SochWare organized IoT-Tech talk in Madan Bhandari Memorial College. The program started at eleven with the host Eeda Rijal, CEO of SochWare delivering short introduction of the today’s event. The program followed with a speech from MBM college representative Mr. Prashant Thakur.
The event eventually began its core with an impressive speech from Stephen Simon, the guest speaker of the event from India. He is founder and CEO of Kodding Infosys, a Microsoft collaborated company. It is a seven-month-old company with just nineteen years old CEO. “Nepal is moving to IoT technology, but still a long way to go ahead. Nepal is different from the silicon-valley in the case of low internet speed only”, Stephen said. IoT makes the city smart, where there is no switch in any room; everything is controlled with the internet with mobile and computer. He faced difficulty in booking a taxi in Nepal because he is used to IoT technology in his country but he found difficulty in IoT tech in Nepal. IoT made his life very simpler in his country, and he is used to it, but he finds life challenging in absence of it.
He talked about AR and VR. He added Pokémon go game in just an official working day. He added the world of AR is changing rapidly with the use of Google cart board and HoloLens. He said the VR technology may or may not be marker based. “It’s no use of saying ‘I am a python programmer’ instead we should say ‘I am a Python programmer with machine learning’”, he emphasized. Then he showed a live demo of AR app using Unity software. He added Android app as just the UI today for the data provided is from IoT technology. Through his company, he earns a lakh and more within a week. He does not call himself an entrepreneur. “You need to learn how to make money” That is what he said. He do not know coding and electronics. He used a unity package called Vuforia. He said he disliked the trend of working abroad leaving the own country in low pay job even the market is huge in our own country. He took some examples of emerging tech-companies like NepaVR, eSewa, etc. and said that SochWareis also one of them. He added even SochWare is not going to make money for next few years, but after the craze of digitalization, they are the first one to make money. “You didn’t have to be a graduate to make an impact”, he said. “Don’t go for the easy path. Work for your passion”, he emphasized. He reported the fact “India has many startups, but only 10% of them continues next year and only 2% of them earns.” He thanked himself for being a half Nepali. You may mail him on email@example.com
Then the next speaker was Melisha Ghimire from the team Echo Innovators. She is a third year student. She also works as an HR head in few companies. At first, she pointed out the few participation of girls the program and encouraged girls to also take a lead in technology. She started her speech with her journey in MIC being MSP, learned, and started her journey in pre-accelerator. Namaste Naari, Mepsha and Farmli are her products. Farmli was being selected in Imagine Cup, a worldwide completion on ideas and entrepreneurship, sponsored by Microsoft Corporation. Farmli is a Fitbit application for domestic animals. She talked about her device solution of Farmli. The main difficulties for her Farmli project was the unavailability of adequate sensors and other electronic components in Nepal. She said Nepali only follow the trend of java, android, and backward technology, but foreign countries has moved towards next generation technology. She said, “If we are not going parallel with the world, we are soon going to be a dinosaur”. “We do not get that taught in our bachelor’s degree, so we must not just rely on our courses and syllabus”, she added. IoT, Machine learning, Azure, Cloud are the major four next generation technologies. We must have a sound knowledge about them. Microsoft’s Kinect is a brand new breakthrough in the technology. We are very backward in technology. We do not have even not a handful of people in advanced technology. Nepal is unknown to the world, people remember us just because of India and China. She said her team was very renowned in the Imagine Cup for her solution. “We established Nepal in a real world challenge. And that’s what I consider my real win is.”, she wondered. “If you can do best in your comfort zone, why to come out of it. Just keep on your best on it. When needed, you will automatically come out of it”, she added. She ended her speech with her suggestion not just being an android app developer, just a website developer but also to think of creating HoloLens app, moving to the next generation technologies.
Then there comes one and only Shishir Shrestha, another cofounder of SochWare with his presentation on “The power of IoT”. Though he had a huge number of imformation to deliver, he pursued his presentation in brief the basics of IoT, its uses, and other know-hows of it. “SochWare is our five month old startup focusing on optimization of mushroom farming with the use of IoT for the maintaining humidity, temperature, pressure remotely”, he told the audience.
Then there comes another cofounder of SochWare Milan Thapa(Aryan) with his presentation on “Advanced analytics”. He said the analysis is the data, which we understand promptly and use for any useful purpose just as an example of our mark sheets to know, which help to know the poor subjects and etc. He introduced the use of a very powerful Microsoft tool called Power Bi. Power Bi is another name of “any data, anyway, anywhere.” He added that it could handle all the data with any data types. “We can discover, analyze and visualize our data for the useful purpose and analyzing the data with MS Excel”, he said. Not only Excel Power Bi could analyze any data either its on database or static data even the live IoT live streamed data. He also added we don’t have to worry about the platform or device to visualize the data we could get our any data anywhere at any time wither its desktop or mobile also we don’t need to have worry about the OS either its windows, android or iOS. He showed the live demo of using data analytics with MS Excel and Power Bi.
The event then followed with a very warm presentation by Milan Khanal with his presentation on “Sustainable Development Goals”. He is founder of “Child of Nature”, an MSP 2016/17, US delegate in Asia and Pacific winner of Asia Pacific Youth Forum on SDG, a humanitarian and social entrepreneur. He was selected from Nepal with 90 ambassadors with different countries. He started with some little refreshing exercise to the mass, as the mass seems to have tired from the previous speech and presentations. Then he divided the mass into three groups. “He-Ho-Hi” and fireball pass was very interesting and the mass really loved it making all the participants refreshed. He said that they were actually, what called the team building method which brings the smile in the face of the participants which ultimately help them in networking with the group members, which is practiced in London. He then continued with his presentation. He told that there are a total of seventeen goals for developing countries for having sustainable development by the end of twenty-thirty: No property, no hunger and other fifteen. He said he learned the art of social entrepreneurship in his visit to Thailand for twenty plus days. He shared his experience that even being pursued a Bachelor’s degree from The British College; his English was not so good. He research in Cambodia border about many different sustainable development ways. He shared his deadly experience on his visit. Then he asked the audience, “How to achieve SDG in Nepal?” He answered, “Be a social entrepreneur”. He talked about social entrepreneurships. He then presented the mass with a video Song highlighting on UN goals and humanity named “I was here”. He emphasized that for proper achievement of sustainable development, management, public health plays the huge role for it. You may mail him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Then finally the very own CEO and cofounder of SochWare, Eeda Rijal presented the stage with her idea generation workshop. She said, “Idea start with a cup of tea. If you are dedicated, go work for it.” She said that the idea could be found anywhere. At the same time, there was some technical problem with her mike. “If only we could detect earlier, we could have fixed it”, she said. She said that many of us wanted to work in big IT Company, but the question is “where does your idea apply?” She then divided the audience into nine groups with the help of volunteers and gave a task to find out the problems on particular topics. The topics selected by the groups were school, restaurant, lift, culture, hospital, bus, road, shopping mall, and kitchen. She then told the groups to find the human centered design for the particular problems selected. She encourage the mass to brainstorm the problems, and work in-group to find the solution. The solution has to define persona, should be a problem solver, and has to have a passion to work it on. “Don’t believe that your idea is the best. The value solution you make may not work for your targeted customer. Think from their eye. The solution helping in many sectors is the better. Work in team”, she suggested. She gave some time to the groups to list down the problems on the topics and from the bulky list of problems, just to select the most two major problems which has an impact and has feasibility. After a while, many innovative solutions came from the groups and the respective group representatives presented their solutions. Use of inflammable gas detector with IoT technology, automatically turning off the regulator for the safety measures in kitchen, management of waste products and waste energy, separation of organic and inorganic wastes were some other solutions. Similarly, anonymous feedback portal for management, teachers, and students, VR app for knowing the real time condition of parking, knowing the exact location of the shop, event in the malls were some another solutions. Moreover, vehicle location, detector for the traffic lights and roads, IoT for road traffic condition and control, and alternative route suggestive solution, app with doctors’ information, their specialization, and their availability with online registration, availability and with the provision of e-payment were another sets of innovative solutions from the groups. Furthermore, self-maintenance facility, fast administration, improvement of security and automatic speed control of the lift will be the next step in the improvement of the lifts. In addition, knowing of the routes and vehicle condition, collection of the engine data of the vehicle with the use of IoT technology for vehicle maintenance and provision of RFID, and bank account deduction of the driver for speed control of the bus would surely make a revolution in the driving sector. These were some innovative sets of solutions came from the groups. Eeda then talked few words on the elevator pitch and presentation and the art of leadership. “You need to have a very good social circle. Social Circle is the first step for social entrepreneurship”, she ended her presentation with her last sentence. Then, for the closing ceremony, she invited the college representative and all the speakers on the stage for the Token of love.
“Do something before it’s too late. We have some IT community students’ club. We are planning to have at least a couple of events per month. We want the active participation of all the students”, college representative Prashant Sir encouraged the mass in his ending speech.
The event ended with lunch and a surprise session in between with a song played by “The MIC band” member Swopnil Shakya, all the volunteers, and the speakers celebrated Friendship Day with wishing one another and singing friendship songs.