October 12, 2019

Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference and Innovation Festival

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date

October 12, 2019

Time

02:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Discussions

5 Panel Discussions

location

Nelum Pokuna, Colombo 07

What's Going On There Come & Learn.

Disrupt Asia 2019 – Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference and Innovation Festival organized by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka since 2016 is a gathering of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem to one amazing platform. Each year Disrupt Asia has a theme aligning to global trends. This year is about Augmented Living.

  • Main Conference

    The conference has two keynotes by eminent startup personalities and five panel discussions with local and foreign experts and founders of successful startups. The conference will inspire aspiring entrepreneurs and guide early stage startups. The expertise shared on travel technologies and trends, immersive technologies and its real applications and innovation shaping cities will be an eye opener for startups as well as corporate innovation teams. Startups aspiring to go global will get the opportunity to listen to the Founders themselves of how their products disrupted Asia and experts discussing strategies to go global.

  • Startup Battle Grand Finale

    A pitching competition where shortlisted startups can pitch and win prizes. An eminent panel consisting of local and foreign experts are there as judges.

  • Innovation Festival

    This comprises of the startup showcase, knowledge hub, partner offerings, art installations and digital activations.  The startup showcase will provide the opportunity for  selected startups to showcase their offering to the attendees of Disrupt Asia. Throughout the years many startups have chosen the Disrupt Asia Startup Showcase to launch the final product, conduct activations to popularize the product or simply create awareness among their target audience that they were their at Disrupt Asia. 

  • This year at the festival a special Knowledge Hub catering to University students and early stage entrepreneurs will house representatives from a number of entrepreneur support initiatives in the country such as Technopreneurship by Hackadev Academy, Venture Frontier Caravan and Bootcamps, ICTA ImagineIF and Spiralation and many more.

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Meet Our 2019 Speakers

Amarit Charoenphan

Amarit Charoenphan

Chief Connection Officer and Co-founder, Techsauce & Executive Chairman and Co-founder of HUBBA

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Amit Chatterjee

Amit Chatterjee

Partner, Shadow Factory

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Andrew Jebaraj

Andrew Jebaraj

Director, Rocketeer Labs (Pvt) Ltd

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Blake Larson

Blake Larson

Managing Director , Lalamove

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Casey Lau

Casey Lau

Co-host of RISE, Co-founder of of StartupsGBA and Partner at Dimsum Ventures

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Casie Millhouse-Singh

Casie Millhouse-Singh

Founding Director, Two Lane

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Chalinda Abeykoon

Chalinda Abeykoon

CEO , CrowdIsland Pvt Ltd

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Chamira Jayasinghe

Chamira Jayasinghe

Founder and CEO , Arimac Digital

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Dr. Rainer Deutschmann

Dr. Rainer Deutschmann

Group Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC

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Gildas Coldeboeuf

Gildas Coldeboeuf

CEO, Manzalab Group, APAC

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H Gurumoorthy

H Gurumoorthy

Director – Digital Solutions and Transit Payments, Visa

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Harsha Purasinghe

Harsha Purasinghe

Founder/CEO , MiHCM Cloud / Microimage Holdings

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Hifnaz Jiffrey

Hifnaz Jiffrey

CEO , YOHO Bed Lanka (PVT) ltd

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Imran Furkan

Imran Furkan

CEO, Tresync

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Kanishka Weeramunda

Kanishka Weeramunda

Founder and CEO, PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd

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Lakmini Wijesundera

Lakmini Wijesundera

Co-founder and CEO , IronOne Technologies and BoardPAC

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Mirko Behnert

Mirko Behnert

Managing Director, Vorsprung Digital Ltd

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Nio Liyanage

Nio Liyanage

Managing Partner, STARTUPRIGHT

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Prof. Rehan Bhana

Prof. Rehan Bhana

Director of Innovation, Birmingham City University

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Rachel Bartholomuesz

Rachel Bartholomuesz

Public Policy Deputy Digital Lead APAC, Airbnb

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Richard Eldridge

Richard Eldridge

Co-Founder, LenddoEFL. CEO , Courage Rocks

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Rosie Keller

Rosie Keller

Regional Manager for Asia , Seedstars

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Sachindra Samararatne

Sachindra Samararatne

Program Head, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

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Sarah Mathews

Sarah Mathews

Group Head , Destination Marketing APAC , TripAdvisor

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Yael Malatskey

Yael Malatskey

Head, Startups Ecosystem, CityZone Israel

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What Attendees are Saying About Us.

I was lucky enough to attend the 2018 event and be part of a panel of local and international start-up professionals to discuss how startup entrepreneurs can maximize lessons from failure.

I was absolutely blown away by the hospitality and talent present in the Sri Lankan ecosystem, and ICTA lays an integral role in fostering that. This includes its flagship event, Disrupt Asia. The team at ICTA do an incredible job producing a world-class event, with the right mixture of seriousness and fun, and stunning presentation. Because of DA, I was able to create invaluable linkages with the start-up community in Sri Lanka, and am pursuing multiple avenues for collaboration between Lankan start-ups and entrepreneurs and Bangladesh.For anyone interested in Sri Lanka or working in start-ups regionally, Disrupt Asia is a can't miss event in their calendar.

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Nirjhor Rahman

CEO at Bangladesh Angels

Sri-Lanka has always had a community of people who support each other through decades of warm Hospitality. Due to this the Startup Eco-System is a very open & friendly one where founders & communities support each other in business. Disrupt Asia, which is the premier startup convention in Sri-Lanka and is with no-doubt the best platform for founders to collaborate and open up opportunities. With IgniterSpace, I was able to meet several people who helped us grow into international markets. In the year 2017 we met with a Tech Entrepreneur from the US who gave us access to the US Embassy in SL and we now manage all their education related grants in the American Center.

In the year 2018 we met Nirjhor who is the CEO of BD Angels in Bangladesh. Nirjhor helped IgniterSpace to do their first international expansion to his country. I believe Disrupt Asia will keep on unlocking great opportunities for IgniterSpace as well as all your Startups! I highly encourage you all to participate at this event as it will enable you to definitely DISRUPT ASIA!

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Jehan Wijesinghe

Co-Founder & CEO at IgniterSpace

Disrupt Asia not only shone a spotlight on unique startups in Sri Lanka but it also introduced Techstars to a talented and growing community of Sri Lankan investors, and corporate supporters; all indicators of the future prosperity of a startup ecosystem.

We were extremely fortunate to have connected with oDoc founder Heshan Fernando on a panel at Disrupt Asia, starting a relationship which resulted in a historic first. oDoc is the first Sri Lankan team to be accepted into a Techstars accelerator.

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Ray Newal

Managing Director, India at Techstars

Participating in Disrupt Asia changed the course of our company. At the event, we connected with Ray Newal, the MD of Techstars India. It was this chance encounter that led us to be selected for the Techstars Bangalore Program.

The Techstars Program was a perfect gateway to India. It helped us formulate our strategy and provided us with the network required to start and grow our India operation.

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Heshan Fernando

Co-Founder & CEO at oDoc

As a startup who pitched for the first time at a startup event. Disrupt Asia was a great experience, we meet great people and well-wishers who helped us to find our path for success. We meet our first investor at the event which has helped us to fuel our growth. And the opportunity to pitch at Oslo Innovation Week was beyond our expectations as a startup. We encourage new startups to pitch and participate for Disrupt Asia 2019.

Imthiyaaz Hassim

Imthiyaaz Hassim

CEO & Co Founder at SIXER VIDEO

Event Agenda.

02:00 PM

Welcome Note

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02:15 PM

Opening Keynote

By Casey Lau (Co-host of RISE, Co-founder of of StartupsGBA and Partner at Dimsum Ventures)
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03:00 PM

Travel Tech: Travel Smart
Enabling personalised, connected and sustainable travel

By Rachel Bartholomuesz (Public Policy Deputy Digital Lead APAC, Airbnb), Sarah Mathews (Group Head , Destination Marketing APAC , TripAdvisor), Hifnaz Jiffry (CEO , YOHO Bed Lanka (PVT) ltd), Mirko Behnert (Managing Director, Vorsprung Digital Ltd)
Moderated By Andrew Jebaraj (Managing Director, Rocketeer Labs)
Synopsis
Travel businesses need to adapt to the fact that the travelling experience is increasingly consumed on the go via multiple devices. Opportunities that big data analysis opens for better understanding of tourist flows, customer behaviour and prediction of future trends in the tourism market makes or breaks.  What are the technology-related megatrends determining the future of tourism? Is the local market the only option to test your application or are their other options? How does travel related technology enable personalised, connected and sustainable travel?
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04:00 PM

Platforms Disrupting Asia
The lives of people are enhanced through technology enabling convenience and economic growth

By Richard Eldridge (Co-Founder, LenddoEFL. CEO , Courage Rocks), Lakmini Wijesundera (Co-founder and CEO , IronOne Technologies and BoardPAC), Blake Larson (Managing Director , Lalamove), Harsha Purasinghe (Founder/CEO , MiHCM Cloud / Microimage Holdings)
Moderated By Imran Furkan (CEO, Tresync)
Synopsis
Product market fit will determine whether a software platform sustains or not. Scaling platforms locally and further going global is the next biggest challenge. Securing a global footprint and first steps to be taken in an international go to market strategy as a platform need much discussion. The economic and social impact of the platform will correlate to the entrepreneur’s vision for the product and that will determine how global it will finally be. 
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05:00 PM

Shaping Cities Through Innovation
Technology efficiently used to improve quality of life in a sustainable manner

By Yael Malatskey (Head, Startups Ecosystem, CityZone Israel), Dr. Rainer Deutschmann (Group Chief Operating Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC), H Gurumoorthy (Director – Digital Solutions and Transit Payments, Visa), Prof. Rehan Bhana (Director of Innovation, Birmingham City University)
Moderated By Kanishka Weeramunda (Founder and CEO, PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd)
Synopsis
Cities and its citizens have seen their lives being transformed to a better state of living through the adoption of technology. Whether it be convenient public transport, clean air, cashless payments or easy parking lives of citizens have improved, OR has it? Who are the important players of this ecosystem and how are they collaborating? How can startups play a pivotal role in shaping our cities? Is innovation shaping the city to an inclusive environment? Are the citizens really benefiting from the city being smart?
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06:00 PM

“R” of VR and AR
Technology is able to augment human senses and be immersed at a higher level of experience

By Gildas Coldeboeuf (CEO, Manzalab Group, APAC), Chamira Jayasinghe (Founder and CEO , Arimac Digital), Casie Millhouse-Singh (Founding Director, Two Lane) Amit Chatterjee (Partner, Shadow Factory)
Moderated By Sachindra Samararatne (Program Head, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka)
Synopsis
Even though the technology has been existing for quite some time, businesses are still trying to grasp the real value of immersive and interactive technologies. Selecting the correct devices and technologies which delivers varied levels of quality to suite the requirement is also  important. Startups are sometimes struggling to monetize an AR/VR business and to approach the market with a sellable offering. Fundamental question being whether the market is ready. What are the real use cases which can exploit the power of AR/ VR? Which business verticals can thrive by investing in such technologies? How does an AR/ VR business scale and more realistically how does an AR/VR business survive until the market is ready?
07:00 PM

WHEN DIGITAL MEETS ART

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08:00 PM

Go Global : Strategies for Emerging Markets
Accelerating your global expansion

By Rosie Keller (Regional Manager for Asia , Seedstars), Nio Liyanage (Managing Partner, STARTUPRIGHT), Casey Lau (Co-host of RISE, Co-founder , StartupsGBA)
Moderated By Chalinda Abeykoon (CEO , CrowdIsland Pvt Ltd)
Synopsis
Going global or expanding beyond the local geography has always been a challenge for startups especially in figuring out the most cost effective approach. Understanding the product market fit, means of testing the waters and the approach to finding suitable partners are areas of knowhow which without the efforts in go-to-market could end up in drastic failure. Support is provided by regional startup initiatives, globally spread accelerators and incubators to go global but which platform to choose and how to be eligible is not known by many. Which markets are emerging and receptive to startups to test the waters? How does a startup assess whom to partner or whom to accept investment from the market in focus? What to avoid when approaching a new market?
09:00 PM

Disrupt Asia 2019 Startup Battle Grand Finale

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10:00 PM

Closing Keynote

By Amarit Charoenphan (Chief Connection Officer and Co-founder, Techsauce & Executive Chairman and Co-founder of HUBBA)

Get Direction to the Event Hall

Nelum Pokuna
Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre

110 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka

02:00 PM TO 11:00 PM

Saturday, October 12, 2019

ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

160/24, Kirimandala Mawatha, Colombo 05,
Sri Lanka.

+94-11-236-9099

info@disruptasia.today