Young Computer Scientist Competition 2017


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Young Computer Scientist Competition 2015

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The Technology stream and Information Technology are the golden gates for our future generation to enter the modern world, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.The minister was address-ing the winners of the Sixth National Level School ICT Championship 2014 held at the Education Ministry Auditorium yesterday.

He said the country’s younger generation should be ready to conquer the world through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as it plays the younger generation should mainly focus on IT and technological sectors.Having understood the future demands in the glob-al context, the government conducts School Information Technology competitions annually,” he noted.

The minister said the government was opening Wi-Fi zones countrywide, with the aim of opening more opportunities for the younger generation to move along with the world.

“Technology,” he said was the Advanced Level’s fifth stream which would taken initiatives to launch “e-learning,” one of the novel trends of learning. Our students in future, would be able to study any subject or prepare for a degree while at home with the expansion of e-learning.

However, students are duty-bound to get the maximum benefits from the resources available in schools and society,” Minister Kariyawasam said.

He said the government allocated millions of rupees for developing schools and educational facilities to offer more.

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The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) Software Chapter (SLASI), the national organization representing the Software Industry in Sri Lanka has been organizing the Young Computer Scientist (YCS) Award for the last 12 years. This program is modeled on the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA). The competition aims to expose the computing talents of school children at early stages and encourage them to develop their talents and earn recognition for their innovations.

The YCS competition is open for two groups of students; aged 10 to 16 the junior category, and 17 to 20 years, the senior category. The selection process is based on an initial assessment from a panel of judges, followed by a presentation/demonstration by the students and a final judgment by the same panel selected amongst industry and academia.

The winners, the school principals and the IT teachers of all the winning schools are invited to the awards ceremony. In addition to the winners, the winning schools will be recognized at the awards ceremony.

Programme Objectives:

  1. To Facilitate FITIS Software Chapter SLASI’s main aim of shaping the knowledge nation of the future and make Sri Lanka renowned as an IT hub.
  2. Nurturing the computer scientists of tomorrow
  3. Provide an effective platform for young IT talents in order to grow and triumph.
  4. Provide opportunities for as many an aspiring inventor to showcase their creations bothlocally and regionally.
  5. Bring ICT in to rural schools
  6. Discovering the hidden IT talents in younger generation
  7. Help the National policy on achieving the 75% of ICT literacy towards Knowledge Economy.

Programme Partners:

  1. Ministry of Education
  2. University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)
  3. Computer Society of Sri Lanka – CSSL

YCS 2014 – Programme Participation

YCS 2014 programme recorded a remarkable response from schools as shown below


Provinces Students
Central Province 75
Eastern Province 201
North Central Province 25
North Western Province 56
Northern Province 110
Sabaragamuwa Province 16
Southern Province 30
Uwa Province 224
Western Province 61
Total 798

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