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Google Student Group Sri Lanka’s First Ever Meet Up at CSE

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“Today we live in a world where everything is interconnected. Your spectacles, your watch, your mobile phone and may be even your shoes. And who knows, in mere future the very chairs you sit on may communicate with your trousers.” The outset of the most awaited event of the month was marked as such.

Google has always been the core engine of almost all the internet related searches. Adding to the interest of young intellectuals, Google has launched many additions like the Google Student Ambassador Program, Google Summer Code and Google Map Making. In parallel to those, with the purpose of running the awareness and guidance to the enthusiastic Sri Lankan youth, a meet up was organized for the Google Students Group in Sri Lanka by the Google Student Ambassadors.

Akshika Wijesundara addressing the audience

Akshika Wijesundara addressing the audience

The meet up, which was a result of efforts taken by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM, to enhance the skills of the university undergrads, was held on 3rd September 2014 at 1700hrs at CSE seminar room, UOM. The meetup was organized by Akshika  Wijesundara (Engineering undergraduate of CSE), along with the fellow Google student ambassadors. It was compered by Malith Jayaweera, an Engineering undergraduate of CSE UOM. The proceedings of the meeting were followed by the welcome speech delivered by Akshika  Wijesundara.

‘Google Summer of Code’ is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. The CSE undergraduates Bhathiya Supun, Sachith Senevirathne, Sachini Herath and Buddhika Dilhan were the experienced seniors of GSoC at the gathering. The audience was thankful when these members came up with a presentation which included their experiences and a brief description of the projects each had contributed.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM never lack winners. The department included two out of the three winners of G-CV. The competition involved online CV creation using Google Sites and the winners were as follows.

  • 1st place – Justine Win, Philippines
  • 2nd place – Rajith Yashodha, Sri Lanka
  • 3rd place – Sachith Senavirathne, Sri Lanka

The next in the agenda of the Google student meet up was the award presentation to the two G-CV winners Rajith and Sachith thus appreciating their noteworthy achievement.

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Subsequently, the presentation on Google Map Making was staged by Dulshani Gunawardena (GSA for South East Asia). The presentation attracted a considerable attention of the audience that it was followed by a lengthy Q&A session.

“How would the accuracy of an included detail will be confirmed by the map making community?”, “Who has the authority to accept and confirm any details requested to be added?”, “How can one request his/her details to be reconsidered once the request is rejected?”

were a few questions asked and answered during the session.

A person’s interests could vary with time. The meet up was scheduled on a time when the waves of interest were flowing in an around the university premises. The new found interest was regarding the upcoming Google translate week. Adding to the mentioned interest, Kasun Gunasekara (GSA for SouthEast Asia) came up with a presentation which included essential details of the upcoming event.

The most awaited moment of the most awaited event was scheduled next. Dulshani Gunawardena, was once again on the stage with a bunch of stimulating facts and points regarding the Ambassador Summit. Adding to the interest, was a short video depicting their delightful experience in the last summit.

The meet up was an outcome of a collective effort. Its fruitfulness lied in the dedication and the support of many who were involved in the organization. The vote of thanks, which included all the gratitude towards the parties involved was delivered by Samadhi Poornima.

The crowd seemed to have gained so much interest regarding the Google Student Group – Sri Lanka and its associated events. Hoping for their enthusiastic participation in the upcoming events, the  meeting was adjourned with a group photograph taken by Dilshan Pathirana.

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W.G.T. Fernando is an author of over 15 ICT books and Founder/CEO at GTS. Gihan is a former lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He began his education at Thurstan College before going to Wycherley International School. He graduated with Honors in Computer Science at University of Liverpool in the UK and MSc in Advanced Software Engineering at Kings College, University of London.

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