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Good news for Javascript enthusiasts in Sri Lanka!

JavaScript Sri Lanka has come up with cmbHack.js, a 32-hour hackathon that brings the best out of coders, designers and entrepreneurs who have a passion to architect the internet with Javascript. It will be an intense 32-hour contest where the participants will be fine tuning concepts, testing out their code and masterminding elegant and user-friendly interfaces.  In the end, the best of ideas that are executed immaculately will be judged winners and be crowned champions.

Date, Time and Place

April 05th 7.30 AM to 06th 6.00PM at Orion City.

32-hours is all you got!

cmbHack.js is open to both students and professional developers. Participants are expected to:

  • Pitch your latest and greatest ideas to your fellow participants. You have 30 seconds to grab their attention, so be prepared.
  • Meet, recruit and join like-minded Javascript geeks into making that idea a reality, right then and there.
  • Hack away! Internet, meals and tech support will be provided. The best implementations will be judged and only the best will make it to the top.

Who is it for?

  • Developers, students and anyone who has a knack to code.
  • UX designers with great CSS / HTML skills.
  • PHP, Python, Ruby developers with JS skills.
  • Android and iOS gurus who believe in JavaScript on the Mobile.

What should I build?

The organizers are adamant to witness something fresh and something remarkable being accomplished at the end with the help of Javascript.

  • A single page web application/mobile application built on JS or uses heavy JS
  • A JS framework that can be used by JS/Web developers
  • A JS-based mashup of other apps/APIs/tools/services
  • A server side JS API/package for web developers
  • Anything awesome that challenges JavaScript as a technology!

Why should I participate?

It will be a great opportunity for you to work with fellow Javascript enthusiasts who are passionate about coding just like you. You will also get a chance to pitch your ideas and work on great ideas of others.

Count me in! But what should I bring?

The organizers want you to bring the following, to make your life much easier during the hackathon.

  • A laptop
  • An internet dongle is recommended
  • Pen and paper
  • A toothbrush for overnight hacking
  • Bring Rs. 500 for registration

Organizers reiterate the fact that Internet access, power, food and drinks are at your disposal!

Also organizers would love if the participants are aware of the rules and guidelines that are set to make this event fair and fun for all. So please focus on the following:

  • Don’t bring something that’s already been built. You have to build something from scratch.
  • JavaScript must be an integral part of the end solution.
  • Stay within legal limits. Do not misuse the facilities that are provided to you.

So register now for cmbHack.js.

diGIT is extremely proud to be the Online Media Partner for this event. We will bring you the latest and breaking news around cmbHack.js. So stay tuned!

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Imagine Cup is the world’s largest and most famous software development competition for Computer Sciences & Engineering, Information Technology and Information Systems undergraduates. Imagine Cup competition is called the Oscars or the Olympics of software development competitions for the IT undergraduates around the world.  For every IT undergraduate, wining Imagine Cup is their biggest dream in their life.

Imagine Cup was an idea of Microsoft former CEO Bill Gates, who strongly believes that young and fresh talent can create innovations and change the world taking it into another dimension. Based on his idea, the world’s biggest software development company Microsoft launched this competition for the first time in 2004. Since then millions of students around the world compete each other with impressive innovative ideas and projects not only to win this competition, but also do some change in the world.

Over the years, many mind-blowing innovations, charity projects, fancy games were build by the most talented IT Undergraduates creating great impact to areas like mechatronics, healthcare, Smart Phone apps and many more. Thousands of new startups started because of these projects and  now they earn millions and millions of money out of them. Some projects are running as a charity and serve the millions of people around the world to uplift their life standards.

Since 2004, Imagine Cup has happened nine times up to now, so in year 2014 Imagine Cup is going to be the 10th Imagine Cup and its a cause for cleebrations. Microsoft Sri Lanka also conduct this competition over the years and this year it will happen on 25th of April at Peradeniya University. There are 14 teams in three different categories which compete with each other to win the competition in each category. For each category, there will be only one winner, but other teams can also consider themselves as winners too for coming thus far.

I told many stories about Imagine Cup in this article, but why? Because I’m also a competitor of Imagine Cup Sri Lankan finals in 2012 and also 1st runner up in innovation category in 2013 and finalist of this year Imagine Cup finals too. Since I was a finalist in 2012 to now, I have lots of stories to share with you. But apart from them I’ll tell you some important things that you may need to know about it. Because it may help you, may be your friend, even your institute to win this competition and do some good thing to the world.

  • Find a great business idea which can  be executed well in the challenging world.
  • Find ways to build that business idea into a real world solution.
  • Don’t worry about the technology, it will come to you when you try to find it.
  • Be smart to find the necessary skills and resources for your project.
  • Assign the tasks according to the skills of the team member.
  • Sacrifice little bit of your life for your project, which will earn not only money but also the recognition.
  • Think, Think and Think. Finally brainstorming with your team.
  • Never give up when you face failure, keep concentrating and try it in another way.
  • Don’t go behind success, then it will not come to you. But go behind the goals that you need to go. Then success will come behind you.
  • Learn everything in your project 100% and share among your team.
  • Never underestimate your competitors and prepare everything for the project.
  • Teat your team members equally and work with them in a friendly manner. Stress may create conflicts between team members.

These things helped me a lot to achieve many milestones in this Imagine Cup. Not only Imagine Cup, but also any project in your life can be successful if you follow above mentioned things.

Don’t worry about it if  you are not selected for any competition like Imagine Cup. Keep trying to find the mistakes that you had done and try to mitigate them. Imagine Cup is kind of an exam which test your technological skills, business skills, management skills and confidence to achieve your goal.

Let’s make this world a better place through sustainable technological revolution. Wishes to all competing in Imagine Cup 2014, let’s bring glory to Sri Lanka!

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Successfully defending the title that it won last year, 99X Technology emerged champions in the IT/software category once again at the Biz Quiz 2014 – Mercantile Quiz Championship held earlier this month, beating out some stiff competition posed by masterminds representing Sri Lanka’s top corporate entities.

Apart from coming in first in its respective category, 99X Technology also ranked sixth overall with 25 points. The IT/software category was well represented by some of the leaders of the sector in the country including MillenniumIT, WSO2, Navantis and 99X Services, and proved to be one of the more competitive segments, with MillenniumIT (23 points) and WSO2 (22 points) coming in second and third place respectively.

Featuring 48 teams this time around, the companies battled right to the very end, with a mere point separating most from cinching a winning place. People’s Bank was crowned the mercantile quiz champions with 33 points, Seylan Bank came in second with 32 points and Dialog Axiata (A) rounded it off by coming in third with 31 points.

99X Technology was represented by Senior Software Engineers Kalanamith Mannapperuma and Ivantha Senevirathne, Associate Tech Lead Manosha Silva and Process/Management Associate Navaka Navaratne, and were ably captained by Associate Tech Lead Shirantha De Alwis.

The quiz team’s win at the Biz Quiz 2014, the first event it participated in for this year, follows a string of successes at various competitions in 2013 including the inaugural Biz Quiz, the QA Wisdom Ultimate Quiz Challenge, organised by the International Quizzing Association in Sri Lanka, and the International Trade, Transport and Logistics Quiz 2013, amongst others.

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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)