Welcome to the live blog of Idea Bash 2014
Category - Events
With the ICT industry booming in Sri Lanka, it is great to see schools participating actively in the promotion of ICT. Visakha Vidyalaya, one of the leading girls school in the island, is playing their part by organizing a large scale ICT exhibition. InfoV2014 ICT exhibition will be held on the 21st and 22nd of March at the School premises, with the first day being open to schools, and the second day open to the general public.
The objective of the exhibition is to grow the ICT knowledge and awareness among schoolchildren by showcasing products and services by industry giants, government bodies, and leading ICT universities. The exhibition will be comprised by the following components.
1. ICT Application and Trade Exhibition
(a) Schools and University Zone
(b) Industrial Zone
(c) Government Institutes
(d) Trade Zone
2. Mini Workshops on ICT themes by industrial/academic experts
3. Launching of an ICT Magazine with the winning articles of the Trilingual Island wide ICT essay Competition
4. ICT Quiz Program
5. Games & Entertainment zone
For more information visit http://www.infov2014.com/
Its the marquee event all gamers are waiting for, Sri Lanka Cyber games 2013. The Kandy qualifiers are already done and dusted while the finals are just around the corner on the 13th, 14th and 15th of December. SLCG is being organized by gamer.lk the team who has kept gaming alive and growing in Sri Lanka. The event which is being held at BMICH, will hold competions for 10 games listed below.
Call of Duty 4
Counter Strike 1.6
League of Legends
Mortal Kombat 9
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Trackman nations Forever
NFS Most Wanted
So make it to the BMICH this weekend to witness some intense gaming, and some great deals on gaming equipment. May the best gamer win.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for tweeps, when TweetupSL arrives. This year’s edition took place at the Mercantile Cricket Association grounds last Saturday with hundreds of tweeps gathering for the much anticipated occasion. This was the first time TweetupSL took place outdoors giving a relaxed atmosphere for everyone to mingle about.
Soon after registration everyone got in to their dialog sponsored T shirts with the various #OMG #FTW #Epic #WTF hash tags. The event commenced with cutting the cake and a very entertaining flash Mob. Check it out below.(Video credits to Aqeel Dave)
There were numerous games for tweeps from musical chairs to balloon dancing to noodle racing. A quiz on TweetupSL history was held by the Readme team with scrumptious gifts for the winners courtesy of Coco Veranda.
The TweetupSL awards took place towards the end, with 39 tweeps receiving awards according to the tallied votes on tweetupsl.org. The category winners for the awards are as follows.(drumroll)
Miss.Tweep of the year – @AyshMarQ
Mr.Tweep of the year – @dodan123
Twitterholic of the year – @GayanMW
Tech Tweep of the year – @gazly
Sportaholic of the year – @takashiG
Twitter News Breaker of the year – @rangaba
Instagramoholic of the year – @HalikAzeez
Most Helpful Tweep of the year – @AnfasJM
Most Controversial Tweep of the year – @NotJagath
Funniest Tweep of the year – @Rathgamaya
Diplo Tweep of the year – @NisansaDds
Foodie Tweep of the year – @PhuckYou_
Hashtagoholic of the year – @nHiRanZ
During these various activities, tweeps were able to meetup with old buddies and also got to meet up their virtually acquired friends in real life. ‘Cos in twitter its not just about keeping touch with your existing friends, its about making new connections with people who you can enjoy a conversation with. That’s what makes twitter qualitatively the number one social media in Sri Lanka.
Kudos to the organizing team for putting countless hours and immense effort into making TweetupSL 4, an event worth tweeting all week long.
Below are few moments captured at the event.
The 4th edition of TweetupSL where Sri Lankan tweeps, meet in flesh and blood will take place on the 7th of December at the MCA. For registration the tweeps needs a minimum of 500 tweets, 50 followers and should be at least 6 months from the creation of the account. Visit www.tweetupsl.org and register today.
The voting for the top tweeps is available on the site, where you can enter the handles of your nominations. The categories are as shown below. We here that @PresRajapaksa is in the running for Mr. Tweep.
All attendees would be contributing to the worthy cause ‘water with a difference’ through the Rs. 100 ticket. Also Needy Readers would be present, so bring your books for donation.
For updates on the event, follow @tweetupsl
Ideamart, the developer community of Dialog Axiata, announces their inaugural annual hackathon: Code Ultimatum. This the first instance where Ideamart is opening up the competition to the public. Applicants first need to submit a small video clip of their proposed idea to the Ideamart team. Ideas are set to be on open category and could range from corporate apps to educational apps to games. Importantly atleast one of the Ideamart APIs needs to be used in the development. Teams can consist of 5 members and the teams with the top 10 ideas would be chosen for the hackathon. Cash prizes and other benefits await the winners.
“This is a great opportunity for developers to showcase their talent, learn on the mobile business line, and also generate some money as well. We are expecting some great apps to come out of this the competition, and we hope to give marketing support to such applications”
– Roshanth Gardiarachchi, Ideamart Team
This is the second hackathon which is conducted by Ideamart. The first hackathon was held at the University of Moratuwa and resulted in some cool apps like TaxiBuddy and MegaMind.
For more information on ideamart and its APIs visit www.ideamart.lk
Welcome to the Live blog of Mobile for Business event organized by the GBG Colombo.
The first ever UX Colombo meetup was held last Thursday(22nd August) at 99x Technology premises, with the aim of creating awareness and educating the Sri Lankan tech community on User Experience Designing. The meetup was attended by over 100 tech enthusiasts from the industry.
User experience is how a person feels when interfacing with a system
The speakers for the meetup
Shiran Sanjeewa – Art Director @ Netstarter
Pramith Rupasinghe – COO @ Solomo IT
Hasanga Abeyaratne – UX Lead @ 99x Technology
Kalana Wijesekara – Senior Software Engineer @ 99x Technology
The event was well organized, started right on time, included interesting presentations and freebie stickers :). UX Colombo will be organizing more meetups in the future, in addition to UX courses in order to increase the UX expertise in Sri Lanka. Below are some of the key points gathered from the meetup.
Why?, When?, Where?
Key components which creates the UX in Software Products
User Centered Design Process
The Paradigm Shift
This is a way of documenting your target users. By filling each of the four quadrants below, you get a better idea on the end user, and sometimes you might find out that the target user does not exist.
For the 3rd consecutive year Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global startup labs (Formally known as AITI) successfully carried out their annual student entrepreneurship program which spanned for 7 weeks in corporation with the University of Moratuwa – Sri Lanka. This is a program to assist cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs in emerging regions.
During these seven weeks, 24 Sri Lankan top undergraduates were teamed as five companies to develop startups based on a mobile or web application with careful guidance of four MIT instructors Akanksha, Amber, Dhaval, Valerie, industry professionals and mentors in Sri Lanka as well as alumni of previous GSL classes. Program curriculum consisted of not only technical coding but touching every crucial subject and skill areas essential for these budding entrepreneurs from market research and business law to finance and presentation skills.
There were industry visits where these students had the opportunity to meet the innovative brains behind the successful startups such as Millennium IT and Anything.lk. Furthermore the students participated in a weekend long hackathon sponsored by Google – Sri Lanka. Also they pitched their products twice before Launch Day to investors and consultants.
Marking the end of this year’s program, the ‘Launch Day – the culminating event’ was held last week (1st August 2013) at The Kingsbury- Colombo with a gathering of industry professionals, and leading entrepreneurs.
It was a four hour event auspiciously commenced with lighting of the oil lamp by the honored guests followed by welcome note by Amber Houghstow – MIT.
Opening key note was given by Dr. Harsha de Silva – Consultant Lead Economist mentioning the value of this program to Sri Lanka.
All five startups were presented to the audience with a judging panel comprised of 8 industry professionals.
- Rohan Jayaweera, Sri Lanka Country consultant, Google Asia
- Udena Wickremaesooriya, Member board of Brandix
- Anthony Rodrigo, Group CIO, Dialog
- Prabath Gamage, GM, Product Development and Customer Solutions
- Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Founding partner at Lankan Angel Network
- Dumindra Ratnayake, CEO, Etisalat
- Nissanka Weerasekera, Partner, Aureos Capital
- Kasturi Wilson, MD at Hemas Holdings PLC
Team presentations were highly professional and the manner the students presented them was extremely amazing.
Refreshment and networking break was carried out where the gathering was given the opportunity to see live demos of the products and to meet these budding entrepreneurs personally. In the meantime, the gathering was requested to vote for the audience choice award by filling an online form.
Then the session commenced with a speech from Professor Ananda Jayawardhana – Vice Chancellor University of Moratuwa, followed by a few tokens of appreciation to the MIT Team.
Madu Ratnayake – Director & Vice Chairman of SLASSCOM, addressed the gathering on GSL – path ahead in Sri Lanka emphasizing how the Sri Lankan community has been teamed up to take this initiative forward in upcoming years
The most awaited moment, the ‘Awards and Recognition’ session started with SLASSCOM entrepreneur awards presented as follows by Madu Ratnayake
2nd Runners up – Team WhiteRay for product Careless Droid
1st Runners up -Team BeeHex for product ClicknPick
The Winner – Team HawkEYE for product youth-Jobs.lk
There were three more awards from the launch day co-sponsors Dialog, Etisalat and Mobitel as follows
Dialog Technical Innovation award – Team WhiteRay for product Careless Droid
Mobitel Audience Choice Award – Team WhiteRay for product Careless Droid
Etisalat Social Impact Award – Team HawkEYE for product youth-Jobs.lk
That concluded the MIT GSL 2013 launch day and it is the day these students launch into becoming entrepreneurs. Congratulations to the winners of the MIT GSL 2013 and wish you all the best for all five teams for a successful business in the future.
Do take a look at the new startups and their respective projects for MIT GSL – Sri Lanka 2013 which are listed below.
VMart.lk by team AquaVision
VMart is a new online platform where any budding entrepreneur can easily set up an online business within 5 to 10 minutes. In that time, any interested seller can sign up, create their own profile, customize and personalize their storefront, upload their first product images and descriptions, and begin receiving online orders.
ClicknPick by team BeeHex Technologies
With the array of its remarkable features of referrals, profile building and gamification ClickNPick is a web application with an Android mobile component which provides a two-way platform for the tutors and students. Tutors can post their expertise whilst interested parents or students can view these details and together with the review/rating scheme, can easily select the best suited for their needs and locations.
For more information please visit www.clicknpick.lk
Modarue by team Zkylark
With ModaRue, the user can find all the new exclusive fashion releases and offers, they can get style recommendations according to their style preferences and also reserve items for a time period until they visit a particular shop. ModaRue also has a designer corner where fashion designers have their own profiles and can reveal their unique talents.
For more information please visit www. modarue.com
CarelessDroid by team WhiteRAY
Phone misplacement and theft has become a growing issue in the society. WhiteRAY solves this problem with “CarelessDROID”: an Android application which allows you to connect to your phone via SMS. It doesn’t require Wi-Fi or internet connection. The phone owner can send an SMS from any other phone to recover their data or facilitate phone finding.
For more information please visit Google Play Carelessdroid
YouthJobs.lk by team HawkEYE
The time to sort through onslaughts of poorly-matched CV’s in response to your highly selective job postings is over! YouthJobs provides the perfect platform to intelligently filter applicants to your recruitment needs and learn the skills and interests of your potential future employees. For the job seeker, our platform allows you to easily manage your professional profile, construct your CV, find companies that match your skills and interests, and receive career guidance including skills to improve.
For more information please visit www.youthjobs.lk
The July GBG meetup(YouTube Night) was on a different theme at a different setting.. It was held at the relaxing atmosphere of The Manchester pub
Shehan, CEO of Loops Social Media Solutions started things off and discussed on the value of Youtube as a marketing channel, and also on why videos go viral.
Here are some of the Key stats and points he discussed,
- 31% of videos are music videos
- Average duration of a video is 4 minutes and 12 seconds
- There are 2 Billion Youtube views per day, Compare that with the approximage number of 2.5 billion TV sets
- 1 Billion unique Youtube videos views per day
- 1 out of 2 internet users use YouTube
Why would a video go viral?
- It includes things that grab your attention
- The thumbnail is eye catching
- Great Keywords
- Advertising of the Video
- Promoted through Social Media Influencers
- It includes cats and babies 🙂
Next off IFilm Sri Lanka showed one of their creations, Killer Kothu: The Lankan Zombie Apocalypse a collaboration with JehanR. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out below. Its Hilarious.
They managed the entire video with two days (which included the writing of the script). Impresssive!
They also showed a beautifully done video on Leopard Trails. Take a look at it below.
The event then spinned off to a fun tone as attendees teamed up to create some Youtube magic. Few guys got together to create a human YouTube. Next was the harlem shake. (Cant wait till the video is uploaded)Then there was the response video to Ex-Alien.
The official stuff ended there, and proceeded onto networking with some drinks.
Youtube Nights was a fun filled event, and hope such themed events will continue in the future. It was also a refreshing change to the standard tech meetups. Kudos to the organizing team!!
For those of you who have just finished their A/Ls , taking the next step into undergraduate studies may be tricky. With the amount of higher education options, it gets quite difficult to decide on the best course of studies for you. You maybe fond of a certain stream but unsure of the career opportunities available. You are looking for expert advice but from where will you get it?
SL2Voices 2013 is an undergraduate conference organized by SL2college, with the participation of leading Sri Lankan academics and entrepreneurs who will give you the expert advice needed to move in to the correct option of undergraduate studies.
The event will be held on the 25th August, 9.00am to 4.30pm at the University of Colombo V.K. Samaranayake Auditorium
The speaker panel will include the following highly distinguished personal
Mr. Dian Gomes, Group Director MAS Holdings
Mr. Sanjiva Weerawarna, CEO WSO2
Vidya Jothi Prof. Arjuna Aluwihare
Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Peradeniya
Prof. Ajith De Alwis
Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering University of Moratuwa
Mr. Arj Wignaraja,
Founder and Managing Director – Remote Sensing Metrics Asia
Dr. Sujatha Gamage,
Scientist at Lirneasia
Ms. Nelum Senadira,
The US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission
Mr. Charitha Ratwatte,
Chief Manager – Sustainability at Dialog Axiata PLC
Mr. David Samuel – Business Development Manager, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekara,
Executive Director at The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies
Mr. Dennis Schroeder (DAAD)
If you are seeking info on undergraduate studies, this event would be a great place to get an understanding on it.
For more info visit the SL2Voices 2013 website.
In their fourth consecutive year, ROBOFEST annual robotic competition organized by SLIIT goes to rural areas in finding hidden talents. There were workshops carried out for school children in Jaffna and Trinco June this year. This is their story of finding hidden talents!
The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) organizes ROBOFEST. Organizing team is headed by Dr. Lasantha Senevirathne. ROBOFEST 2013 competition takes place under three categories; school, undergraduate and open. The final competition will be hosted at the Malabe campus premises on the 13th & 14th September this year.
To encourage young minds on the very popular field of “robotics”, ROBOFEST committee decided that they want to go out of Colombo. Jaffna workshop was held on 17th May. Trinco workshop was held at Kinniya Central College on 14th June. Many enthusiastic students around Jaffna and Trinco areas respectively were gathered for those events.
“Since the school category of the competition is open for school students island-wide; we believed that we needed to give more attention to schools in rural areas as they do not have sufficient exposure to modern electronics and robotics. When we held workshops last year, we saw many enthusiasts from areas far from Colombo participated. And on the day of the competition, it was clear that, they had to work harder to get down the parts to build the robot compared to students around the capital. But they were equally talented. They’ve been having a hidden talent all along and all they needed was a “little push” and a “friendly hand” to help with putting things together. And that is exactly what we did during our workshops. And now, it’s good to see a new enthusiast joining us every day” said the media correspondent of ROBOFEST.
Last year’s competition school category was won by the project “Tinker” by Mahanama College Colombo 03. Second and third places were secured by projects representing Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala. More details of the last year’s competition can be seen here.
Below are a few captured moments from the event: