(L-R) Tony Weerasinghe- Founder of Millenium IT and Chairman/CEO of Ustocktrade,
Peiris- Stax MD and SLASSCOM Vice Chairman, Mano Sekaram- 99X Technology CEO and
SLASSCOM Chairman, and Hemachandra Wegapitiya- Chairman of Laugfs
Startup Sri Lanka, the recently launched initiative from the Sri Lanka Association Software and Services Company (SLASSCOM) recently held Disrupt 2.0, a startup bootcamp for potential and existing startups with the theme ‘Inspire, Ideate, Initiate and Disrupt’.
Held on the 9th of December at Trace Expert City the bootcamp session inspired, engaged and mentored many startups beginning with an introduction to Disrupt 2.0 and what it aims to achieve followed by a discussion session between start-ups, mentors and subject experts. Many startups, grouped into teams consisting of five members each, had the opportunity of getting their questions answered- from marketing, sales, funding, bootstrapping, risks, innovation and so on.
Mangala Karunaratne – CEO Calcey Technologies, said ‘‘Sometimes all you just need is a bit of morale boost through entrepreneur camaraderie to keep kicking to stay afloat as a startup. Sometimes it’s networking with friends, mentors, advisors and investors to level-up whatever the gaps you may have. Our goal of the bootcamp is to help build a strong startup eco-system to share knowledge and experience.’’
‘‘Then during the inspirational talks we managed to inspire entrepreneurs as well as convince some of the most ambitious young employees that the corporate ladder is getting obsolete.’’
H.Wegapitiya- Chairman of Laugfs,
The welcome speech was delivered by Mano Sekaram- SLASSCOM Chairman followed by H. Wegapitiya- Chairman of Laugfs, Wellington Perera – Country Head of Microsoft, and Tony Weerasinghe, Founder of Millennium IT and Chairman/CEO of Ustocktrade addressing the audience with Ruwindhu Peiris, SLASSCOM Vice Chairman moderating the Q & A session.
‘To become a successful entrepreneur you have to have the hunger and the drive to make it happen even when others don’t see it happening. Whatever adversity you face always stay focused and don’t change your business,’ said Tony Weerasinghe.
H. Wegapitiya said ‘Trying to be a jack of all trades isn’t a crime. As an entrepreneur you have to dream big and articulate your dream into reality. If you don’t work on your dream someone else will hire you to make theirs.’
Mentors of the bootcamp were Harsha Purasinghe –Founder/CEO Microimage, Suren Pinto – CEO at Wavenet and and Wifyer, Mangala Karunaratne – CEO Calcey Technologies, Chandika Jayasundera – CEO Cingergix, and Shahani Markus –CEO, Capaxus Ltd. Ruwindhu Pieris – Vice Chairman of SLASSCOM, said ‘Successful entrepreneurs are those that can effectively manage the paradox of optimizing the currently available resources to deliver efficiently while constantly looking ahead for opportunities to innovate and investing in them.’
The subject experts for the Disrupt 2.0 Bootcamp included Dr. Michael Nirmal De Silva Country Manager Regus, Jeevan Gnanam – CEO Orion City, Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe — M.D Lanka Bell, Sudath Perera –Senior Partner Sudath Perera Associates, Naresh Abeyesekera –CEO SECQUERO, Channa Manoharan –Advisory Leader/COO PwC, Dilendra Wimalasekere –VP Marketing WSO2, Dinesh Saparamadu –Founder and CEO hSenid Group, Nayana Samaranayake –Founder of Storylize, and Haridhu Abeygoonaratne –COO SimCentric Technologies.
Tony Weerasinghe, Founder of Millennium IT and Chairman/CEO of Ustocktrade
SLASSCOM is the national chamber for the IT/BPM industry in Sri Lanka and acts as the catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPM industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouragement of research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy framework. It has an ambitious 2022 Vision to become a $5 billion industry, creating 200,000 direct jobs and launching 1,000 start-ups.
Country Manager Microsoft - Sri Lanka & Maldives Mr. Brian Kealey with students
In a bid to introduce children around the globe to computer science, Microsoft launched the worldwide ‘Hour of Code’ campaign in Sri Lanka with ‘Hour of Code’ workshop for over 100 children at the Temple Trees on 7th December. Simply put, ‘Hour of Code’ is an introduction programme to computer science, designed to explain the importance of coding and demonstrate the basics of coding to children.
Country Manager Microsoft – Sri Lanka & Maldives Mr. Brian Kealey
Throughout this week, Microsoft will be conducting workshops around the world, introducing thousands of children to the Minecraft coding tutorial to celebrate the Computer Science education week from 7th to 13th December 2015. Developed in partnership with code.org, Minecraft coding tutorial introduces users to the basics of computer science within an entertaining gaming environment.
”This is a wonderful opportunity for Sri Lanka and its future generation. Computer science is an important part of foundational learning which will induce children to develop problem-solving skills and computational-thinking. Hour of Code, Computer Science week will be the stepping stone into the world of computing for thousands of Sri Lankan children. We at Microsoft believe that every young person should have the opportunity to learn computer science, and inherit the power to create with technology.” said Manager Community & Communications of Microsoft Sri Lanka, Janakie Karunaratne.
Microsoft plays a key role in the global movement to encourage young people around the world to experience their first Hour of Code with Minecraft to unleash their innate potential and gain skills to create technology by participating in one of the many coding workshops conducted in over 50 countries.
The result of collaboration between Microsoft and Code.org, Minecraft ‘Hour of Code’ tutorial guides users through basic coding skills, encouraging them to navigate, mine, craft and explore in a 2-D “Minecraft” world by plugging together blocks to complete all actions and generate computer code. Created by Minecraft game designers, the tutorial includes characters and challenges inspired by the game developed by Mojang and familiar to players around the world. Players are offered a set of 14 challenges, including free play time, to explore coding concepts they’ve learned through the tutorial. Minecraft tutorial is suitable for children as young as 6 years of age, older children as well as interested adults.
“Microsoft can do a lot of work in a country like Sri Lanka where a lot of untapped and undiscovered talent remains hidden from view. With the launch of Hour of Code, we hope to encourage those talented girls and boys to explore their potential and take the first step to become technology disruptors of the future. We are committed to assisting budding talent to come to light,” said Country Manager of Microsoft – Sri Lanka and Maldives, Brian Kealey.
Microsoft has a long history of supporting educators globally and remains committed to encouraging young people to engage with and learn computer science. The Company believes that all young people should have access to computer science education in order to cultivate computational-thinking and problem-solving skills that are critical for their future. Microsoft continues to work with governments, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations around the globe to achieve this end and build a generation of innovators.
Microsoft’s Hour of Code student participants & organizers
6 workshops for those in the social enterprise sector for Sri Lankans. Ideal for those entering the #SocEnt sector with little or no experience. Register via this link
It has been more than two years since the mobile game known as Ingress was introduced to the world by Niantic Labs, a subsidiary of Google and despite being a small nation, Sri Lanka has played a noticeable role in worldwide gameplay. It is quite rare to see a gaming community step up to carry out community service activities for the benefit of all society in the interest of humanity. Ingress as a community based social gaming experience encourages an initiative called #MissionsForGood, with local players meeting up for community activities to help charities and so on. As a growing gaming community, Enlightened Sri Lanka have stepped forward, gathering themselves through the Ingress gaming network to help save real lives by organizing a blood donation campaign, with aim of doing something good for the people of the country.
Blood is an important and very rare resource in terms of life. Local hospitals occasionally face difficulties in finding various blood types to cater to various severe situations that occur in hospitals to meet the needs of patients. Therefore the need for blood arises daily and the Sri Lankan Enlightened community decided to pull off this event to help maintain the blood transfusion capacity within the country. The Sri Lankan Ingress community currently consists of 200 or more active players scattered across the island and we expect more than 100 eligible donors for this blood drive. This is an open invitation for everyone who wishes to donate for this worthy cause to join us.
Here is the information regarding the Ingress Blood Donation.
Date: Saturday, 17th of October 2015.
Venue: National Blood Transfusion Center, Narahenpita.
Time: Starting at 8.30 AM and will end around 3.30 PM.
FB Event page – Click here
Please spread the word and gather as many people as possible to help in saving lives.
HNDIT is organising an IT exhibition and competition @SLIATE. The event will take place on the 9th and 10th Of October at SLIATE, Kandy (in front of Bogambara Stadium).
“ TALENT SOFT ” would bring out the hidden talents and skills of ATI students providing SLIATE to come par with technological education in the country.
The event includes:
- Job Fair
- Application Development Competition
- Web Application Competition
- Diversion 2015 – The ultimate Game competition
- Inter School Debate Competition
- One day Competition
- Computer Museum
- IT FM & Video room
- Quad Copter & RC plane show
- E-Garbage recycle program
- IT day
Website – http://talentsoft.lk/
More details via their facebook page and twitter page.
You can also use following contact details to reach the organisers
Sri Lanka Institute Of Advanced Technological Education,
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wasantha Yapa (event Organizer) – 0710 621 172
TweetupSL 5 (Pic Credits @nHiRanZ)
The most anticipated event of the Sri Lankan Twittersphere, #TweetupSL is around the corner, just few more days to go! Keeping the tradition of annual events, TweetupSL 5 will be held on 20th of December 2014 at Orion City Car Park Premises. This time, the Principal Sponsor would be Mobitel Sri Lanka and they have more than Tshirts to give to the tweeps during the event! A grand carnival atmosphere is planned for the tweeps to get engaged in interactive activities with other tweeps.
So, what is TweetupSL? TweetupSL is the annual gathering of the Twitter users of Sri Lanka, where tweeps meet in person. This is an event that allows tweeps to take forward the networking that was limited to keyboards in previous instances. Tweeps meet in person, some of them meet each other for the first time and for some, it is one of their regular meetups with their Twitter friends.
TweetupSL is not limited to networking, it also allows Twitter users to have fun in a carnival atmosphere. Many games and activities are planned for the day, where tweeps can take part in these activities as a group or individually.
Another interesting aspect of TweetupSL is the voting and prizes! With the election fever hitting the town, Twitter community also has its own election allowing tweeps to vote for their favourite tweeps under 13 categories, which are highly unique to Twitter behaviors. Some of the unique awards are hashtagaholic, instagramaholic, Twitter news breaker of the year and Twitterholic. Most interestingly, TweetupSL voting also include crowning Mr. Tweep and Ms. Tweep, which are considered to be the most highlighted segments of the event.
So, interested in TweetupSL? J You need to get yourself registered to attend TweepupSL 5. It is a must for you to have a Twitter account to attend TweetupSL 5 and also your account needs to be at least one month old. If you qualify in these criteria, log into www.TweetupSL.org to get yourself registered.
TweetupSL also focuses on ‘social good’ while allowing Tweeps to network and have fun. All the tweeps attending the event have to purchase a coupon worth of Rs. 200/=. The proceedings will be allocated to serve the community in need, in due course. Therefore, TweetupSL is not only about fun, but also making a positive impact on the society to spread the message of love and harmony.
Want to know about past TweetupSL events? Check out our TweetupSL coverage:
Video captured from TweetupSL 4
Information technology (IT) is one of the most emerging industries both locally and internationally. Sri Lanka is reputed for producing high numbers of experts in this domain and consists of many IT companies with international recognition for their high quality products and services.
Employees with expertise IT knowledge, ambitious and adaptive personality are the greatest asset of the IT industry. Their strength and dedication is the key for all the success achieved by local IT industry worldwide. Therefore it’s not a secret that all the employers in IT industry seek for recruiting the most suitable employees for their companies.
University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) is renowned for building both academic knowledge and good personalities of its students in order to produce quality graduates to the society. Therefore UCSC undergraduates have strengthened with up-to date domain knowledge and skills which make them potential employees with enthusiasm and dedication to prosper in their future careers.
“Career Fair 2014” is organized by UCSC for the second consecutive year and will be staged on 30th October 2014 from 9.00am onwards at UCSC premises. It is an opportunity for 4th year undergraduates to show-case their talents to the well-known companies in the IT industry with the intention of exploring inspiring careers.
This is a great opportunity for IT industry to access a large pool of candidates who have expertise in the exact fields which the companies are seeking for recruitment. It’s really great that many of the leading IT companies in Sri Lanka have already identified the potential of UCSC students and joined hands with us.
For more details:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ucsccf
zMessenger, Sri Lanka’s largest mobile marketing solutions provider will bring together top brand leaders from FMCG, hospitality, banking and financial services to the Island’s first roundtable on mobile marketing scheduled for Thursday, 30th October, 2014
The event titled Embracing Mobile Mind Shift – Mobile Moments are the Frontline of Customer Experience will look at the impact of rapidly increasing mobile connectivity on customer expectations.
“Mobile phones are proving to be an effective and affordable marketing channel and in the face of this mobile boom, customers are in the midst of a total mind shift. Their expectations have changed. Whilst they have lost interest in a marketing message, they now demand utility and they expect it now. We thought its timely to focus on how brand leaders across different industries understand this shift and respond to it by creating mobile moments that would transform customer experience and supply them with mobile utility,” Jayomi Lokuliyana, Co-Founder and CEO of zMessenger said.
The roundtable will see expert panelists Siddharth Banerjee, Country Marketing Director – Unilever Sri Lanka, Tharanga Gunasekera, Head of Marketing and Communications – HSBC Sri Lanka, Mangala Wickramasinghe, Head of e-Banking Services – HNB and Co-Founder of the Ministry of Crab and Kaema Sutra restaurants, Dharshan Munidasa addressing the gathering on diverse topics spanning from customer engagement to delivery of financial services through mobile phones and the power of mobile context to mobile services in the hospitality sector.
The mobile marketing roundtable will also highlight and profile various ground-breaking mobile marketing efforts of ‘new-age’ corporate such as Unilever Sri Lanka, a driver of effective marketing.
zMessenger is an award winning integrated mobile media company that offers a wide range of solutions from planning, creating and execution of effective marketing campaigns, branded communication applications and content distribution strategies.
zMessenger that first introduced SMS based applications to local media stations also enjoy a leading position in the overall ‘new media’ marketing space for digital. It is also the only mobile marketing services solution provider in Sri Lanka.
The company recently launched Bigbon, a mobile app that allows customers to pick and choose the best deals offered by credit cards, loyalty cards and favorite retailers and restaurants. Bigbon which is completely customizable allows users to explore the deals at a specific location by turning on the “Augmented Reality” feature which displays a list of deals in close proximity to the user. The app also generates a report offering merchants an insight into customer preferences.
“With the journey we’ve come so far, it’s only benefitting for zMessenger to hold the country’s first ever Mobile Marketing Roundtable. We believe that this endevour will help broaden our horizons and consolidate our position in the Island,” Lokuliyana said.
Event is invite only but will be live streamed via MMRColombo.
Availing the experiences of last five years, IEEE Student branch of University of Moratuwa is in the frontier to launch IEEEXtreme 8.0 on 18th October starting at 05:30am in local time parallel to the global event, at the university premises
IEEEXtreme”, worldwide, online coding competition running for 24 hour time span, is organized by the IEEE, “Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers” and co-hosted locally by IEEE Student Branches in more than 80 countries globally. University of Moratuwa, the most consistent university of the competition so far is ready to take the arena again with 103 teams – holding the record for the highest number of teams from a single university, again!
The forefront technical institute maintains an exceptional record of achievements in IEEEXtreme including the global championship in Xtreme 3.0, runners-up in Xtreme 5.0 and third place in Xtreme 6.0. Apart from that, in each year university of Moratuwa is accountable for producing the highest number of teams within top 100 rankings from a single university.
Highlighting all those achievements, a session for introducing IEEEXtreme 8.0 and recognizing best performed teams of IEEEXtreme 7.0 will be held on 16th October at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications, University of Moratuwa.
“Atrenta”, the creator of famous Predictive Analysis software platform “SPYGLASS”, joins hands this time with IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa as the Platinum sponsor for IEEEXtreme 8.0 and national domain registry, “LK Domain” provides another generous sponsorship to make this massive event a success.
This meetup group aims to bring together people from all industries, university academics, students who are interested in dealing with large amounts of data, offering interesting talks, hands-on advice and a forum for exchange and networking. Topics include (but are not limited to);
Big Data, Data Mining, Data Visualization, Cloud Computing with Big Data , Distributed Computing with Big Data, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, Tools/Frameworks such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Mahout, NoSQL storage & search technologies, Predictive Analysis.
Going a step further, this group also aims to improve the research work done in this area by connecting university students with industrial professionals and academics on various big data related research topics. This will also provide a platform for students to present their ideas to a larger crowd in order to get feedback and funding opportunities for their work.
RSVP via Meetup page here
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