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e-Swabhimani finalists demonstrate creations at Smart Society Congress 2014


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With the announcement of e-Swabhimani 2014 winners at the gala at the Cinnamon Grand to be held today (5), 50 best e-content and application producers demonstrated their creations at the BMICH yesterday. The Smart Society Congress symbolised the country’s launch into ‘Smart Sri Lanka’ as the latest phase of the e-Sri Lanka initiative was implemented by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). The Congress afforded a great opportunity for the e-Swabhimani 2014, the best e-Content and application award finalists to explain their creations and benefit from the feedback from participants. A large gathering of ICT enthusiasts and personnel from the Government, the academia and the private sector participated in the congress. Telecommunication and Information Ministry Secretary S.M. Gotabaya Jayarathne, ICTA Chairman, Senior Presidential Advisor and Peradeniya University Chancellor Prof. P.W. Epasinghe, ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura and ICTA Strategic Communications and Media Director Athula Pushpakumara were also present. A valuable book titled ‘Smart content for smart people – best practices of Sri Lankan e-Content and applications of 2014’ containing the 49 white papers was also made available at the congress. These white papers form a stimulating and substantial contribution to the smart society the creation of which is envisaged under the Smart Sri Lanka initiative. The 49 white papers were selected through e-Swabhimani 2014, Best e-Content and Application award of Sri Lanka. These white papers, while benchmarking the best e-content and applications developed in Sri Lanka in 2014, help take the innovations to national and international level. A section of the audience at the Congress. Seated in the front row from left: ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura and ICTA Strategic Communications and Media Director Athula Pushpakumara, ICTA CEO Reshan Dewapura, ICTA Chairman, Senior Presidential Advisor and Peradeniya University Chancellor Prof. P. W. Epasinghe, Telecommunication and Information Ministry Secretary S.M. Gotabaya Jayarathne It has been identified that most of e-content and applications are innovative in answering a problem in today’s world. For example, the white paper on iHelmet is a good solution for ordinary motorbike riders. It is an application developed for smart phones and ordinary helmets which uses Bluetooth, wireless and sensor-based technology to provide convenience and safety for motorbike riders. The e-Swabhimani creations are ICT innovations in nine categories: e-Government and Institutions, e-Health and Environment, e-Learning and Education, e-Entertainment and Games, e-Culture and Heritage, e-Science and Technology, e-Business and Commerce, e-Inclusion and Participation and m-Content.

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