The National Technology and Innovation Platform (NTIP) embarked on its journey in October 2022, with the goal of propelling Sri Lanka forward in science, technology, and innovation. This ongoing project of ICTA responds to the critical need for national-level initiatives to fuel growth in these vital sectors.
At the heart of NTIP's objectives is the creation of a National Technology and Innovation Framework, aiming to enhance contributions from both the public and private sectors, fostering a more competitive and innovation-driven economy. Central to this is the improvement of Sri Lanka's Global Competitive Index (GCI), a measure where the nation's innovation ecosystem plays a pivotal role.
To lay the groundwork for NTIP, extensive consultations with key stakeholders, including the National Innovation Agency, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka Inventor Commission, and National Research Council, highlighted the pressing need for a National Platform dedicated to fostering innovation and technology development.
Key partners in this endeavor include the National Innovation Agency, Microsoft Sri Lanka (providing technical expertise and resources), and OrelIT (responsible for development). The platform also aims to connect inventors with facilitation parties such as mentors, intellectual property experts, legal officers, and investors. Inventors are the primary beneficiaries of NTIP, using the platform to connect with the necessary stakeholders on their innovation journeys.
The project's scope encompasses a roadmap from initiation to monitoring and reporting, ensuring a holistic approach to its objectives. NTIP envisions several outcomes, including platform evolution, increased user base, sustainability, impact measurement, collaboration, policy influence, user feedback integration, ecosystem growth, knowledge sharing, and scalability.