Startup Weekend Jaffna

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Jaffna

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Sakthi Holiday Home
Off Palaly road,Kopay east
Kopay, 1 km from Kondavil Junction
Jaffna, Northern

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2nd time in Jaffna and 6th time in Srilanka

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening

Startup Weekend events span the course of a weekend (approximately 54 hours) and are generally composed of 60-120 participants (although events in the past have averaged 13–300+). In addition to attendees (otherwise known as 'Weekend Warriors'), the event attracts speakers, coaches, panelists (generally well-respected members of the local startup community or notable names in the tech industry), and various sponsors and company representatives. A good share of teams end up working together beyond the startup weekend to build a fully operating startup and others take with them the bootcamp experience and a network of like minds.

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Awards & Benefits for Teams 

  1. Techstars's certificate for first 3 winning teams
  2. LKR 10,000 gift by Bundle Hub  for the "Most socially worthy startup
  3. Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $300 of credit to build your web or mobile apps
  4. Participants get 6 months free appear.in premium to boost collaboration in teams
  5. Free 1GB Hosting for  1 year by Speed IT net for all teams
  6. Winning Team will get chance to be  in Techstars Global Startup Weekend  regional showcase
  7. Company Incorporation Guide and Offers
  8. Free .lk domain registration and Basic Hosting for Free for all attendees by LK Domain Registry
  9. Free Wi-Fi at venue for 3 days
  10. F6S Alpha Card: Techstars Startup Weekend Winners will each receive an F6S Alpha membership which gives them exclusive access to $600k in free benefits from 500+ companies like American Airlines, InVison, Intercom and many more.
Travel Information
  • Daily supper luxury buses available from Colombo to Jaffna  [ Oneway LKR 1350 ] - 10 Hrs
  • Daily AC train available from Colombo to Jaffna  : LKR 1500 [Oneway ] - 7Hrs
  • Monday& Friday flight available Colombo (Ratmalana) to  Jaffna (Palaly) [Oneway LKR 14500 ]  -1Hr 
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 10th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Michael Moonesinghe
CEO of Business Hubs Sri Lanka

Michael Moonesinghe is the Founder & CEO of Glover Daniels International, a human capital consultancy firm based in Colombo, which provides international head hunting, leadership & development training and HR consultancy to companies both locally and globally. Michael was born and bred in the UK and was an enthused serial entrepreneur who started a number of different businesses in his career. In January 2010, He moved Glover Daniels to Sri Lanka to identify the true potential Sri Lanka could offer and it was one of the first completely owned foreign businesses to move here after the catastrophic war. Michael is a well known contributor to the Sri Lankan start-up eco system. He started a network of business hubs to enable entrepreneurs, startups and early stage companies to have access to low cost and flexible, quality office accommodation. Michael is passionate about the startup opportunities that Sri Lanka offers and truly believes that world class innovative businesses could come from Sri Lanka.


Chrishan de Mel
Executive Director at SLASSCOM

Chrishan de Mel is the Executive Director of SLASSCOM and heads the Corporate Office assisting member companies in growing export revenue, building skills and industry capacity, and encouraging startup companies. Chrishan has over 25 years of work experience in independent consulting, software project management, marketing and sales support, learning and development, and process quality. His industry experience includes global IT services, banking and financial services, and HR consulting with organizations such as Virtusa, Société Generale, NationsTrust Bank, Union Bank of Colombo, Zaizi Asia and the Great Place to Work Institute.


Thikshan Arulampalam
Co-Founder at Bundlhub

 Thikshan Arulampalam is the Co-Founder of bundlhub. Bundlhub is a co-located startup between New York and Sri Lanka. Was a recent contestant on the ITN TV show Athpavura. In addition to his role as co-founder of bundlhub, he also advises Insharp Technologies. Together with Insharp he works in several capacities with the following startups "CorageDolls","LollyList","Been" ,"ViZRTech" to name some. Thikshan has also worked in Sri Lanka and the USA. In Sri Lanka he worked in the banking and stock brokerage field. MillenniumIT (now LSE), Lanka Securities and Overseas Trust Bank in Sri Lanka and Tripwire (USA). He is an active member within the startup ecosystem in NY and Sri Lanka. 


Jude Briner Anton Ranjithkumar
Lawyer and CEO of Corporate & Business consultants


Event Judges


Sachindra Samararatne
Program Manager - Industry Development, ICTA

Sachindra Samararatne joined the industry development program of ICTA in 2010. He is currently the Program Manager of the Industry Development Program of ICTA which overlooks programs such as country branding, business promotions, national startup initiatives, industry knowledge enhancement programs and career guidance programs. He has a Master’s in Business Administration, Bachelors in Information Technology and a Bachelors in Business Administration. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. His areas of expertise are Country Branding and Career Guidance. Sachindra also serves on the board of a Christian non-profit organization and on the board of his family owned business.


Michael Moonesinghe
CEO of Business Hubs Sri Lanka

Michael Moonesinghe is the Founder & CEO of Glover Daniels International, a human capital consultancy firm based in Colombo, which provides international head hunting, leadership & development training and HR consultancy to companies both locally and globally. Michael was born and bred in the UK and was an enthused serial entrepreneur who started a number of different businesses in his career. In January 2010, He moved Glover Daniels to Sri Lanka to identify the true potential Sri Lanka could offer and it was one of the first completely owned foreign businesses to move here after the catastrophic war. Michael is a well known contributor to the Sri Lankan start-up eco system. He started a network of business hubs to enable entrepreneurs, startups and early stage companies to have access to low cost and flexible, quality office accommodation. Michael is passionate about the startup opportunities that Sri Lanka offers and truly believes that world class innovative businesses could come from Sri Lanka.


Subramaniam Garigaraganapathy
Head of the Department IT at Advance Technical Institute Jaffna



Chrishan de Mel
Executive Director at SLASSCOM

Chrishan de Mel is the Executive Director of SLASSCOM and heads the Corporate Office assisting member companies in growing export revenue, building skills and industry capacity, and encouraging startup companies. Chrishan has over 25 years of work experience in independent consulting, software project management, marketing and sales support, learning and development, and process quality. His industry experience includes global IT services, banking and financial services, and HR consulting with organizations such as Virtusa, Société Generale, NationsTrust Bank, Union Bank of Colombo, Zaizi Asia and the Great Place to Work Institute.


Dr.Amirthalingam Ramanan
Head - Department of Computer Science,UOJ

  • Head - Department of Computer Science, June 2017 to date
  • Member of the Standing Committee on Computing, UGC, June 2017 to date
  • Member of the Senate of the University of Jaffna, June 2017 to date
  • Representative of the Faculty of Science to the Township Project at Jaffna Main Campus, 2016 to date.


Coaches and Mentors


Sharanyan Sharma
Founder at Extreme-Seo.net

Sharanyan Sharma is an award winning entrepreneur as well as the Founder of Extreme SEO Internet Solutions, 7Arena Technologies and Privilegeserver.com. He is an award winning Sri Lankan Entrepreneur and Enterprise Asia awarded him as one of the Emerging Young Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka. He is passionate about startups and building digital communities around the world. Sharanyan is the Local Community Leader for Startup Weekend Sri Lanka. Sharanyan is a Certified Digital marketing Trainer and Consultant by profession, Passionate about Web Analytics, Conversion rate optimization and advanced growth hacking strategies. He’s been cited by major publications like Inc.com, Yourstory.com and readme.lk. Not bad for a college dropout.


Thavaruban Thangarajah
Founder & CEO at Speed IT net

He started his company in 2003 and focused on Internet based development when web based development  new to Jaffna and he was 24 yrs old. He is a hardcore entrepreneur also involves in Startup echo system development in the region . He serve in Board of NCIT,ISOC LK, North East Angel Network and curently  serving as executive director in INFITT and chairman in NCIT. He is a experienced Tamil Blog writer in tech,social subjects.  Thavaruban has more than 18 years  experience in online offline programming,business management and marketing as well.


Robinson Prashanthan
CEO at Innovay

CEO - Innovay | Online Business Consultant | Internet (Web) Marketing Strategist at Innovay
Sri Lanka Information Technology and Services


Sharmmhik Yogarajah
CEO at Business Network System



Sarveswaran Kengatharaiyer
Member - Yarl IT Hub

Sarves is a member of the Yarl IT Hub, a social enterprise that works towards setting up an ecosystem for tech start ups, and part of all its activities including Yarl Geek Challenge. As an academic and mentor, Sarves helps students, professionals and entrepreneurs to setup and develop their businesses. He has more the 10 years of experience in training, mentoring, IT system engineering and community projects.


Venugoban Kanesh
Lecturer and Manager



Shageevan Sachithanandan
Co-Founder - MyStore.lk / Ayubo Leisure / ESOFT Technologies

Shageevan is an accidental entrepreneur with 11 years of experience working in information technology sector covering Enterprise Administration, Software Development, VoIP and more. He co-founded MyStore.lk (E-Commerce), Ayubo Leisure (Travel) and ESOFT Technologies (Software Development and IoT). He is also the CIO of MyDeal Group. He has a passion for business process automation and currently working on the same across all his businesses.


Jude Briner Anton Ranjithkumar
Lawyer and CEO of Corporate & Business consultants



Rushangan Kodeeswaran
Managing Director at Sikaram Academy



Mohammed Fawaz
Chief Executive Officer at Global Tutor

Multi-faceted professional with 5 years of experience working in international business development environments (BPO,KPO, Outsourcing Modules ). Particular industry experience in strategy and business development across consulting, Academic , and Business Analysis , as well as Innovation management.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Jaffna team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


National Partner

Community Partner

Golden Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Hospitality Partner

Sponsors

Digital Media Partner

Internet Service Provider

Digital Marketing Partner

Print Media Partner


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Jaffna is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Thavaruban
    Thangarajah
  • Robinson
    Prashanthan
  • Sarveswaran
    Kengatharaiyer
  • Sharmmhik
    Yogarajah
  • Venugoban
    Kanesh

Facilitators


Nikhil Jain


Event Staff


Jeyakopy Jeyarathnem
Founder and CEO at ePixcell



Anusha Thavaruban
Executive Director @ Speed IT net



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