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CS&ES Achievers Awards 2013

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa is a well known, prominent institution in Sri Lanka, which serves the society through its excellence in IT education, research and service. The department not only produces exceptional students in computer science and engineering, but it also attempts to instill attitudes and values that will prepare them for a lifetime of continued learning and leadership. Through their dynamic curriculum and various student activities, the department always successfully produces young computer scientists who are competent in both technical and soft skills.

The Annual General Meeting is one of the most awaited events in the department’s calendar, which provides an opportunity for all the staff members of the department, students, industry personnel and alumni of the department to meet and collaborate. For the first time in history, the AGM has more excitement added by conducting The CS&ES Achievers Awards 2013 ceremony alongside the event. The objective of this award ceremony is to recognize CSE graduates for their achievements. The awards will be given under five categories as follows:

Outstanding Academic Performer
Recognizes an outstanding individual who maintained high performance standards throughout his/her educational career. Award would acknowledge performance excellence in Bachelors degree as well as Master’s and doctorate if applicable.
Judged by an academic panel.

Emerging Entrepreneur
Recognizes an exceptional individual who has created a business/concept with great potential and which makes a significant contribution to the society. This award would acknowledge business and management skills, innovation and leadership skills.
Judged by an industry panel.

Outstanding Contribution to the ICT Industry
Recognizes an individual who has excelled in his contribution to the growth and development of the Industry. Award would acknowledge the invaluable services rendered for the betterment of the local as well as the global ICT industry
Shortlisted by vote, selected by a judge panel.

Woman in Computing Award
Recognizes an outstanding female for her contribution and achievements in the field of computing. Award would acknowledge achievements, values and services of the individual.
Shortlisted by vote, selected by a judge panel.

ICT Business Innovation (For product, service, technology or business)
Recognizes the most innovative product, service, technology or business. Award would acknowledge the contribution and the value added to the business by the innovation
Selected by votes.

The nomination period for the awards started from the week beginning on Monday, 12th August 2013, where applications for the above awards will be accepted. Acceptance of nominations will be closed on Sunday, 15th September 2013. For further information about the awards, application procedure and the voting procedure please visit our website.

All the graduates of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering are warmly invited to apply for these awards and to be recognized at the inaugural CS&ES Achievers Awards 2013 Ceremony. Nominations are now accepted at http://awards.cse.mrt.ac.lk/award-categories/.

By Sandareka Wickramanayake and Chaamini Mangaleswaran

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The popular Sri Lankan cricket website Island Cricket (www.islandcricket.lk) was the recipient of multiple awards at the BestWeb 2013 Sri Lanka web awards, which took place at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo on August 14.

The website was adjudged the ‘Best Sports and Entertainment Website’ in Sri Lanka and also won the Bronze Award for ‘Best Sri Lankan Website’.

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Many prominent Sri Lankan websites representing Sri Lanka’s print and electronic media, popular retail brands, corporate entities and state institutions were nominated for awards in a number of categories this year.

“As a community-driven website that relies on fan-submitted content, every award Island Cricket wins is thanks largely to Sri Lanka cricket fans around the globe who submit great content,” Island Cricket’s founder and editor Hilal Suhaib said.

“The website empowers fans and allows members of the public to submit Sri Lanka cricket content such as articles and photos, so this is very much a victory for Sri Lanka cricket fans who help run the site.”

Suhaib said the purpose for launching the site in 2008 was to “fill a void” at a time when Sri Lanka cricket had very little representation on the internet.

“There was very little content on the net for Sri Lanka cricket fans before Island Cricket. As an ardent fan myself, I began developing the site, learning along the way through trial and error, and focused on utilising fan-generated media as the foundation of the site,” Suhaib explained.

“As a fan of the Sri Lankan team and the players, I was in a great position to identify what would appeal to fans, and armed with that knowledge and my experience in web development, broadcast and media I was able to develop a website that appeals to cricket fans of all ages.

 

“Hopefully, we have filled the void that once existed, and future generations of Sri Lanka cricket fans have a wealth of content to enjoy. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported and helped Island Cricket and helped us win these awards”

Since 2010, Island Cricket has won consecutive awards at Sri Lanka’s only web awards, which highlights both the website’s appeal and its ability to deliver engaging content consistently over a number of years.

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SLASSCOM, the IT and Knowledge industry body which plays a catalyst role with aggressive plans to capitalize the opportunities for Sri Lanka in 2013/2014, has elected its fifth Board and General Council consisting of key industry leaders and decision makers to drive this year’s vision.

 

New additions to the Board includes an eclectic mix of youth and experience with the industry veteran and CEO of 99x Technologies Mano Sekaram coming in as Director and Vice Chairman while up and coming industry figures such as Indaka Raigama- CEO of Navantis ,Sri Lanka and Virendra Perera -COO of Brandix Mercury Asia (Pvt) Ltd coming in as New Directors.

 

Laying out his vision for the coming year and recapping the achievements of the past few years newly elected Chairman of SLASSCOM and Senior Vice President and General Manager Virtusa Madu Ratnayake stated that “As an industry, we made significant progress over the last five years. Our export revenue grew from $213m in 2007 to an estimated $600m in 2013 (182%). Total employment grew from 33,000 in 2007 to an estimated 67,000 employees in 2013 (100%), and the number of companies in the industry grew from 170 in 2007 to over 220 in 2013. This is a tremendous growth from any stretch of imagination and is a result of a concerted effort from industry, academia, government and many other stakeholders.

 

During the last five years, our global brand position improved significantly. AT Kearney ranked Sri Lanka among the top 25 in their global ranking in the last three consecutive rankings. Gartner ranked Sri Lanka among its top 30 global locations. IBM, Tholons and several others ranked Sri Lanka at the top of their respective leader boards.

The government, recognizing the potential of IT/BPO as a thrust industry, supported and enabled this growth in many ways. Competitive tax incentives, the President’s backing with a number of national initiatives including Year of English & IT in 2009, Knowledge Hub Initiative, Setting up of a Ministry of IT are some of the clear indications of the President’ support. ICTA with its ICBP program made a significant impact in multiple areas to bootstrap the growth during the last five years, EDB with its focus on taking Sri Lanka to the global market supported many market development activities, and BOI with encouraging inward investments. In both government and private education, IT/BPO was made a priority to achieve the staggering 100% growth in employment numbers during this time.

We also witnessed the emergence of a vibrant startup eco system with several angel funding initiatives and major mentor network led by SLASSCOM member companies. We witnessed a marked increase in new tech ventures starting up compared to the beginning of 2007.

 

As we look back, it’s clear that our billion dollar shared aspiration helped to catalyze all the stakeholders to achieve this tremendous growth. It helped to create a network of collaborators and build an energetic team at SLASSCOM. 

 

As we look forward, for the next 10 years, we see tremendous opportunity to build from where we are today. We feel very optimistic about our ability to embark on the next big wave of growth.

SLASSCOM MEDIA RELEASE-17.7.2013

Seated (from left): Jayantha de Silva – Director and Vice Chairman (Vice President South Asia and Managing Director Sri Lanka, IFS), Madu Ratnayake –Chairman (General Manager/Senior Vice President, Virtusa),Mano Sekaram- Director and Vice Chairman(CEO,99x Technologies), Sujiva Dewaraja – Chairman Emeritus (Eexecutive Vice President/Head of IT Sector, John Keells Holdings).

Standing (from left): Sandra De Zoysa –Director (Group Chief Customer Officer, Dialog Axiata PLC),Ruwindhu Peiris- Director and General Secretary (Director, Stax Inc), Virendra Perera –Chief Operating Officer ,Brandix Mercury Asia (Pvt) Ltd, Dr Arul Sivagananathan – Director and Treasurer (Managing Director, Hayleys Business Solutions International),Indaka Raigama – Director(Chief Executive Officer -Navantis Inc-Sri Lanka), Anuradha Tennakoon- Director (Director, Motorola Solutions Lanka Pvt Ltd), Decca F C Fan – Director (Managing Director, HSBC Electronic Data Processing).

Absent: Jeevan Gnanam-Director(Chief Executive Officer/Director, Orion Development (Pvt) Ltd)