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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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From left: Associate Tech Lead Sameera Gunasinghe, Senior Systems Engineer Hiran Silva, Software Engineer Buddhika Wijesinghe, Process/Management Associate Navaka Navaratne and Software Engineer Jayanga Wagaarachchi

 

99X Technology takes pride not only in its employees’ technical capabilities but also their additional talents and encourages participation in a variety of events and competitions as a means of honing and fine-tuning these skills. In line with this, a team of chess enthusiasts from the company faced off with the best at the Second Mercantile and Government Services International Rating Chess Championship held last week.

Hosted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka at the National Institute of Sports Science from 22 to 25 November, the contest saw nearly 100 participants from over 30 companies give it their all over the four days, making the winning title a hotly contested one.

A mere point separated 99X Technology’s team, which was placed seventh in the overall rankings, from the winners, showing the levels of competitiveness within the players. The winning team from Hatton National Bank had a score on par with both SriLankan Airlines and Mobitel, which were placed second and third respectively, as did the teams placed after them, which resulted in a slew of tiebreakers to adjudge the final winner.

The tournament featured individual games amongst the participants after which the points accumulated by the top three performers of each team were totaled to decide on the team rankings.

The team from 99X Technology consisted of Associate Tech Lead Sameera Gunasinghe, Software Engineers Buddhika Wijesinghe and Jayanga Wagaarachchi, Senior Systems Engineer Hiran Silva and Process/Management Associate Navaka Navaratne. Sameera Gunasinghe also came in seventh in the individual set, the only player from the top eight teams to win a place in the individual open category.

99X Technology, since its inception over a decade ago, has rapidly built itself up to become a leading player in Sri Lanka’s IT/BPO industry. Headquartered in Colombo with offices in Oslo, Norway, the company specialises in delivering high-end software products to independent software vendors (ISVs) worldwide and has, to date, delivered over 100 high quality commercial software products.

As a testament to its best practices and attention towards the development of its workforce, it was placed among the 15 companies named a Great Place To Work® in Sri Lanka this year and cinched an award for talent management at the fourth Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2013 in Singapore, amongst many other accolades.

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Enabling ‘Sri Lanka Tourism 2.0 and Beyond’ took place on 12th of September 2013 at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. This was organized by Sri Lanka Association of Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM) and The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) to boost the Sri Lankan tourism industry. Sri Lankan tourism is expanding quickly and this event looked into how companies providing software solutions, could help Sri Lanka to enhance the performance and the customer satisfaction in the tourism industry. Also this shed light into how to market Sri Lanka as a travel destination with minimum expenditure. This program will help the industry to apply innovative digital solutions to attract and retain tourists.

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From about forty companies which participated in this competition, nine were shortlisted to deliver a short speech to introduce themselves to the Judge panel and go through some of the solutions and services they provide. The filtering process was conducted under three main criteria.

  • Effectiveness of solution.
  • Ease of development and adaptation in the local context..
  • Proven capabilities.

All nine company ambassadors sure did impress the panel of judges with their innovative ideas and series of applications alongside the services they provide.

Mr. Wijeya Rathnayake, President of AmCham delivered the welcome speech.  He also stated, “This could turn into a tourist exchange program”. Conference keynote was delivered by Mr. Simon March, Google Industry Specialist. As this was his 3rd visit to Sri Lanka, he was aware of the Sri Lankan tourism Industry expanding at a rapid rate. He was excited to see the audience being passionate about technology and interested in investing (knowledge and services) on Sri Lankan tourism.

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An interesting session of a panel discussion took place afterwards. Mr. Hiran Coorey was the moderator and the fellow panelist were:

Some serious questions were asked by the moderator himself and members of the the audience as well.  Mr. Prasad Nanayakkara, Vice President of AmCham delivered the vote of thanks.

Four companies were awarded according to the presentations they did on this day.

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Awards for the judges, panelists, participant companies and to the Keynote speaker were given away afterwards. With a networking session that enabled participants to meet and discuss, the event was declared closed.

Do check the Live blog page for full coverage of the event.