Katha Ra Byatha is a talk program where we bring innovators/entrepreneurs to talk about their journey on how they achieve their dream and aspirations. It is a FREE monthly series of discussion forum on subjects focused on innovative entrepreneurs and their development in Nepal’s perspective where the innovators starts with talking about his/her story followed by the comments, questions and clarifications from the audience.
Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) Nepal, is organizing an event “Katha Ra Byatha: Innopreneur Ko”, where you can get an opportunity to interact with Mr. Muni Shakya, who made the first microcomputer in Nepal
Muni Sakya is a Nepalese computer programmer credited with helping to user in information technology in Nepal. He’s also known for designing computer systems that can be operated in the Nepali language.
In 1979, he made the first microcomputer in Nepal. For this, he made the power supply unit and video card himself. He bought a keyboard from the US and made the monitor from a Russian television. At the South Asian Regional Conference on computers, held in Kathmandu in 1979, Sakya demonstrated his microcomputer.
Sakya went to the US in 1981. He worked in developing floppy disk controllers with 900Kb (quad density) storage space. As there were no I/O cards, after he came back from the US, he made I/O cards required for the hard disk. He also designed microprocessor-based traffic controllers in Kathmandu. Back in his own country, he opened the first company for manufacturing computer cards, Sun Moon Computer Industry, in 1995, and also established Hi-Tech Pioneer Ltd, an Internet Service Provider.
Sakya’s primary interest is in designing systems that can be operated in the Nepali language. It is not easy to program in the Nepali language. Because of the difficulty in programming, computing in Nepalese was limited to word processing. He did his first demonstration of computing in the Nepali language on a microcomputer with the display of Nepalese National Anthem in Devanagari script in 1983 on a CP/M-based computer. He received the Science Award in December 1983 for this work. He also developed a software package complete with all Nepali characters. Certificates and checks were printed in the Nepali language using it. Now professional Nepali packages can be developed in the Nepali language. Sakya is still working towards computing with Nepali menus and commands so that people can work with computers without the knowledge of English.
Muni Sakya has been experimenting on robotics for a number of years. Around 2004-2005, he developed a robot (known as the “Munis Robot”) that can speak Nepali with the capability to discern obstacles by the help of built-in ultrasonic, infra red, mechanical whiskers, and other visual and audio devices.
On May 17, 2006, for the first time in Nepal, Sakya’s supercomputer with 16 nodes was demonstrated to the press and many other people as well. This supercomputer works on open source OS with OpenMosix and Oscar. The supercomputer that used to cost millions of dollars in the past is envisaged by utilizing sixteen computers in cluster bringing down the cost drastically for computing bigger and complex jobs with the fraction of a time that is many giga-flops per second. This computer is on display at High Tech Pioneer Pvt. Ltd, located at Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Nepal.
If you want to be an aspiring personality then this event can be a good platform to enrich and grow your knowledge, where you can experience from the Tales and Pains of an Innovation Entrepreneur.