SLASSCOM/Motorola Inter-University Innovations Championship 2013 Finals to showcase innovative solut

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The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) and Motorola Solutions sponsored Inter-University Innovations Championship 2013 finals will take place on 21 February 2014 at Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Auditorium of University of Colombo School of Computing, under the patronage of Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka as the Chief Guest and US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Michele J. Sison as the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony. The event is open to the public. The competition, being held for the fourth time, is aimed at developing innovative, creative and entrepreneurship skills among ICT undergraduates. A total of 18 undergraduate teams from 12 State and private sector universities and higher educational institutes of Sri Lanka including Universities of Colombo, Moratuwa, Peradeniya, Jaffna, Sri Jayawardenapura, Uva Wellassa, Rajarata, KDU, OUSL, APIIT, SLIIT and IIT will demonstrate IT solutions they developed during past six to seven months at the competition. The shortlisted 18 solutions were selected out of the 149 initial entries by a panel of experts. All solutions address a current burning issue of an organisation or it will help to improve the organisational efficiency across many organisations. The solutions are meant for different industry verticals such as education, health, tourism, retail, automation, transportation, environment and public safety. Motorola Solutions Director and Country Manager for Sri Lanka Anuradha Tennakoon said: “In the past this competition was limited only to software development whereas this time students could propose any IT solution of their wish. We did not want to limit or control their thinking power and interests. The results are as we expected. Some very innovative and creative products have been created. It is very evident from these solutions that our undergraduates are capable of developing world class solutions with proper guidance and coaching. These young people are the future of our IT industry and they will drive Sri Lanka to a leader edge of world’s solutions landscape.” The day’s event comprising student stalls and live demos will lead up to the award ceremony in the evening with the participation of Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Susil Premajayanth as the Chief Guest. Winning teams will walk away with Cash prizes, trophies and certificates. SLASSCOM Chairman Madu Ratnayake stated: “SLASSCOM is delighted to once again co organise this competition. If Sri Lanka is to become a knowledge hub then innovative IT based solutions needs to be developed that present solutions to burning problems in our country. The previous editions of this competition have seen many innovative solutions being presented and we are confident that this year’s finalists will represent the brightest undergraduate talent in our university system. SLASSCOM has articulated an ambitious goal of a 1,000 new tech start ups by 2022 and we are confident that competitions of this nature will go a long way to help create an eco system that will make this vision a reality.”