Chapter 1. Sri Lanka garbed 7 awards at the APICTA 2015…….
Sri Lanka won two GOLD awards in the Commercial category at Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) held in Colombo Sri Lanka from 18-21 November 2015. AZIRO – The Autonomous Inventory Robot from ZONE24x7 (Private) Limited and “InfoID” From Informatics International Ltd recognize as the winners of the Research and Development, Government & Public Sector categories respectively.
Also won five merit Awards at the competition by the Student and Commercial categories.
- School Project – Dharmaraja College – Kandy The System Haze – HASHAN
- Tertiary Student Project – University of Colombo School of Computing Autogenous Diabetic Retinopathy Censor for Ophthalmologists – “AKSHI”
- Tertiary Student Project – Informatics Institute of Technology CGUi Toolchain for Developing Customized Graphical User Interfaces for Multiple Platforms
- Retail & Supply Chain Management – Vantage Telco from Axienta (Pvt) Ltd.
- Industry Application – Integrated Risk Manager (IRM) from CAM Management Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd.
“Executive committee appointed Dr. Dileepa De Silva as the Chairman for APICTA 2014-1015 by considering the recognition of his personal and Sri Lanka’s contribution to the development of the Alliance. The Sri Lanka was represented at the Executive Committee meeting by Dr. Dileepa de Silva, Mr. Ruwan Amarasekara of BCS the Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section, Mr. Shantha R Yapa of FITIS Software Chapter and Mr. Reshan Dewapura of ICTA.”
The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) is an international awards program organize by APICTA, which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.
Participants of the awards program comprise members of the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance APICTA. They are guided by the Framework of Cooperation identifying how member-economies can work together in support of the Awards Program as well as other programs that foster development and growth of the ICT industry in the region. APICTA’s 17 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
NBQSA winners become automatically eligible for the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA), an International Awards Program initiated to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the Digital Divide.
Sri Lanka won the first ever APICTA Gold in 2006 when Nuwan Senaratna from University of Colombo School of computing (UCSC) presented his project on Automatic Music Composition (AMC) beating 78 entries in the Tertiary category
In 2007 too Sri Lanka was able to sustain the Gold when students from SLIIT presented their Tripwire Project.
In 2008 creating a milestone in Sri Lankan software industry Sri Lanka won two gold awards in APICTA and the first ever golden award for Sri Lanka in the Financial Category of the competition was won by Epic Lanka (PVT) Ltd for “Dial a Bank” exceeding nations such as Australia, China from East to Pakistan from West through South & South East Asian countries, and Ganindu Nanayakkara of Ananda College Colombo brought glamour by winning the Gold award for his Project “The Watch”.
In 2009 Sri Lanka won four Merit Awards, Epic Lanka Pvt. Ltd. for Epic Lifetime Banking; Scienter Technologies (Pte) Ltd. for Destinity; M. K. Lahiru Priyadarshana of Informatics Institute of Technology for iDisplay and E. Amani I. Soysa of Informatics Institute of Technology for ChordATune. .
In 2010, Sri Lanka won 4 merit awards, WSO2, University of Colombo School of Computing, University of Moratuwa and Gateway College Colombo respectively under, Tools and Infrastructure, e-Learning, Tertiary and Secondary Student Projects categories.
In 2011, Sri Lanka won 2 merit awards, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology for “Project Kundalini” and Informatic Institute of Technology for “FREEWAVE – A Framework for Accelerometer Based Hand Gesture Interaction.
In 2012, Duo Software Private Limited for “DuoSubscribe v.5” won a Merit award for Tools & Infrastructure Applications category, “VIDAS (e-Learning platform for visually impaired)” by University of Moratuwa for Tertiary Student Category and “M-Backup (Mobile Backup)” by Lexicon International School and “Velenda – The Shopkeeper Game” by Nalanda College for Secondary Student Category.
In 2013, Sri Lanka won 6 merit awards at APICTA held in Hong Kong which includes 2 Secondary Student Projects, 3 Tertiary Student Project and 1 Industry Product in the Research & Development category.