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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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Trends are changing. The mindset of ‘No Girls are allowed in IT’ is changing. We bring to you InfoV 2014, an ICT Exhibition organized by Vishaka Vidyalaya. You read that right, a Girls school. Scheduled to take place at School premises itself, this event’s key objective is to spread the use of ICT among school children, in order for them to be Global Citizens.

Comprising of 5 main segments, such as

  • ICT Applications and Trade Exhibition
  • Mini Workshop on ICT themes by Industrial/Academia experts
  • Launching of an ICT Magazine with the winning article of the Trilingual Island wide ICT essay Competition
  • ICT Quiz Program
  • Games and Entertainment zone

ICT regulatory bodies, new inventions, institutions, ICT vendors, trade stalls and game zones are planned to happen throughout the day, where government bodies will showcase their latest ICT products, policies and services while the exhibition goes on.

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2 students from Visakha Vidyalaya talk to us about the exhibition

Exhibition Plan – Overall Exhibition is planned under five main zones

Zone 1 – Academic: Universities and related Institutions
Zone 2 – Industry: Participants from ICT Industry
Zone 3 –Government: Research & Development Sector, Authorities and Security Forces
Zone 4 – Entertainment: Cyber Games, 4D Cinema, Kids’ zone and Food Fiesta
Zone 5 – Mini Workshops: Hot Topics on ICT (40-60 min each)

The event will be inaugurated on the 21st Friday from 3.00 pm while the exhibition for school children will start at 8.00 am. The exhibition will be open for general public only on 22nd Saturday from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Workshop Plan:

Date Time Topic Speaker
21/03/14 7.45-8.45am Virtuous Communication for Tomorrow Ms. Menaka Pathirana
Ms. Theralika Livera
Ms. Nilupulee Dombagahawatta
(Telecommunications
Regulatory Commission)
TRC
Register
21/03/14 9.00-9.45 am Creating software Ms. Himeshi de Silva Register
21/03/14 10.15-11.15am Social Media Mr. Channa de Silva Register
21/03/14 11.45-12.30pm Oracle Academy and Careers in
Computer Science
Ms. Geetanjali Singh
(Oracle Corporation)
Register
21/03/14 2.00-2.45 pm Fundamentals and applications of
agent technology
Mr. Asela Neligama Register
22/03/14 9.00-9.45 am Introduction to artificial intelligence Dr. Palitha Dassanayake Register
22/03/14 10.15-11.00am ICT in fashion industry Ms. Rukshanie Vidyaratne
Ms. Udari Bandara
Register
22/03/14 11.30-12.30pm An Introduction to Google Search Mr. Rohan Jayaweera
(Google Sri Lanka)
Register
22/03/14 2.00-2.45 pm A career guidance session for
a successful IT career
Dr. Ruvinda Rathnagoda Register
22/03/14 3.15-4.15 pm Collaborative Learning through
O365
Mr. Harsha Randeniya
(Microsoft Corporation)
Register

Please visit the event page here.

 

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After the trial run on 16th this month, MIT Global Startup Lab’s actual Pitch Day took place on 27th of January 2014 at Park Street Mews. This was a revised Pitching session after consulting the mentors and going through their ideas once again if they had to change their topic of research. Industry experts and Mentors took time to attend this event from their bust Monday schedules.

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Same teams but revised ideas were presented yesterday. Four of the outstanding teams, Team Alpha Q, Bigya, A Team and Team WII Charge from the last pitch were selected to have a separate pitching session. Harsha Purasinghe, CEO of MicroImage was amazed by the ideas and the potential these participants have and encouraged them to carry on with their market research. Amber Houghstow and Akshita Puram, Instructors at MIT Global Startup labs said that Sri Lanka has this amazing bond between the Industry and the Students, like they have never seen anywhere before.  Ruwindhu Peiris, Director at Stax Inc and a well wisher of this program gave away the thanking note and said this would be a  huge push towards SLASSCOM’s 1000 tech-Startup vision by 2022.

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Pitch Day was followed by an Open Bar Networking session where the Students met their mentors and other industry experts and got their insights as well since there is room for corrections and improvements.

You can find the Photo album for this event here, and catch the conversation regarding Global Startup Labs- Pitch day under the hashtag #GSLPitchDay, here.

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Initiated in early April of 2013, MIT Global Start-up Lab started in Sri Lanka in order to empower young entrepreneurs to overcome their fears and to get them started with their ideas and their start-ups. It was observed that, our young entrepreneurs have brilliant ideas, but lack proper guidance and mindset to carry them out. That is where GSL comes in to support them, to encourage them and to assist them.

On January 16th 2014,  ’Industry Day 2′ took place at Orion City Cafeteria, where the participants had to attend as a team or as individual components and pitch their ideas in front of the judge panel. Of course there was a ‘Mentor Involvement’ prior to this, few days back on 10th of January, guiding them on how to make ‘THE’ impression and how to present their ideas.

After much consideration, idea ‘Car Talk’ emerged as the ultimate winner

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People were divided into groups and then they got 2 minutes each to pitch their ideas.

Some of the ideas that stood out from the rest were:

A USB device capable of finding boarding place nearby for University students, an App which will find the needful people or find people having same interests as you, a review check-in location based app, an app which allows you to deposit small amount of money via your mobile app. A wearable locket which can track people and another app which will talk on behalf of your car itself to find the perfect diagnostic for it.

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After scoring them according to the judging criteria,  the ideas pitched were shortlisted for Round 2, where they had to convince the judges furthermore in order to get into the next round. This went on for a while and at last, one team was selected as the winner. After much consideration, idea ‘Car Talk’ emerged as the ultimate winner. Reason for them to bag this was that they had it all planned out and they were ahead of all others there.

In the end, a round table discussion took place where the mentors ‘interacted’ with the participants and also cleared some doubts they had in them.

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We hope this initiative brings out and shines the unpolished entrepreneurs, to make the country a better place by bringing foreign revenue in and develop themselves as well and the others.

You can find our previous articles regarding MIT Global Startup Labs here.

Industry Day One Live Blog

Industry Day Two  Live Blog

Photo Album – Day One

Photo Album – Day Two

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Google for Entrepreneurs Week is an annual week celebrating entrepreneurs and the anniversary of the Google for Entrepreneurs team.

This is scheduled to begin on 30th September 2013 and will be going on till 4th of October 2013 at Park Street Mews and Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

Day 1 Live Blog - http://digit.lk/live-blog-google-for-entrepreneur-week-sri-lanka-day-1/

Day 2 Live Blog - http://digit.lk/live-blog-google-for-entrepreneur-week-sri-lanka-day-2-2/

Day 3 Live Blog - http://digit.lk/live-blog-google-for-entrepreneur-week-sri-lanka-day-3/

Day 4 Live Blog – http://digit.lk/live-blog-google-for-entrepreneur-week-sri-lanka-day-4/

Event Info : https://www.facebook.com/events/231686746987428/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming