Following up on the first workshop for CIMA Launch Pad 2016 which was held a couple of weeks back, contestants underwent their 2nd workshop as the program inched towards the final stage. This was of course followed by a session of mock pitches, in which the 4 finalists were selected from the 10 teams.
The day started off with Dhanushka Fernando, Director of Future Works taking stage. Dhanushka briefed the audience on what MAS Innovations is all about, and how Future Works in particular operate. He broke this down to 3 main focus areas, what’s needed, what’s possible and what’s required.
Dhanushka went on to explain why its important to engage with your end consumer. The fact remains that you must allow your consumers to help you create your business. Having a fixed opinion when it comes to your business idea may not be a healthy option. Its vital that you know your consumer at an intimate level, so that you know exactly what the customer wants. Dhanushka highlighted this point with the shethinx video, a product that MAS came up with in collaboration with shethinx.com
Before concluding his session, the audience was left with a few pointers on the keys to success when it comes to your business ideas. According to Dhanushka these are,
Next up we saw Sithila Dassanayake, Head of Open Innovation Hub grab the mic. So why do we need open innovation? This is the question Sithila aimed to answer. When it comes to open innovation, basically the entire world becomes your resource pool. According to Sithila, collaboration also plays a role in open innovation. Its important to ensure that it’s a win-win situation for both parties. This is why having Samsung components in the iPhone actually works.
Given the choice, would you rather have the best product, or the right product? Following up on Sithila’s session, we had Vishwa talk about Lumo Run, one of the products from MAS Innovations. Echoing what Dhanushka and Sithila said earlier, Vishwa highlighted on the importance of idea validation and why it works so well.
Last but not least we had Fatthi Mohamed from PickMe share his thoughts with the 10 teams. Talking about PickMe’s own journey, Fatthi explained the company’s process and what really worked for them until now. He also pointed out why getting the right team and the right talent plays a crucial role in how one would go about their startup. For example, having a talent acquirer and a data scientist at PickMe helps them handle recruitment better, and seek growth opportunities for the company, says Fatthi.
By now, most teams had only one question in mind for Fatthi. How hard was it for PickMe to get seed funding? The answer, 4 days. According to Fatthi, it all comes down to getting your basics done quickly when it comes to your startup idea.
Having served refreshments shortly afterwards, the day’s proceedings moved on to the mock pitches. Here, the 10 teams were required to make a 5-minute mock pitch to a panel of judges, followed up by a Q&A session. The judges would then go on to pick the best 4 from the list, in which 2 will be selected to attend SLUSH in the process. In case you’re lost, SLUSH is one of Europe’s leading startup and technology events that takes place in Helsinki, Finland over the course of 2 days.
As the teams made their pitches once more, the panel offered their insights on the ideas, with the Q&As proving to be quite the interactive session. Most of the teams seemed to have made a few tweaks from their initial pitches. But certain questions were still left answered for the judges. Questions like how the product pricing would work and how soon the teams planned on scaling their startups over time (in case you’re wondering, 5 years may not be the right answer), could perhaps have had more refined answers.
Ideas were pitched and insights were shared. But ultimately only 4 teams would be making it to the grand finale of CIMA Launch Pad 2016. So here are they are,
Among these 4 finalists, team SAS Ninja Labs and Wildcards will also have the opportunity of attending SLUSH as well. So what’s next for CIMA Launch Pad 2016? Stay tuned, as we bring you the very latest!
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Workshop Agenda - The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to
Workshop Agenda –
The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to the use of machine learning and big data.
Module 1: Introduction to Machine Learning
This module introduces machine learning and discussed how algorithms and languages are used.
· What is machine learning?
· Introduction to machine learning algorithms
· Introduction to machine learning languages
Module 2: Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Describe the purpose of Azure Machine Learning, and list the main features of Azure Machine Learning Studio.
· Azure machine learning overview
· Introduction to Azure machine learning studio
· Developing and hosting Azure machine learning applications
Module 3: Managing Datasets
At the end of this module, the student will be able to explore various types of data in Azure machine learning.
· Categorizing your data
· Importing data to Azure machine learning
· Exploring and transforming data into Azure machine learning
Module 4: Building Azure Machine Learning Models
This module describes how to use regression algorithms and neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Azure machine learning workflows
· Using regression algorithms
· Using neural networks
Module 5: Using Azure Machine Learning Models
This module explores how to provide end users with Azure machine learning services, and how to share data generated from Azure machine learning models.
· Deploying and publishing models
· Consuming Experiments
Module 6: Using Cognitive Services
This module introduces the cognitive services APIs for text and image processing to create a recommendation application, and describes the use of neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Cognitive services overview
· Processing language
· Processing images and video
· Recommending products
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(Tuesday) 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Discover new dimensions in connecting the Internet of Things with Narrowband IoT technology at the NB-IoT Forum and Hackathon, organized by Mobitel. Date - 23rd March 2018 at Trace Expert City
Discover new dimensions in connecting the Internet of Things with Narrowband IoT technology at the NB-IoT Forum and Hackathon, organized by Mobitel.
Date – 23rd March 2018 at Trace Expert City – Colombo 10.
Entrance – Free for a limited number of participants.
Register now – https://goo.gl/3cRdHJ
(Friday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trace Expert City
Maradana Rd, Colombo
Tech Coders V1.0 will be an online 12-hour problem solving competition. During this 12-hour period your problem solving skills will be put to the test through a series of questions. Competition
Tech Coders V1.0 will be an online 12-hour problem solving competition. During this 12-hour period your problem solving skills will be put to the test through a series of questions.
Competition will be conducted on HackerRank.
*Please note that you will be given access to the contest on HackerRank only if you fill this form on or before 11.59 pm on 22nd March (Thursday).
Organized by : Tech Seekers – Sri Lankan Community
24 (Saturday) 8:00 pm - 25 (Sunday) 8:00 am
One on one talk , Q&A and networking session with Manju Nishshanka,Founder and CEO,KRMG Capital. Mr.Nishshanka is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial markets and disruptive technologies.He has founded
One on one talk , Q&A and networking session with Manju Nishshanka,Founder and CEO,KRMG Capital.
Mr.Nishshanka is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial markets and disruptive technologies.He has founded and invested in several successful startups in fintech,blockchain ,AI,AR & VR and social media sectors.
He is a keynote speaker at the Digital Asset Investment Forum (DAIF 2018) and also serves on the board of NYU stern Blockchain and digital asset forum.
KRMG capital is an investment and advisory firm focused on early and growth staged startups and digital assets.
University of Sri Jayawardenepura,Sri Lanka partnered with KRMG capital to establish the first ever blockchain laboratory in Sri Lanka.
This will be an eyeopener to the vast potential and opportunities in Blockchain,Digital assets and Cryptonomics.
All are welcome to join the event and the networking session.
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
Horton Place, Colombo 00700
Chandimal alahakoon 077 22 44 905
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