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IFS announced its partnership with the University of Moratuwa to establish an IFS Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Moratuwa, at a press briefing held in Colombo. An agreement establishing this was signed between IFS and the University of Moratuwa in the presence of dignitaries and members of the media.
The partnership marks a milestone in the industry-academia collaboration in the country and will strengthen the research capability across all Faculties of the university and foster a culture of creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship amongst both its teaching faculty and students alike. Under the partnership, IFS will grant 18 million Rupees over a period of 3 years to establish a position of an IFS Endowed Professor/Senior Fellow for innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Moratuwa.
Head Table, from L – R:* Mr. A. L. J. Sadique – Registrar,
University of Moratuwa; Prof. Rahula Attalage – Deputy Vice Chancellor,
University of Moratuwa; Prof. Ranjith Senaratne – Vice Chairman, University
Grants Commission; Prof. Ananda Jayawardane – Vice Chancellor, University
of Moratuwa; Mr. Alastair Sorbie – President & CEO, IFS Group; Mr. Ranil
Rajapakse – Vice President/COO, IFS World Operations, Sri Lanka; Mr.
Jayantha De Silva – President & CEO, IFS Sales & Consulting, Sri Lanka and
Mr. Thomas Sald – Snr. Vice President/Head of R&D, IFS World Operations
IFS recognises that a strong collaboration between industry and academia is necessary to significantly enhance the innovation entrepreneurship culture of the country. Creative thinking and an innovative mind-set is imperative for propelling economic growth and technological advancement in emerging economies such as Sri Lanka. Consequently, nurturing and building human capital, thereby creating an enabling environment, is a key driver towards achieving this.
Prof. Ananda Jayawardane and Alastaire Sorbie exchanging the agreement, on behalf of the University of Moratuwa and IFS respectively
University of Moratuwa (UoM) is also mindful of the impact of creating an innovative and entrepreneurial culture within the university, in view of adding value and wealth creation towards the country’s economic growth. The university’s vision is to be “the most globally recognized knowledge enterprise in Asia”, hence the importance of transforming UoM in to a world class university.
“We are a knowledge based company and we recognize the importance of developing intellectual infrastructure and giving it the freedom to thrive. We’re excited about partnering with the University of Moratuwa – one of the premier universities in the country – and to be a part of establishing the next generation of Sri Lanka’s creative thinkers, game-changers, entrepreneurial minds, and the workforce for the future,” said Ranil Rajapakse, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of IFS World Operations in Sri Lanka, reaffirming the company’s commitment towards strengthening its long standing relationship with the University of Moratuwa.
The Vice Chancellor of The University of Moratuwa, Prof. Ananda Jayawardane, underscored the significance of this milestone in industry-academia collaboration. Said Prof. Ananda Jayawardane: “The University of Moratuwa, an internationally recognized seat of learning and research, recognizes that nurturing activities related to research & innovation, knowledge creation, technology transfer and invention have positive ripple effects which extends beyond the parameters of academia. The concept of an Endowed Professor/Senior Fellow at the university has been proposed to complement and amplify the efforts of the university and foster a culture of innovation while reinforcing its position as the premier technological university in Sri Lanka.”
Alastair Sorbie, President and CEO of the IFS group, emphasized that a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship benefits both the industry and the nation and noted the need for industry and academia to work closely towards developing a conducive environment. “Technology is never static and innovation cannot exist in isolation. There is always a dynamic cycle of engagement, improved understanding and continuously evolving knowledge-sharing between both the industry and the academia. It is important to foster creativity and industry-academia partnerships towards future advancement, both in the business world and academia,” highlighted Sorbie.
“Over the years, IFS has a tradition of collaborating with tertiary education institutions, sharing our expertise, providing industry opportunities and building rewarding partnerships through mutual exploration and learning. We are confident that this program will assist in augmenting the talents of the students and pave the way for innovative research initiatives,” said Jayantha De Silva, President & CEO, IFS Sales & Consulting, Sri Lanka.
This partnership is poised to act as a catalyst towards fostering new innovations and commercialization, establishing start-ups, enhancing creative and innovative thinking in the future workforce and bridging the gap between industry and academia. It is also anticipated to enhance the nation’s academic competitiveness on a global platform.
Availing the experiences of last five years, IEEE Student branch of University of Moratuwa is in the frontier to launch IEEEXtreme 8.0 on 18th October starting at 05:30am in local time parallel to the global event, at the university premises
IEEEXtreme”, worldwide, online coding competition running for 24 hour time span, is organized by the IEEE, “Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers” and co-hosted locally by IEEE Student Branches in more than 80 countries globally. University of Moratuwa, the most consistent university of the competition so far is ready to take the arena again with 103 teams – holding the record for the highest number of teams from a single university, again!
The forefront technical institute maintains an exceptional record of achievements in IEEEXtreme including the global championship in Xtreme 3.0, runners-up in Xtreme 5.0 and third place in Xtreme 6.0. Apart from that, in each year university of Moratuwa is accountable for producing the highest number of teams within top 100 rankings from a single university.
Highlighting all those achievements, a session for introducing IEEEXtreme 8.0 and recognizing best performed teams of IEEEXtreme 7.0 will be held on 16th October at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications, University of Moratuwa.
“Atrenta”, the creator of famous Predictive Analysis software platform “SPYGLASS”, joins hands this time with IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa as the Platinum sponsor for IEEEXtreme 8.0 and national domain registry, “LK Domain” provides another generous sponsorship to make this massive event a success.
Enriching the algorithmic programming skills among Sri Lankan students
Considering the salient advantages by enriching the algorithmic programming skills among the Sri Lankan school, undergraduate students as well as early career graduates, IEEE Young Professionals Sri Lanka thought of having an algorithmic programming competition among Sri Lankan young programmers.
Having the constraints of informatics Olympiad, IEEE Xtreme competitions which are of similar kind but restricted to one set of group, we think of having all programmers compete in one platform to enhance the competitive advantage.
This will be a warm up session for undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to participate in the IEEE Xtreme 8.0 and will be a challenging experience for school students who could be able to share the same arena with senior programmers. The early career graduates will also witness a wonderful change having bored with working on their company projects all the time. The expected participation would be around 200+ participants.
Date: 11thOctober, 2014
Venue: University of Moratuwa & University of Peradeniya
Details submitted to us by Andun Sameera
“Today we live in a world where everything is interconnected. Your spectacles, your watch, your mobile phone and may be even your shoes. And who knows, in mere future the very chairs you sit on may communicate with your trousers.” The outset of the most awaited event of the month was marked as such.
Google has always been the core engine of almost all the internet related searches. Adding to the interest of young intellectuals, Google has launched many additions like the Google Student Ambassador Program, Google Summer Code and Google Map Making. In parallel to those, with the purpose of running the awareness and guidance to the enthusiastic Sri Lankan youth, a meet up was organized for the Google Students Group in Sri Lanka by the Google Student Ambassadors.
Akshika Wijesundara addressing the audience
The meet up, which was a result of efforts taken by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM, to enhance the skills of the university undergrads, was held on 3rd September 2014 at 1700hrs at CSE seminar room, UOM. The meetup was organized by Akshika Wijesundara (Engineering undergraduate of CSE), along with the fellow Google student ambassadors. It was compered by Malith Jayaweera, an Engineering undergraduate of CSE UOM. The proceedings of the meeting were followed by the welcome speech delivered by Akshika Wijesundara.
‘Google Summer of Code’ is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. The CSE undergraduates Bhathiya Supun, Sachith Senevirathne, Sachini Herath and Buddhika Dilhan were the experienced seniors of GSoC at the gathering. The audience was thankful when these members came up with a presentation which included their experiences and a brief description of the projects each had contributed.
Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM never lack winners. The department included two out of the three winners of G-CV. The competition involved online CV creation using Google Sites and the winners were as follows.
- 1st place – Justine Win, Philippines
- 2nd place – Rajith Yashodha, Sri Lanka
- 3rd place – Sachith Senavirathne, Sri Lanka
The next in the agenda of the Google student meet up was the award presentation to the two G-CV winners Rajith and Sachith thus appreciating their noteworthy achievement.
Subsequently, the presentation on Google Map Making was staged by Dulshani Gunawardena (GSA for South East Asia). The presentation attracted a considerable attention of the audience that it was followed by a lengthy Q&A session.
“How would the accuracy of an included detail will be confirmed by the map making community?”, “Who has the authority to accept and confirm any details requested to be added?”, “How can one request his/her details to be reconsidered once the request is rejected?”
were a few questions asked and answered during the session.
A person’s interests could vary with time. The meet up was scheduled on a time when the waves of interest were flowing in an around the university premises. The new found interest was regarding the upcoming Google translate week. Adding to the mentioned interest, Kasun Gunasekara (GSA for SouthEast Asia) came up with a presentation which included essential details of the upcoming event.
The most awaited moment of the most awaited event was scheduled next. Dulshani Gunawardena, was once again on the stage with a bunch of stimulating facts and points regarding the Ambassador Summit. Adding to the interest, was a short video depicting their delightful experience in the last summit.
The meet up was an outcome of a collective effort. Its fruitfulness lied in the dedication and the support of many who were involved in the organization. The vote of thanks, which included all the gratitude towards the parties involved was delivered by Samadhi Poornima.
The crowd seemed to have gained so much interest regarding the Google Student Group – Sri Lanka and its associated events. Hoping for their enthusiastic participation in the upcoming events, the meeting was adjourned with a group photograph taken by Dilshan Pathirana.
Hiruma and Sandarekha with Ruwindhu Peiris
Glancing on the future of technology, two undergraduates from Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa has founded ‘SoftBeetles’. They are working with one of the prior startups guidance program in Sri Lanka, MIT Global Start-up Labs (GSL) 2014 powered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA.
‘SoftBeetles‘ has focused on an important problem which is periodically faced by university students to initiate their first product. Finding boarding places for first year students and other academic year students has grabbed their attention to find a stable solution. This can be introduced as one of the major issues which new comers face when they enter to universities. Most time before entering to universities, applicants try to find good boarding places but the issue is there is not a unique platform for providing such services. Even though there are some platforms which provides similar services, there is no unique, dedicated platform, providing what SoftBeetles are trying to introduce as their first product. Covering all existing solutions for this problem, they were able to showcase the product ‘boarding.lk’ during ‘Demo Day’ for MIT GSL 2014 on 30th July.
The students who have initated with the help of mentors at MIT GSL are Hiruma Punsali and Sandarekha Ramanayake.
boarding.lk has its own values. Ratings, recommendations, reviews of the boarding places from students and up-to-date information will be offered for students. This will be the first product of SoftBeetles and they hope to extend this idea for all over universities and other institutions as well.
Hiruma and Sandarekha during mentorship Industry Day 2
With more students joining with GSL programme to take entrepreneurship seriously, the goal of setting up 1000 startups (as targeted by SLASSCOM) by 2022 could well be a reality in Sri Lanka.
Feature image photo credit – Hiruma Punsali
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!
Student Chapter of University of Moratuwa and ACM holds this special ‘Distinguished Speaker program”. A Guest Lecture by Professor Abhik Roychaudhury is expected on ‘Software debugging as a Science’.
Checkout our event page for more details.
Photo Album: here.
Expose Forum is an initiative taken by the E-Club. Electronic Club, or E-Club, is the official student body of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa and has a rich history of its own.
The forum builds a platform where the industry and academia of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in Sri Lanka meet, to bridge the gap and to accelerate forward.Every year the Expose Forum focuses on a timely theme and paves way to new flavors of innovation and cutting edge technologies.
Theme of Expose Forum 2013 is Facilitating New Directions for the Industry and the Graduates.
Event info: http://digit.lk/event/expose-forum-2014/
Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge 2013 will be focusing on three major events: Flying Dutchman (university category),Black Pearl (school category) and 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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