Shaping Digital Pakistan: Uber hosts media workshop

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Lahore(Cliff News)A one-day workshop for journalists was organized by Uber at Lahore Press Club. The global ride-hailing giant, as a part of their initiative to impart marketable digital skills to create successful freelancers, employees, and entrepreneurs.Keeping pace with an increasingly digital world that requires an in-depth understanding of technological trends and advancements across the globe. The workshop discussed the role of disruptive technologies in terms of transforming the landscape of a Digital Pakistan.Speaking at the training, Hyder Bilgrami, Head of Communications-Uber, commented, “With the digital shift challenging old norms, it has become a necessity for the media to acquire skills to keep pace with emerging technologies. Capacity-building initiatives enabling innovation and growth are imperative for the media fraternity to be digitally equipped.”President Lahore Press Club, Mr. Arshad Ansari, remarked on the occasion, “We are hopeful that this workshop improves the digital media capabilities of participants and encourages a solutions-based approach to journalism. On behalf of the journalists community we would like to thank Uber Pakistan on organizing such an initiative which will help the media fraternity to learn new skills and collaborate for a digital Pakistan”.While giving an overview of rapidly transforming communication technologies, the session discussed the need for the media to have an in-depth understanding of emerging trends in the digital era. With the right training, journalists can play a crucial role in the technological revolution by enhancing society’s readiness for Digital Pakistan.Journalists reporting on various beats including business and IT from print, electronic and digital mediums were part of the workshop. The goal of the training was to equip reporters with marketable digital skills that can be turned into a sustainable stream of income.Emerging technologies have provided the world with new avenues in overcoming economic problems by disrupting economies and businesses. The right skills will create jobs that can not only help the economy grow quickly through poverty alleviation but also improve the country’s business environment.

What is Uber?

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents.

 

 

 

 

PCB partners with Uber for ground breaking girls school participation program

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Lahore(Cliff News)The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced a partnership with Uber for the development of girls’ cricket at school level across the country through its Cric4Us Programme.The six-month partnership, which commences from the day of signing, will benefit more than 1,500 players through collaboration with schools in 14 cities namely Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Charsadda, Haripur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Mardan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Nowshera, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi.Under the six-month partnership, playing and training clothing will be provided to 850 children, while cricket equipment will be provided to 50 schools.The programme will select a minimum of four schools in every city.With women coaches and mentors given priority, 50 school-based sports staff will be provided training. Twenty-five pitches will be developed in schools across five zones.PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “For the promotion of women and girls cricket and the enhancement of the player pool, it is imperative that women cricket is developed at school level.“The PCB has been undertaking many initiatives through its Cric4Us Programme and plans to exhaust all avenues to provide better opportunities for girls to take up the sport and to see it as a viable profession at a later stage. “I am hopeful that this valuable partnership between the PCB and Uber will help us in achieving this very goal. I want to thank Uber for putting its trust in the PCB for the development of women and girls cricket at school level.”GM Uber Saad Naveed Pall: “Our goal is to not only tell stories of empowered women but to create an ecosystem which enables aspiring women cricketers.“We are excited about this partnership with the PCB to provide opportunities to young girls who will go on to challenge the status quo by becoming change agents of the future.”Cric4Us Programme is a women cricket development project launched under the flagship of Women Cricket Vision 2022, which focuses on the growth of the sport in schools and provide a proper pathway for making way to the emerging and national teams. The schools’ children will also avail the opportunity of regular evening practice, so as to provide them maximum development opportunities. The schools will also play matches on regular basis, which will help children in developing the desired skill-set. 

 

UberX riders get drive with Ushna Shah

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Islamabad(Cliff News)Uber, the global ride-hailing giant connecting riders to drivers, is now launching its premium car service UberX in Islamabad. The company will be starting UberX operations that offer top-quality car services for all those moments that are special, only the push of a button away.To celebrate the launch, Pakistani actress, Ushna Shah will be taking on the role of an Uber driver-partner for a day. Ushna Shah will be accepting rides from UberX riders on Friday, July 12, 2019. Keep requesting and try your luck to not only meet her but be featured on her Instagram stories too.With UberX, riders can now avail superior premium quality sedans. The service areas of UberX currently include sectors E, F-5 to F11, G-6 to G-11, H-8 to H-10, I-8 to I-10, along with Islamabad International Airport. When riders need a bigger and more spacious car, they will have the choice to choose UberX as a ride in their Uber app.“The experience of an Uber ride goes beyond simply getting from point A to point B,” said Saad Naveed Pall, GM- Uber. He further added, “We care about the diverse demands of our riders and are constantly looking for ways to enhance their experience through technological innovations and locally relevant products, the people of the capital city will now be able to experience Uber’s premium product as well.”UberX is one of the most popular services, Uber has to offer globally. It has now become the go-to option for comfortable traveling with a high-quality experience. Whether it’s going to an important meeting or creating memories on the go with friends and family, riders can now travel in style with UberX. The service is already available in Karachi and Lahore.Uber has been expanding its operations in Pakistan. Catering to its wide variety of demographics across the country, Uber offers various types of car products on its platform ranging from UberMini to UberGo.Since Uber’s arrival in Pakistan in 2016, it has successfully created thousands of flexible economic opportunities and moved hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Through its products – from UberMoto to UberAuto, and now UberX – Uber is providing accessible and affordable mobility solutions for multiple segments of the population.

What is Uber?

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents.

Uber Jahaan- First Ever Expo receives a five star response

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Lahore(Cliff News)Uber, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to partner drivers, hosted its first Expo- Uber Jahaan for partners drivers and their families at Expo Center. The purpose of the event was to acknowledge the great work partner drivers have been doing in providing safe, reliable rides to people across Pakistan. The expo saw partner drivers and their families engage in a full day of entertainment, music, food and various fun-filled activities.Uber Expo has been held annually in various cities around the globe including London, Cairo, and Nairobi. Due to its success in other parts of the world and owing to the importance of this region to Uber, the event has now also been brought to Pakistan.For this first ever Uber Jahaan in the country, the following corporate and public partners were taken on board to enhance the experience for the attendees – Jubilee Insurance, Xiaomi, Pakwheels, Carfirst, Siwa, Zic Oil, Osaka Batteries, Honda Atlas, Servis Tyres, Bank Alfalah, TPL Trakker, Ecopower, Crown, Punjab Skills Development Fund, Motorway Police and Rescue 1122.Through the partners assistance a host of activities took place including a special auto-show in collaboration with Pakwheels, food court, games section, and a kids play area for children. These partners at “Uber Jahaan” offered multiple discounts on their products, vouchers, free giveaways and various engagement activities.Uber General Manager of Pakistan, Safee Shah talking about the event said, “Our aim with this expo is to ensure that drivers get an experience beyond earnings, we shared the main highlights, and successes from the year. We figured the best way to do this was to engage them and their families at a forum where all could come together and enjoy a day of leisure and entertainment. I also express my gratitude to the partners from manufacturing to automobile industry, corporations and government for extending their support and making this event a success.”A female partner driver, Mehreen said, “I’m happy to be associated with the Uber family. It has not only given me the opportunity to earn a livelihood but also enabled me to help people by providing them with safe and affordable commute. This is a wonderful initiative by them to show appreciation towards us all.”The event concluded with a musical concert featuring a performance by Ibrar Ul Haq. With an attendance of over 20,000 people, the full-day show exhibited a palpable energy by all the participants.Since Uber’s arrival in Pakistan over two years ago, it has created thousands of flexible economic opportunities and moved hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Through its products – from Moto to Auto and the various car services – Uber is providing accessible and low-cost mobility solutions for multiple segments of the population.

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Forgetfulness at its peak in Pakistan on 1st June 2018

Lahore(Cliff News)We’ve all done it. Forgotten something important or of value in a cab, a plane, or indeed an Uber. We’re also no stranger to the sinking feeling we go through in that moment of realization. And while it is fantastically easy to get your lost items back from your Uber, this year’s Lost & Found Index highlights some of the most absent minded riders in the region.Providing a glimpse into what our riders most commonly forget, the index also lists some of the more surprising items they tend to leave behind inadvertently. It also identifies the most forgetful cities, as well as the day of the week when riders are at their forgetful best, or worst.As per this index for MENAP region (Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan), on June 1,2018 forgetfulness was at its peak in Pakistan – riders throughout the country forgot the most items on this day in their Ubers. Pakistan follows trends of the rest of the region with backpacks being the most forgotten item, followed by mobile phones.However, the best news coming out of this index is the fact that none of Pakistan’s cities make the top 5 in the ‘Top 10 Most Forgetful Cities’ list; Riyadh takes the top slot, followed closely by Cairo and Jeddah with Dubai placed at number five and Lahore at number six.  Karachi and Islamabad come in at 8 and 9, respectively.As for the days and times we seem to be most forgetful these tend to be towards the end of the week, as on Thursdays and Saturdays, between 1300 Hrs and 1500 Hrs our absent mindedness peaks.When it comes to unique items forgotten in Ubers across the MENAP region, Pakistan certainly takes the prize, as one rider forgot a cat, while another forgot their denture.With Mercury falling into retrograde, over the past year we’ve seen our riders forget backpacks, phones, cameras and even jewelry! But the good news is that it is very easy to get back your forgotten items through the Uber app by simply tapping “Your Trips” and selecting the trip where you left something behind, then tapping “I lost an item”, following which you can contact the driver to get your prized possessions back. You can also watch this video for more details.

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The 10 Most Commonly Forgotten Items in the MENAP region:

  1. Backpacks/bags/folders/box/luggage
  2. Phones and cameras
  3. Clothes
  4. Wallets and purses
  5. Keys
  6. Glasses
  7. Headphones and speakers
  8. Water bottles and thermoses
  9. Phone chargers
  10. Jewelry & makeup

The 10 Most Unique Lost Items in the MENAP region:

  1. Pink teddy bear in the backseat
  2. Wedding card invitation
  3. Dokha Set
  4. Shisha
  5. Kids scooter
  6. Family photo
  7. Board game
  8. Binoculars
  9. A sibling!
  10. Concert tickets

The 10 Most “Forgetful” Cities in the MENAP region

  1. Riyadh
  2. Cairo
  3. Jeddah
  4. Eastern Province
  5. Dubai
  6. Lahore
  7. Amman
  8. Karachi
  9. Islamabad

 

How to retrieve lost items:

If you’re one of those people who left something behind, look no further than this video, which outlines the simple steps you can take the next time you leave something behind in your Uber.The best way to retrieve a lost item is to call the driver – but if you leave your phone itself in an Uber, you can login to your account on a computer. Here’s what to do:

  1. Tap “Your Trips” and select the trip where you left something
  2. Tap “I lost an item”
  3. Tap “Contact driver about a lost item”
  4. Scroll down and enter the phone number you would like to be contacted at. Tap submit.
  5. If you lost your personal phone, enter a friend’s phone number (you can do this by logging into your account on a computer, or using a friend’s phone).
  6. Your phone will ring and connect you directly with your driver’s mobile number.
  7. If your driver picks up and confirms that your item has been found, coordinate a mutually convenient time and place to meet for its return to you.
  8. If your driver doesn’t pick up, leave a detailed voicemail describing your item and the best way to contact you.

About Uber

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7, or sign up at uber.com/app.
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Uber opens doors for Persons with Disabilities at NIC Bootcamp

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Islamabad(Cliff News)Uber joined hands with the National Incubation Center (NIC) in support of their entrepreneurship bootcamp for people with disabilities. Called ‘Unheard Voices’, participants of this bootcamp  used special promo codes to avail discounts on their Uber trips to the NIC.This partnership with NIC showcases Uber’s resolve to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset within its operating communities, especially amongst youth who are physically challenged.As per research, there are more than 27 million physically challenged people in Pakistan. Programs such as ‘Unheard Voices’ will allow some part of this population to bring about visible changes in their lives by being in control of their destiny instead of relying on charity.The global ride-hailing app seamlessly connecting riders to drivers plays an integral role in promoting innovation across its operating countries. For this purpose, it annually organizes UberPITCH, a competition that sets entrepreneurs on the road to opportunity by providing them with training, mentorship and resources’.

Uber Pakistan and Kashf Foundation partner to promote dignity at work for drivers

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Lahore (Cliff News)Uber, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers, has teamed up with Kashf Foundation in a bid to educate driver partners on how to refrain from inappropriate behavior to recognize and prevent unsuitable actions. Titled ‘Dignity at Work’, this training is a part of Uber’s global initiative to help prevent harassment of any kind.“Since launching in Pakistan over two years ago, Uber has continuously worked to improve the safety of riders and drivers using its app. Through our technology, we are providing a safer and more reliable ride in a way that was not possible before, working with members of the communities we serve to best represent local needs,” said Safee Shah, Uber General Manager in Pakistan. He further added “This partnership withKashf Foundation helps us to listen, learn, collaborate and build on our global commitment to prevent harassment and assault. We will continue to invest in new technology and similar social partnerships to not only contribute to the safety of everyone who drives and rides using the app, but also drive change in Pakistan,”The purpose of the training is to educate Uber drivers on maintaining dignity at work and in-depth knowledge on prevention of harassment, while also encouraging a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of harassment. It will also develop understanding about the legal policies and punishments for harassment in Pakistan.Roshaneh Zafar, Managing DirectorKashf Foundation stated, “We strongly believe in a gender sensitive and enabling work environment and have made it an integral part of our institution’s core values. Looking at the alarming numbers of harassment issues women and young girls face in our country every day, we feel it is imperative upon us to help other organizations in building safer environments and maintaining dignity at their workplaces and otherwise. This is just the beginning and we hope our relationship with Uber fosters and we can culminate this into a long-term partnership.”On a global level, Uber is taking huge strides in fighting the menace of harassment and domestic violence, by forging working partnerships with thought-leading organizations and making important changes internally.The ride-hailing app will continue to develop, collaborate and launch initiatives in the coming months in an effort to drive change in Pakistan and in the other countries it operates in. Some of these initiatives include facilitating employee training and education, hosting global listening tours to capture feedback and concerns from local community organizations, continuing to engage on internal speaker series, and employee volunteerism.

What is Uber?

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application forAndroid, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7, or sign up at uber.com/app.