About OPEN

OPEN (Organisation of Pakistani Entrepreneurs) is a global network of Pakistani entrepreneurs and professionals, with chapters in 13 cities from Silicon Valley to New York to London to Islamabad. OPEN provides a platform for Pakistani entrepreneurs and professionals of a city to connect, network, collaborate, mentor and support each other. For more than 15 years, OPEN has established itself as the most reputed global brand of Pakistani professionals and has helped countless in their entrepreneurial journeys.

 Upcoming Events


eventIntroducing PostGIS – The most powerful GIS a Database Could Provide

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are being very commonly used in our daily lives. Location-based services with the help of location-aware devises are also on the rise. The need of GIS solutions are pretty much in demand in the local market. PostgreSQL provides a strong back-end GIS support with the help of an extension called PostGIS, that can be used to develop and deploy useful GIS solutions.

PostGIS has the ability to deal with spatial data (both vector and raster). In this session, we will take a look on working of PostGIS. How does spatial data is stored in PostgreSQL tables? What spatial functions are available in PostGIS which can be used in SQL to get interesting results? And finally how PostGIS can connect to well-know open source GIS & Visualisation desktop software such as QGIS.

Join us as Dr Ali Tahir walks us through the wonderful world of PostGIS.

xFlow Research, Basement, Software Technology Park, Service Road North, Sector I-9/3, Islamabad


eventAnnual Forum 2016

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

For the 3rd year in a row, OPEN Islamabad brings you its flagship event, Annual Forum 2016! Themed around “Entrepreneurship: Finding Order in Chaos”, this year we will focus on the various challenges faced by an entrepreneurial venture at different stages of its lifecycle. Our speakers are people who have “been there, done that” and are in an excellent position to share their experiences and key takeaways for all of you!

As an attendee, you can expect to be walked through the different phases in an entrepreneurial journey, from conception, through building teams, leveraging a mentor network, and scaling, highlighting the challenges an entrepreneur faces at each phase and how to tackle them.

Besides hearing the speakers, you can expect this to be an excellent opportunity to network. Your fellow-attendees will be 500+ invite-only entrepreneurs and professionals from a diverse group including but not limited to corporate, startups, academia, government and development sectors.

Jinnah Auditorium, NUST H-12 Campus Islamabad


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Leaders’ Ego Traps Cause Their Downfall

Who could have thought ten years ago that Nokia and BlackBerry would become a thing of the past? Organisations cease to exist or diminish their impact when their leaders are inflexible and egotistical. History is rife with such stories about leaders who were egotistic; rarely they were able to… Continue Reading

Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab (ICIL)

From October to December, ICIL leads held around ten internal meetings and were involved in following activities and projects:
The Know Your Rights (KYR) campaign is a civic awareness initiative launched by the Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab (ICIL) that aims to educate Pakistani citizens about their fundamental rights as per… Continue Reading

OPEN Across World

Our Team

Ather Imran Nawaz
CEO, Sybrid Private Ltd
Mansoor Khan
CEO Makabu
Owais Anjum
CEO eMumba
Obaidullah Khawaja
Co-founder and CEO Flikkable
Farrukh Malik
CEO Discretelogix (Private)
Qarib Kazmi
Software Engineer, Technology Specialist, Volunteer
Umair Shahid
PostgreSQL Consultant, 2ndQuadrant
Umar Ashfaq
Senior Software Engineer at eMumba
Sidra Jalil
Market Researcher, Tech Enthusiast & Motivational Speaker
Amir Khalid
Manager Web Applications Discretelogix (Private) Limited