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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:

Website: http://careers.ucsc.lk/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ucsccf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CareerFairUCSC

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    Representing Sri Lanka at the Spikes Asia Festival, Mindshare team members Seninda Bandara and Supun Hettiarachchi did the country proud when they clinched the Bronze medal for ‘Young Spikes in Media’ recently.

    The Spikes Asia Festival was held in Singapore, where Seninda and Supun competed amongst agencies in the APAC region. The winning campaign by Seninda and Supun addressed methods of improving tourism opportunities for Singapore, with the objectives of enhancing visits and driving advocacy. The duo was given three days to work on the project and five minutes to present.
    Having identified the need gap for destination information as well as directions and travel options – with ‘map’ and ‘things to do’ being critical searches during pre- and post-arrival – they created a map to fill this gap and achieve the campaign objectives. Having gathered information and insight, they proposed a campaign of a mobile app based on a map, titled the ‘Orchid Map’. This tied-in seamlessly with Singapore tourism, with the Orchid being the country’s national flower.
    The Orchid Map symbolised the diversity of the country in four areas – entertainment, attractions, dining and shopping – and comprised a simple, real-time, integrated and interactive multi-platform to explore everything in Singapore.

    Commenting on his experience, Supun said: “Spikes Asia was an amazing experience not only because of our victory, but also the exposure I received from many industry experts as well as the great work done by so many agencies regionally. The Young Spikes competition is a great opportunity for young professionals in the industry to enhance their skills to a highly competitive level. I am grateful to the Mindshare & GroupM family for giving me the opportunity to make the country so proud.”

    Seninda, also expressing his gratitude to GroupM commented: “Winning at Young Spikes was a great experience for me and absolutely a milestone in my advertising career. The Spikes Asia Festival of creativity was an amazing festival with opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, fun. I am proud to have represented our country at a global event of this scale and I am thankful to the Mindshare & GroupM family for the opportunity and encouragement.”

    Seninda and Supun

    Seninda and Supun

    The Young Spikes Media Competition, which took place from 23 to 26 September comprised the presentation of the brief, the two-day competition period, the deadline and the judging process and saw the brightest young minds of the region competing for top honours.
    The Young Spikes Competitions provide Asia Pacific’s next generation of creative talent the opportunity to showcase their talent. Mindshare’s Associate Director – Invention, Seninda and Executive, Supun were selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Spikes Asia Festival after they excelled at the competition held among the local advertising industry.

    The challenging competition here saw teams of creative minds develop an innovative and viable media strategy for a charity or non-profit organization in just two days. The competition, which is a platform for young talent to showcase business insight and skills, was judged by a panel of top media experts.

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    Explore ’14, the annual IT Day of St. Peter’s College, Colombo 04, organized by the Peterite ICT Team, was successfully held on the 29th of September 2014. With the aim of harnessing the ICT talents and skills and spread the benefits of technology to the entire society, Explore ’14 kicked off at 9.30a.m at the College Main Hall and went on till 5.30p.m. Over a hundred and fifty participants attended the event, with students from all over the island.
    Prof. Sanath Jayasena, chief guest at Explore'14

    Prof. Sanath Jayasena, chief guest at Explore’14

    Prof. Sanath Jayasena was the chief guest for the day. Prof. Sanath Jayasena has been working in the Department of Computer Science &
    Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Moratuwa for about 20 years. His research interests include parallel and high-performance computing, machine learning and local language computing.
    Student participation at Explore'14
    There were interesting lectures conducted by well experienced professionals in the fields of:
    Mechatronics – Dr. Dilum Bandara. He is a senior lecturer from the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa. His
    teaching and research interests are in the areas of Cloud computing, Computer Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks, Computer Architecture,
    Embedded Systems, and Network Security.Game Design/Development – Uditha Bandara. Specializes in Microsoft development for Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and PC. He is South East
    Asia’s First XNA/DirectX MVP (Most Valuable Professional). He had delivered sessions at various events and conferences in Malaysia, Hong
    Kong,Singapore, Sri Lanka and IndiaCareer Guidance – Ms Chathura Sooriyaarchchi
    Mobile App Development – Ms Neera JayamohanThere were also bands and soloists from the school itself who performed at the event.
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    The event ended on a high note with Royal College being the winners of both the Inter-School Quiz Competition and the Hackathon. Ananda
    College emerged runners-up in the Inter-School Quiz Competition and the Hackathon.

    Peterite ICT Team for Explore'14

    Peterite ICT Team for Explore’14

    Article submitted by Vathsala Karunanayake.
    Photographs By Lakshan Bhanuka. Group photo by Tharusha Pathmaperuma.

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    Thinking about higher education?

    Sri Lanka’s premier conference for after A/L and and current A/L students endorsed by the Ministry of Education. SL2College Voices 2014.

    Entrance Free.

    “Voices 2014” is a one-day undergraduate conference organized by Sl2college, a volunteer-driven non profit organization devoted to improving Sri Lanka‘s knowledge capital pool. The goal of this conference is to create a forum to share information on undergraduate education opportunities in Sri Lanka and abroad.

    The distinguished speakers include Professor Mohan Munasinghe (Nobel Laureate and Founder and Chairman of the Munasighe Institute of Development), Dr. Nihal Somaratne (Senior Lecturer of Department of Civil Engineering – Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya) and recent graduates from several local universities.

    Furthermore, representatives from educational institutes such as The Fulbright Program and Australian Trade Commission will also attend this conference.

    Reserve your seats through www.sl2college.org/conference  or call Marlene 077 383 3804

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    SL2C Voices Banner

    Date: Sunday: 5th of October

    Time: 8.15am to 4.00pm

    Venue: New Arts Theatre, University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka

     

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    3 Teams from TechnoPlanet Labs, the R&D labs of Manav Rachna College of Engineering, Faridabad (Harayana ,India) bagged the First, Second and Third positions at the National Finale of the Microsoft Imagine Cup for the ‘Innovations’ Category held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Greater Noida, India.

    The first position was bagged by Team Dexters  who innovated RespirON. RespirON provides a great and personalized tool to better understand asthma and help the Asthma Patient and his physician to come up with the best plan on how to manage it thus helping the patient to live a healthy and active life. Team Dexters is represented by Shanu, Ajay Kumar, Saini, Shubam Goel, Roshit Gopinath.

    Team Pathfinders, scored the second position with MovAid, “MovAid” is world’s first personalized solution to measure and monitor the recovery or rehabilitation of any individual after undergoing any orthopedic trauma, surgery, injury or joint replacements.Team Path Finders comprises of Prashant Gupta, Pritam Singh, Piyush Verma and Jehi Jha.

    Team Technoplanet stood at the Third position with “Smart Skull” which is an automatic alert system that provides alerts for the victim’s relatives & emergency numbers in case of accident so that the victim receives emergency medical care in time. Nikhil Dalmia, Saurabh Kanwar, Ankit Sachdeva, Vimish Madaan belong to Team Technoplanet. It also features an audio navigation system as well as wireless calling.

    Winners India Imagine cup 2014

    It is noteworthy that of the 10 teams competing in the national finals for the innovation category at The Microsoft Imagine Cup, five were from TechnoPlanet Labs., out of which Three teams which stood first, second and third at the national finale have made it further to the Semi- Finals to be held in the first week of May 2014.The International Finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup will be held in the last week of July in Seattle.

    Microsoft Imagine Cup, which is referred to as the Olympics of Technology, is a platform for young entrepreneurs, developers and innovators to develop and showcase their technology-based new business ideas, create products, put together business plans and even take their products to the markets. This year 60,000 student innovators participated in the competition from 25 Indian states. The three categories wherein innovations are done are The Innovations Category, The World Citizenship Category and The Gaming Category.

    Last year too, in Imagine Cup, 2013- Team Path Finders consisting of Nikhil Dalmia, Prashant Gupta, Pritam Singh , Hardik Garg with their mentor Manasvi Sihag won the Indian finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup in both Innovation and world citizenship category and represented India in the world finals in St. Petersburg,Russia.

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    Blue Ocean Ventures and the Indian Angel Network collaborate for the third successive year to host Venture Engine 2014, a project aimed at fostering entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka.  Over its brief two year duration, the project has served as a springboard for 12 businesses, garnering Rs. 200 million in investment collectively.  In addition to opening the door to financial backing, Venture Engine provides startups with access to a breadth of expertise in the form of workshops and mentoring sessions via Lankan Angel Network (LAN) and the Indian Angel Network (IAN).

    Endorsing the event for the third consecutive year are platinum sponsors Expolanka and Orion City and gold sponsor Dialog Axiata, organisations consistently at the forefront of the Sri Lankan business arena.  Venture Engine is run, mentored and filtered by Lankan Angel Network, Sri Lanka’s first alliance of angel investors.

    The competition is open to owners of startup businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.  An open call for business plans was officially launched on the 29th of April and the close of submissions is scheduled for May 26th, after which a rigorous selection process will ensue.  A panel of potential local and overseas investors will review business plans of applicants, selecting a minimum of 20 applications to move on to the second pitch round, and provide valuable critique and insight during this segment of the process.

    The top applicants benefit from valuable opportunities to enrich their business plans through a series of workshops and one to one mentoring sessions with successful local and international investors.  These entrepreneurs will make a final pitch to a panel of local and international investors with the most exceptional business plans announced at a finale.

    “A salient feature of Venture Engine is that the entrepreneur is granted the opportunity to pitch directly to the investors.  The selected candidates are mentored by LAN and IAN, and there is no ceiling on funds made available through the angel group.  Thus any fundable startup in the top ten has a good opportunity to gain the required investment to set up and expand their company,” explained Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Managing Director, Blue Ocean Ventures.

    Mr. Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Co-Founder of Blue Ocean Ventures addresses the audience

    Mr. Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Co-Founder of Blue Ocean Ventures addresses the audience

    “We were charting new territory in 2012 when we launched the first Venture Engine programme. With foreign investors eager to capitalise on post war growth and budding entrepreneurs looking to spread their wings, the need for an effective startup ecosystem was identified.  Over the last two years we have witnessed an impressive display of talent and drive, reinforcing our decision to launch Venture Engine in Sri Lanka.

    “The success of startups from the last two events has seen our investor base expanding.  Sustainability is key and Venture Engine’s role effectively extends beyond the immediate capital infusion.  Our team of mentors continue to provide insight and guidance after the new ventures are underway,” added Balasubramaniam.

    “Venture Engine is a unique initiative.  It has inspired entrepreneurship and also driven angel investing in Sri Lanka. Year on year, it has brought critical money and mentoring to young Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. IAN is proud to have helped found Lankan Angel Network, partnered VE and brought in investors from around the world to the island nation,” said Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network.

    “From simple beginnings as a small fruit and vegetable exporter in Dam Street, Expolanka has risen to a diversified conglomerate ranked amongst the top ten business entities in Sri Lanka with a global footprint across 18 countries.  Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone upon which our success is built and we understand the challenges of venturing out on new territory.  We see immense value in the exposure and guidance VE provides its participants and its cascading effect on the economy,” stated Hanif Yusoof, Group CEO, Expolanka.

    “Innovation and entrepreneurship are such fundamental principles of the IT industry that the terms have almost become synonymous.  The most significant technological advancements have been brought about by entrepreneurs with marketable ideas and unwavering drive.  Without platforms such as VE, we run the costly risk of these ideas never reaching realization.  Orion City, once a startup itself, understands this need and is committed to developing the Sri Lankan IT sector.  Furthering this goal, we are excited to announce the launch of Orion Nest, a dedicated facility for start-ups,” emphasised Jeevan Gnanam, CEO/Director of Orion City.

    “The Venture Engine amply demonstrates the value creation potential of a synergistic platform which brings together Innovation, Risk Capital and Domain Expertise. World over, Venture capital has proven to be an essential ingredient in driving innovation and national competitiveness. Dialog is privileged to be a partner in the Venture Engine competition for the third successive year and it is particularly rewarding to note that within a short space of two years, the Venture Engine programme has succeeded in seeding several business ventures which are globally competitive,” said Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC.

    Venture Engine has made substantial headway not just in facilitating startups, but in creating general interest in entrepreneurial ventures amongst investors and potential candidates.

    Information on the programme, previous years’ events, and past participants are available on the project website www.ventureengine.lk.  Application process information and resources are also available on the website with entries accepted on submissions@ventureengine.lk.  Further assistance will be provided on contacting inquiries@ventureengine.lk.

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    At the Northshore College premises “ROBOCOM 2014”, the first ever Robotics Competition for the college is to be held on the 24th of April 2014 from 10 am onwards.

    Realizing the potential that Robotics possessed,  “The Northshore College Robotics Society” with the ultimate goal of instilling the very essence of Robotics in Northshore College, was created. In order to expose students to the robotics era of technology,  “ROBOCOM 2014” has been organized , the first ever Robotics competition at Northshore. ROBOCOM is a challenge that which tests participant groups on some of the basic principles of Robotics. Essentially the Bot needs to be able to place/pick an object and follow a line. With the announcement of ROBOCOM, almost all Robotics Enthusiasts or “ROBOMANIACS” within the Software, Electrical and Electronics respects of Northshore have collaborated and formed powerful teams, each comprised of no more than five individual. Almost all the teams have completed the construction of the Bot.

    To make the competition a true race to the finish line, cash prizes will be offered to the First, Second and Third teams of the competition. DMS (PVT) Ltd. are the prize sponsors for the competition with Digit being the media partner.

    All who are interested in Robotics are cordially invitedo to joins as Northshore puts first steps into the world of Robotics.

    Fb event page here

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    Professor Abhaya Induruwa today (April 8th) joins the elite ranks of notable individuals who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet. The Internet Hall of Fame inducted Professor Induruwa for pioneering academic and research networking and Internet in Sri Lanka. The induction ceremony was held in Hong Kong today (8th April) at 3.30pm.

    Professor Induruwa shared few words with us about the significant recognition:

    Prof_Abhaya_InduruwaProfessor Induruwa has been named a Global Connector, a category which recognizes and celebrates individuals from around the world who have made major contributions to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet, either on a global scale or within a specific region or community.

    In 1989, exactly 25 years ago this month (April), Professor Induruwa articulated his vision for an island-wide computer network for academics and researchers, and proposed the setting up of LEARN, Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network to the government of Sri Lanka.  He served as the Principal Investigator and the Project Leader of the LEARN project which he completed in 1995 when LEARN was permanently connected to the global Internet. He established LEARNmail in 1990 offering Internet email service to the Sri Lankan academic and research community.  In 1992 he architected LEARN Internet and managed to secure funds from the Sri Lankan government via the University Grants Commission to procure three 64 Kbps wireless links and associated networking devices.  LEARN became the first TCP/IP WAN in Sri Lanka when the University of Colombo and the Open University of Sri Lanka were connected to the University of Moratuwa using these links.  Today LEARN provides island-wide Internet connectivity to all Universities, Higher Education Institutions and Research Centres in the country.  His pioneering efforts also paved the way for the establishment of commercial Internet services in Sri Lanka.

    He founded the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1985 and served as its Head until 1998.  He was appointed by H E The President of Sri Lanka to the inaugural Board of the Computer and Information Technology Council (CINTEC) in 1983.  He served as a Member of the CINTEC Board until 1998.  During this period he held the portfolios for the development of ICT education, and data communication & computer networking policy & infrastructure in the country, and chaired the respective CINTEC Working Committees.  From 1992-1996 he also served as a Board Member of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka (formerly Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Sciences) and, using funds provided under a SIDA project, introduced an on-line document delivery service by connecting the NSF-SL to LEARN.

    He is the first student to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa winning the Prof O P Kulshreshtha award for the best Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate in 1975. He earned his PhD from Imperial College London in 1980.  Currently he is the Prof V K Samaranayake Endowed Professor of Computing at the University of Colombo School of Computing in addition to being the Joint Acting Head of Computing at the Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Among his current research interests is the security of Internet of Things.

    A founding member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka, Professor Induruwa is also a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK; the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka; and the British Computer Society. He is the founding Treasure of the Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group of the British Computer Society, a position he has held from its inception in 2007 until today.  In recognition of his signal contributions to the development of national ICT policy framework, for pioneering Computer Science & Engineering education, and for pioneering Internet in Sri Lanka, the Computer Society of Sri Lanka awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 2003.

    “The 2014 Internet Hall of Fame inductees include extraordinary individuals who have helped shape the global Internet,” noted Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown. “This historic assembly of Internet trailblazers, innovators, and thought-leaders represent many different countries and backgrounds, each with an inspiring story to share.  We applaud their achievements and determination to push the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world.”

    Acceptance speech by Prof. Abhaya Induruwa in Hong Kong (3.30pm SL time)

    About the Internet Hall of Fame

    The Internet Hall of Fame (www.internethalloffame.org) is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature possible.  The Internet Hall of Fame was launched by the Internet Society in 2012.