From January 15th 2014, two Bhutanese Software Developers are working at the SELISE Lab in Dhaka.
Tanka Nath Sharma and Arpan Lepcha, both Bhutanese IT professionals working in New Delhi and the Indian Silicon Valley, Bangalore respectively are the lucky gladiators out of more than two hundred who were contending to join the SELISE Rockstar Lab.
Thanks to a strong support by the Bhutanese Government as well as various volunteers, SELISE was able to spread Job advertisements to thousands of young Bhutanese. The SELISE Top Management considers the last Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan, straight to the North above Bangladesh as a potential future ICT hub for selective tasks with its globally lowest cost for electricity, above average living quality and attractive legal structure that supports ICT investment. SELISE CEO, Julian Weber and CTO Shah Ali Newaj, have positively assessed Thimphu TechPark, a world bank funded ICT Center in Bhutan’s capital as a highly attractive future Hosting and Rendering Destination.
Apart from System Integration, exclusive and selective IT tasks may be outsourced to Bhutan since its small population would not allow for mass scale BPO, how it is practiced in the South Asian Mega Cities nearby.
Being a boutique country, Bhutan will have to focus on high end expertise. Being a boutique software house, the SELISE business model of focusing on new technologies and large scale architectures, could be a great future fit.