Good morning, everybody. This is the Readme team blogging from the Open University of Sri Lanka, where the Inter-University Enterprise Mobility Software Development competition has just kicked off. This competition is an annual event brought together by Motorola and SLASSCOM, where teams of university students compete to develop the best solution to an identified need in the industry. Motorola provides them with the training and tools (yes, those awesome indestructible EDAs include), and the best ideas rise to the surface. The winners take home cash prizes, and that’s not mentioning the extensive Motorola-certified training they’ll have received – from what we’ve seen Motorola has invested over Rs 1.5 million in organizing – that’s in terms of money alone.
Right now, the US Ambassador to Maldives and Sri Lanka, Michele J. Sison, has delivered a hearty speech encouraging students to innovate, and it has begun. The members of the head table – quite a few notable names there – are approaching the first stall….
Today’s event is, in true science-fair fashion, a combination competition and exhibition. There’s 18 stalls here, each of them housing a different team from universities all over the map – we’re seeing Ruhuna, Peradniya, Kelaniya, even private uni’s like APIIT in here. It’s not all hardcore geeks and bedroom coders in the teams – yes, there’s girls here too. Surprised? Don’t be. Following the US. Ambassador’s hearty encouragement to innovate , the judges have begun touring the stalls. We’re touring the stalls, too. Our live blog of everything that happens here today is at