Bright lights, a decorated table and an illuminated stage. This is the kind of setting you would usually see in a hotel when you’re at a conference. But this was no conference and this was no hotel. It was the annual ICT Day of S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia. Dubbed Informatique ‘16, the event witnessed students from 25 schools take part in the occasion. Here’s what we saw.
The Killer Quiz Begins
As the crowd gathered inside Havelock City on a Friday morning, the day’s proceedings kicked off with the abruptly named, killer quiz. This is where a set of questions were to be answered by the teams within a span of 30 seconds. The first question on the screen read “What is MiB?”
Before you knew it everybody was busy scribbling down their answers. As the quiz progressed, few of the latter questions like, “what was the secure hash function developed in 1971 to protect passwords on Arpanet?” seemed to be tough nuts to crack for the teams. In case you were wondering, the answer is the Purdy polynomial.
The formal speeches of Informatique ‘16
After the quiz ended, it was time for the first speaker to take stage. Shafraz Rahim made his introductions and started off with a customer feedback session. But not before asking the audience not to complain that Dialog doesn’t answer calls.Shafraz went on to talk about a few of the success stories from past hackathons. The most recent one being HypeHash. They won AngelHack Sri Lanka 2016, and are currently representing Sri Lanka at Silicon Valley.
Following up on Sharfaz’s session, the next guest to grab the mike was the founder of PayHere, Dhanika Perera. Drawing experience from his own startup journey, Dhanika offered his thoughts on how startups grow from an idea to an actual business.
By now pretty much everybody is aware of project VEGA, the Lankan Supercar that’s looking to take on the world. Addressing the audience at Informatique ‘16, Dr. Beshan Kulapala (who is also a S. Thomas alumni) talked about what VEGA is all about, and how it all came together for the team. You can read about their entire story here.
Adding on to the evening’s proceedings, we also saw Ahamed Nishadh, Project Officer at ICTA take stage, as he highlighted on the importance of empowering ICT in Sri Lanka with an interactive session.
The winners of the competitions
Of course, no ICT Day is complete without a few competitions. The event featured a few of those, ranging from quizzes to graphic designing and even a mini hackathon. So it was fittingly, that the evening concluded with a final quiz. Here’s the full list of winners from Informatique ‘16.
1st place – Royal Armitage
2nd place – Royal Orthodox
3rd place – Nalanda Team 404
1st place – St. Benedict’s ITS 01
2nd place – Wesley Team 02
3rd place – Royal Institute Havelock Town – Flame
1st place – Isipathana All Greenz
2nd place – Ananda ACFTW
3rd place – STC Bandarawela Team B
Graphic Designing (Individual)
1st place – Sandu Renuja – Mahinda College, Galle
2nd place – Shamini Kurukulasuriya – Methodist College
3rd place – Nushan Kodikara – STC Bandarawela
1st place – Royal College
2nd place – St. Bendict’s College
3rd place – Wesley College