Spiralogics hosted Spirathon AI Conference on 2nd Feb, Saturday at Bougainvilla Events, Tripureshwor. Spirathon is an annual appathon organised by Spiralogics International. This year’s theme was AI for Impact. Mr. Samir Upadhyay, the CEO of Spiralogics inaugurated the event where he highlighted the importance of AI and how it can add value to the business. He ended his speech by stating the purpose of the event which is “to bring together professionals and students under one roof to rediscover the possibilities that AI can create in our day to day lives”. The event included Spirathon Finale with AI Application Demo and Presentation along with keynote speakers and awards distribution.
Mr. Mahabir Pun was invited as the Chief Guest. Pun is a social entrepreneur and an activist known for his extensive work in applying wireless technologies to develop remote areas of the Himalayas, also known as the Nepal Wireless Networking Project. Mr. Pun talked about the future prospect of AI in Nepal and gave a few words of encouragement for the young teams competing for appathon as well as to the participating audiences.
Mixture of Appathon and Conference
At this event, four teams presented their AI themed application in front of the judges and the audience. Judging these teams were Mona Nyachhyon (CEO, Logpoint), Manish Modi (Managing Director, Khalti) and Santosh Gartaula (Co-founder, BikasUdhyami.com). Each teams were scored on the basis of Idea – Impact, MVP (Completeness), Business Value (sustainability), Process and Presentation + Demo. These teams were selected out of the 25 teams who had submitted their idea during the preliminary round. After the selection, the teams started working on the prototype of their application under the supervision of a mentor assigned by the organisers themselves.
Team Night Owls was announced the winner of Spirathon 2019, taking home Rs. 20,000, a trophy as well as gift voucher from Cake Koseli. Similarly, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up took home cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5000 respectively, along with the gift vouchers from Cake Koseli.
The second half of the event included speakers: Dr. Pramod Parajuli (AI Consultant), Suraj Regmi ((Data Scientist in The World Bank), Bishesh Khanal (Co-founder of NAAMII) and Saunak Ranjitkar (COO and CTO of Spiralogics Inc.) where each of the speakers presented their case studies and research paper on various topics relating to AI.
At the end of the conference, a Networking Session was held so that participants could interact with the speaker as well as each other. The event attracted around 200 participants including IT students and professionals who wanted to increase their understanding of AI and it’s future potentials.
We would like to give a special mention and thank you to our event partners for supporting us to make the event successful:
- Sunway International Business School – Associate Sponsor
- ICT Frame – Official Media Partner
- Wave Magazine – Magazine Partner
- ViaNet – Official ISP Partner
- Cake Koseli – Gift Sponsor
- Gurkha Tea Estate – Token Sponsor
- Nepal.ai – Community Partner
- Npcert – Community Partner
Spiralogics would also like to thank all the participants and other supporters for their contribution in making Spirathon 2019 such a grand success. To view more pictures from the day, check out our Facebook page.