Sri Lankan students win Gold at APICTA 2014

Two students from Ananda College Colombo have brought glory and fame to Sri Lanka by winning the most coveted Gold award at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) awards held in Jakarta, Indonesia recently. Pasindu Chaturanga Wijesena and Charith Wickramasinghe, the winners of the Young Computer Scientist (YCS) competition organized by the Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka in association with Ministry of Education who were nominated to participate in the APICTA competition have made history with this achievement.
Their entry known as the Project Connect which is a low cost gaze tracking system as a human interfacing device for assistive computing competed with nominations from over 14 other countries in Asia Pacific region and was selected as the best under the student category of APICTA awards.

Speaking to our newspaper the highly delighted students had this to say.

“In this rapidly developing world, there is a group of people who are not so lucky to experience and benefit from the new technologies due to their physical limitations. This project is to change that situation at least to some extent, by providing a method for the people with no control over majority of their body to interact with computers. Our target is to connect this isolated  group of people who have very limited ways of interacting with the world, to the real world using computers. The modern world completely depends on computers when it comes to communication. Therefore making these differently abled people, able to work with computers ultimately will make them able to connect with the world.” They said.

Winning at international competitions shows the capabilities of our young generation. We are really excited and proud about our initiatives as the organizers of the YCS competition that makes our school children to show their talents and excel both at national and international levels said Chinthaka Wijewickrama, Chairman of FITIS. As the biggest industry association in the vibrant ICT industry FITIS will continue with its efforts in supporting the young talents he concluded.

We took every effort to accommodate a large number of entries for the YCS competition and did the screening of submissions very carefully with the support of judges from the University of Colombo School of Computing and the industry. Local winners nominated for APICTA through YCS provides ample testimony to the effectiveness of the YCS program said Chadika Yahampath, Manager Opeartions of FITIS. We take this opportunity to thank the judges and the commercial firms who supported this initiative she concluded.