Winners of iHack 3.0

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University emerged as Winners of iHack 3.0, a 24-hour inter-university hackathon held on 7th and 8th October 2017 at University of Colombo. The event was organized by the ISACA Student Group, University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC). UCSC was placed as the first Runner Up and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) was placed as the second Runner Up in the event. 20 teams were chosen to take part in the hackathon based on a proposal submitted, and five teams were chosen as finalists based on the work presented during the hackathon, from which the winners were chosen after an extensive reviewing process involving three rounds of presentations during the course of the 24-hour hackathon. In a hackathon, programmers code in an extreme manner over a short period of time, where they are provided with an opportunity to showcase their software development skills and apply problem-solving skills in order to find effective solutions for real-world problems.

The wining team of three, Mr. Sachintha Hewawasam, Mr. Kavindu Rathnasiri (Department of Computer Science) and Ms. Krishni Hewa (Department of Information Technology), 3rd year students, representing Faculty of Computing, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University developed a software solution to ease the learning process of students suffering from Dyslexia and other learning disorders.

The application has a summarization module developed using Natural Language Processing, which provides a summary of a given document. It also has an Optical Character Recognition module which identifies text of an uploaded image, where the student can recognize errors made through the error checking module implemented specifically for students with dyslexia. The application also has been incorporated with a Speech-to-Text module which transcribes what the student says in order to aid them with their writing process.