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Fostering Local Innovation

Fostering Local Innovations

In our quest to bring about a significant change in the local knowledge economy, Microsoft believes in providing the right platforms for students, competent IT professionals and developers in order to encourage collaboration on innovative development, technology and software solutions. It is important that software developers in Sri Lanka learn to innovate solutions to problems they encounter, through research and through exposure to innovative thinking between likeminded intellectuals across the globe. With the aim of sparking innovative solutions to help build intellectual capital that enables the growth of the local IT ecosystem, Microsoft initiatives within the university communities in Sri Lanka not only provides access to world class curriculum and repositories of information, free of charge but also grants access to Microsoft software, at subsidized prices.



Software for the 21st Century

In meeting the changing demands of the 21st century workplace, new skills and knowledge is mandatory for meaningful employability. In Sri Lanka, Microsoft makes extensive investments aimed at uplifting the IT related standards of Secondary and Tertiary Students, Trainers, Teachers and Academia, to equip them to meet these demands with confidence.


As part of a new initiative in Sri Lanka titled “Software for the 21st Century”, Microsoft provides recognized Universities and Tertiary Institutions with latest cutting edge Software, enabling them to expose their Students and Faculty members to the best of world class technology, absolutely Free of Charge.


‘Software for the 21st Century’ consists of four key programs provided absolutely free of charge, namely; MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), Live@edu, DreamSpark, and Shared Source Initiative, demonstrating our commitment towards enabling jobs and opportunities as well as fostering local innovation.


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Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup

In our quest to bring about a significant change in the local knowledge economy, Microsoft believes in providing the right platforms for students, competent IT professionals and developers in order to encourage collaboration on innovative development, technology and software solutions.

It is important that software developers in Sri Lanka learn to innovate solutions to problems they encounter, through research and through exposure to innovative thinking between likeminded intellectuals across the globe. With the aim of sparking innovative solutions to help build intellectual capital that enables the growth of the local IT ecosystem, Microsoft initiatives within the university communities in Sri Lanka not only provides access to world class curriculum and repositories of information, free of charge but also grants access to Microsoft software, at subsidized prices.


As a fore-runner to the international competition and in order to provide all students following computer science degrees and diplomas in Sri Lanka a fair chance, each year, a local competition was organized to select the team that would represent Sri Lanka in the global competition. The winning team in the Software Design category was then trained, equipped and guided to improve their project and Microsoft sponsored the teams participation in the global competitions held in Japan (2005), in India (2006), in Korea (2007) and most recently in France (2008)


Breaking News! 4 teams from Sri Lanka enters Imagine Cup 2009 World finals
Two Local Teams make it into World top 12 in 2 Categories

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The Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)

MSDNAA

The Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) subscription allows universities to have Microsoft tools and technologies absolutely free. This subscription is offered under two categories whereas Developer AA offers the necessary software to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics departments and Designer AA offers software for the Visualization, Illustration, Design and Art departments. This initiative was setup to ensure degrees offered by Sri Lankan Universities are of globally accepted standards. To ensure that Sri Lankan ICT graduates have knowledge and skills to compete in the global arena, and to improve the employability of ICT graduates produced by Sri Lankan universities by giving them access and exposure to the latest developer tools and server tools.


This subscription allows the universities to deploy this software in any number of computers within the department labs. Also with the Home User Rights program all students in the department are allowed to use the provided software in their personal computers to carry out research and educational activities connected to the degree initiative. Furthermore members of the faculty receive training aid through Microsoft’s e-learning library and are able to keep up with the pace of change through access to the teacher community interaction tool. This special subscription has been extended to all state universities with qualifying academic divisions.





Student Champ Initiative

Student Champ Initiative

Student champs are a group of university students who are passionate about Microsoft Technologies. Currently there are over 50 registered champs and 4 of them are recognized as Student Ambassadors. This forum provides a platform for students come together to create student bodies and elect representatives who will act as their champions. As a part of their activities they host tech talks within the university they are representing and also in the other universities. These student champs organize workshops and hands-on lab training initiatives to help bridge gaps in knowledge and resources identified.


The Student Champ Initiative seeks to support university students to obtain a full rounded education in their computer science degrees, by fulfilling gaps in curriculum, resources and training with the help of the international resource base available to Microsoft Sri Lanka.subscription has been extended to all state universities with qualifying academic divisions.





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