To help Pakistan rebuild from the aftermath of catastrophic floods, xWave is Pakistan’s first technology-driven flood relief program designed to create long-term, sustainable impacts for flood victims in Pakistan.
The force behind xWave is Salahuddin Khawaja, founder of Hypermode, a New York-based crypto consultancy, and digital agency Decklaration, who helped build 3,000 shelters after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
Salahuddin has spent 20 years on Wall Street focused on leading change through digital transformation and most recently organized a community event of over 10 different organizations to launch xWave with the goal of bringing a technology-based approach to disaster relief.
The xWave program inspires change by providing sustainable housing, digital literacy and digital employment for our flood-affected communities. This technology-based model is designed to create exponential impact, providing long-term, sustainable lives for those affected by flooding. Through xWave, Salahuddin’s goal is to help 300 families create an economic impact of $14 million over 10 years.
Having previously held positions at Deloitte, JPMorgan and Bank of America, Salahuddin has consistently given back to Pakistan throughout his career.
Recognizing the seriousness of the education crisis in Pakistan, he founded Khud (www.khud.org) and the Institute of Emerging Careers (www.iec.org.pk). He believes that educational technology combined with self-learning is the 21st century solution to help Pakistan make great strides at the forefront of economic growth.
“In countries where the system is successfully implemented, different stakeholders have different responsibilities – each one has a key role to play, and if this can happen, Pakistan will be able to rely on institutions rather than citizens to support causes like xWave. But In the absence of a system, citizens like me have to step up and fill the void and do what they can,” Salahuddin said.
“Technology has played an important role in economic improvement over the past 20 years and it will play an even bigger role in the next two decades! So how do we bet on technology? India has established We have a large company with millions of employees, and our largest software company has only 5,000 employees – so it begs the question of how we take a view of the advancement of technology, mainly the revolution from Web2 to Web3. , we will help provide shelter to 300 families, then help an adult member of the family learn digital literacy (graphic design, video editing, maybe even programming) and get them employed in the digital space through freelance jobs where they can earn Dollar.”
xWave’s inaugural event will take place on Monday, September 26 at 5:30pm at COLABS, Pakistan’s fastest growing flexible workspace, in Gulberg, Lahore.