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.

Informatique ‘16
Image credits: Avishka Senaratne

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.

Dhanika Perera speaking at Informatique ‘16 (Image credits: Avishka Senaratne)
Dhanika Perera speaking at Informatique ‘16 (Image credits: Avishka Senaratne)

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.

Dr. Beshan Kulapala speaking at Informatique ‘16 (Image credits: Avishka Senaratne)
Dr. Beshan Kulapala speaking at Informatique ‘16 (Image credits: Avishka Senaratne)

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.

Ahamed Nishadh, Project Officer at ICTA speaking at Informatique ‘16 (Image credits: Avishka Senaratne)
Ahamed Nishadh, Project Officer at ICTA speaking at Informatique ‘16 (Image credits: Avishka Senaratne)

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.

The Hackathon

1st place – Royal Armitage

2nd place – Royal Orthodox

3rd place – Nalanda Team 404

The Presentations

1st place – St. Benedict’s ITS 01

2nd place – Wesley Team 02

3rd place – Royal Institute Havelock Town – Flame

Graphic Designing

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

Winners (Overall)

1st place – Royal College

2nd place – St. Bendict’s College

3rd place – Wesley College

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