They are the super stars of IT, since they are the first team to represent Sri Lanka at the grand finale of the globally acclaimed premier IT competition Microsoft Imagine Cup.
They make up a team of four guys and what makes them stand out is their ability to think out of the box. And together they've created the most fascinating invention that single handedly helped them secure a spot in the finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009. Akila Jayasooriya, Dunith Danushka, Chanakya Jayasinghe and Lakkana Perera make up the winning combination of the team MAHEE. The name of the competition 'Microsoft Imagine Cup' gives you a hint on the size and scale of the competition and as you might have guessed it is software based technological competition that truly tests your limit to imagine. The seventh year running Imagine Cup attracted more than 300,000 students from over 100 countries in this year's competition.
The winning product was deemed worthy of being shortlisted and handpicked out of thousands of countries and teams that had entered the competition. The winner will take home a cheque worth $ 200,000 and the advantage of having their product produced and distributed to any part of the world. Organizations like the United Nations will take these products to the under privileged communities across the globe.
The winning product of team MAHEE has invented a product named 'Medical Chair' as a solution to the increasing rate of maternal mortality in line with the competition. When a person sits on the chair it will act as a doctor and check the ECG and blood pressure etc to diagnose the patient and provide suggestions for the doctor. This invention plays a dual role, while making suggestions the invention can provide information to the doctor on past medical records and data about the patient's medical health history. The machine comprises monitors, camera, stethoscope etc.
The purpose is to reduce maternal mortality around the world by providing a remote real-time medicare solution at a cost effective price using this unique product called the 'Medical Chair', explained Danushka. This Chair will be very useful with regard to maternal mortality in third world poor countries like Somalia, Ethiopia and even Sri Lanka to improve the medical health on the exodus internally displaced persons and refugees living in dire conditions, he added. Key features of this invention is that it's mobile, cost effective and consumer friendly allowing widespread usage from modern hospitals to mobile clinics.
The team MAHEE wishes to thank Chairman of SLIIT Prof Sam Karunaratne and other lecturers for their endeavouring guidance and help in encouraging them.