Volume Sri Lanka backs future ICT rising stars

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Leading digital and innovation agency Volume, has teamed up with the Faculty of Computing at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT), as gold sponsor of CODEFEST, the nationwide software competition to find the country’s future stars of software application design and development. The competition, open to all School and Tertiary level students in the country, tasked competitors with developing innovative ICT solutions to solve real world problems. It was an opportunity to compete with peers from across the island to showcase their talent, share experiences as well as network. More than 400 students participated in the last event. There were two main categories – School and Tertiary. In the School Category, participants were expected to develop an interactive system to assist students to interact with and improve subject knowledge on a subject to meet defined learning outcomes. In the Tertiary Category, contestant teams were expected to develop a context-aware mobile application which supports the current needs of Sri Lankan society. Benoit Alvarez, Managing Director of Volume’s office in Colombo, comments: “The level of technological expertise and potential in Sri Lanka’s students is astounding and we were therefore very proud to be the lead sponsors of CODEFEST 2013. When we opened our new technology centre in Colombo we were committed to help drive innovation and find the best talent. We are dedicated to providing opportunities to help students improve their career prospects and we hope the entrants from the competition will be equipped with the skills and confidence to find high quality job opportunities in the future.” Winner of the Tertiary category, Shameera Weerasinghe, says: “It’s a real pleasure to have won this prestigious award. CODEFEST is highly respected among my peers. Being part of the competition has not only taught me new ICT skills, it has afforded me the opportunity to meet people across the industry and more importantly put me in a better position to find employment in the future.” Indraka Udayaku-mara, COD-EFEST’s Coordinator, commented: “CODEFEST 2013 was a great success, with more high quality entrants than ever before.  The competition wouldn’t have been possible without the support from our partners Volume, which as gold sponsors enabled us to make the event bigger and better than last year, attracting an even greater number of talented participants.” Volume is one of the UK’s leading integrated communications and innovation agencies, with a strong expertise in B2B marketing. The business delivers integrated campaigns, technology and innovation, content creation and delivery, and socially connected marketing.