Despite the traffic situation prevailing in the Colombo suburbs, we found ourselves once again at the Dialog Iconic Store. More specifically, we were at the Dialog Auditorium on the 15th floor of the building. Why? Because of HackX 2017.
Organized by the Department of Industrial Management at the University of Kelaniya, HackX is an Inter-University Hackathon revolving around Information Technology & Innovation. Taking place over the duration of 12 hours, students from universities both private and state would stay up all night to get lucky, as it were. Out of the 96 team that had registered for the preliminary rounds, 15 teams had qualified for the final rounds and it was now time for them to gear up.
HackX 2k17 kicked off on the 15th of September 2017 and would end 12 hours later, on the 16th of September., After the singing of the University Anthem (certainly a first that we’ve seen at a hackathon), it was time for the teams to introduce themselves. There was nothing formal, in fact, it was quite a chilled out atmosphere, particularly because of the air conditioning. Once the introductions were done, it was time for the teams to get to work.
Throughout the night, participants could be seen soldering, coding, assembling, disassembling and reassembling various components of their products in a race against time. In order to help them stay focused, the large screen in the middle acted as a video/audio display courtesy of Dialog. They could send the song name to a redefined number and their song would play. Needless to say, we too added our own playlist of songs to the mix.
Saturday Morning dawned bright and early. As we walked into the Auditorium, we sensed that the teams were indeed ready for their final presentations. After a hearty breakfast and some last minute spruce ups, we were ready to move on to the final presentations.
The team started off by identifying that 4.77 Billion people use mobile phones. In the event of an emergency, however, contacting someone via mobile phone can get a bit difficult. Therefore the team presented “SaveMe”.
This is an app that is used to alert people such as your loved ones and close friends in the event of an emergency. Available for both smartphones and feature phones, the platform will notify emergency contacts based on their location. They make use of Ideamart’s API platform for USSD codes.
Aimed at Farmers and those involved in Agriculture, CloudAgri, the team’s product is one that allows you to monitor the status of your crops. They are planning to sell the product to the Government and also to give modules to 2500 farmers who have to have at least half an acre of land. They will tie up with mobile service providers as well.
The team’s product, Kinderwatcher, is an app to monitor the internet usage of your children. You can monitor and view messages, check call history, check the location of the phone via GPS tracking and monitor web browser history. The parent would receive a notification when the child starts using one of these services. At the end of each month, a report will be given to the parents with all the details. Here, if a URL is deemed negative by the parent, it will be blocked.
They presented Draway, a story building and story drawing platform. You can invite a friend to draw a story in collaboration with you. Once drawn, you can share it via social media as an image or as a video of the story and how the contents were added. They draw inspiration from Google’s Autodraw API (pun intended).
Their product Easy Go, is an easy to use efficient ticketing system. It is essentially a mobile app for traveling when using public transport. Simply enter the route number, starting and ending location and a QR code will be generated. Upon scanning the QR code, the amount will be deducted from the account. There’s no ticket or card, just your Android mobile phone. According to the team, the app has a number of benefits such as a fixed amount based on locations and can also track your travel history
The team has identified an issue when it comes to monitoring electrical leaks, especially in the case of natural disasters. In these situations, an electrician would make use of a Non-Contact High Voltage Indicator. The issue here is that the power lines are not always safe to approach or are in unreachable locations. Thus, they have developed a drone with an NCHV Indicator to reach electrical cables that are hard to reach and in unsafe environments. They call it Evolta 1.0.
The drone has a circuit that is used to amplify the electromagnetic waves generated from AC power lines to monitor the signals. Once a signal is detected, the app will notify them and they can begin operations. The drone can also be made to hover. As a future advancement, they plan to make drone swarms to help.
The team’s product iHypeNG is what they call the next generation of interactive advertising. We first saw the idea at HackLN which took place the previous week. iHypeNG makes use of augmented reality to give users a newer way to experience advertisements and even games. Simply take out your phone and point it to a solution of this nature and you will have a fully interactive experience at your fingertips.
They presented LexiLapp – a community based review system. The app is perfect if what you want is not in stock and you need to know a good alternative It takes into account image recognition to identify products and is also GPS based. You can search for products by camera or by product keywords. Once scanned and identified, you will get reviews and details of the identified product. In order for them to earn revenue, the app would have companies advertising their products. Further, they would sell the data they collect to companies for big data analysis.
What started off as a simple knowledge sharing platform developed into a full online marketing platform for university students. If you have any content on a particular topic, you can sell it for a reasonable price. Think of it as eBay for students. Apart from old notes and educational resources, you can also sell, tickets, clothes, etc. Their idea is that if you have items you want to discard, why not sell it and make something out of it? Makes sense, I guess.
Their app, Yamang an IOT based bus tracking solution. It is geared towards private buses in rural areas on unpopular routes. The app can locate buses, monitor traffic, and also monitor the density of the bus to see how crowded it is. The login takes your mobile number and a PIN code you receive. In terms of the driver, they can implement methods to increase visibility of the vehicle.
Their app, TurnHere is a digital intelligent driving assistant. It can be used to improve and enhance security while you’re driving. The app will provide a maximum and minimum speed for driving depending on your location. It will also generate alerts if you’re not driving safely. If you are stressed or sleepy, it will let you know and provide methods to overcome it.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and a greater social overreaction, that’s the team’s opening statement. They present CLiMAX. A community driven, community oriented platform to post complaints or problems regarding topics such as transport, technology, education, society. The community can then rate these problems and take appropriate action.
The last team to present was Team Void with Beacona, a smart shopping assistant. The app offers a platform to advertise special offers to a user’s mobile phone. Business owners can pitch their offers. The web system allows shop owners to add products and offers. The mobile app will list down the items you are looking to purchase and add it to the app. Once added, you can see all discounts and offers by shops. When a user adds an item the system will guide the user to the nearest shop via a guide to help the user. Uses Bluetooth to notify users of nearby offers from stores.
The teams (and us) indulged in some refreshments. Shafraz Rahim of Ideamart was on stage to address the teams. He spoke about how Ideamart has helped teams such as these to go forwards. He encouraged the teams to go forth with their ideas and always keep the drive an energy up to go to market and make their dreams a reality to make an impact in society. Not only about good engineering, but also that we have good products and good startups to showcase our talents across the world.
It was then time to announce the Winners of HackX 2k17. After 12 hours of intense coding and assembling, the results were in. Here are the winners along with their Awards.
With the awards being handed out, HackX 2k17 officially came to an end. Overall, the ideas seen here were quite interesting. Hopefully these teams will take their products onwards and go on to become successful startups. We wish them all the best for that. Now the clock ticks for HackX 2k18.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee