IDEALIZE 2021 powered by Ideamart
AIESEC in University of Moratuwa always strives to positively impact society through the events they deliver. Intending to create a platform for the young and innovative minds in the country to discover and explore their unique skills, AIESEC in University of Moratuwa has come up with a great initiative which is a unique mobile application development competition called IDEALIZE 2021 powered by Ideamart. This event mainly focuses on unique and innovative ideas of the Sri Lankan youth in App making and allowing them to launch and market their Apps and further encouraging them in the tech area. This was a great opportunity for every young innovator to make their path to tackle the market and be successful in the IT world.
The event marked its commencement on 07th May 2021 by opening up registrations for both school and open categories. It set off to a great start with a staggering amount of 600+ delegates from all over the country. After the closing of registrations on the 21st of May, awareness sessions were conducted for two days to give a clear idea to the registered delegates about the Ideamart Appmaker, proposal submission and the event timeline. The next stage was executed from the 31st of May onwards which was the Ideathon where all the teams were required to develop their innovative ideas into a proposal and submit it along with a video about their mobile App. 100+ proposal submissions were there for the ideathon round and 75 teams were selected out of them for the next round. Then a series of insightful and informative mentoring sessions were conducted to motivate and shape up the skills of the delegates to transform their innovative ideas into a functioning business. Mr.Malinda Alahakoon, Ms.Sammani Kusaladharma, Mr.Dineth Egodage, Ms.Amanda Kaludura and Mr.Heminda Jayaweera who are some of the potential masterminds in the industry graced these sessions with their presence by joining as speakers. A week was given to the contestants from the 14th of June to develop their Apps. After developing the App, contestants were directed to an evaluation round where they had to pitch their ideas and demonstrate how the App works in front of a judging panel and 30 teams were selected from the evaluations for the next round, the semi-final.
Next was the launching of the Apps. During this period, delegates were expected to launch their mobile application to the play store and then, a go-to-market period of 4 weeks was given to the delegates to grow their mobile App user base and revenue.
Meanwhile, ‘Zero to One’ along with IDEALIZE 2021 powered by Ideamart was organized on the 11th of July by AIESEC in University of Moratuwa which was a panel discussion beyond an ordinary webinar. Mr.Malinda Alahakoon, Mr.Dhanika Perera and Mr.Kosala Jayasekara who are outstanding tech personalities in the country joined this panel discussion as guest speakers to voice out their opinions on App development and daily tech hacks. This was moderated by Ms.Senali Withanachchi who is an inspirational personality among the Sri Lankan youth.
The event has been going on for about three months now and finally, we are reaching the most awaited stage of the event, the Grand Finale which will be held on the 08th of August and it will be broadcasted via facebook live. Out of the 30 teams who have been selected to the semi-final, 10 teams will be selected to the finals. A panel of judges will select the winners of the competition separately for school and open categories. The Winners will be announced during the grand finale and they will be rewarded with valuable prizes. There will be a total of six awards namely School Idealizer, Youth Idealizer, The Youth Trendsetter, The Idealize Trendsetter, Best Conceptualist and The Strategy Star.
The partners of the event were a salient factor behind the success of IDEALIZE powered by Ideamart. Ideamart as the title partner of IDEALIZE 2021 has been an immense support throughout the event by providing speakers, judges and helping with the mentoring sessions. Axiata Digital Labs, a platinum partner of the event, contributed significantly to the event by providing judges to evaluate the teams. Gapstars, a platinum partner of the event, provided judges to the competition and will also conduct a giveaway at the grand finale. The banking partner of IDEALIZE 2021, Hatton National Bank has been a great support to the event by providing representatives for the mentoring sessions and judging panels for the competition. The event was also assisted by an educational partner, an online event partner, six online media partners, an official PR partner, two exclusive gift partners and seven gift partners. A giveaway was conducted in partnership with these gift partners for the delegates of the competition.
The event was carried out for three months with the collective contribution of the organizing committee members under the guidance of the members of the Executive Board of AIESEC in University of Moratuwa. With the immense effort put towards the event by the organizing committee members who were steered by the Executive Board, IDEALIZE 2021 powered by Ideamart was deemed a huge success and now all are anticipating the Grand Finale of IDEALIZE 2021 which is just a few days away.