Yet another hackathon, you say? Well this one comes with a slight twist. The SLASSCOM 4iR Hackathon, is one that focuses on a unique theme: empowering cyberphysics. Participants are encouraged to pitch products that make use of the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. This means that any idea not relating to these technologies will require approval from the committee to be presented. These technologies include a wide range of new concepts.
This is part of SLASSCOM’s vision to brand Sri lanka as the next IT startup hub.For this purpose, they’re collaborating with XLabs of Virtusa. The 4iR hackathon is open for both university undergraduates and industry professionals to pitch their products and solutions. Pitching will be done to a panel consisting of industry leaders and investors.
Expecting over a hundred participants (either individual or in teams up to 5 people), 4iR Hackathon has several objectives. One is facilitating startups to embrace the 4th industrial revolution and encourage entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. They’re also providing a platform for university students to present their pitches to industry experts. In addition, team building and planning is promoted.
When is 4iR happening?
4iR hackathon is scheduled to be held from the 17th to the 18th of March, at the Grand Marquee of Taj Samudra. Kicking off on Saturday morning, participants will be working from 9am on Saturday for 24 hours of continuous coding.
The winners will be awarded a prize of LKR 500,000. Four runner up teams will also be awarded LKR 100,000 each. All five of the top teams will also be invited to the CXO forum which will be on the 23rd of March 2018.
We at ReadMe will be attending the 4iR Hackathon and sending updates on the latest product ideas related to the fourth industrial revolution. Stay tuned to our twitter and instagram for more updates!