Amidst tumultuous fanfare and applaud Team ‘PeraSoft’ from the University of Peradeniya
emerged as the winner in the Software Design category of Imagine Cup 2011 Sri Lanka
Finals. The winners, Team PeraSoft comprising of N.D.M. Samarakoon, S.A.L.D. Senadheera,
H.M.P.L. Herath and J.M.M.U. Dasanayake will go down in history as this is the first
time Peradeniya have won in the competition, making it a truly celebratory moment
for the University. They will represent Sri Lanka at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals
to be held in New York in June 2011, where they will face off with competitors from
around the world. The winner will be propelled onto the global Microsoft Imagine
Cup competition stage and along with it open up new windows of opportunities that
could benefit their future career progression.
Team ‘CR –Coderzs’ Representing the Informatics Institute of Technology and Team
‘Sentinels 2.0’ from University of Moratuwa became the 1st and 2nd Runners up respectively.
The excitement of the preliminary rounds of the Microsoft Imagine Cup reached fever
pitch as the proud semi-finalists geared up and made a bid for the top spot at the
Finals on 27th April 2011 at the University of Moratuwa – Civil Engineering Faculty
This year, the competition attracted a record number of entries from around the
country with a breakthrough of 52 finalist teams, the highest ever in the history
of Imagine Cup in Sri Lanka. This reflects the increasing levels of sophistication
of students’ entries and the growing popularity of the competition. Also for the
first time this year, the event was hosted by a University, with the initial honour
going out to the University of Moratuwa, whose students did a wonderful job of organizing
Imagine Cup Sri Lanka 2011 was made even more significant with the attendance of
Ms. Tracey Fellows – President, Asia Pacific Region, Microsoft,and the award was
given away to the winning team by Ms. Fellows who expressed her congratulations
and acknowledged the talent and the enthusiasm demonstrated by the students. The
presence of Ms. Fellows, who is the highest ranking Microsoft official to have visited
Sri Lanka, was a clear demonstration of the value Microsoft places on Student Communities
Emerging as the proud winners of Imagine Cup 2011, Lahiru Senadheera from Team ‘PeraSoft’
commented, “Participating in the Imagine Cup has been a learning curve unlike none
other I have ever experienced. The strong competition from fellow participants and
the wide scope of the competition has helped me think out of the box and I am thrilled
that my team’s innovation was selected out of the many equally deserving entries.
This year’s theme forced us to move out of our comfort zone to consider solving
problems besetting the world today! I am looking forward to the global stage of
the competition in New York and sincerely hope that we can bring the Imagination
Cup home to Sri Lanka this year!”
The 1st runner up at the Imagine Cup Finals, Sabry Moulana of team ‘CR – Coderzs’
from the Informatics Institute of Technology commented, “The grand finale was even
more competitive and nerve racking than we had imagined! Each and every finalist
demonstrated such awe inspiring projects and ideas, that it was humbling to be on
the same stage with them. The beauty of this forum was that we were all able to
learn from each other’s triumphs and failures to create something bigger and better.
The Imagine Cup competition has helped to develop a whole new perspective about
IT and its uses. More importantly, the competition has showed me how I can harness
my knowledge to make a difference in the world. Imagine Cup has proved to be much
more than a competition; it has instilled in me an awareness of my potential and
showed me how I can look beyond the obvious.”
This year, the IT undergraduates have delved into their skills and talents to think
up ‘big ideas’ based on the Imagine Cup 2011 theme - ‘Think Big. Think Global’.
This much awaited annual event encourages participants to “imagine a world where
technology solves some of the toughest problems”. Judging from the quality of the
entries it is obvious that the competition has given birth to some amazing talent
and ingenuity as participants emerged with some innovative concepts that made judging
this year’s competition a tough proposition for the jury.
Imagine Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Finals had 6 teams vying for the coveted title. They
were: Team Titan - University of Colombo School of Computing comprising of M. T.
N. Fernando, H. M. L. Dharmasiri, C. L. Bulathsinhala & Y. M. K. Priyadarshana.
Team CR-Coderz from Informatics Institute of Technology - Sabry Moulana, Renien
Joseph, Raathigeshan Kugarajan & Thirueswaren Rajagopalan. Team PeraSoft - University
of Peradeniya comprised of N.D.M. Samarakoon, S.A.L.D. Senadheera, H.M.P.L. Herath
& J.M.M.U. Dasanayake. Team MISL of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
comprised of C. P. Jayasinghe, H. P. S. Madusanka, N. M. E. S. Nawarathne & I. K.
Amarasinghe. Team Sentinels 2.0 of University of Mortuwa comprised of Madhusha Nanayakkara,
Thurupathan Vijayakumar, Vimukthi Thilakarathna & Yasoda Jayaweera. Team Vishwa
University of Moratuwa comprised of J. L. P. R. Perera, P.W.P.C Pethiyagode, A.
D. Panditha & G. N. Amarasinghe.
Microsoft Imagine Cup - the world’s premier student technology competition envisions
igniting a new wave of technological innovation, bringing together the brightest
young minds from around the world and encouraging them to use their creativity to
harness technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. At a little less than
a decade, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has reached over 350,000 students from over 120
different countries around the world, coming together with a mission to change the
The jury evaluating the finalist at the Imagine Cup Competition were Mrs. Ruwanthi
Fernando, Chief Information Officer, Associated Motorways PLC; Mr. Tharmarajah Suresh,
Chief Executive Officer, ZILLIONe Technologies (Pvt) Ltd; Mr. Arjuna Manamperi,
Chief Information Officer, MAS Capital Private Limited and Mr. Pubudu Basnayaka,
SMS&P Director, Microsoft Sri Lanka.
Mr. Arjuna Manamperi, Chief Information Officer, MAS Capital Private Limited, representing
the Judging Panel who had the daunting task of selecting a winner this year commented:
“All the entries that made it to the final stage were outstanding for their maturity
and creativity. I would like to applaud all the participants, while congratulating
the finalists who have successfully qualified to proceed to the global finals of
the Imagine Cup. As the jury, judging the wide range of innovative solutions was
a difficult task but also gratifying, because it revealed the burgeoning talent
and skills that our future IT graduates possess and the burning desire they nurse
to be given a suitable platform such as Microsoft’s Imagine Cup to bring that talent
to the fore.”
Bringing this inspiring challenge home, Microsoft Sri Lanka annually holds a local
extension of Imagine Cup’s Software Design Category, which attracts the most amongst
Sri Lankan youth and which gains highest participation from Undergraduates. Over
the past few years, Sri Lankan IT students have fared comparably well with counterparts
from around the world, and after witnessing the benefits that emanate from winning
the competition, students target participation in the Imagine Cup as a key stepping
stone in their career. Next year’s Imagine Cup will be hosted by Sri Lanka Institute
for Information Technology.
Mr. Wellington Perera, Director – Developer Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Sri Lanka,
commented: “We have been overwhelmed by the force of talent and enthusiasm displayed
by all the participants at this years Microsoft Imagine Cup competition. We are
hopeful that some of these big and bold ideas will win on the international stage
in New York, and provide greater impetus to students to consider the challenging
opportunity that participation in the Imagine Cup offers. The competition was conceptualized
not merely to make students think out of the box, but also to bring home to the
industry and teachers of IT the multi-layered benefits that such a vital challenge
brings. This can positively contribute to the student community and perhaps even
influence future career choices, simultaneously building vital soft skills such
as qualities of leadership, teamwork, tenacity and so on.”
The winners of this year’s Imagine Cup competition are now gearing up to represent
Sri Lanka at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals to be held in New York this summer.
Microsoft Sri Lanka together with the entire team behind the Imagine Cup event extends
their heartiest congratulations to the winners and hope their innovative solution
will be able to shine out at the global competition and make Mother Sri Lanka proud.