Conference Agenda

  • Investor Room


  • Main Stage


  • Stage 2.0


  • Workshops


  • 10:00 - 10:15
    Where
    Investor Room

  • 10:15 - 10:45
    Where
    Investor Forum

  • 10:45 - 11:15
    Where
    Investor Room

  • 11:30 - 12:30
    Where
    Investor Room

  • 13:30 - 15:15
    The myths and mundane of 80% of the venture capital in the world, originating from Silicon Valley. Unicorns and the truth of best practices.
    Where
    Investor Room

  • 09:00 - 09:10
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 09:15 - 09:45
    Start the day with an inspiring keynote from a thought leader to set the tone for the day.
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 10:00 - 10:45
    The digital future has taken the corporate sector as well as the public sector by storm and rapid changes in many key areas of life are happening at a high pace. The big question that pops up now is ‘Are we ready for the change?’ Companies that are digitally adaptive have a set of characteristics such as a cohesive corporate culture and an eagerness to take on risk. In this storm of change, we need new kind of companies that are ready for the digital age, ones that value flexibility and talent, people that can pivot and adapt quickly. These will be the successful new corporations. The public sector is digitizing many of their traditional methods as means of convenience and efficiency. This is a positive sign that the public sector is catching up on the digital train. Again a similar question arises. ‘Are we the public of Sri Lanka ready for the digital transformation?’
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 11:00 - 11:45
    Gender diversity is not merely an opportunity for women but creates opportunity on a larger scale for companies, the tech industry, and the economy. Here are three major areas that are impacted by gender diversity. Revenue and profitability, meeting workforce needs, economic fairness. According to research tech space is the only one where the participation of women has decreased in the last 20 years globally. Low levels of female employment and leadership in tech should signal alarm bells, and not just for women. Gender diversity is increasingly becoming an economic argument, not merely an ethical one. So why does gender diversity even matter, anyway? What’s wrong with having a 70% male dominated profession?
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 12:00 - 12:45
    Disruption in financial services is unprecedented today and can be seen throughout the industry in payments, remittances, savings, loans and insurance. Established players and new start-ups are offering a variety of digital financial services aimed at different customer segments, from long-time customers and small businesses to millennials and the underbanked. Digital financial services use channels such as mobile devices, ATMs, and point of sale systems, and are increasingly taking advantage of emerging technologies to gain efficiencies, improve the customer experience and offer more targeted services. In this competitive environment, digital financial services provided by start-ups can have a profound impact on established players, but some established banks are creating FinTech hubs and accelerators, often working with startups to help develop new products and services. This session will explore innovation and disruption in financial services, from the technology enablers to the business models, and how industry players are competing or collaborating to bring digital financial services to the market.
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    Blockchain, is a buzzing topic around the tech community in the world. Some experts even call it the next big thing after the ‘internet’. This technology is ready to transform many sectors such as banking, cyber security, IoT, healthcare and supply chain management to name a few. Blockchain will help industries by increasing efficiency, transparency and security. It will reduce costs, and unleash an unprecedented wave of innovation which will transform the world in an unseen way before. Blockchain gained attention after the emergence of bitcoin the cryptocurrency that is changing how payments are made/received, yet bitcoin is just one of the of the dozens of things that blockchain can do. The transformation brought by this technology would be unavoidable, the best solution is to adopt and harness the benefits of this disruptive force. Sri Lanka seems to be lagging behind this technology which is about to take over the world by storm. Many sectors around the world are exploring a variety of opportunities to use blockchain. Why isn’t it we can’t see any interest in this disruptive technology and what the next generation of startups can do by adopting Blockchain? Whether we are ready or not this technology will impact the many sectors and economy significantly.
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    Too many small businesses assume their companies are too small to be attacked, too small for hackers to bother with. That’s not only wrong, but that kind of thinking could be catastrophic for your small business. Just one cybercrime could be the end of your company, and that threat is all too real. In 2016, Yahoo Inc. announced that data belonging to 1 billion of its users had been hacked back in 2013 making it the largest data breach in history. In July 2015, Ashley Madison announced that more than 50GB of user data had been leaked after being hacked. In a digital world, how safe is our data? As a startup or a corporate, how do you ensure that the data of your users and your business is safe online?
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    A lot of debate circles the lack of attractiveness of Sri Lanka for entrepreneurs. The diversity of the local, as well as the overseas markets, can work as a competitive advantage but also still impose legal, fiscal and business challenges. The digital market is being disrupted on any given moment. A startup will have to work consistently to make it big in the highly competitive marketplace and sometimes will take the time to implement and will probably still not lead to a truly harmonized global market.
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 17:45 - 18:30
    Where
    Main Stage

  • 13:30 - 14:15
    The majority in the tech industry including the giants as well as the startups anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will dominate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as healthcare, transport and logistics, customer service, and home maintenance. But even as they are largely consistent in their predictions for the evolution of technology itself, they are deeply divided on how advances in AI and robotics will impact the economic and employment picture over the next decade. In ten years or less, the biggest impact of AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning will be the transformation of knowledge work. For robots to progress, they need increasing human capabilities. Will robots become smarter than us and where does that leave people? Are we ready for this transformation?

  • 14:30 - 15:15
    When most people think about design, their minds automatically go to the artistic elements of design things like shape, color, and balance. But the beauty of great design goes much deeper than mere appearance. Good design increases the amount of trust a visitor has on your website and therefore in your business. Bad design sends them bouncing away in search of something more reliable. In fact, the design of your website impacts every single moment a user spends on a page. It can be the difference between a great user experience and a lousy one. Ultimately, it can drive or lose conversions. When design focuses on user experience and user interface, it delivers measurable results, in the form of more conversions on sales pages, increased frequency and number of sales, and a more profitable bottom line. That’s real value. And it’s the real importance of good design.
    Where
    Stage 2.0

  • 15:30 - 16:15
    Where
    Stage 2.0

  • 10:00 - 11:00
    You have heard about the lean canvas, but you always wanted to master it. Now is the time to learn and master this essential tool. The Lean Canvas template is not set in stone this should be repurposed, revisited, and revised to suit your specific needs. Many companies devise Lean Canvases every time they prepare to release a new feature or product. Lean Canvases help internal teams understand and hone in on the central customer problem their updates are resolving. This exercise helps drive organizational focus down to the right feature-set (solution), metrics, and customer segments which in turn aligns sales, marketing, design and development efforts.
    Where
    Workshop Room 1

  • 10:00 - 11:00
    You have a great business idea, you got it validated from friends, family, advisors and now you are going to take the plunge into starting up. Maybe you have already started the journey and battling market forces on multiple fronts, pushing your products or services. If you’re looking at high growth, there are a few typical phases during which you’ll have to interact with the legal system in Sri Lanka. You have to build a great team, create a kickass product, forge a service delivery system, do awesome marketing, conquer social media, raise investment, become a sales superhero – and your company will become hot property in the market. And then you’ll have to deal with some unexpected things. Some of these will drastically affect your business. Sri Lanka is comparatively a difficult country to do business in, and the number one reason for that is the slow, and inefficient legal system. Out of 190 economies in the world, Sri Lanka ranks 110. This workshop will equip you with the fundamentals of the legal system in Sri Lanka and will provide you with the best legal tips and tricks for your startup.
    Where
    Workshop Room 2

  • 11:30 - 12:30
    Where
    Workshop Room 1

  • 11:30 - 12:30
    When running a startup, some of the big questions that pop up in the entrepreneurs head are how to reach the masses, how to make the business resonate, how to drive business results, how to be successful, and how to fulfill dreams with a shoestring budget? A solid digital marketing plan can do wonders for a startup. It builds awareness and positions your company and brand. It develops a consistent flow of traffic, gets the first few users. This form of marketing also drive leads and online sales. This workshop will equip you with the latest trends as well as fundamentals which will help you win the digital marketing game.
    Where
    Workshop Room 2

  • 13:00 - 16:30
    Where
    Workshop Room 2