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The Glassworker Pakistan’s First Hand Drawn Animation Film

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The Glassworker Pakistan’s First Hand Drawn Animation Film

Mano Animation Studios, founded by artist, TEDFellow and #ChangeMaker Usman Riaz, is the first of its kind animation studio in Pakistan. The face behind Mano Animation, Usman Riaz, has many talents to his name. From being an artist (he began playing the piano at the age of six) to being a TED Fellow and taking the TED stage at just 20 years old, Usman has no shortage of accomplishments.

Usman is currently directing the feature film The Glassworker (Sheeshahgar) which is inspired by the work of the famous Studio Ghibli as well as Japanese anime. The hand drawn animated film revolves around a young boy and girl who discover how beautiful life is, but also how fragile, just like glass.

Due to release in 2020, the animation will be in the Urdu language.

In 2017, Usman shared the trailer for the film in a TED talk given at ITU under the theme “Afraad Ke Hathon Main Hai”. The theme, translated to people are masters of their own destinies, was well portrayed in Usman’s talk of his endeavors in the thriving animation industry.

“If you truly want to do something that can change the course of your country’s history, even if it’s a small thing, I would encourage you to do it.” Usman Riaz

We are super excited to see how the Glassworker turns out when it is released.

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How Dastaan is Reviving Pakistan’s Literary Industry

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“For four years, Daastan, a social enterprise forum which promotes and publishes literature, faced a big challenge i.e. Funding” says Founder Daastan, Syed Ommer Amer.

The startup bootstrapped its way to success, facing cash crunch after cash crunch. But through it all they never gave up and kept working towards their goal.

Daastan aims to revive Pakistan’s literary industry by providing content solutions to brands and individuals, Qissa – Pakistan’s first self-publishing platform which provides digital and print publishing to aspiring writers, and literary events, competitions, fellowships and many more exciting opportunities to upgrade your portfolio.

They recently secured a $30,000 Peace Innovation Fund from U.S Institute of Peace for Shanakht, a movement to prevent and resolve community conflict through dialogue coupled with spoken word performances on sensitive social issues.

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Edvon Robotics Promoting STEAM Learning in Pakistan

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EDVON Robotics develops educational robots to promote skill based, project oriented and experiential learning at the school level. They offer DIY Robotic kits scuh as a 3 in 1 STEAM Robot, DIY Smart Robotic Kit and ProBot which is a brain development toy for kids.

Muhammad Nabeel, Founder and CEO, at EDVON Robotics has been working in the field for half a decade with being incubated locally as well as internationally.

EDVON Robotics designs customized STEM Robotic Course for schools and universities to integrate STEM based robotics education. They also offer summer and winter camps.

Next up, the team behind EdVon has been working on a robot capable of performing basic household chores. Good luck, guys!

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