A Pakistani student hailing from Balochistan on Tuesday won the Grand Winner Award and a gold medal in an international computer project competition held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Waleed Bashir from Khuzdar, a grade 9 student of Quetta’s PakTurk School won the top accolade in the 1st International Infomatrix Asia and Pacific Project Competition 2013.
Bashir, 15, made a project titled, “Green Automation” and won the top prize amongst 100 projects presented by students from twenty countries including Russia, Azerbaijan, India, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Georgia, Somalia and Ukraine.
He developed an automated system which controlled the garden of a house through the computer and internet without any human attendant.
Heat, water level, and humidity were controlled through the sensors, while the energy required to run the system derived from movable solar panels which followed the direction of the sun automatically.
The project which could be used to increase the production of crops in an efficient and economical way without grid electricity quickly caught the attention of the judges who declared Bashir winner and gave him $600 as prize money.
Commenting on his success, Bashir said that he always wanted to serve his largely arid province and wanted to make entire Pakistan fertile.