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The E-Club of University of Moratuwa proudly presents the Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge (SLRC) for the 2nd consecutive year. Last time we initiated this national level robot competition, which had been lacking in Sri Lanka for years. This competition has become a main event in the technology calendar of Sri Lanka and has gained the interest from island wide to international community.

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.

University Category of SLRC is of great importance since the winners will be selected to participate in ‘Techfest-International Robotics Challenge- 2014’, which will be held in Mumbai, India. The IRC of Techfest, held for the 17th consecutive time will be witnessed by thousands of technological enthusiasts from the 3rdof January till 5thof January 2014. The winners will be awarded cash prizes with LKR 50,000, LKR 30,000 and LKR 20,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively and air tickets to participate in Techfest-India.

SLRC University Category – For more information contact Subodha Charles 071 4438868

SLRC School Category Competition 2013 has been organized with the main objective of giving an opportunity to school students from all over the country to experience the only national level robot competition in Sri Lanka. From this kind of event we expect to improve awareness and positive attitudes in school students about Robotics and connected fields. The winners of this category will also be rewarded cash prizes with LKR 40,000, LKR 25,000 and LKR 15,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

SLRC School Category – For more information contact Kasun Tharaka 071 8301394

Open category is a new category introduced for SLRC 2013. This addresses a current issue which Bradix is facing in their production line. We will create a problem statement to overcome the issue. This event is open to the general public. After the event, Brandix will choose the best design which suits to their production line. The winners will be awarded cash prizes with LKR 50,000, LKR 30,000 and LKR 20,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively and they may be asked to implement the design to Brandix production line.

SLRC Open Category – For more information contact Pradeep Sanjeewa 071 8672130

Online registration – http://www.mrt.ac.lk/competitions/slrc/index.php/registration

For more information regarding the competition please visit our web page http://www.mrt.ac.lk/competitions/slrc/

For live update, visit to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UoM.SLRC

(Article Submitted by: Dilan Senaratne | Media coordinator -SLRC 2013)

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Sri Lankan Universities, Campuses and Higher Education Institutes World Web Rankings 2013 are released.

According to Webometrics the 2013 Sri Lankan Universities Rankings are as follows.
Colombo University ranked number 1 in Sri Lanka in 2012 but Moratuwa University has topped the rankings this year. Also in the top 5 are Ruhuna, Peradeniya and Kelaniya.

Ranking methodology:

The Ranking Web or Webometrics is the largest academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions. Since 2004 and every six months an independent, objective, free, open scientific exercise is performed by the Cybermetrics Lab (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) for the providing reliable, multidimensional, updated and useful information about the performance of universities from all over the world based on their web presence and impact.

 

ranking World Ranksort descending University Presence Rank* Impact Rank* Openness Rank* Excellence Rank*
1
2150
University of Moratuwa
4549
1905
2487
3103
2
2255
University of Colombo
3854
3345
2602
2091
3
2353
University of Ruhuna
580
1848
4784
3676
4
2973
University of Peradeniya
4270
5789
3161
1826
5
4508
University of Kelaniya
7153
7503
4883
2620
6
5969
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
1829
8013
4994
3510
7
8163
University of Jaffna
7553
10523
9093
3510
8
8509
National Institute of Education Sri Lanka
18584
7592
16475
5080
9
8708
Open University of Sri Lanka
4938
8604
2120
5080
10
10538
Sabaragamuwa University
12210
10277
8457
5080
11
11258
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
10461
11041
11187
5080
12
12124
Eastern University of Sri Lanka
12675
13135
10888
4440
13
12924
Rajarata University
9131
12891
11760
5080
14
13282
Wayamba University of Sri Lanka
8074
13296
12450
5080
15
13541
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
10519
13545
11523
5080
16
14219
Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies
16692
14070
14173
5080
17
14366
Uva Wellassa University
14100
14315
12659
5080
18
14428
Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Sri Lanka
6313
14609
10984
5080
19
14944
Postgraduate Institute of Sciences
16924
14913
11057
5080
20
15053
Industrial Technology Institute
14511
15050
12575
5080
21
15413
Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture
15220
15462
9583
5080
22
15546
Institute of Fundamental Studies Sri Lanka
14612
15531
13164
5080
23
15749
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
9880
15892
10594
5080
24
16033
Informatics Institute of Technology Sri Lanka
13962
16023
14532
5080
25
16090
Sri Lanka Institute of Architects
13021
16134
13016
5080
26
16503
University of the Visual & Performing Arts
18097
16334
19049
5080
27
16799
Buddhist and Pali University
17327
16694
16899
5080
28
16885
Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education
20021
16774
16310
5080
29
18889
Sri Lanka Press Institute
17534
18891
16475
5080
30
19247
Institute of Engineering Technology
19022
19263
14555
5080
Source : Webometrics

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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.

Experience….

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Dialog IdeaMart in association with Electronics Club of University of Moratuwa brings ‘Hack Day’, the first ever ideamart hackathon happening 2nd August from 4.30pm onwards. The overnight coding experience is anticipated to be one filled with fun times and gerat coding and at the end of it a chance to win fabulous prizes for winning teams!

91 teams enrolled for the hackathon and 20 teams were selected who will compete in the hackathon. It’s bound to be an amazing night!

What’s on offer?

1st Place: Android Tablets
2nd Place: Android Phones
3rd Place: Dialog 4G Dongles

Agenda

4.30 – 5.30 :- Start / Registration

5.30 – 7.30 :- Idea Presentation – 2 mins a team

7.30 Onwards :- Coding + Activities start , Fun Question & Answer sessions, Sing a Song sessions etc

7.00 a.m. on :- Breakfast open

8.30 a.m. :- Development presentations

9.30 a.m. :- Judging and Voting

10.00 a.m. :- Winner announced and prize giving / Close

**Events and other

Music :- DJ
Dinner :- Kottu, Coffee, Tea, Coke, Redbull
Breakfast :- Strings hoppers / Bread – Coffee etc.
TV coverage :- Channel C / Learn TV

Games :- Wii / xBox / PS
Pool Table / TT Table
Carom board — at Electronic Club.

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Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 6,000 successful student participants and over 3,000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

We are proud to say that for the 7th consecutive year, University of Moratuwa has claimed the top spot with 39 accepted students in 2013!

Rank
School
Country
# of Accepted Students in 2013
# of Students in  2012
1
University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka
39
29
2
International Institute of Information Technology – Hyderabad
India
29
16
3
Polytechnic University of Bucharest
Romania
25
21
4
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani)
India
19
12
5
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology
India
17
17
6
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Goa Campus / BITS – Pilani – K.K. Birla Goa Campus
India
16
14
7
National University of Singapore
Singapore
15
21
8
Vienna University of Technology
Austria
13
10
9
Beijing (Peking) University
China
12
8
10
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
India
11
10
Full list of accepted projects can be viewed via this link
Final results of Google Summer of Code 2013 will be announced on 1st October 2013.
To conclude proceedings for 2013, Mentor Summit at Google will take place on 19th,20th October 2013 where representatives from each successfully participating organization are invited to Google to greet, collaborate and code.
Those interested in applying for 2014 Google Summer of Code are adviced to keep tab of this site