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University of Peradeniya reigns at Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Finals

University of Peradeniya reigns at Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Finals


Team PeraSoft from the University of Peradeniya were crowned as the Winners of Imagine Cup 2011 Sri Lanka Finals. The team comprising of N.D.M. Samarakoon, S.A.L.D. Senadheera, H.M.P.L. Herath and J.M.M.U. Dasanayake emerged as winners for their project ‘Hear through Eyes’ beating 5 top class innovations from 4 universities. The winners will represent the country at the Worldwide Finals to be held in the bustling and vibrant heart of USA: New York this summer.

Fervor to participate in the Microsoft Imagine Cup reached fever pitch as IT undergraduates drew on their skill and talent to compete for the highly coveted title and bring glory to their respective universities. The flurry of activities this sparked amongst the IT student populace resulted in a breakthrough in the local Imagine Cup history with 52 teams entering 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 it.

Imagine Cup Sri Lanka 2011 was made even more significant with the attendance of Ms. Tracey Fellows – President, Asia Pacific Region, Microsoft, who expressed her admiration for the talent and 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 indication of the value Microsoft places on Student Communities and youth.

The final round had 6 teams vying for the coveted title. They were: Team Titan - University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC), Team CR-Coderzs from Informatics Institute of Technology, Team PeraSoft - University of Peradeniya, Team MISL of Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) and Team Sentinels 2.0 and Team Vishwa from the University of Moratuwa.

Seven Significant Years of touching millions of lives across the country

Seven Significant Years of touching millions of lives across the country


In 2004 Microsoft came to Sri Lanka with the ambition of bringing the magic of software to all Sri Lankans, and positively transforming the local IT landscape. This year, the company marks 7 years of empowering businesses and enriching lives of over 1.5million people across every corner of the country. This year also marks the celebration of successful partnerships and far-reaching affiliations, with the Government, the ICTA, the Ministry of Education, NGO partners, and leading Corporates that have helped Microsoft to take the role of a tiny pebble that sets off giant ripples across a vast pool that is the IT industry of Sri Lanka.

Over the years, the company has contributed significantly to change the way ICT adoption permeates in Sri Lanka and thereby help our nation stand tall in the competitive global arena. His Excellency, President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message of felicitation on the occasion stated, “Among the primary objectives of my government is to increase ICT literacy to assist in the forward march of the country. Supporting this vision, Microsoft has contributed greatly to increase ICT literacy in Sri Lanka since its establishment”

Some of the programmes initiated with simple goals, have today truly reshaped the way computers and software are perceived and used by many, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of many citizens, empowering them at their workplace, schools and homes. A massive investment of over Rs.450 million in cash and over Rs. 4 billion of Free Software donations to deserving communities and students, have paved the way for many Sri Lankans to increase their IT literacy and adopt cutting edge software.

Moreover, Microsoft Sri Lanka pledges to deepen its engagement in Sri Lanka by donating over Rs. 5 Billion worth of Software which will benefit over 50,000 Students and individuals and over 400 NGO’s over the next three years. As the company looks back at these eventful years it is humbled by these achievements. Through the many facets of engagement that empower many innocent lives with the power of ICT, the company envisions a future where every Sri Lankan from any corner of the country be able to realize the individual’s fullest potential and take Sri Lanka to greater heights.

Microsoft Gamata IT Reaches Beliatta, partners “TharunayataHetak” to Bring ICT to the Village

Microsoft Gamata IT Reaches Beliatta, partners “TharunayataHetak” to Bring ICT to the Village


Microsoft Sri Lanka continues in their quest of taking ICT to rural communities under its Gamata IT programme, with the latest town storming activity taking place in Beliatta, Hambantota. It was conducted under the auspices of the Hon. MP NamalRajapakse, who is also the driving force behind the TharunayataHetak movement. In joining hands with TharunayataHetak for the BeliattaGamata IT initiative, Microsoft aims to reach and impact the lives of as many young people as possible in the Hambantota district.

The KahawattaMahaVidyalaya in Beliatta was selected by the Ministry of Education to receive a fully equipped MultiPoint classroom from Microsoft.As part of this campaign, Microsoft also conducted a training programme for teachers, youth and all Government and Samurdhi employees in Beliatta in order to enhance their IT skills.Additionally, at this Gamata IT town storming event, Microsoft assisted the youth in Beliatta to form an IT Club in the village with guidance from the TharunayataHetak movement.

The most recent town storming campaign conducted by Microsoft Sri Lanka, the BeliattaGamata IT campaign is yet another step forward in the groundbreaking revolution that holds the promise of a noteworthy contribution to the dispersion of ICT knowledge and facilities to rural communities. These communities can now emerge from the most remote village and step into a future full of possibilities while becoming active participants of the Sri Lankan knowledge economy.

Announcing the Winners of the Innovative Teachers & Students National Competition 2010

Announcing the Winners of the Innovative Teachers & Students National Competition 2010


The Ministry of Education together with Microsoft Partners in Learning Initiative recognized innovative thinking and exceptional creative talents of teachers and Students Island wide at this year’s Innovative Teachers & Students National Awards ceremony heldat the Grand Ballroom of the Galle Face Hotel. The event was graced by Prof. TissaVitharana, Minister of Scientific Affairs, Mr. H. M. Gunesekera, Secretary, Ministry of Education, Professor P. W. Epasinghe, Chairman of ICTA Sri Lanka, Mr. AnuraDissanayake, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka and Mr. Channa De Silva, Public Sector Director, Microsoft Sri Lanka and other dignitaries.

The names of the national level winners were announced at this ceremony. Winning the 1st placein 1-8 Teacher’s category was Mr. T. G. R. Tharukaratne from SujathaBalikaVidyalaya ,Matale, In the 9-11 Teacher’s category Mr. RasikaSampathEdirisinghe of Siddhartha MahaVidyalaya, Weligama was awarded 1t place and in the 12-13 category M.G.N.S. JayasekaraAnandaBalika National School, Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa was awarded first place. They received the chance to represent Sri Lanka and compete at the Asia Pacific regional event which will be held in Thailand in 2011. This will, indeed, be a great opportunity for local teachers to meet, share experiences and interact with their regional counterparts.

In a developing country such as Sri Lanka, where ICT is still concentrated in urban settings, these efforts are doubly beneficial in this year as we see all winners emerging from rural areas and from all corners of the country. Therefore, Microsoft Sri Lanka believes that initiatives of this nature will give greater energy for our country’s march towards becoming an economic power house in the region.