Preparing For the Future With SLASSCOM’s 4iR Hackathon

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A few days ago, we wrote about a hackathon with a slight twist. Organized as part of SLASSCOM’s vision to brand Sri Lanka as the next IT startup hub, in collaboration with XLabs of Virtusa, the SLASSCOM 4iR hackathon focused on empowering cyber physics.

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Here, participating teams were encouraged to create and develop ideas that would make use of technologies of the fourth industrial revolution such as IOT, AI, machine learning, Blockchain, AR, VR and Robotic process automation (RPA).

Onwards with the SLASSCOM 4iR Hackathon

The preliminary rounds of the SLASSCOM 4iR hackathon was held on the 17th and 18th of March 2018 at the Taj Samudra hotel. Here, 36 teams spent 24 hours developing their products and accompanying presentations as well.

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Team prepping for the 4iR hackathon

The teams were energized by unlimited amounts of coffee and food so that they could keep their motivation up for the entirety of the event. In addition, a plethora of mentors were available for the teams, if they required assistance.

By 10AM on Sunday, the 18th of March, the teams were ready to make their presentations to the panel of judges. Speaking of judges, the panel consisted of a mixture of industry experts as well as investors.

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A judging panel at the 4iR hackathon

This would provide an unbiased platform to better validate the ideas of the teams. In order to make the maximum use of the time allocated, 5 teams would make their presentations simultaneously to their respective panel of judges.

Presenting the key points

In the end, from the 31 teams that presented, a total of 14 team were selected to go on the Finals of 4iR hackathon which would take place on the 23rd of March 2018. The teams were a mixture of ideas and products that we had seen before, and also ideas and teams that we hadn’t seen before.

For example, MoraSquad from the University of Moratuwa proposed a single platform to make controlling your devices easier. Consisting of a IOT and Android application, the platform would allow control over any dumb device, converting it into a smart device. Called QTie, we saw the device at Mora Ventures 3.0

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Mora Squad at 4iR Hackathon

Similarly, Team Zeroth from the University of Kelaniya presented a mobile application which would help travelers gain information about places to visit and things to do. The solution would also tell travelers about the best routes to take, visit areas of interest and also suggest new places based on their preference. The app would also provide details of a place via augmented reality and you can even have a tour of the place before you visit it to get an idea of the place.

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Team Zeroth at 4iR Hackathon

Team Five Coders from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka presented a solution to control the overflowing of water in tanks and rivers. The solution would keep track of the water levels in tanks and rivers, and generate an alarm if the there was a significant reduction of water.

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Team Five Coders at 4iR Hackathon

Hailing once again from the University of Moratwua, Hash Beats aims to keep the health records of individuals in a private Blockchain. They would have a web and mobile app to push data to the Blockchain and view medical records from within the Blockchain. The team’s main targeted group is Medical laboratories and dispensaries.

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Team Hash Beats at 4iR Hackathon

Team Root, once again from the University of Moratuwa pitched an IoT platform that provides intelligent emotional and behavioral analytics across multiple business domains. Called Raven, the platform would make use of cameras that would capture human reactions and identify behavioral patterns via deep learning.

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Team Root at 4iR Hackathon

Team Scorpion again from the University of Moratuwa presented Plant Doc. The team states that plant diseases are the biggest challenge for all farmers and gardeners. This is because they lack the knowledge to identify the diseases and also to provide the recommended treatment for them. Plant Doc would enable the user to take a picture of the plant in question and then suggest possible remedies if the plant does in fact have a disease.

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Team Scorpion at 4iR HackathonSenZe IoT from, (you guessed it), the University of Moratuwa’s platform is one that allows you to handle any kind of iOT device that they prefer. The platform would create a connection between the device and the user through a mobile app. Thus, the user would be able to control the device as and when needed.

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Team Senze IoT at 4iR Hackathon

Phastem from the University of Kelaniya presented an IOT based cabinet system for Backpackers. The device would be able to keep your personal belongings safe, and also had a number of security features implemented in case someone tried to break open the cabinet.

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Team Phastem at 4iR Hackathon

Team Bloowhale, from the Informatics Institute of Technology came up with an interesting pitch. If we all don’t use our vehicles in the same manner, is it fair or right for everyone to pay the same for their vehicle insurance? As such, their product is a smart device that also has a mobile and web application that can monitor the driving patterns of users.

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Team Bloo Whale at 4iR Hackathon

With the intent of taking education to the next level, Team Syntax from the University of Kelaniya presented an educational platform. This platform would make use of 3D modelling, augmented reality, virtual reality and even a leap motion. The platform would act as a simulator to teach students about medicine, science etc.

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Team Syntax at 4iR Hackathon

Team Tekto, an independent team pitched a Blockchain ICO validator. This would essentially make it easier to validate any initial coin offerings made to the Blockchain, keeping it all under record so that everyone in that Blockchain knows what’s going on.

TheTeamName, hailing again from the University of Moratuwa, pitched a smart lock/attendance system for a wide variety of uses. The system uses the biometric sensors located in smartphones for authentication.

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TheTeamName at 4iR Hackathon

In particular, the system includes a biometric business card scanner for visitors. This would essentially alleviate the need for security officers as you would know who the person is and that only they would have access to the office or hotel room.

Team SAS Ninjas came up with a solution to prevent drowiness of drivers when driving late at night. As per their solution, the device would monitor and analyze the drowsiness of the driver and take measures to help and him overcome drowsiness. This in turn would lead to safe driving and reduction of property damage for the vehicle owners.

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SAS Ninjas at the 4iR hackathon

Team Phoenix from the University of Moratuwa presented a shoe sole integrated with mobile app which helps diabetic patients monitor their foot pressure continuously. Called Genesan Foot Sole, we saw the product initially pitched at CodeSprint 3.0.  The device will continuously measure the pressure in a person’s sole and then notify them of any abnormalities. In addition, you can send the analyzed reports to your doctor or consultant so that they too can keep record of your medical status.

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Team Phoenix from University of Moratuwa at 4iR Hackathon

And there you go

These were the teams that would go on to the final round of the 4iR hackathon. The winning team would be awarded a cash prize of LKR 500,000/- and the 4 teams that placed 2nd through 5th respectively would be awarded cash prizes of LKR 100,000/- each. The final panel of judges would consist of officials from SLASSCOM, Virtusa and potential investors as well. The stakes are indeed high as we await eagerly to see who would emerge victorious as the winner of the SLASSCOM 4iR Hackathon 2018.

Stay tuned for the finals of the SLASSCOM 4iR Hackathon which will take place on the 23rd of March 2018. You can learn more about the SLASSCOM 4iR hackathon by clicking here and here.

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