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In an effort to keep up with this rapidly developing field, and in order to expose our students to this particular sphere of robotic technology, Northshore College has organized ‘Robocom’, its first ever Robotics competition.

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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


GAMEFEST ’14 is an Inter University and institute E-Sports tournament hosted by the Gaming Community of SLIIT. This event will be held on 26th & 27th of March 2014 at SLIIT Malabe Campus.

More info: here




The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) recently organised the International Schools Software Competition in Colombo.

The CSSL which was established in 1976 has been playing a major role in promoting Information Technology and Professionalism among those engaged in the field of ICT in the country, for the past 36 years. The CSSL is also a member of the South Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC).

SEARCC annually organizes the International Schools Software Competition in one of the member countries and this year it was in Sri Lanka organised by CSSL.

The competition involves school children from across the Asian pacific region where they have to develop software as part of the competition. Their ability to do that during the competition is assessed by a panel of judges.

Australian Team at the Competition

The winner of the competition was Republic of China (Taiwan) team. Australia came in the second place while Indian team won the third place. Sri Lanka Team A won the fourth place.

The competition was held at University of Colombo, School of Computing and the awards ceremony was held at Great Wall Restaurant, Colombo 03. CSSL past presidents and CSSL fellow members graced the occasion. CSSL President Mahesh Perera, CSSL Vice President Ajith Salgado and the CSSL Executive Council members also participated at the event.


Bringing out the best of the breed, 99X Technology emerged as Joint
Mercantile Champions at the “IQA Wisdom Ultimate Quiz Challenge”, organized
by the International Quizzing Association (IQA) Sri Lanka.

This leading table quiz event in Sri Lanka was held on 14th September at
Kingsbury Colombo for the eighth consecutive year where teams comprising of
5 members battled right to the top. Exhibiting its popularity, this year’s
Wisdom Quiz was attended by over 40 teams representing various schools,
educational institutes, mercantile firms, banks and financial institutions,
and independent groups.

Ruwan Senanayake, Country Representative for Sri Lanka for IQA, stated ‘‘we
were the pioneers in introducing the audio visual based questions for table
quizzes and I as the compiler of questions always endeavor to meet the
standards set by the IQA. This is the only table quiz held according to IQA
rules and standards.’’

Commenting on this achievement Mr Mano Sekaram, CEO of 99X Technology
stated ‘‘we are delighted to have participated in the IQA Wisdom 2013 and
been judged as Joint Mercantile Champions. As thought leaders in the IT
industry, this goes on to showcase our talent beyond just delivering
software product engineering services globally.’’

Concluding a very tough competition and after a two-tie break, three teams
including 99X Technology remained on the top, joined by Dialog Team A and
IFS, whilst the overall winners were Chamara Sumanapala’s team. Other
winners included Royal College Team A and HNB Team A.

The members of 99X Technology comprised of Shirantha de Alwis (Associate
Tech Lead and Team Leader), Ivantha Senevirathne (Senior Software
Engineer), Rangitha Kuruppu (Trainee Software Engineer), Ravindu Madanayake
(Infrastructure Management Engineer) and Navaka Nawaratne
(Process/Management Associate).

The quiz comprised of 50 questions in 10 questions per round based on 5
areas namely current affairs, sports, general knowledge, space & astronomy
& arts/literature and entertainment.


The launch of the National Best Quality Awards for 2013 was announced recently at a press briefing held at the Galadari, Colombo. The competition is open to organisations, groups and individuals in Sri Lanka for locally designed and developed ICT products and will be held on 17 October 2013.
The primary objectives of the competition as revealed at the briefing are to provide recognition for outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in Sri Lanka that have contributed to the development of ICT, to create a window to gain international recognition for locally developed ICT products and to improve the standards and quality of local ICT products and services to be able to compete in the international marketplace.
The competition is open in 21 categories, and will for the first time, include a public sector ICT achievement award that will look to recognise State entities that have effectively improved their services with the use of ICT over the last few years.
In addition, BCS has taken the initiative to honour the best products developed using open source products as a special award.
The tertiary category is open to students from Sri Lankan tertiary education institutions and this year the award for the best tertiary project will be awarded to two students who have shown exceptional achievements in technology usage and business potential. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented in all categories.
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, United Kingdom, has come forward as the competition’s main sponsor and chief organiser, while ICTA, the competition’s national partner since 2009, will once again provide its support. In addition, IFS and Hatton National Bank have joined in as silver sponsors, along with 3M and Fentons as bronze sponsors. Individual award categories have been sponsored as well, with open source application development software company WSO2 sponsoring the open source awards category, independent non-profit organisation Domain LK Registry sponsoring the special award for the best application with local content and IT industry body SLASSCOM sponsoring a special award for ICT entrepreneurship.
NBQSA winners will also become automatically eligible for the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA), an international awards program initiated to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide.
The awards categories are as follows: Tools and application infrastructure, security, financial, industrial, healthcare, communications, media and entertainment, tourism and hospitality, general, research and development, tertiary student project (business), tertiary student project (technology), education and training, e-government and services, start-up, in-house, e-inclusion and e-community, e-logistics and supply chain management, green it, post graduate student project and media and entertainment.
Applications and further information can be obtained from the National Best Quality ICT Awards, BCS Secretariat, located at No. 410/35, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, by calling 1124422490 or can be downloaded from www.nbqsasrilanka.org.

Source: DailyFT By David Ebert


Taxi Buddy is an Application which gives immense benefits to Taxi drivers, Passengers and Automobile related advertisers. Taxi drivers can register with the application and discover hire opportunities. They will charged only Rs.30 per month with no initial charges.

Taxi Buddy connects to another app called Taxi, which the passengers will use to find the nearby taxi list. Taxi app is free to register and passenger will only be charged Rs.2 when he/she sends a taxi request. Automobile advertisers can advertise on TaxiBuddy by setting up a maximum budget to spend. Then the TaxiBuddy will send the advertisement to Taxi drivers. We will charge Rs.1 for one message we send to a TaxiDriver from the Advertiser. But will not exceed the maximum budget specified by the advertiser.

For more information on the App, check facebook page here

These functions can be used by any mobile phone having SMS capability and additionally we developed an Android App and a Windows Phone App to accomplish the same. We used all the APIs available at Ideamart platform to develop this system.

That is about the product we built.


It was the most enjoyed hackathon ever. We had a great support from all the members in the ideamart team for the development of the product. Making a product which consumes four platform APIs at Dialog within one night is not an easy task. Great team effort and the technical support from Ideamart enabled us to complete this within a night.





Team Extrogene

Our team had four members from Faculty of Information Technology,University of Moratuwa. They are Thusara, Thusitha, Lashan and myself, Ruwan.






Team Extrogene

Our team had four members from Faculty of Information Technology,University of Moratuwa. They are Thusara, Thusitha, Lashan and myself Ruwan.






Team Extrogene

Our team had four members from Faculty of Information Technology,University of Moratuwa. They are Thusara, Thusitha, Lashan and myself Ruwan.






Team Extrogene

Our team had four members from Faculty of Information Technology,University of Moratuwa. They are Thusara, Thusitha, Lashan and myself Ruwan.




We first focused on implementing and integrating the software components to access Dialog Ideamart network APIs. After the midnight we started developing android and windows apps while testing and debugging the initial base product which is TaxiBuddy coupled with Taxi ideamart app. It was a tough night in terms of coding, testing, debugging and we couldn’t sleep even a single minute which was optional during the Hackathon. We were that busy with implementing our solution but enjoyed coding at the Hackathon.
We had four presentations time to time. First we had the initial introduction at the beginning. Then one minute pitch at midnight to explain what we had done so far and what we had left to complete. And another one at 2.00 AM to explain the progress. And the final presentation was at the end of the Hackathon before the judges, which was a demo of the product we developed.

TaxiBuddyINtroductory presentation_Photo Credit_Kazun Frankenstein Piyumal

TaxiBuddy Introductory Presentation, photo credit https://www.facebook.com/kpiyumal

At that time we had a working live product which could be used by anyone who has a dialog phone. Yes additionally with two working smart phone apps TaxiBuddy for android and TaxiBuddy for windows phone.
When we did the presentations we focused only on explaining the essential facts and no fancy stuff because we had a very limited time for the presentation and we had lot of functionality to cover  We are delighted to say, we presented really well and we won the first place at the Hackathon.

Electronic club and Ideamart team did a great job with organizing this event including food and beverage, recreational area with games and a DJ. We enjoyed the event thoroughly and kudos to the organizers again.