Home / Youth / Careers / Higher Education/ Dialog App Challenge concludes with grand finale

Dialog App Challenge concludes with grand finale

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00


Dialog Axiata PLC Group Chief Executive Supun Weerasinghe handing over the winner’s trophy to Parameswaran Praveenan and Tharsika Parameswaran representing Jaffna College

From left: 2nd Runners-up SWRD Bandaranaike College, Panduwasnuwara, led by Kalana Manupriya, Winners Parameswaran Praveenan and Tharsika Parameswaran representing Jaffna College, and 1st Runners-up Gamini Dissanayake National School, Kotmale, led by Shehan Wijethungna


Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, held the grand finale of the ‘Dialog App Challenge’ powered by IdeaMart and Dialog Home Broadband on 3 April. Sri Lanka’s first inter-school app challenge saw Parameswaran Praveenan and Tharsika Parameswaran of Jaffna College being crowned champions and winning prizes worth Rs. 300,000. Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, this all-island initiative aimed to educate and ignite a passion for software development amongst ordinary and advanced level students and create possible career paths at an informative age. 

The Dialog App Challenge, which required teams to develop technology-based solutions to solve pressing issues in their respective communities, lead with awareness sessions for teachers, directors and co-ordinators in education zones in eight provinces across the country, along with student workshops conducted at provincial levels to educate students on product development and the competition. Over 200 teams and contestants successfully registered with 11 teams representing the provinces were shortlisted to compete in the grand finale. To supplement the initiative, a product development program was kicked-off to support teams with development and execution of their product. 

Ministry of Education Director (ICT) P. N. Ilapperuma said: “It is becoming increasingly important to prepare the country’s future generations with the knowledge and ability to solve real-world problems with the use of innovation and latest technology. The Dialog App Challenge provides a great platform for the future of Sri Lanka and we are proud to support this initiative.”

Dialog Axiata IdeaMart MIFE Business and IOT Head Viranga Seneviratne said: “The Dialog App Challenge was incepted with the goal of discovering talent amongst Sri Lankan youth and providing them with a platform to explore opportunities, gain mentorship and excel in areas of technology. As one of Sri Lanka’s leading drivers of digital transformation, it is essential that we nurture future generations and equip them with the knowledge and skillset to propel the country to greater heights in the digital age.”

Dialog Broadband Networks Broadband and Fixed Telecommunications Head Navin Pieris said: “Dialog Home Broadband is proud to power the Dialog App Challenge, that aims to recognise and empower Sri Lankan youth, further supplementing our range of initiatives that work to provide both students and educators with the resources necessary to thrive in digital spaces.”

Teams were evaluated based on parameters such as their problem statement, the proposed solution, user-friendliness, effective use of technology, product completeness and presentation skills. While the champions received prizes worth Rs. 300,000, the first runners-up received prizes worth Rs. 150,000 and the second runners-up were given prizes worth Rs. 75,000. In addition to these titles, contestants were also eligible to win prizes for Most Impactful Idea, Best Idea with IoT Integration, Best IdeaMart technology Usage, Best Girls Team and more. 

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Origins, rise and irrelevance of SLMC

Friday, 20 September 2019

Andreas Johansson’s ‘Pragmatic Muslim Politics: The Case of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress,’ Switzerland: Springer, 2019, is the latest piece of academic research on SLMC, based on Parliamentary Hansards, official party documents and information rec

Questions about Speaker’s candidacy for the presidency?

Friday, 20 September 2019

It is rather unfortunate that Mr. Karu Jayasuriya has issued a statement (17 September), as the Speaker, ‘that he is willing and ready to contest the Presidential Election, on the request of some organisations and individuals, including Maha Sangha

Mr. NOTA and understanding the Presidential Election

Friday, 20 September 2019

The Presidential Election is round the corner, but the public is still confused about the powers of the next president. It can be said that the 19th Amendment has made a significant change in the system of governance despite the fact that it had bee

The dark tower – a lighter loftier look after its initial illumination

Thursday, 19 September 2019

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS CAME ON AT THE LOTUS TOWER? Wait, what? Are you being serious? Do you mean in the midst of our sea of troubles – from addressing poverty to abolishing presidencies – a singular erection has stolen their thunder? (I

Columnists More