Mobitel and Sirasa TV conclude ‘Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak’ Sri Lanka’s first ever Tech & Innovation based reality show

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By 2017-02-16

The national mobile service provider together with Sirasa TV launched Sri Lanka's first ever technology based innovation reality TV show Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak in July 2016. The programme was powered by Mobitel who conceptualized the programme. It was produced and aired on Sirasa TV. The grand finale of the show was held recently where the winner of the best technology innovation was selected.

The event was graced by the Moratuwa University Vice Chancellor Professor Ananda Jayawardane as the Chief Guest and also present were Sri Lanka Telecom Group Chairman P. G. Kumarasinghe Sirisena and Mobitel Chief Operating Officer Nalin Perera.
The programme brought in a total of more than 1,000 registrations from across the country out of which 125 applicants were shortlisted after an orientation session and the first pitching round. Following this, a further 24 applicants were shortlisted after the second pitching round. After product demonstrations and prototype evaluations, the 24 applicants were further whittled down to 12 and thereafter to eight applicants. After a business and marketing pitch four applicants were taken to the investor pitch of the grand finale. The final 12 were each provided with Rs 100,000 each to further develop their innovations into products.

Throughout the programme, workshops were conducted to introduce the applicants to the entrepreneurial mindset and the objective was for the applicants to develop their creative capacity, entrepreneurial confidence, and acquire the skills necessary to build scalable ventures that solve real life problems. Workshops featured experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts as speakers, providing the participants the opportunity to learn key entrepreneurial concepts and practices and to network with like-minded people.

The finalists and final winner were selected by a panel of judges based on the criteria of the impact on the society, business potential, uniqueness, marketability and sustainability of the innovation presented. The members of the expert panel of judges were Intel Sri Lanka Country Business Manager Indika De Zoysa, Kapruka Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dulith Herath, Hybrid Technologies (Pvt) Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Inventor, Senior Research Scientist of Nanotechnology, Manju Gunawardana, Business Coach and Entrepreneur Fayaz Hudah, University of Moratuwa Head of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Prof. Rohan Munasinghe, University of Moratuwa Senior Lecturer – Department of Computer Science and Engineering Eng. Nalin D. Karunasinghe and Crowdisland.lk Chief Executive Officer Chalinda Abeykoon.

The innovations of the final four applicants in the grand finale were a smart industrial boiler, a remote cash depositing system, a smart laser driller and a forged currency note and document detector. The grand winner was the remote cash depositing system that was invented by Sunil Jayasinghe under the name 'Easy Deposit'. He was awarded a prize of
Rs 1 million for his innovation. The first, second and third runners up were awarded cash prizes of Rs 500,000,
Rs 200,000 and Rs 100,000 respectively for their innovations.

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