hSenid Mobile, a multinational telco-mobile software solutions provider hosted a workshop in collaboration with the Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Department, University of Moratuwa on Tuesday October 01, 2013.
The workshop titled ‘Future of the Connected World’ comprised sessions on present-day mobile trends, future predictions and the potential of the mobile industry, the various career opportunities available in the IT industry and a one-on-one session with representatives from hSenid Mobile. CEO Dinesh Saparamadu was the keynote speaker of the event. The Head of Department Dr. Ajith Pasqual and other faculty also attended the workshop.
The workshop included the various R&D opportunities available and hSenid Mobile’s role in implementing the ‘internet of things’.
The final address of the session, conducted by CEO Dinesh Saparamadu, focused on career guidance and the various career options available in the information technology industry.
“As an undergraduate and soon a graduate, I continuously urge you all to question if it is a job or a career that you seek. While a career is driven by passion, a job is your usual nine-to-five drill,” said the CEO.
The event held was a continuation to the series of programmes hSenid Mobile intends to implement at university level. Earlier this year the company held workshops at Moratuwa, Ruhuna and Wayamba Universities and at Jaffna University in 2012.
About hSenid Mobile Solutions
hSenid Mobile engineers solutions that enable telecom operators to seamlessly connect to businesses. The platforms are designed to cater to and enhance business and social requirements of enterprise and consumer markets.
CodeExpertz 1.0 is a 6 hour online school programming competition exclusively for the school children of Sri Lanka. As the prime technological institution of Sri Lanka, we have taken the initial step to provide a platform for the school children to showcase their hidden talents and improve their skills in the field of computer programming. This will be a new avenue for the school children to get the exposure to the real world technology aspects at a very young age, which we at IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa (IEEE SB UoM), consider as a great privilege
The competition was created to,
- Motivate school students to be technologically sound in solving real world problems, especially using computer programming
- To provide students an online competitive environment to investigate their talents in programming.
- Give IEEE Student Members a challenge to embrace team work – an important skill to develop for career success.
Students, who are currently studying in a school(O/L & A/L) and students just finished their advanced level examinations, will be eligible to take part in this competition.
We are hoping to conduct a series of workshops prior to the competition to give the students awareness about programming in general and the competition. These workshops will be held in selected schools and institutions all over the country, at the University of Moratuwa premises and selected centers in each district.
The first workshop was successfully held at Holy Cross College, Kalutara with the participation of almost 150 students from Kalutara District. Students from Holy Cross College, Kalutara Vidyalaya and Mathugama Central College were present on that day. This workshop was conducted by our high calibre undergraduates representing the technical committee. All of them are members of the IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa. We were able to witness the enthusiasm of the students towards this competition and we are more than happy to receive encouraging feedback regarding this work shop.By conducting several workshops in other districts also, we hope to retain the momentum until the competition.
We are extremely glad to have Digit.lk as the online media partner which will be supporting us and promoting our event throughout the entire duration of the competition. For more information regarding the competition and the registration process, please visit our Facebook page or contact Subodha Charles 071 4438868, Malintha Fernando 071 8874922.
The Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders was launched last week as part of the Government’s efforts to improve IT literacy in the country and governance.
The launch of the academy followed by a four-day workshop (3-6 September) on two modules of the academy constituted a great step forward, the Deputy Speaker asserted. Forty Government officers actively engaged in e-governance and members of the academia selected for participation in the workshop will be trainers of colleagues in their respective offices/areas of work.
This launch enables Sri Lanka to receive the benefits of the academy of the Asia Pacific Training Centre for Communication and Technology for Development (APCICT).
The APCICT, a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), set up the academy in 2006. True to its name, the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders has facilitated and promoted ICT among UN ESCAP economies, which now totals 62. Sri Lanka is the 27th country to set up the academy.
The APCICT academy has developed 11 training modules for Government leaders which have been translated into 12 languages. Two of these modules, namely, Module 3 e-Government Applications and Module 6 Network Information Security and Privacy, were selected as the themes for the four-day workshop.
Chief Guest at the event Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said every Government servant is called upon to do his best to serve the public – this is one of the core messages of the ‘Mahinda Chinthana – Vision for the Future’ – and it is the duty of every Government employee to make people’s lives comfortable by carrying out his duties conscientiously, making smart and morally-sound best use of available tools.
As ICT is recognised as the best and smart tool for development, a conscientious Government employee should do his best to learn and apply its benefits to serve the people, he noted. “However, one must not forget that along with the benefits of ICT, there are also its ill effects. ICT without guidance and regulation could bring disaster to society, though through a small percentage of the population. To combat this it is necessary that ICT is coupled with appropriate human skills and moral values,” Weerakkody said.
Deputy Speaker said that the launch of Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders was a great step forward.
Stressing that initiatives like this could create great benefits, the Deputy Speaker pointed out how the far-sighted vision of President Mahinda Rajapaksa had brought about great positive changes.
Such an epoch-making change for the better came about as the fruition of the initiative the President took in 2004 to use ICT for development. As part of this initiative it was the President’s concept to take the dividends of ICT to the village. At the beginning of the said far-sighted initiative the benefits of ICT were the prerogative of a small urbane elite population.
Thanks to the foresight of the President nearly a decade ago, today ICT literacy has reached 40% from the 4% mark of 2004. Similarly Sri Lanka’s Networked Readiness Index which was 83 out of 115 countries in 2006 reached the 71st mark in 2012 out of 142 countries and improved to the 69th position in 2013 out of 144 countries.
The launch and workshop are the results of the collaborative effort s of ICTA and the Asia Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT).
ICTA’s Chairman, Senior Presidential Advisor and Peradeniya University Chancellor Prof. P. W. Epasinghe, Board Member Earle Fernando CEO Reshan Dewapura, Program Director and Legal Advisor Jayantha Fernando and Re-engineering Government Program Director Wasantha Deshapriya also participated in the event. UNESCAP/APCICT Director Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee and Program Manager Robert de Jesus and resource persons including Philippines Idea Corp CEO Dr. Emmanuel Lallana also took part.