Smart boilers, mind controlling wheelchairs and emotion handling AIs. What are we talking about? Round 2 of Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak. This is second phase of Sri Lanka’s first tech-based reality TV show organized by Mobitel and Sirasa TV. The goal of this round was to select the best 24 ideas that the contest has to offer.
During Round 1, we saw over 350 participants from all over the country take the stage as they pitched their ideas. From the grass root communities to professionals in the IT industry itself, the preliminary pitches certainly offered a wide variety of innovative ideas.
The challenge during Round 1 was to reduce that 350 to 122. Once the process ended, what we found were a bunch of passionate and determined tech innovators that fought to make it to that final 24. It’s these final 24 contestants, that’ll be sharing their pitches on air with the masses. Finding these 24 contestants, was the challenge for the judges during Round 2. Needless to say, the judges at Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak have a tough time.
Some notable pitches we saw
What if you could make your smartphone more powerful and faster, without changing anything on your phone? Well, that’s exactly what one contestant pitched to the judges at Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak. As unbelievable as it sounds, we saw an actual working demo. Needless to say, this system to make smartphones more powerful certainly caught everyone’s attention.
Another interesting presentation was one that of a smart boiler. The idea was that a boiler machine equipped with an advanced computer system would result in a safer working environment for factory workers. Of course, it wasn’t just the safety factor. The team claimed that their prototype could probably increase the machine’s efficiency by 15%.
Adding on to the list of noteworthy pitches, was one that looked at developing a system that could detect “chucking” for bowlers in cricket. From what we saw, it seemed to be based on a lot of mathematical calculations and quite a number of sensors. The proposed system could be utilized for monitoring and regulating bowlers more efficiently and accurately, at least on paper.
The journey continues
From vehicle sharing systems to smart homes and IoT health applications, we saw many other ideas trying to solve the many issues prevalent in today’s society. Of course, it wasn’t merely the idea itself, but how the idea was presented, mattered just as much. Contestants were given the opportunity to go all in on making their presentations as creative as possible. Some actually did with one team even doing the majority of their pitch through means of a stage drama.
However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the viability and feasibility of the idea. And so, on the 4th of September, the remaining 122 contestants were invited to Ozo Colombo. It was here that the final 24 were announced.
The selected 24 contestants will undergo various workshops and mentoring sessions in the coming future. The purpose of these sessions being to assist them in progressing with their idea as the show proceeds further. So do stay tuned as we bring you the latest from Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak.