In partnership with various community groups and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Microsoft helps people gain the Information Technology (IT) skills they need to become more employable, sharpen skills to retain current employment, apply for jobs they were not previously skilled for and have confidence to continue the hard work of looking for jobs in a slowly improving economy.
Imagine Cup Sri Lanka Winners Put the Spotlight on Local Innovation
Imagine Cup Sri Lanka Winners - Team Collectivists - Gayan Garusinghe, Chanaka Upendra, Sudam Liyanage and Hasini Adhikari from the University of Colombo, School of Computing have made it as finalists to Imagine Cup 2010 in Poland. Their solution - Speak Up - leverages the very best of today's technologies to give underserved communities a platform where their views can be heard.
The first Imagine Cup Sri Lanka was held in 2005, hosted by Microsoft Sri Lanka. Since then, it has become the biggest and most awaited student technology competition. Not only does the Imagine Cup help young people to broaden their technological horizons, but also helps them unleash their innovation and cultivate their ingenuity. Through Software for the 21st Century, the Imagine Cup Sri Lanka gives them the tools to put their ideas into action. Imagine Cup provides young Sri Lankans with a platform for them to present their ideas to the world and create software solutions for a better future.
Read about past winners here.
Migrant Workers Receive ICT Training at Foreign Employment Bureau
Microsoft partnered with Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association (SLANA) and the Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) in launching a series of Information Communications Technology (ICT) Training sessions. The project aims to impart basic computer literacy and IT skills through a specially designed five-day program. Using the Microsoft Unlimited Potential curriculum as a base, SLANA designed a certificate course that helps migrant workers with low literacy levels and little knowledge of English adopt IT skills in a limited time-frame. The course includes several components: e-mailing and internet browsing, an introductory snapshot of excel and insight into money management.
Transforming Education through Collaborative MultiPoint Technology
In thousands of schools across Sri Lanka the student to computer ratio is around 100 students to just one computer. This makes it literally impossible to equally engage and provide access to technology to all students. Usually, a more dominant student takes over a mouse and a computer, while others passively watch. The innovation behind Windows MultiPoint makes such scenarios a thing of the past. Using MultiPoint, up to 30 students are able to simultaneously use and learn from educational software called Mouse Mischief, which has been specially designed with multiple, colored mouse cursors.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Secondary Education Modernization Project II, Microsoft began a pilot program on MultiPoint at six secondary schools. In December 2009 Microsoft Sri Lanka announced they will be further supporting the MoE and the Education for Knowledge Society Project (EKSP) with the installation of 300 Multipoint technology-enabled classrooms across the country.
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