Back in September we first told you about Disrupt 2.0: FutureX, an inter-university technopreneur competition organized by SLASSCOM. Months later, the competition finally came to a close on the 9th of December at Trace City premises. Here the 12 finalists presented their final pitches. The task was to convince the judging panel on why their idea should be deemed worthy of the grand prize. Some of these ideas may sound a bit familiar while some may not.
FutureX: The 12 Finalists
First up for the evening was team EmpSense from SLIIT. Now EmpSense is essentially a Business Intelligence tool that can help manage employee attrition in a company. Simply put, this tool will analyse an employee’s risk to leave behavior. When asked by the panel regarding the number of active customers, the team explained that EmpSense is currently in its testing phase, with initial testing showing over 90% data accuracy for a test data set.
Next up on stage was University of Moratuwa’s team HapTech, who plans to gift sight for 39 million people around the world with their very own IoT wearable for blind people. Dubbed BrailleBand, the device is equipped with 6 nodes that will help translate characters. These translated characters would then be sent to a mobile app. Talking further about the product, HapTech went on to emphasize on the potential impact of the BrailleBand towards the blind community.
3. Catch Me
If you’re a regular commuter like myself, then you would probably agree that taking a bus on a busy monday morning (or any time/day for that matter) isn’t always a pleasant experience. In fact, it hardly ever is. Meet Team Z from the University of Kelaniya, who wants to offer you a sweat free bus ride. According to the team, the current bus transportation industry is worth Rs. 25 billion and they believe that they can tap into this via the “Catch Me” android app. But the judges had one crucial question for Team Z and that is how much traction Catch Me currently has in the market. According to the team, they’re currently in talks with the Kadawatha Bus Depot in hopes of testing it out in the coming month.
The next solution comes from a lack of awareness with regards to the consumption of electricity. For example, how many of us really know what our current electricity bill amount to? According to team Electrifize, unless you’re paying the bill yourself, you wouldn’t. What’s more, this lack of awareness extends to the energy wastage in your home electricity consumption. So how is Electrifize going to help? Essentially, Electrifize comes in the form of an app that lets you control your electricity at home from your phone, while notifying you of any electrical appliances currently working within the house.
You might remember this team from Startup Weekend Colombo 2016. In a nutshell, UniDel wants to be the Uber for packages in Sri Lanka, with a twist. Here, the team from IIT is looking at creating a community enabled platform to help deliver packages, via travelers. According to the team, UniDel would be the first product to offer an on the way delivery service. In other words, users of UniDel would not need to travel from A to B to make a delivery. You would only need to be travelling on the same path as the package destination. So how has UniDel fared so far? Up until now, the team has managed to test the product out for 15 different companies.
Imagine a single comprehensive platform of all higher education opportunities, that would enable you to make better decisions with regards to education. That’s exactly what yourfuture.lk presents. Adding on to what yourfuture.lk provides as a platform, is mydegree.lk, which acts as a local university degree program search engine.
Hailing from the Kothalawala Defense University is team SpecBuddy with a product that appears to be targeting a similar market to that of the BrailleBand team. But what’s different here is the mode of delivery. SpecBuddy focuses on a pair of smart glasses, one that’s capable of detecting currency, emotions and people in general. When questioned about the distribution plan by the judges, the team revealed that they’re looking to deliver the product in India after serving Sri Lanka. In case if the name SpecBuddy rings a bell, its probably because the team had also won the recently concluded CIMA Launch Pad 2016.
8. Find My Bus
Making their final pitch at the Disrupt 2.0: FutureX finals, is team Find My Bus who wants to, well, find your bus. This is an app that would track your bus location (via GPS embedded in the buses) and provide the user with the essential details about the relevant bus. Adding on, the team further stated that they’re looking at building the app as an advertising platform once the user base is established.
Next up is an online learning platform for O/L and A/L students, that comes under the name siplo.lk. So how does it work? In a nutshell, you simply register online, select a tutor of your choice and schedule a class with a time that works for you. Then on, the classes will be a one-to-one personalized interactive session. Following up on the pitch. Harsha Subasinghe of the judging panel questioned the availability of an alternative with Skype. The team went on to explain that siplo.lk works better than Skype in the local context.
For an individual who’s visually impaired accomplishing daily tasks such as reading documents, identifying currency or even facial expressions can be very challenging. This is where Orasi believe they can help, with their mobile app. What the app will essentially do is that it will recognize text and user surroundings. These information would then be described via the app itself. But what really separates Orasi from the other products like SpecBuddy? As the team states, the alternatives focus on a wearable device, where Orasi would be just a mobile app.
11. Cyber Dock
Making it to number 11 on the list is Cyber Dock, a B2B kiosk platform. Now what does this B2B kiosk platform do exactly? Cyber Dock will effectively be a 24/7 operating kiosk that would handle a variety of operations in a certain business, from hospitals to retails, etc. Simply put, this is somewhat like an advanced version of an ATM. Only instead of banking, this could handle processes of other sectors as well.
Last but not least, project Kairos. Hailing from the University of Moratuwa, Kairos revolves around human motion analysis. With Kairos, the team aims to provide a solution to issues in the world of cricket such as chucking and inability to analyse bowlers’ performance effectively. According to the team, this would be Sri Lanka’s first ever 3D motion capturing system that would be powered by wearables.
So Who Won?
With that ends the 12 presentations. Now comes the most important question of the evening, who won? It was none other than team Kairos who emerged victorious at the Grand Finale of Disrupt 2.0: FutureX. Following suit was SpecBuddy and BrailleBand, coming in 2nd place and 3rd place respectively.
So there you have it folks, Disrupt 2.0: FutureX finally comes to an end. Till next time!