7, 2020

Invited Speakers for DICE 2020

Panel Discussion for DICE 2020

Topic: Potential and Limitations of Industry 4.0 in Pakistan
Moderator: Dr. Wajahat Mahmood Qazi


Dr. Zartash Afzal UzmiLUMS
Dr. Yasir NiazUniversity of Lahore
Mr. Abdul AzizLumensoft
Mr. Muhammad Usman YounisService Syndicate (Pvt) Ltd
Mr. Abdul Moiz SajjadWimetric


Every day will consist of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtable discussions and visits to the top companies who adopted the human-centered approach, where you will meet the teams behind their latest research and innovation. Some people call this format a 'design safari', or a VIP behind-the-scenes experience or a research trip. During the week you will also explore the latest trends and discoveries in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, sustainability and future of technologies. You will learn about the latest innovation methodologies, and best tools for product and business management – and have the opportunity to ask any questions in an informal atmosphere. Event Schedule is available now.

Event Schedule

Day 1: Friday, March 6, 2020

Seminar Hall

A Block




Guests to be seated


Start of Event


Recitation from Holy Quran


National Anthem


Keynote Address : Dr. Shoab A Khan "Let us Innovate for Pakistan’s Transition to Knowledge Economy"


Event Introduction by Chair DICE-IET,CUI Lahore


Address by Rector, CUI/Director CUI Lahore, Co-Patron, DICE-IET


Address by Chairman, DICE Foundation


Address by Chief Guest

N Block


Opening Ceremony of  Student and Industrial Project Exhibition



Seminar Hall

A Block


User Privacy in the World of Internet Ads

By Dr. Zartash Afzal Uzmi, Lahore University of Management Sciences


Speech Over Simple Phones: The Internet of the Orals

By Dr. Agha Ali Raza, Lahore University of Management Sciences


Information Retrieval Benchmark for Urdu

By Dr. Khurram Shahzad, Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT)


Bagpack for Tech Jobs

By Awais Kamran, Zameen.com




Design Challenges for Big Data System Architecture

By Dr. Adnan Abid, ­

Seminar Hall

A Block


Panel Discussion: Potential and Limitations of Industry 4.0 in Pakistan

N Block


Industrial and Student Project Exhibition


Day 2: Saturday, March 7, 2020



Seminar Hall A Block


Motion Capturing Systems for Sports, Healthcare and Computer Animations

By Dr. Mian Muhammad Awais, Lahore University of Management Sciences


Role of Entrepreneurship in Economic Growth

By Salman Amin, Punjab Information Technology Board


Take Charge of your Future

By Amal M Almakky, Stanford University

Seminar Hall A Block


DICE Shark Session



National Innovation Basket (NIB)

N Block


Industrial and Student Project Exhibition






Closing Ceremony

Seminar Hall

A Block


Guests to be seated


Recitation from Holy Quran             


Keynote speaker: Monis Rahman “Financial Empowerment and the Future of Work”


Event Report


Prize Distribution Ceremony


Vote of Thanks by  Director CUI Lahore, Co-Patron, DICE-IET


Address by Chief Guest


Please email the filled registration form along with the screenshot of payment proof to diceiet@cuilahore.edu.pk.
Each participant in a project is required to submit a separate registration form and fee.
Accommodation will only be provided to the participants from outside Lahore.


One of the most important events under the umbrella of DICE-IET 2020 is an exhibition of projects from computer science and engineering disciplines. This event is aimed at bringing together projects that represent innovation and collaboration with the industry on competitive basis. This competition shall not only motivate the students to bring forward practical ideas representing innovation but would also provide a platform for students and their supervisors to meet and have an intellectual discourse. To encourage active participation of students, there is a handsome prize money of PKR 200,000/- for innovative undergraduate student projects.

Who can participate

Student teams from any HEC recognized degree awarding university/institution who are working on Information & Enabling Technologies related innovative projects. Research and development (R&D) teams who are working on related projects from academia and industry.

Each team can have a maximum of four members. Potential areas (A heading)

The projects could be related to following (but not limited to) any of the following broad areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Health Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Space Technology
  • Geological Science

What is Required?

  • Participating teams will have to come up with “Information and Enabling Technologies” related innovative project idea.
  • Teams should preferably utilize state-of-art technologies/software/techniques to design the innovative product concept.
  • Projects having potential to benefit the related local industry will be given special consideration.
  • Shortlisted project teams will be required to display and present their projects on the event.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Initial Evaluation: A written report as per given template, will carry weightage in the final score. A panel of academicians from several leading universities shall judge the submitted reports based on quality of submitted report (with special emphasis on language, structure, literature survey and implementation details), degree of innovation and readiness for commercialization.
  • Final Evaluation (for shortlisted projects): Project presentations/demos on the event days will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprising of experts from both academia and industry.

Overall score and standing of projects will depend on following parameters:

  • Score carried forward from Initial Evaluation performed on submitted reports and supplementary material (if any)
  • Potential impact of project on local industry and economy
  • Readiness for commercialization (prototype, business plan)
  • Demo/Presentation

Important Dates:

  • Project Report Submission: December 30, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: January 24, 2020

Download project template here

Awards Detail - DICE-IET 2020

1. First Prize: Cash Prize of Rs. 100,000 along with DICE shields
2. Second Prize: Cash Prize of Rs. 60,000 along with DICE shields
3. Third Prize: Cash Prize of Rs. 40,000 along with DICE shields


This symposium will benefit researchers from the industry as well as academia to showcase their contributions in making our world a smart place by enhancing the efficiency, productivity and competitiveness against the critical issues via widespread use of cutting-edge technologies that include mobile communication, big data, AI/machine learning, signal processing, wireless communication, wearable technology, game sensing, pervasive and mobile computing.

Besides, the symposium will also provide students an opportunity to get a deeper insight about the adaptability of 1) autonomous operation via a sensing technology, 2) artificial intelligence via a machine learning technology, 3) ubiquitous services at any time and any places via mobile technology, and 4) users-centric services via constant communication between providers and consumers.

A smart world is one that leverages on the power and the potential of technology to make human beings more productive; to allow us to focus our resources on activities and relationships that matter; and ultimately to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life. A cluster of technological advances is changing how people live, work and play. Since the world is progressing to ‘smart’ such as ‘smart car’, ‘smart home’, and ‘smart agriculture’. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an engine for the implementation of ‘smart’. ICT systems and services have become important ingredients in the development of many facets of life – in one way or another future advancement on world culture, education, health, agriculture, transport and trade – is made through ICT systems and services.

Thus, this symposium provides a platform to exchange the exposure/knowledge that is necessary to develop new forms of connectivity, new types of digital relationships, and anchor opportunities presented by the greater integration of connected technologies into everyday lives.

List of invited speakers will be uploaded soon.

Aims and objectives:

  1. High-profile, leading-edge platform for researchers, academicians and engineers to exchange and explore state-of-art advances and innovations in the domain of Information Technology.
  2. Introducing the participants (faculty members, students and engineers) about the cutting-edge technologies that include mobile communication, big data, AI/machine learning, signal processing, wireless communication, wearable technology, game sensing, pervasive and mobile computing
  3. To aware the participants about the new tools and technologies for cyber physical and IoT based systems and to give the exposure about the computation techniques in the field.
  4. To train the participants about the requirement in advance research.
  5. Demonstration of AI/machine learning technique in different research areas, example will help them to work independently in Computer Labs.
  6. To established link between industry and academia.
  7. To share knowledge to address the challenges faced by Industry in Pakistan and how they can be solved by adopting these start of art innovations.
  8. To provide an invaluable insight into popular tool/technique’s, their applications, principles and practice.


Venue for DICE 2020 will be COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus