Shopping.lk has been around for quite some time, albeit a bit under the radar. On paper, it sounds impressive. The Sri Lankan online retail store makes a business out of directly importing stuff, and right now it’s one of the easiest ways for Sri Lankans to get stuff down from Ebay: apparently they connect directly with the Ebay API, allowing Sri Lankan consumers to buy stuff without a credit card or Paypal account – direct bank deposits, credit / debit cards and even Dialog ezcash is accepted. Money processing, delivery and refunds are entirely handled by the team. Which, once you think of it, is a rather neat and easy way of sidestepping the whole Sri Lanka-Paypal issue and getting down those Bose earbuds.
Estimated Time Remaining Before Launch:
5 Days, 17 Hours, 35 Minutes, and 39 Seconds
As it turns out, Shopping.lk is down – they’re reskinning the site into a more user-friendly version. Based on the demo we were pointed to, Shopping.lk is going to look like Ebay Sri Lanka – complete with bidding. Anyone who’s been on Ebay will immediately feel at home here. In fact, if you want to know what it’s going to look like, just go to Ebay: there’s not much point describing something the world knows so well.
Despite the Ebay-ish interface, browsing the selection can be slightly frustrating. This is mostly due to poor categorization. There are main categories, but no subcategories available, leading to a lot of vague searches: “Computers / memory” is one such example. As any netizen will point out, almost anything that can be plugged into a computer can be thrown in that rather bloated category. “Electronics and Gadgets” is similarly vague and contains everything from MicroSD cards to portable LED lights to cloth cover cases for tablets. Shopping.lk attempts to make up for this with a very decent set of criteria / options in the left-hand search bar. Unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s going to be quite difficult to find what you want.
From an item perspective, Shopping.lk is impressive. Everything in the store has clear (and lengthy) explanations, specsheets, with detailed information given on shipping, refunds and so on. What makes the deal sweeter is that you don’t have to look for high-rated sellers and pray your item arrives properly. Shopping.lk’s sellers are vetted for accountability and everything else is handled. All you (literally) have to do is click and pay. The site however lacks the recommendation systems we’ve gotten used to – what it displays instead are items by the same seller, often without any relation to the stuff that you’re interested in.
Overall, shopping.lk has a very solid concept, a thorough back process and a passable site design. This is only based on the site preview / demo we were pointed to, so here’s hoping they look into the details and user experience: once they do, this’ll be a rather useful site for everyone in Sri Lanka.
An introduction to “Colombo White
The global economy is seeing
The global economy is seeing a disruptive force changing its landscape in a much bigger way than the blue chip; the tech startups of the world. Over the past three years, Sri Lanka has seen an immense growth in its Startup ecosystem. Disrupt Asia will be the first of its kind event held in the country in which the startup ecosystem of Sri Lanka will gather in one gracious occasion. This includes investors, mentors, Government agencies, media and of course the startups.
Follow the event on Facebook : Disrupt Asia 2016
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm SLST
Change is a constant process
Change is a constant process that affects us as a society and as an individual. It can cut across different fields and disciplines, impacting human lives in multiple areas. Sri Lanka has seen an increased development in infrastructure, connecting diverse people from across the island.
Simultaneously, there is a boom in different industries with startups and small industries mushrooming across the country. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to engage with this phenomena of change in everyday life.
Await details on schedules and tickets!
Speakers for 2016
(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm SLST
"Giving youth a toolkit to
“Giving youth a toolkit to develop their own social ventures & empowering them to build their own future”
Startup Sri-Lanka in Collaboration with MiddyFund a Non-Proﬁt that teaches middle-school students to use design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to ﬁnd innovative solutions to problems they face as individuals or as a community. They learn to design, develop, pitch, and fundraise for their own projects. It takes them through the steps of achieving their goals through innovation and entrepreneurship
Program Synopsis: A 2 day workshop that will help develop your child’s mindset & skills
Program Format: Students get into groups to solve problems by coming up with solutions that they build from scratch and implement which has a social impact.
Program Facilitator: Savera Weerasinghe co-founded MiddyFund Inc. in 2014 in her senior year at NYU. Her minor in Social Entrepreneurship introduced her to Design What if, as kids, we learned to look at problems as solvable puzzles? She is passionate about environmental sustainability and believes social entrepreneurship can solve some of the biggest environmental and social issues.
When: 26 th & 27 th August (Friday & Saturday)
Where: Calcey Technologies, Trace Expert City Bay # 08 Mardana Road
Duration: 9:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch & Refreshments provided)
Cost per participant: 11,500 Net (inclusive of VAT )
Ages: 9-15 years
What will my kid accomplish/ learn through the program:
For more info please visit www.middyfund.com
To register your child for the program please fill up the form via- http://goo.gl/forms/MaDkb9npbzWu28U53
Please Note: Payments need to be made prior to the event to register your child.
Payments can be made to Bank & Branch: NDB Head office branch
A/C Name: SLASSCOM | A/C Number: 101000053822
Cheque should be drawn in favor of SLASSCOM and crossed account payee only.
For Inquiries please email [email protected] or call 011-406222 – 4.
Registration Close on the 15th August 2016
26 (Friday) 9:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 3:00 pm SLST
Calcey Technologies - Trace Expert City
Bay 08, TRACE Expert City, Maradana Rd, Colombo
SLASSCOMContact No: +94 114 062223-7
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