Innotech 2020 begins on March 11 | Daily News


Innotech 2020 begins on March 11

130 local schools, 15 universities and 16 tech institutes:
Exhibition spanning over 300 acres in Pitipana:

Over 130 schools, 15 universities and 16 tech based institutes will join forces together from March 11 for Innotech 2020, the country’s first and national technology and innovation exhibition held across the sprawling 300 acre technology hub in Pitipana, Homagama.

The exhibition which will be open till March 14 will be inaugurated on March 11 by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The exhibition will showcase research and development outcomes and innovations of institutes and universities to inculcate a liking among students for technology innovation and to promote science literacy at all levels.

The exhibition will see the participation of 130 local schools and 15 local universities will serve as a platform for school and university students, tertiary and higher education institutions to popularise their inventions. An android based app has been developed to enable visitors to navigate the many facets of the exhibition with ease and convenience.

The exhibition will also see the launch of a dedicated faculty for technological sciences of the Sri Jayawardenapura University. It is envisioned that the exhibition will create enthusiasm among the younger generation to engage in technological studies, while start ups will be encouraged to explore options to scale.

The exhibition is organised under the guidance of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Minister, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena in collaboration with Education Minister Dullas Alahapperuma.

It was found during initial discussions that although the Higher Education, Technology and Innovation and the state ministry and government research institutes were engaged in Research and Development, the knowledge and products were not communicated and was not benefited by industry and entrepreneurs as well as the public.

Officials found that there was a considerable gap between the knowledge created and its application on the ground level. However with the advancement of technologies globally it was equally important for Sri Lanka to create an enabling environment for the science, technology and innovation sector.

Having such an environment will facilitate achieving the objectives of having a technology based society as highlighted in the Vistas of Prosperity, the current national policy framework.

The tri-forces and police will also be given separate venues within the main area to showcase their research and development outcomes. The event will be held across five venues within the hub including the Mahinda Rajapaksa National school, technology faculty of the university of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka institute of Nanotechnology, National school of Business Management and Department of measurement units and standard services.

The exhibition will be organized under educational zone, innovation zone as well as R&D.

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