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IFS, the global cloud enterprise software company, is partnering with Hatch to enable the 6-week ChallengerX Incubator program – Sri Lanka’s first AI-Machine learning Incubator.

IFS has the leading tech stack for Scheduling and Service Management. As experts in the industry, IFS is continuously looking to innovate and improve its platform’s service experience.

The incubation program aims to drive innovation within Sri Lanka’s growing technology industry by providing a new opportunity for entrepreneurial talent. With a proven commitment to the industry and over 20 years of operating in Sri Lanka, IFS is dedicated to investing in the Sri Lankan technology landscape. Together with Hatch’s record in purpose driven open innovation in Sri Lanka and IFS’s support, ChallengerX is the perfect environment for collaboration, success, and innovation.

Taking advantage of the exceptional network in Sri Lanka, the ChallengerX Program will look at enhancing IFS’s Field Service Management Tool (WISE) capabilities. The What If Scenario Explorer (WISE) is used for forecasting resource requirements or KPIs for different business scenarios for organizations with a service-oriented mobile workforce. The Incubator will focus on improving Predictive Modelling systems capable of minimizing supply chain damage in the service industry caused by unforeseen circumstances, such as natural disasters.

Speaking about the partnership Ranil Rajapakse, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, IFS Sri Lanka Operations, said “As one of the largest IT companies in Sri Lanka we wanted to be part of this, we felt that we had a duty as well to invest in this thriving tech ecosystem. So to do that, we saw some good synergies between IFS and Hatch to work on a common set of problems and build solutions,”

At IFS, we have admired the work of the Hatch team for a long time. Like IFS, Hatch is committed to investing in Sri Lankan technology and visualizes the country’s potential to be a leader in innovation. We have continued to work closely with many universities in Sri Lanka, and the quality of graduates is world-class. The partnership with Hatch is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate to the world what is possible.

IFS is one of the largest technology providers in Sri Lanka. As such, we have the capacity and interest to foster growth and talent in their ecosystem. We hope the Incubator will encourage a new network of young and existing talent to see the possibilities within technology, whilst also giving the opportunity and guidance for budding entrepreneurs to incubate their ideas into an MVP and subsequently make them a reality.

At the peak of advancements in technology and data science, predictive analytics has emerged as helpful and wholly necessary for data mining techniques enabling organizations to extract predictive outcomes based on the current data available to them. The problem statement we have derived is centered around this and how we can identify, test, and solve real-world problems to maximize profit, minimize risk, and create lasting impact.

Sharing his thoughts on the Incubator Jeevan Gnanam, Co-Founder of Hatch shared “We wanted to do something very new and disruptive and create a new paradigm in open innovation in Sri Lanka. That is why we wanted to create Sri Lanka’s first AI-Machine Learning Accelerator,” said Jeevan Gnanam

ChallengerX will be a 6- month residency at Hatch, which has made its mark as the world’s best coworking space in 2021 at the Global Start-up Awards. This residency will provide the ChallengerX finalists with access to events and membership benefits at Hatch, where they will also be mentored by international experts from Hatch and the IFS mentor pool.

The program is looking for teams consisting of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning enthusiasts, UX Designers and SEs, Web front-end developers (Front-End heavy), Backend developers for the server, Individuals experienced in building on spatial databases, large-scale spatial maps, and GIS and those with development experience with open-source geospatial software or ESRI is preferred.

The ChallengerX teams with the best solutions will stand to win from a stipend and prize pool of Rs.3,000,000 along with other exciting benefits.

If you or your team are skilled at problem-solving and can provide a real-world problem with an innovative and value-adding solution, visit our website to apply: or scan the following QR code:


About IFS:

IFS develops and delivers cloud enterprise software for companies around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, build and maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. Within our single platform, our industry specific products are innately connected to a single data model and use embedded digital innovation so that our customers can be their best when it really matters to their customers—at the Moment of Service™️. The industry expertise of our people and of our growing ecosystem, together with a commitment to deliver value at every single step, has made IFS a recognized leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 5,000 employees every day live our values of agility, trustworthiness and collaboration in how we support our 10,000+ customers. Learn more about how our enterprise software solutions can help your business today at

About Hatch:

Hatch is an award winning co-working space, incubator and accelerator as well as startup school and open innovation platform. We envision an economy fuelled by innovators reshaping the way we work and live. At hatch, we’re determined to provide you with all the services you might need to innovate, grow and succeed. We welcome deep-thinkers, innovators and mischief-makers of all shapes and sizes to brush shoulders and inspire each other to stand tall together with the world at large. We are building a tribe of smart, collaborative and fun entrepreneurs to take on the next big challenge and make Sri Lanka the hub of innovation in Asia.


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