Spiralogics hosted Spirathon AI Conference on 2nd Feb, Saturday. Spirathon is an annual appathon organised by Spiralogics International. This year’s theme is AI for Impact. Mr. Samir Upadhyay, the CEO of Spiralogics said “the purpose of this event is to bring together professionals and students under one roof to rediscover the possibilities that AI can create in our day to day lives”. The event included Spirathon Finale with AI Application Demo and Presentation along with keynote speakers and awards distribution. Mahabir Pun was invited as the Chief Guest. Pun is a social entrepreneur and an activist known for his extensive work in applying wireless technologies to develop remote areas of the Himalayas, also known as the Nepal Wireless Networking Project.
At this event, four teams presented their AI themed application in front of the judges and the audience. Judging these teams were Mona Nyachhyon (CEO, Logpoint), Manish Modi (Managing Director, Khalti) and Santosh Gartaula (Co-founder, BikasUdhyami.com). Each teams were scored on different criteria such as completeness, sustainability, presentation and impact. These teams were selected out of the 25 teams who had submitted their idea during the preliminary round. After the selection, the teams started working on the prototype of their application under the supervision of a mentor assigned by the organisers themselves. Team Night Owls was announced the winner of Spirathon 2019, taking home Rs. 20,000, a trophy as well as gift voucher from Cake Koseli. Similarly, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up took home cash prize of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5000 respectively along with the gift vouchers.
The second half of the event included speakers like Dr. Pramod Parajuli (AI Consultant), Suraj Regmi ((Data Scientist in The World Bank), Bishesh Khanal (Co-founder of NAAMII) and Saunak Ranjitkar (COO and CTO of Spiralogics Inc.) who presented their case studies and research paper on various topics of AI.
At the end of the conference, a Networking Session was held so participants could interact with the speaker as well as each other. The event attracted around 200 participants including IT students and professionals who wanted to increase their understanding of AI and it’s future potentials.
Spiralogics International is an American based software development company that currently employs over 60 members in Nepal. It has an office in Kathmandu, India as well as Atlanta. The company primarily builds applications for the American Health Insurance industry. Some of its clients include Walmart, Examworks and AIG. Most of client are among the Fortune 500 companies.
Spiralogics was established in 2002 in America and 2009 in Nepal. With 15+ experience in the software industry, the company has always desired to teach the new and upcoming developers with what it has learned over the years. Out of that mission, Spiralogics has been hosting various internal and external Tech-centric events throughout the year.