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Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge 2013 will be focusing on three major events: Flying Dutchman (university category),Black Pearl (school categoryand Endeavour (open category). The school and open category will be held on 12th of December and University category will be held on 13th of December at Civil auditorium, University of Moratuwa.

For more info, read here.

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It has been an exciting year for all of us in diGIT with lots of interesting events, meet-ups and workshops happening throughout the year. As the year 2014 looms near, we thought of highlighting 18 of the most interesting news and events we managed to bring to you here on diGIT.

SLASSCOM CXO Breakfast Briefing with Julian Persuad marked the start of the year in March. April marked the launch of Sri Lanka Train Schedule app for android, Microsoft Imagine Cup 2013 National Competition Finals, Sri Lanka Content Management meet-up and the INNOFORUM 2013.

May and June were filled with Refresh Colombo meet-up, Google I/O Extended 2013 by Mobitel and the Google Developer Group June 2013 meet-upMashable’s Social Media day also took place at 30th June 2013.

Baiskopelk’s android application launched on July, with CSSL’s ICT conference spanned from 12 to 14 August 2013 in Colombo.  Furthermore, University Of Moratuwa has claimed the top spot at Google Summer of Code for 7th consecutive year.

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#TweepsIftar, an unique event organized by the Sri Lankan Twitter community happened 30th of July at Sasakawa Memorial Hall. The event gave a great opportunity for Non-Muslim tweeps[Twitter users] to get exposed to the rituals of Muslims during the Ramazan season.

Virtusa won the US Stevie Award Bronze for Human Resource Department of the year. And the popular Sri Lankan cricket website Island Cricket was the recipient of multiple awards at the BestWeb 2013 Sri Lanka web awards.

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Twitter Premier League Sri Lanka reached its grand finale on 1st of September under the patronage of Etisalat Sri Lanka at the Wesley College Grounds, with Binthenna XI winning the league and Malabe Pumpkings being the Runners-up.

The Computer Society Of Sri Lanka organized a software competition for the International Schools in Colombo in November.

December marks the launch of one of the most eagerly anticipated meet-ups in Sri lanka, the TweetupSL, happening on 7th of December at the mercantile cricket association.

We at diGIT are extremely proud to be the premier news source for the local IT industry and academia. We have fabulous surprises for in store for you next year as well.

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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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As many of you know, #TweetUpSL which is the largest gathering of the Sri Lankan Twitter community will be held on 7th of December at Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA). As the online media partner of #TweetupSL 4, Digit Magazine will be bringing back the memories of Sri Lankan Twittershpere by digging into popular hashtags that were used by Tweeps.

Sri Lankan tweeps are known to create conversation around a topic which then converts into a popular hashtag among the community for a given time. The most important aspect is the fun element in these hashtags, where tweeps make it a way to have entertainment on their timeline. Sri Lankan Twitter community seems to be very democratic with voting rights for tweeps to vote for different categories of Tweeps. Since the voting for TweetupSL has already started, we thought of digging into a hashtag which is related to elections and politics - #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters

The interesting point to note about  funny hashtags is that they initiated by a tweep, based on a current incident or a situational factor. #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters was initiated on 27th of January 2013 with the reshuffling and the expansion of Cabinet of Sri Lanka. As Sri Lanka is on its way to the Guinness record for the largest cabinet, Twitter community also made their own version of the cabinet which was initiated by Mr. Tweep @GayanMW.

That was the birth of one hillarious hash tag! With this tweet, the hash tag started to get viral on Sri Lankan Twittersphere. These tweets were full of fun and creativity while communicating messages about many issues in the community.

Some tweets were related to the lifestyles of tweeps, then converted to a ministry.

Many tweeps were talking about celibrities, sports and many more random aspects of life.

There were also tweets related to tweep’s full time jobs, which had made them masters to handle the ministries related to the field of work.

Some of the hash tags also talked about the Twitter personalities and also the Twitter routine of Tweeps

Once the ministers were appointed, these Twi-Ministers were also planning for their deputy ministers.

Among these tweeps, there were also tweeps trying really hard to get certain ministries under them with ‘promises and manifestos’, which is very similar to normal situation with Sri Lankan cabinet.

Similar to the situation with any cabinet reshuffle, we also noticed many clashes and fights for few popular ministries such as food and beverages and SRK related activities.

Tweeps were also suggesting that @PresRajapaksa should check out these #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters tweets to get an idea of the preferences of the citizens.

And this is what happened!

It is about fun! But at times, it goes beyond that! The note below, sums up all :)