“IDEA FEST 2018!!” The right idea will fly

Kerala Startup Mission is organizing the Idea Fest as the 10th Idea Day aimed for promoting the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among the youth in the state of Kerala. This event focuses exclusively on innovative projects by college students in Kerala.

First Stage Application Overview

All the students interested for participating in the Idea Fest were asked to submit their Stage 1 Application form. All students who submitted the application/interest form in stage 1 and submitted Stage 2 application form were considered for the initial selection of Idea Fest.

Stage 1 Application: Interest form

  • The Stage 1 Application form was opened for students to make their interest submissions.
  • In the first stage, a total of 2384 applications were received.
  • All students who submitted the Stage 1 application was provided guidance by KSUM Team to complete their Stage 2 application form through its partners ICT Academy of Kerala and Rethink Foundation.

Stage 2 Application: Idea Fest Application Form

The Stage 2 application form was made available till March 5th and those who submitted the Stage 2 application only were shortlisted for the initial selection round of Idea Fest.

Initial Shortlisting

The initial screening process was done by the KSUM Team in which incomplete and trial applications were eliminated.

And further the applications were vetted by IEDC nodal officers from respective IEDC colleges.

Second Stage Shortlisting

KSUM had organized second stage shortlisting at 8 different locations where the applicants presented their idea to an expert panel.

The panel of judges shortlisted 281 ideas with potential and they had also provided other applicants necessary feedback for improving their idea and presentation.

The detailed information regarding the number of ideas shortlisted from different venues are as follows:

Venue Total Number of Students Pitched No of Applications Shortlisted
Ernakulam 186 119
Palakkad 43 19
Calicut 31 15
Kollam 27 7
Alappuzha 12 5
Thrissur 69 54
Kottayam 55 31
Trivandrum 38 31
Total 461 281

List of Shortlisted Students for the Finals of Idea Fest 2018!!

 Idea Fest

Demo and final selection of all the shortlisted ideas will be announced soon. The ideas which are recommended by the evaluation panel and approved by KSUM will receive funding through the Innovation Grant scheme. To Read more about the scheme visit: https://startupmission.kerala.gov.in/pages/ideaday


FAYA:80 Kochi 10th edition | An Intro to Chatbot Development | 11th April, 2018


Chatbots are everywhere, from websites and social media platforms to smartphones and are an easy and fun way to assist customers in their interactions with a brand or product. Even though the bot revolution is in its early phase, we can expect a lot more advancements in this field. With the evolution of AI and Deep Learning, chatbots are expected to become more empowered to offer better language processing capabilities and extensive personalization in the coming days.

Chatbots are sure to get embedded in almost all the interconnected devices that will use in our day to day lives in the future. This will fundamentally transform human interactions with digital business platforms and will open up new realms of personalized customer experience. Foreseeing this immense potential of the chatbots, organizations have started investing heavily in this space.

The 10th edition of FAYA:80 Kochi, An Intro to Chatbot Development, will be an opportunity for all application developers, testers, technical managers and other technology enthusiasts to explore the emerging world of chatbots and why they are here to stay.


Registration is free but seats are limited.


Topics Covered


  • Introduction to chatbots

  • Evolution of chatbots

  • Potential of chatbots

  • How can businesses benefit from chatbots?

  • How can Messenger chatbots be used for marketing?

  • Why is Chatbots such a big opportunity?


  • How does a chatbot work

  • Natural language understanding

  • Response generation

  • Dialogue management

  • Chabot Training

  • Tools for chatbot development

  • Dialogflow NLU demo

Date & Place

5 PM, 11th April 2018 |  NASSCOM 10000 Startups Warehouse, Kochi

About Speakers

Mahroof K is a technology enthusiast & business analyst. He co-founded Cedex Technologies LLP, a Chatbot, Web and Mobile Development company in Kochi. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Application from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, and also holds an MBA.  For the past four years, he has been providing solutions to startups worldwide in the areas of chatbot, web and mobile development.

Jubin Jose is a chatbot developer at Cedex Technologies LLP and a Machine Learning enthusiast. A programmer by choice, he’s interested in Creative Coding and teaching kids online. He believes in the importance of Indic ML and is an active contributor to the free software community.

About FAYA:80 (Read as FAYA PORT 80)

FAYA:80 is a monthly technology hangout for technology enthusiasts by technology enthusiasts to break the ice, analyse and evaluate emerging trends in technology. Held on the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month at Trivandrum, Kochi and Kozhikode respectively, the series stands for Free Knowledge Sharing and aims to provide an open platform for entrepreneurs, developers and technology professionals to keep at par with the latest tools and technologies.

Now check your body vitals @ Just Rs 1/- with pick2heal.com


Hello All,  www.pick2heal.com , a startup based out of KSUM Trivandrum, has launched their new product feature called Preventive.  The preventive plan allows you and your family members to check Sugar, Cholesterol and Blood Pressure (BP) just @ Rs 1 for each. The mission behind this is to build a preventive culture among people so as to stay healthy and happy. No
wonder! This is made available in all the medical labs listed.

“If you control your blood sugar, cholesterol and pressure , the chances of bad things happening to you are very low”

For more info please check https://www.pick2heal.com/

The service is now available in four different districts of Kerala and expanding the service
day by day.

Kerala Startup Up Mission  wishes all the very best to the team and do grab this opportunity to monitor the health of each one of your family members @ Rs 1.

Thank you.

KSUM’s international women’s day celebrations : Women Tech makers Cochin on March 10th & Rails Girl Kochi on March 11th.

We KSUM celebrating International Women’s Day by throwing a big celebration for women in the tech communities in Kochi. Once a year, Google Women TechMakers, Rails Girls and other women in tech organizations get together for one big bash. You don’t want to miss this unique networking event!

1. WomenTechMakers Cochin is hosting the IWD’18 as a part of International Women’s Day celebration on March 10, 2018, at KTIZ.

Google Women TechMakers Cochin Chapter is hosting IWD’18 to celebrate International Women’s Day. We invite all genders to join us on March 10th at the Maker Village, KITZ to celebrate and support the diversity in the technological industry. All passionate people out there join us to get learn, interact and have fun 🙂

Venue : KTIZ, Kochi
Time : 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Date : March 10

Register here: http://bit.ly/wtmciwd18
Registration is mandatory.


2. Rails Girls Workshop is a global movement/event organized across the world to encourage more girls to choose and stay in a career of software development. Rails is a good choice for them as its a full stack framework and it allows the students to experience a-z of web development and have a functioning web application. Rails Girls Kochi is organized by Kerala Ruby User Group and Student Developer Society.



Rails Girls workshop are organized with a more 1-2-1 approach where for a team of 3 or 4 students will have a coach (who is an experienced professional). The coach will then take the students through the syllabus. This approach ensures that the students get the full benefit of the professional’s experience.

Proposed Schedule
08:00 – 09:00 | Registration + Swag Distribution + tea
09:00 – 09:30 | Inauguration + Giving instruction to the attendees
09:30 – 12:30 | Split up into the team and work in Ruby on Rails (1-2-1) with mentors
12:30 – 01:30 | Lunch Break
01:30 – 01:45 | Ice Breaker
01:45 – 02:30 | Keynote address
02:30 – 04:00 | workshop continues
04:00 – 04:30 | Tea break + networking
04:30 – 05:00 | Coach/Mentor wraps up their discussion
05:00 – 05:30 | Signing off, by giving common instructions on how to take this forward

Venue : KTIZ, Kochi
Time : 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Date : March 11

LINK: http://railsgirls.com/kochi-2018.html


Raspberry JAM Trivandrum on March 4th

D29DAD9A-80C7-4EB4-87A0-853D4826CED8Here is Kerala’s very first Raspberry Jam event !!!
Raspberry Jams are community-led events run by volunteers to share knowledge, learn new things and meet fellow Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, digital makers and coders.


Sun, March 4, 2018
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM IST


Meetup Cafe
Kerala Startup Mission
Trivandrum, Kerala 695543

Topics Covered

Intro to IoT
Intro to microcontrollers
Intro to Arduino
Intro to SBC
Intro to Raspberry Pi
Pi hardware overview
Using Pi as a computer
Intro to Linux
Intro to Shell
Writing Python program
Remotely controlling Pi
Awesome stuff with Pi

Register Here

FOSSEE Summer Fellowship programme 2018

The FOSSEE (https://fossee.in/) project based at IIT Bombay has introduced the FOSSEE Fellowship programme. Students from colleges can apply for the same. The students are required to register and complete certain screening tasks. All submissions will be evaluated and candidates will be shortlisted for the fellowship. Selected candidates will work on various projects here at IIT Bombay, for a duration of 8 weeks.

For more details and registration, please visit: https://fossee.in/fellowship. The last date for registration is 9 March 2018.