Walking through the halls of S. Thomas’ College reminded us of our school days. On the 17th of October 2017, we found ourselves reminiscing about the days of old. Why were we here? For Informatique ’17. In case you were wondering, Informatique is the annual ICT Day of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia.
Bhanuka Harischandra, CEO of SurgeViral was the first speaker for Informatique ’17. He opened up by saying that “entrepreneurship is an interesting thing”. He then asked the audience about how many of them wanted to start a company. A few hands rose.
He then shared his journey from the age of 15. He played his fair share of video games, waking up each day at 4 AM to play video games with his friends. At 6.30 AM, his mother would tell him that he was going to be late for school, and he usually was.
Bhanuka and his friends played a lot of games and recorded them and posted them on YouTube. Soon, they had over 1 million people watching their videos. He added that they were not particularly good at the games they were playing and that they were just having fun.
Interestingly enough, they found that there was some opportunity there. So Bhanuka and his friends decided to set up a company. And a bunch of advertisers were willing to sponsor them because other people were watching them play video games.
Despite his parents and brother being doctors and Bhanuka being raised to be a doctor, he didn’t want to be a doctor. Rather, he wanted to play video games. The company he setup grew to become a media company. There, they understood how YouTube and social media work.
Any problem they had was solved with a bit of searching on Google. Bhanuka emphasized that rather than educational qualifications, it was all about your appetite to learn.
“Most parents wouldn’t be supportive if you say you want to start a company,” says Bhanuka. He shared that the least risky approach to building a company is to create a service. On the other hand, it’s a challenge to build and sell a product without validation.
Bhanuka went on to share at Informatique ’17 that an approach they carried out was asking people to pay for a product before it was built. They found 600 people who would pay them for an analytics tool that doesn’t exist. There are different ways to approach a problem to start anything.
So he encouraged the participants to not do it just for the sake for a medal or a certificate. Why? Because in the real world, they have no value compared to actually building something. “Just go out there and build it. If you have to cut some classes it’s fine”. With that, Bhanuka’s session came to an end.
Following Bhanuka’s presentation, there were a number of schools presenting products that they had developed for Informatique ’17. These schools were the finalists of the competition that had been taking place from the morning and now they were here to pitch their products.
They built a game called Caveman which is based on the story of a caveman searching for his children. Aimed at Grade 08 students, the goal of the game is to help students learn math and science and as such, questions are either based on math or science.
The game comprises of 10 levels. Advancing to the next level is done by answering questions. There are two types of users: Players (students) and the Admin (a single account) that is used by a teacher. The admin account is used to set the questions for each level.
DevLanka is a project to help innovate the process of forwarding complaints to the public authorities about malfunctions or unhealthy appearances of public spaces, by means of an app. Available for Android devices, the aim here is to make local bodies efficient and reduce barriers to people who want to get involved, and also to make people’s problems directly heard.
They also want to raise public awareness about public property and utilities and make them operate 24/7. They have also built an Android app called DevLanka accessible by both the public and government bodies (Admins). The general public will submit complaints and an admin from the government body can listen to these complaints.
The system comprises of a number of elements. There is a school administrator who allows teachers to take attendance. An e-report gives you your grades. It also utilizes a smart card system to check if students are present in the class.
Students touch their smart card on an RF Card Reader to mark their attendance. They have an administration for both academic and non-academic staff.
The second speaker of Informatique ’17 had some very important points as well. “Competition in the ICT industry is important”, opens Keet Sugathadasa. He went on to explain that we should fix Sri Lanka’s problems with efficient solutions. Anyone can build a mobile game he said. But a game that can be used by teachers to impart knowledge to the student, now that’s innovation.
He emphasized at Informatique ’17 that seeing real-world problems and solving them is how innovation is born. Keet shared that at his first competition he failed. But he used that experience to win 13 other competitions both locally and at an international level.
Every challenge should be taken as an opportunity and every risk as a target, Keet added. He also shared that the product the students showed may require them to start from scratch. That, he says, is how life works. He went on to talk about how joining competitions allow one to build a network.
This network is what has helped him seek out new employment opportunities before he left university. He then went on to say that by the time he started this speech, Java might be a good language but by the time it ends, Java may be obsolete. In conclusion, he encouraged students to spend their time learning about technology and innovation, rather than engaging in activities that would be a waste of time.
With Keith’s session ending, it was time for the final rounds of the quizzes of Informatique ’17 to begin. Here again, schools had been competing from the morning and this quiz would be with the final three schools. They were
As a question is asked, the first team to raise their hand would receive the chance to answer the question. They would get 20 seconds to provide an answer. Each correct answer would award the team with 10 points. An incorrect or incomplete answer or a failure to answer within the allocated time would result in the loss of 5 points. In the event of a tie, a tie-breaker question would be asked with each team being given 30 seconds to answer.
At the end of the quiz, it was time to announce the winners of the competitions held at Informatique ’17 and give away the awards at the awards ceremony. Given below are the winners:
These awards were given to students who had taken part in the graphic design and web design competitions that were organized before and during Informatique ’17.
With that, Informatique ’17 officially came to a close.
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Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
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How do I get clients?
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How to deal with time differences?
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How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
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(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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