Over 800 Sri Lankan inventors will display their inventions and innovations at the National Invention Exhibition, from November 30 to December 2 at the BMICH from 10 am to 5 pm. Participating under University, School, Open and Commercialised categories by submitting novel ideas under 12 Technical Fields, they will compete to win the prestigious Dasis Award presented to the best inventor. Organised by the Sri Lanka Inventors' Commission which functions under the Ministry of Research and Technology, this is the second such exhibition since its inception in 2012.
The Exhibition will be declared open by the Minister of Research and Technology, Patali Champika Ranawaka and the second day will be officiated by the Minister of Higher Education S. B. Dissanayake, Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena, and the Minister of Youth Affairs Dullas Allahapperuma.
One big concern inventors have is finding access to market and commercialise their inventions. With this in mind SLIC has invited Sri Lanka Angel Network, SLASSCOM and Brandix who are scouting for viable inventions for investment to join the selection process. This will be a major step forward in supporting commercialization of inventions.
Marking a significant improvement from last year, this time the largest number of 302 entries have come from the Open Category with Schools and Universities closely following them having submitted 248 and 205 entries respectively. The schools category entries have been short listed from over 1500 submitted to the provincial exhibitions held in all nine provinces. University entries have been promoted by the special programme titled SIIP organized by the Ministry of Higher Education. The highest number of entries have come in the field of Safety and Security followed by environment.
In addition to selecting the best solutions in each of the technical fields under the participating categories the overall best in five nationally significant fields too will be selected.
Twelve fields with National and International Significance
1. Making disabled independent
Considering a 10% of the global population is considered to be disabled and most of them are in poverty innovations to make them independent is a global priority. Having a fast-aging population and with a significant disabled population in Sri Lanka this segment will try to focus the attention of innovators to come up with novel solutions.
The climatic change, increased urbanisation and industrialisation pose significant challenges in protecting the environment while meeting human aspirations.
Change of lifestyle across the globe has created an ever-increasing demand on new food solutions. Healthy, Economical, Easy to Prepare and Easy to Use food will always have a good demand.
Under this category various solutions to improve agricultural yields and productivity will be considered.
5. Health and Nutrition
Leveraging the rich bio diversity and the traditional or ayurvedic knowledge coupled with modern science, innovations this is one of the highly competitive category. For instance the global herbal health care market is estimated to reach over USD 13 Billion by 2018.
Not only alternative ways to generate energy but also ways to improve productivity of energy consumption will also be considered under this category.
This is another field in which various inventions are being done on a wide range of aspects like materials, equipment, tools, methodologies and products that make constructions stronger, economical, safer and even environment friendly.
8. Teaching Aids
This segment was consciously introduced to provide a platform for various teachers who have evolved very innovative solutions to make teaching effective. Some of these creations never get recognized even though the contributions they make are very high.
9. Safety and Security
Human Safety and Security cover inventions in a wide range of fields, Industrial, Road and Home safety are primary though.
10. Apparel, Textiles and Accessories
This was specially introduced responding to the need of the industry. This is an industry that always meets global competition and cutting edge innovation. As a significant contributor to the national economy the apparel sector now commands special attention. Innovations to the challenges in that field will have national significance
This is another field where various innovations are being constantly done starting from developing new musical instruments to various accessories that enhance listener experience.
Any solution that will improve human communication will fall within this broad category. In the past our inventors had developed solutions that had achieved international recognition.
From the winners in the above Fields the best under the following special fields will be recognized separately. These will cut across all the fields but the attention will be given to select the outstanding application or relevance in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronics, Traditional Knowledge, Nano Technology and Substitute for imports.
A range of Awards to be won
1. “Dasis” Awards
The “Dasis” Awards are presented to the best invention or the inventor in categories of schools, University and Technical Colleges, Open and Commercialized Invention at the “Sahasak Nimewum” National Exhibition for Inventions and Innovations.
“Dasis” is the given name to king Rawana, who probably was one of the greatest inventors of our country. The “Dasis” award will include cash prize of Rs.750,000.00, the “Dasis” Trophy and the certificate.
2. National Awards
The National Awards will be given to each of the above mentioned nationally significant fields. Rs.100,000.00, Rs.50,000.00 and Rs.25,000.00 as cash prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners respectively. The trophy of each national significant filed will be presented to the winner of the first place.
3. Award for the Vertical Technical Fields
The overall best five inventions in the field of ICT, Electronics, Traditional Knowledge, and Nano Technology will be offered under this award. The award will include a cash prize of Rs.200,000.00, a Trophy and a certificate.