It was Thursday night when I got to know that I have to cover this event. As much as I wanted to stay at home and enjoy the match while sipping away a coffee (I don’t do that) , I knew I wanted to be here since I haven’t been to map-up before and this certainly was special. The Prefects Council of Royal College had taken the initiative to add Religious Institutions on Google Maps along with the help of Google Mapmaker Community of Sri Lanka.
Started at 8 AM sharp at the ICT lab of the College, the students clad in pure white got into work with absolute enthusiasm with a mentality of completing the job at hand with perfection. Google Ambassadors including Rashmika and Pasindhu and Members from the Mapmarker community were present here along with Rohan Jayaweera, who is the country consultant for Google in Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Not only Religious Institutes, but also non-existing roads were added. They were reviewed and approved by the Google Sri Lanka Mapmaker Community, simultaneously.
Rohan Jayaweera said that, “ This is not just another map-up. This is special to us because School students are using technology to promote religious harmony. This is also the first time a map-up has come to a school level.”
Around 1 AM we concluded the event after a successful attempt to adding Religious Institutes and Roads to the Google Maps.
Our live blog has in-depth details to the map up which we updated as it happened on Saturday
Pics from the mapup are on our fb album.
Video coverage from the MapUp
Priyesh Perera, deputy Head Prefect in charge of IT at Royal College also shared a few words with us:
Sethpriya Dassanayake, President of Group of 2008 shares a few thoughts with us:
Power Mapper Tharaka Devinda also shared his thoughts with us: