AI Arrives in Sri Lanka with the launch of CogCom


On the evening of 2nd March, something interesting was happening at the premises of Orion City. This was the opening of the Colombo Center for Cognitive Computing, better known as CogCom.

If one were to walk through the doors of CogCom, your first thought would be that you were in one of Google’s creative offices. With airy, glass-walled meeting rooms and collaborative working areas filled with natural-wood swings, colourful beanbags and grass, the space more than resembles a San Francisco start-up. But the foliage isn’t the only thing that’s artificial here.

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CogCom’s talented team of AI specialists are the techies who get to enjoy this environment, building apps that help businesses worldwide to automate mundane tasks and improve the customer experience. These apps are powered by smart machines, which can respond to questions asked in natural language, instantly – from anywhere at any time.

Early in the evening, guests started gathering at the entrance, before being warmly welcomed into the building by traditional Sri Lankan dancers. Asiri Fernando, General Manager of CogCom, delivered a captivating introductory speech. This was followed by an address from Chris Sykes: CEO and Head of AI & Robotics at Volume, CogCom’s sister company based in the UK, who had flown in for the occasion alongside Gemma Hood, Chief People Officer.

Asiri said: “We will continue to forge new relationships through innovation, determination and a focus on delivering excellence in all we do”. For us, that means we can expect exciting new technologies to emerge from the organisation, which strives to grow and offer more and more cognitive services to some of the biggest brands around the globe. For CogCom, that means the hard work starts now. We wish the team at CogCom all the best in their future endeavours and hope to see some really cool stuff from them.

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Chris proudly cut the ribbon, and guests were able to experience CogCom fully, whilst also indulging in a bit of fine cuisine prepared for them via a live-cooking station.


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