Turning Empathy to Engineering At The IEEE SS12


The IEEE SS12 is an innovation competition organized to recognize the best social innovators on a global level. Under the theme of Empathy to Engineering: Solutions for Macro Issues, the IEEE SS12 was organized by the IEEE Sri Lanka Section together with the IEEE Madras Section Education Society.

The final leg of the competition was held on the 8th and 9th of September 2018 at the NSBM Green The event saw students from international universities participating in displaying their engineering skills. In addition, the event also saw the participation of over 50 invitees including eminent IEEE leaders and over 100 visitors. Throughout the two days of IEEE SS12, undergraduates and students from 9 different countries in the Asian region and Africa competed under 4 tracks

Kicking Things off at IEEE SS12

Participants arrived bright at early for the Inauguration of IEEE SS12 2018. The event was graced by a number of guest invitees and the steering committee behind IEEE SS12 as well. Prof. Ramalatha Marimuthu – Chair IEEE SS12 2018 addressed those gathered, speaking about the SS12 and the nature of the competition.

Prof. Ramalatha Marimuthu addressing the gathering (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

Following this was a keynote address by Dr. Chandana Perera – Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, NSBM Green University. He was preceded by a speech by Prof. Kithsiri Liyanage – Chairperson of IEEE Sri Lanka Section who spoke on behalf of IEEE Sri Lanka section.

After the giving a brief introduction about the competition, the inauguration session concluded and participants were directed to the competition areas to arrange their projects. Following lunch, the SS12 2018 took things up a notch. Here, parallel tracks took place.

A snapshot of the parallel tracks that took place at the IEEE SS12 (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

These were broken down into Innovation Challenge, Maker Fair, Junior Einstein, and a Virtual Track. In addition, there was also an exhibition as well. While Jehan Wijesinghe – CEO and Founder of IgniterSpace carried out a workshop in the Junior Einstein track, the other tracks were going through a number of evaluations as well.

Day 2 – 09th September

This was the day that everything came together. There was a tangible air of excitement in the hall. Starting off Day 02 od IEEE SS12, Prof. Parkash Lohana from IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Activities Committee spoke about Humanitarian Activities and Values. His session was followed by a keynote speech by Dr. P A Manoharan – Chairperson of IEEE Madras Section. This keynote session was followed by Mr. Pasan Pethiyagoda – Regional Student Representative, IEEE Region 10.

Day 02 of the IEEE SS12 carried out more evaluations and exhibitions, much like the previous day. In addition, a workshop was carried out for A/L students around the areas. This was jointly organized by NSBM and the SS12 team. The session was headed by Jehan Wijesinghe, Chamath Palihawadana and Adheesha Gammanpila. With evaluations finishing at 2 PM, the exhibition went on till around 4 PM. After that, competitors were requested to be at the auditorium by 4:30 pm for the closing ceremony.

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Exhibitions and workshops took place on Day 02 of IEEE SS12 (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

With Keynote speeches delivered by Heminda Jayaweera – Co-founder of Venture Frontier Lanka and Dr. Zia Ahmed – Chair, IEEE Australia Council, the award ceremony of IEEE SS12 kicked off. In terms of awards, the winners of the Junior Einstein track were given winning prizes and free subscriptions from Igniter Space. The winners of the Innovation Challenge would receive prize money and mentorships from Venture frontier Lanka.

All winners were also given Livit bands from Dialog. In addition, Women in Engineering Special awards were given for teams where the female contribution was higher. There was also an award for the most popular team. This was awarded to the team who got the most number of votes through the IEEE SS12’s official mobile app.

Innovation Challenge Track

16 teams participated for the finals held in Sri Lanka representing 8 countries. (Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan)


  • IC06 – Invento, MES College of Engineering, India

First Runner-up

  • IC02 – Tech Guys, KCG College of Technology, India

Second Runner-up

  • IC16 – Team Multispectral, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
The Winners and Runners Up of the Innovation Challenge (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

Maker Fair

34 Teams representing various institutions from Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka competed at this Maker Fair.


  • 12 – AR Vidhya, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Nagpur, India

First Runner-up

  • MFP35 – Technocrats, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Second Runner-up

  • MFP05 – Smart Energy Meter using GSM, Kumaraj College of Engineering Technology, India
  • Finalists
  • MFP16 – Drogon, Rajshahi University of Engineering Technology, Bangladesh
  • MFP02 – Saecians, S.A. Engineering College, India.
  • MFP03 – Monk Masters, Anna University, India.
A snapshot of the Winners and Runners Up of the Maker Fair (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

Junior Einstein Track

There were 28 Teams representing various schools from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.


  • JE010 – Dude – Personal Companion, Mahatma Montessori K. K. Nagar, India
  • JE039 – Royal Inventors, Royal College, Sri Lanka

First Runner-up

  • JE011 – Disabled Person in The Field of Agriculture, Mahatma Montessori Baba Building, India
  • JE033 – Team Code Monarchs, S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Second Runner-up

  • JE012 – Galaxy Blasters, Coimbatore Public School, India
  • JE029 – Tim Berners Lee, Bharath Vidya Mandir, India
A winner of the Junior Einstein Track (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

Virtual Track

A total of 60 teams took part in the track. Out of these 60, 20 were selected for the final round. All projects were innovative and were addressing real-life problems.  Projects were evaluated on their innovative solution, project presentation, prototype implementation and market study/commercial realization potential.


  • Team Orion Avionics and Electronics – Smart Band for Sr.Citizens

First Runner-up

  • Team Helix – Water fueled hybrid bike

Second Runner-up

  • Team Thermo – Therman (Device that generates electricity from waste materials)
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A collage of the Winners of IEEE SS12 2018 (Image Credits: Haththilawwe Media)

With the awards being handed out to all winners and finalists, the IEEE SS12 2018 officially wrapped up.


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