The University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) won a Merit award at the APICTA 2010 international awards conducted by the International Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) to reward the best computer software.
The UCSC won this award for its' entry to the competition, the maritime e-learning software, 'Vidusayura'. The awards presentation ceremony of this competition, organized successfully for the 10th year by APICTA was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, recently.
A total of 160 winners from 11 member economies showcased the best of ICT applications from the public and private sector as well as students under 16 categories. Most awards were won by Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Eleven nominees from Sri Lanka participated this year and four of them won merit awards.
'Vidusayura' that won a Merit award at the APICTA 2010 competition is a virtual learning and training environment for maritime education. It allows simulating ship models under complicated environment conditions such as wind, wave and sea currents. 'Vidusayura' virtual environment is used by Sri Lankan Navy to train to navigate in the Galle harbour and to study ship motions.
Early this month, 'Vidusayura' won the Gold award under the Education and Training category at the National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) organized by the BCS Sri Lanka Section. The same product also won the overall Bronze at the same event.
Both NBQSA and APICTA are designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.