REDEFINES INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), a pioneer in providing British higher education in Information Technology and Business in Sri Lanka, recently held its annual Cutting Edge exhibition at IIT Campus premises located in Colombo 06.
Over 150 IT and Business projects showcased
IIT students displayed innovative projects at Cutting Edge 2019 which was themed “Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship.” This year’s exhibition included over 150 IT and Business related projects which were developed by the institute’s Software Engineering, Computer Science, Business Information Systems (BIS) and Business Management undergraduates.
In previous year’s many of Cutting Edge winners have gone on to represent renowned local and international competitions such as NBQSA, mBillionth, e-Swabhimani, Microsoft Imagine Cup, APICTA and have won multiple accolades at these competitions.
“It was a great experience participating at Cutting Edge. We got several feedbacks from various individuals. with mixed reviews for our project which helped us to improve our product more,” Thivvyan Karuneswaran the team leader for Iconicto said. His team which consists of IIT undergraduates Akassharjun Shanmugarajah, Isala Piyarisi and Visal Rajapakse won the third place in Cutting Edge 2019 under level 4 digital entrepreneurship category and also won the first place in the poster competition under the above category.
Ihan Dilnath, an innovative and enterprising IIT undergraduate was participating at this year’s Cutting Edge competition for the third consecutive year. At this year’s Cutting Edge, he was spearheading the project Stepwise along with his team mates Sanjula Madurapperuma, Deshan Koswatte, Jayasithu Hewavitharana, Sashitha Fonseka and Chaveen Ellawela
“Stepwise is a mobile app for learning and career path guidance for IT and Software Engineering students like us. It helps us identify which technical skills are of high job market demand, where and how to learn them by giving personalized and intelligent external learning resource recommendations and support in finding jobs that fit our career specializations or interest areas and skill set. This app is useful as it helps build a competitive edge in today’s competitive IT job market by offering guidance and support in acquiring technical skills and competencies of high job market demand to meet the ever-changing requirements of employers thereby making us more employable and industry ready. The system employs modern research and technology in Computer Science like Data Science, Natural Language Processing, and Mobile Technology, which we’ve been exposed to through our education at IIT,” Ihan said.
Ihan commenting on the support he received from IIT said, “From day one, our lecturers have given us vital guidance and support throughout, in both our academics and careers. They go beyond their duties and responsibilities to ensure that we receive the highest quality of education, not being restricted to the four corners of our lecture halls. They are always available to help and support us in our academics as well as hackathons and competitions, constantly encouraging and motivating us.”
“IIT have always supported and given us ample opportunities through platforms like Cutting Edge and co-curricular activities of clubs and societies like IIT IEEE, IIT Toastmasters’ Club and Rotaract Club of IIT, which has helped us harness both our technical and soft skills to reach our potential,” Ihan said.
Aravinthan Sathasivam team leader for Hack 404 which developed a mobile app ‘Travel Colombo’ helps tourists identify places to visit based on their personalized preferences. “Cutting Edge has helped us gain more experience and exposure. Our lecturers, Saman Hettiarachchi and Guhanathan Poravi guided us and encouraged us every step of the way,” he said.
“Cutting Edge has always been an exciting experience every year. This is an annual event which showcases the best projects of IIT students within the year. This was my final Cutting Edge and I was happy to be short listed under the Final Year Project Category. The experience was good and the competitiveness was better than ever. I had the opportunity in meeting with few parties who were interested in investing in my project which is one of the most important parts of Cutting Edge over the years other than being felicitated for the effort,” Hashan Amaratunga, a final year Software Engineering undergraduate from IIT said. Hashan who is passionate about sustainability and conservation developed a system which uses computer vision related technologies to identify fish and marine life and gather relevant data for this year’s exhibition.
“It was a good opportunity for me to showcase my project to a larger and diverse audience which helped me to gather different viewpoints on my project. My project ‘Organic Chain’ is an exclusive supply chain solution for the organic food industry along with the aim of providing better transparency for organic food consumers. A majority of consumers demand transparency regarding the organic products they are likely to purchase. Therefore, they can simply scan the QR code in the organic product through organic chain and view the product information from farm to fork. IIT has helped me to extract the hidden potential within myself and achieve great milestones in my academic and professional life. The internship program was a life changing moment because it helped me to learn many unseen aspects in the IT industry. In addition, IIT’s encouragement on entrepreneurship activities was another factor in achieving career advancements,” Ramith Kisal who is an undergraduate following the Business Information Systems degree at IIT said. Previously, Ramith won the NBQSA 2017- Merit Award under the Tertiary Business Category, International ICT Innovative Services Awards (Innoserve) 2017 and was first Runner-Up of HackLN 2017.