“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.”
Digital life is exceeding human capacities and disrupting the boundaries of early human activities. Code-driven systems have been an essential part of human beings with the usage for information and connectivity, offering previously unimagined opportunities and unprecedented threats. Therefore, artificial intelligence has been a concern of the present human beings.
Addressing this upcoming concern, the AIESEC in University of Kelaniya and Informatics Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Computer Science Students Association of the University of Kelaniya powered by Mitra Innovation Limited, organized the islandwide ideathon “EVOLUTION AI”.The main goal of this initiative was to connect young science and technology enthusiasts all around Sri Lanka. Where it would create a platform for youth to unleash their creativity, and innovations, along with their design knowledge while ensuring that the solutions generated are aligned to the current demands of technological applications.
The flow of the event
EVOLUTION AI had 3 major phases. It had over 300+ participants in the preliminary round, 13 teams for the semifinal round, and 6 teams for the final round. It comprised three rounds and the final round together with the awards ceremony took place with grandeur on the 12th of February 2022 at Lounge 42. The induction took place on the 13th of December 2021 via zoom and officially the preliminary round commenced. A Q & A session was held for the competitors to resolve their doubts on the case studies provided for the ideathon by Mitra Innovation. The semifinal round proceeded after choosing 13 teams on the 12th and 13th of January 2022. A physical workshop to groom the 6 final teams was held on the 7th of February at Hatchworks premises. Mentors from Mitra Innovation were allocated to assist the teams for the final round.
The Final Battle
On the 12th of February, the final round was held with the awards ceremony in the evening.
The 6 finalists were
- Eximus Ruhuna – University of Ruhuna
- Team 5x – University of Moratuwa
- Cicada – University of Kelaniya
- Mastermind- University of Kelaniya
- Finan- IIT
- Amigo -IIT
The Awards ceremony
Mrs Chinthi Weerasinghe, the Chief Executive Officer of Mitra Innovation was present at the awards ceremony and captivated the audience with an inspiring speech. The champions of EVOLUTION AI was team “Eximus Ruhuna” from University of Ruhuna. The champions received a cash prize of 80,000 and internship opportunities at Mitra Innovation. While Imperial College also awarded full scholarships for CIMA for the champions. The first runner up was team “Mastermind” from University of Kelaniya. They received a monetary gift and discounted vouchers for CIMA from Imperial College. The second runner up was Team 5x from University of Moratuwa. They received a cash prize and discounted vouchers for CIMA from Imperial College.
Apart from the three main awards, the MARCOM championship for the highest votes through social media was awarded to Team “Finan” from the Informatic Institute of Technology. They received a monetary award. Further, the Team Mastermind from the University of Kelaniya grabbed the most engaging championship.
A large part of the success goes to the partners of the event “ Mitra Innovation Limited” for being the title partner. Imperial College and Hackathons.lk for joining hands as the educational and online event’s partners respectively. Dineth Nipunya Photography, Quadrangle, and Good PR supported generously to make this event a memorable one. Moreover, Hatch, AECC Global, Articulate and Mount spring became shadows of success with their support from the initial stages of the event. On a final note, the contribution of the organizing committee and the Executive Board are the massive reasons for the success of the event “EVOLUTION AI”.