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Pakistani team makes the country proud at F8 Hackathon


Pakistani citizens have been making the country proud. A team of citizens secured second place in Facebook’s F8 Hackathon in San Jose, California. The application built by Asad Memon and Azka Qasier helps users communicate under fake news in Facebook groups. Facebook Hackathon is an event where developers from all around the globe come together to hack technologies of Facebook. The event was held in San Jose at the McEnery Convention Center, thousands of people took part in the annual developer conference to experience new technology from it and, learn how developers are creating on the platform, and explore new ways to innovate new technologies in the community.

However this particular year, Facebook added a two-day hackathon in the annual conference.  In the hackathon, 145 developers were divided into 53 teams.

The Pakistani developers said at their participation at the hackathon:

“We noticed a common pattern in many discussion groups: A lot of members want to discuss important issues but many topics are best discussed in anonymity. Unfortunately, Facebook’s real-name policy forces them to keep mum when they have a lot to contribute otherwise.”

They further added:

“A major inspiration for us to build this app is a Facebook group named ‘Soul Sisters Pakistan’. It is a Facebook group only for females from all around the world connecting them together. It’s a platform where women can ask, share and discuss things they like, but many times there are situations when people don’t want to reveal their identity but they want a solution to their problem at the same time. In such a scenario, they started sending their issues to their friends to post them ‘Anonymously’ on their behalf. This is a ‘hack’ that is widely used by the community.”

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