ICTA’s “Disrupt Asia 2018” to feature top international start-up experts

Disrupt Asia 2018, Sri Lanka’s Premier Start-up Conference and Innovation Festival, is set to feature several top international and local experts in entrepreneurship, policy, innovation and startups from USA, Netherlands, UK, Singapore, Bangladesh, Philippines and India.

The Conference, to be held from 3.30pm to midnight on Saturday, 11th August 2018 at the Trace – Expert City, is set to discuss the need for policy and strategy while entrepreneurs sharing their successes and failures will provide inspiration to those hoping to take the plunge. Experts will share their knowledge on AI, digital marketing, security and set the stage for disruptive thinking around STEAM education, creative industries and social entrepreneurship.

The Opening Keynote will be delivered by Glenn Robinson – Managing Director of XLr8 Andhra Pradesh Technology Business Accelerator (University of Texas at Austin extension). He will also be one of the panelists sharing his views on the topic “Strategy and Policy: Will It Change Anything?”. Glenn Robinson has held executive management positions in the non-profit sector, as well as being a seasoned entrepreneur, having launched and successfully managed multiple start-up ventures.

Participating in the panel discussion on “Disrupting Creative Industries” will be Pradeepa Jeeva, a Producer and Social Entrepreneur who is also the CEO of Jeeva Productions Inc and Head of Content Strategy at Snake Nation. One of the panelists speaking about the topic of “Success in Failure” is Nirjhor Rahman – Country Director at YGAP Bangladesh. Interacting with the audience on the topic “Raising A Million Dollars” will be Ray Newal – Managing Director of Techstars India and Keith Wallace – Chairman and Managing Partner at De Investeerders Club.

The Closing Keynote will be delivered by Nick Marino Junior – Director of Social Change at TangoTaba mobile app that is used to find restaurants where every time a user checks-in at a restaurant on the app, TangoTab feeds a person in need. To date, TangoTab is available to use in 100,000 restaurants and has fed over 2.5 million needy people.

Organized by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), Disrupt Asia 2018 is supported by the Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment.

Tickets for the Conference can be purchased online via