DIGITAL YOUTH SUMMIT
The Digital Youth Summit (DYS) is a tech conference and startup expo that takes place annually in Peshawar, Pakistan. Since its inception in 2014, DYS has quickly become one of the premier tech conferences in Pakistan—differentiated by its focus on youth empowerment; its ability to attract high-profile domestic and international attendees and speakers and its unique venue: Peshawar, which is one of the oldest living cities in the world.
The summit aims to bring together “the next generation of digital innovators in Pakistan” and typically attracts three key audiences: tech industry leaders from Pakistan and abroad, the nascent startup community; and young people looking to network, learn and be inspired. The summit therefore draws participants from the private sector, investors, government, civil society, youth groups and academia. DYS 2017 is organized around three key issue areas: Digital Employment, Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
DYS is a joint initiative of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the World Bank along with key local community and academic partners.
ABOUT THE KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BOARD
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) is an autonomous body established by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the promotion of Information Technology (IT), IT-enabled Services (ITeS) and IT-enabled Education (ITeE) in the province. KPITB’s mission is to create jobs, improve services and increase the adoption of digital technologies in the region.
ABOUT THE WORLD BANK IN PAKISTAN
Established in 1994, the World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty, and promote shared prosperity. Since early 2014, the World Bank has been working with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board and civic sector stakeholders to foster tech entrepreneurship in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region through initiatives such as the Digital Youth Summit, the ArtTech Festival and the KPApps Challenge.