Award Categories (Commercial)

Special Awards @ NBQSA 

ICT LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD

ICT ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD

PUBLIC SECTOR MOST OUTSTANDING ICT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 

  • ICT Lifetime Achiever Award
    • Keeping in line with the primary objectives of NBQSA, for the eighteen consecutive year, an outstanding personality would be awarded the “ICT Lifetime Achiever Award” for the invaluable services rendered to the development of local ICT Industry for a long period of time. This recognition is awarded jointly by BCS Chartered Institute for IT and ICT Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka.
  • ICT Entrepreneurship Award
    • This year too, a budding entrepreneur will be recognized for his or her effort for venturing into the organizational development in an ICT organization with the “ICT Entrepreneur of the year Award”. This recognition is awarded jointly by BCS Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section and Sri Lanka Association of Software & Service Companies (SLASSCOM).
  •  Public Sector Most Outstanding ICT Achievement Award
    • Public Sector Most Outstanding ICT Achievement Award was introduced in year 2013 which presented to a public sector organization in recognition and appreciation of the effort rendered towards the introduction, nurturing and development of ICT environment to provide better quality services to the Citizens in Sri Lanka. This recognition is awarded jointly by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and ICT Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka.
  • Application Tools and Platforms
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for the development of applications and infrastructure tools. Any program or service designed to carry out or provide any of, but not limited to, the following: a means or methodology for the development of software; increase in the efficiency of systems or personnel through system performance measurement tools; decision support and executive information systems; conversion of programs from one programming language to another; Software Resilience (e.g. Disaster Recovery facilities or plans); the monitoring of computer systems or communications usage; Cloud Computing services (loosely defined as the enablement of ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction); virtualization facilities, including those in operating systems, servers, storage devices or network resources; the improvement of systems performance or reliability; the retrieval, organization, management and manipulation of data and databases, including large unstructured data sets. The emphasis of this category is on the provision of the means to enhance the operation of information technology systems, and to improve the productivity of personnel using the software.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries)[goto top]
  • Communication
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing outstanding communications technologies or for developing ICT solutions that make creative use of communications technologies. Any application software, hardware and infrastructure or its combination that relates with any transmission of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, voice, video, data, or intelligence of any nature by digital or analog, electromagnetic or electronic signals through existing and emergingmedia (e.g., radio, telephone, television, facsimile, SMS, MMS, GPRS, Internet, WiFi, WiMax, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, RFID, NFC, IPTV). The application must be developed specifically for the communications industry.

    • Judging Criteria:(Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • e-Learning
    Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions for the delivery of education and training. Any application software, contents, hardware or its combination, that serves the needs of learners to acquire knowledge and skills through information and communication technologies through interactive, personalized and distributed learning resources to create active e-learning communities.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).goto top]
  •  Financial Industry Application
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions that support the financial sector and various financial related business processes in an enterprise. Any application software, hardware or its combination to support and enable process of transferring and managing capital or funds or monetary related entities within or across the enterprise in a various related industry such as banking, insurance, stock exchange, fund management, and multi finance.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • General Applications
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions that support non-financial related business processes in an enterprise. Any application of software and/or hardware to support a range of functions that are commonly used by an enterprise or business entity to improve efficiency and productivity. Included are back office applications, office productivity tools, human resource information systems, administration tools, procurement systems, customer relationship management systems, etc.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Government and Public Sector
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions that support electronic government initiatives and service delivery to the community. Any application software, hardware or its combination that enable cost efficient, effective and transparent government and public sector services.Such services can be offered by government institutions (e.g. a government department), government funded/owned organizations (e.g. a national/city airport), or government licensed organizations (e.g. an organisation providing mass transportation, or a public utility such as power or water).

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Value to Public/Government (Accessibility & Reach; Transparency & Impact on Quality of Life); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Health and Wellbeing
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions for the health / healthcare sector. Any application software, hardware or its combination that relates to the broad spectrum of services provided to individuals or communities by a health care system or by professionals to promote, maintain, monitor, or restore health and wellbeing.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Inclusion and Community
    This award is presented to the ICT solution that best supports, promotes or encourages social inclusion or community cohesion. Any application software, hardware or its combination to support the community in the member economy’s society with the aim to promote the rights and needs of particular groups; or to improve the wellbeing, quality of life and standard of living of the community with the ultimate intent to bridge the digital divide. The funding to the initiative and the development can be provided by the Government or private institution or both.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Value to Community & Society at large (Accessibility & Reach; Social Integration & Impact on Quality of Life); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Industrial Application
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing solutions that support the industrial sector, including manufacturing processes. Any application of software, hardware or its combination to improve the process performance of engineering and manufacturing, services and to increase efficiency and productivity e.g. Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), optimization devices and system, process effectiveness monitoring tools, data acquisition software, SCADA, process and discrete manufacturing, oil and gas, robotics, simulation and electronics.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • In-house Application
    Any application of software and / or hardware developed by a company / organization that is implemented ‘in-house’ in the company / organization for the company/organization’s use. The software and /or hardware product can be of any nature (e.g. communications application, financial application etc.).[goto top]
  • Media and Entertainment Technology
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination in the field of creative content development for media / entertainment / infotainment. Any application software, hardware, or its combination that relates to the process of combining text, sound, pictures, and videos, to create a diversion that holds the attention (entertainment), in the form of multimedia, Infotainment, Immersive and interactive e.g. the technology innovation to develop advanced human characterization and socialization. Including in this category is the application aforementioned through internet medium and mobile devices delivery. Any application software, hardware or its combination that provides management and technical support to the news, entertainment and marketing industry such as television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, cinema, live entertainment, publishing, newspaper, and internet news. This category does not include computer/mobile games, animated or computer-generated features or movies.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Creativity); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Research & Development
    This Award is presented to the most outstanding ICT R&D project. Any Information and Communication Technology research and development, conducted by academic, non-academic institutions, or individuals to create innovative products, processes, and services; and that such innovations have been completed fully but not yet actively marketed, or are already actively marketed but still no customer or installation, or not been completed but their features and functionalities can be demonstrated.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Proof of Concept (Commercial Potential; Pilot Trial); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Retail and Supply Chain Management
    This award is presented to the most innovative nomination for an ICT solution that enhances retail and supply chain related initiatives. Any integrated application software that addresses, support and enables the business process of planning, implementation, controlling the efficient and effective flow, transaction, storage and delivery of goods and services, resources planning, and structured data flows from the point of origin to point of consumption in order to meet customer requirements and equally addressing business issues and requirements of the retail industry. However please take note that the Retail Application must be, as far as possible, a fully integrated and distributed system that encompass the following modules, namely, POS for Store Management, Centralized Head Office for Merchandising, Inventory Control, Procurement, Accounting & Warehousing and encompassing Supply Chain Management offerings. Over and above this both CRM and Business Intelligence (BI) for Retail would add value but not necessary for this purpose.

    • Judging Criteria:Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Security
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions for security systems applications. Any application software, hardware or its combination that provides authentication support, intruder detection/prevention, antivirus, anti spyware, data and/or system protection and counter security checking system that is applicable to the information technology environment as well as other security systems at large.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Start-Up
    Any application of software and / or hardware developed by a company/organization that is registered within three (03) years to the application closing date. Start-up Company is a Information and Communication Technology company which develops an innovative and potentially superior ICT product but the company itself is still considered at the early stage of inception. The Start-up Company must meet the following criteria: The company must be a company fulfilling the criteria of eligibility for nomination. The company registration date with the Government’s Company Registration Scheme/Regulation must not be more than 3 years from the date of competition. Founder of the company and or the product developers must still be the major share holder of the company. The company must not be a subsidiary of well established parent company.

    • Judging Criteria:Business Model & Financial (Marketing; Funding); Innovation & Technology (Application of Technology; Product Innovation); Execution – Team Composition – Implementation (Scalability of Operation; Team Composition); Investment Viability (Quality of Customer Base; Market Share); Unique Selling Proposition (Market Entry Barrier/IPR; Competitive Advantage & Differentiation).[goto top]
  • Sustainability and Environmental Technology
    Any application of software and / or hardware developed by a company / organization that provided direct impact on sustainability issues and offers value on economy, environment and society. The application of any, or a combination, of software, hardware, processes, products or services which address sustainability issues inclusive of, but not limited to, climate change, environmental conservation and impact and/or environmental initiatives such as life-cycle management, resource management, carbon emission reduction, carbon credit trading, environmental performance monitoring or renewable energy management. Sustainability is measuring metrics based on economic, environmental and social outcomes.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Value to Society at large (Triple bottom line; Environmental metrics); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability/Security); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Addressing the criteria and Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Tourism & Hospitality
    This Award is presented to the most innovative nomination for developing ICT solutions for the support of the tourism and hospitality industry. Any application software, hardware, contents, or its combination that supports tourism and hospitality including transport services, food and beverages, tours, informational systems for retail outlets, accommodation, recreation, medical and eco-tourism, culture, adventure or simply escape and relaxation.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Market Potential (Market Share & Potential; Business and Financial Model/Strategy); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality & Application of Technology (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Postgraduate Student Project
    This Award is presented to the most innovative ICT software and/or hardware project from students of Institutions of Higher Learning at Master and Doctorate programs. Any Information and Communication Technology project or research performed by a student or a group of students who are registered as active postgraduate students for a Masters or Doctoral programme in a higher-learning institution, such as college or university during the NBQSA Award competition.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Proof of Concept (Understanding of the Problem to be Solved; Understanding of Business Environment); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Tertiary Student Project (Technology)
    This Award is presented to the most innovative ICT software and/or hardware project as specified below from students of Institutions of Higher Learning. Any Information and Communication Technology project or research in the technology area performed by a student or a group of students who are registered as active undergraduate students in a higher-learning institution, such as college or university during the NBQSA Award competition or within 1 year period from his or her graduation date by providing proof of graduation certificate during delivery of the presentation. This excludes Master and Doctorate programs.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Proof of Concept (Understanding of the Problem to be Solved; Understanding of Business Environment); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • Tertiary Student Project (Business)
    This Award is presented to the most innovative ICT software and/or hardware project as specified below from students of Institutions of Higher Learning. Any Information and Communication Technology project related to business area performed by a student or a group of students who are registered as active undergraduate students in a higher-learning institution, such as college or university during the NBQSA Award competition or within 1 year period from his or her graduation date by providing proof of graduation certificate during delivery of the presentation. This excludes Master and Doctorate programs.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Process of Solving the Problem; Innovation); Proof of Concept (Understanding of the Problem to be Solved; Proposed Solution and Feasibility in the Business Environment (Pilot Trial)); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]
  • School Project
    This Award is presented to the most innovative ICT project from secondary school students. Generally refers to ICT projects by students involved in formal education prior to entering a tertiary institution, for example a university. While this category is generally aimed at secondary school student projects, entries from primary schools are not excluded, though it should be made clear to the primary school students that the same judging standards and criteria are applied equally to both primary and secondary school projects.

    • Judging Criteria:Uniqueness (Technology and Innovation; Trend Setting); Proof of Concept(Understanding of the Problem to be Solved; Understanding of Business Environment); Functionalities and Features (User Requirement; Compatibility and Interoperability); Quality (Content & Standards; Product Stability & Reliability); Presentation (Organization of Presentation; Enquiries).[goto top]