Sri Lankan ICT Industry Creates history at the APICTA Awards 2017 held in Dhaka Bangladesh
The highlight of the Awards ceremony was Sri Lanka winning 3 Gold Trophies and 6 Merit awards. As per the APICTA Awards rules, the Merit recognition is awarded only if the product receives less than .05% marks difference to the winning product of the category.
The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) conducted its Annual ICT Awards competition in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 7th – 10th December 2017. This competition is held to identify the best ICT products which have won awards in their respective country competitions. APICTA Awards is the largest such competition in the Asia Pacific Region and is sometimes referred as the “Oscar Awards in ICT”. The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards is dedicated to the increase of ICT awareness in the Region and assists in bridging the digital divide.
The competition consists of 17 categories and Sri Lanka competed in 8 categories and won the above awards. This is the largest number of awards that Sri Lanka had won in one year and it made Sri Lanka the 2nd Highest Ranking country just behind Hong Kong in 2017 competition. The Participants were selected from the winners of National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA) 2017 which was organised by BCS the Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section (BCSSL) and Secondary Student Projects were selected from the participants of Young Computer Scientist (YCS) orgnaised by Federation of IT Industry for Sri Lanka (FITIS) Software Chapter. Prior to the departure to Dhaka, for over one month the Participants were coached by experienced judges from BCSSL Mr. Vajeendra S Kandegamage, Mr. Geethapriya Tillekeratne, Mr Ruwan Amarasekara , Mr.Shanaka Rajapaksha and Mr. Welinton Perera supported from the FITIS Software Chapter.
49 Member delegation was led by the two main bodies of the ICT Industry in Sri Lanka, BCS the Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section (BCSSL) and the Federation of IT Industry for Sri Lanka (FITIS) – Software Chapter.
The officials representing Sri Lanka in this international event consisted of the incumbent Chairman of APICTA Dr. Dileepa De Silva, Mr. Ruwan Amaresekara – Chairman , BCS the Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section as the APICTA Executive Committee Member and As Judges Mr Vajeendra S. Kandegamage, Mr. Geethpariya Thilakarathna, Mr. Ransit Fernando, Mr Shanaka Rjapaksha and Mr Welinton perera – President FITIS Software Chapter at judge and Exco Member. The country coordinator for the event was Ms. Chadika Yahampath.
Expressing his views on this global awards program, Mr. Ruwan Ameraseka stated : “In 2015, we hosted the APICTA Awards very successfully in Sri Lanka making it the Benchmark for all other countries. Although we won Gold and Merit awards in 2015, in APICTA 2017 we managed to become the second best nation among the APICTA member countries which is a great success.”
Dr. Dileepa De Silva- Chairman APICTA stressed that “These awards bring the Regional countries together to a healthy competitive environment so that best innovative ICT products in the region are recognized while giving the participants a chance to learn from each other”
As part of the BCS Sri Lanka Section’s Business Support Initiative Biz2Biz.lk, Mr N. Nirmalan – Exco Member of BCS Sri Lanka Section coordinated over 50 Business Matching meetings for the Sri Lankan delegates with their Bangladeshi counterparts at the Digital World 2017 which is the National ICT Exhibition of Bangladesh.