"Fusion has gone the extra mile in making the rural understand the benefits of ICT" - Isura Priyalal Silva, Manager Sarvodaya Fusion
Ashan Kumar met Isura Priyalal Silva, Manager Sarvodaya Fusion to see How ICT Empowers roots of Sri Lanka… Connect with the columnist on www.prwiresl.com/blog
Isura Priyalal Silva, Manager Sarvodaya Fusion
The blend in Sri Lanka
Fusion is the ICT4D umbrella movement of Sarvodaya the largest 50 year old national NGO in Sri Lanka, serving over 15,000 villages.
Fusion’s mission is the ‘e-Empowerment of poor communities’. Programs are delivered through telecentres, Village Information Centres (VIC) and other cross cutting community-development programs targeting children, youth, women and elders. The objective of Sarvodaya Fusion is to improve the computer literacy and the ICT skills of students from rural areas. This will be achieved by implementing the following points and with the help of the following organizations to standardize the assessment of students who sit for these exams in their telecentres.
Knowledge economy to be utilized as a driver to harness strengths and mitigate negativity in Sri Lanka
Ashan Kumar met Aravinda Dassanayake, Senior Engineer-Technology at Virtusa to see How IT Changed his life... Connect with the columnist on www.prwiresl.com/blog
Aravinda Dassanayake, Senior Engineer-Technology at Virtusa
Intellectual Property generation is key
If we go back in time, it is not hard to notice that this region of the world had all the knowledge repositories. Ample evidence of various explorers and monks visiting ancient Sri Lanka for the sole purpose of gaining knowledge on various aspects such as religion, philosophy etc. By the end of colonialism the knowledge drifted off to the western world. But, nowadays there is a huge drive to regain that lost knowledge hub status. Concepts like Silk Route 2.0 are coming up and newer alliances are being created between nations of the region which were split apart for political reasons. In this environment Sri Lanka can play a key role as a fast growing country which has much potential for formulating its own knowledge economy while continuing to flourish based on current economic drivers.
Ashan Kumar met Latitude655 Marketing Lead Kushani Gamage to examine How IT Changed her life.
Kushani Gamage, Marketing Lead, Latitude655
The importance of a knowledge economy cannot be stressed enough. No country can remain competitive without investing in and supporting knowledge based economy, especially when economic growth is increasingly driven by knowledge.
Ashan Kumar met Excelsior Research Private Limited Founder and Managing Director Prageeth Sandakalum to understand how IT can change rural livelihood. Connect with the columnist on www.prwiresl.com/blog
Excelsior Research Founder and Managing Director Prageeth Sandakalum
According to Wikipedia Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4Dev) is a general term referring to the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) within the field of socioeconomic development, international development and human rights.
Entrepreneurship for Social Innovation: IT entrepreneurship improve our position in global economic competition
Ashan Kumar met Nirosha Kodituwakku, Director Archmage (Pvt) Ltd. and CEO of eBusiness.lk to understand How IT changed his life… Connect with the columnist on www.prwiresl.com/blog
Young Nirosha Nirosha Kodituwakku, Director Archmage (Pvt) Ltd. and CEO of eBusiness.lk
Ashan Kumar met Tech Consultant Ima Hassen to derive his thoughts on “How IT changed his life”…Connect with the columnist on www.prwire.blog.com
Knowledge the solution
Knowledge is the key resource that forms the institutional basis of the post-industrial economy and society. It should be emphasized that it is institutions of higher education that give tangible expression to this argument by acting as catalysts for knowledge and research-driven economic growth as well as well-being an enhancement.All this finds embodiment within a new techno-academic paradigm in which the academic knowledge base is center stage as a determinant of industrial change, economic growth and general well-being. Therefore, higher education institutions should not be viewed as a regional or national resource, but rather as a node in an increasingly seamless knowledge base, which has a progressively larger interface with the knowledge-driven global economy.
Ashan Kumar met Indika Jayapala Founder of Ribelz E-Marketing Agency to understand how ICT enabled dreams of entrepreneurship. Connect with the columnist on www.prwire.blog.com
Indika Jayapala Founder of Ribelz E-Marketing Agency
Ashan Kumar met Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera Chief Executive / Secretary-General of IDIRIYA to understand how ICT can enable persons with physical and sensory restrictions. Connect with the writer at www.prwire.blog.com
Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera Chief Executive / Secretary-General of IDIRIYA
ICT to play a major role in reducing social exclusion and enabling the dis-Abled Imagine hardware and software products providing essential accessibility to facilities, services and goods in daily life for those with significant vision, hearing, learning, language, dexterity or mobility needs.
Manjula Fernando Managing Director, WebMaster Property (Pvt) Ltd. and founder www.cool.lk
The online real estate market is one of the best commodities which appreciate best value in the present digital world. As an example about 20 years back, sites like hotel.com were low in price; but now you see an increase in value as time has caused that change with the digital boom and increasing internet usage.
"The Sri Lankan Gaming Industry to increase... yet an untapped market" -Gihan Thanushka Fernando, Managing Director, Gamos Technology Solutions and Editor-in-chief – diGIT online IT magazine
Ashan Kumar met Gihan Thanushka Fernando, Managing Director, Gamos Technology Solutions and Editor-in-chief – diGIT online IT magazine to get to know “How IT Changed his life”... (www.prwire.blog.com)
Gihan Thanushka Fernando, Managing Director, Gamos Technology Solutions and Editor-in-chief – diGIT online IT magazine
Considered by some as a curiosity in the mid-1970s, the computer and video game industries have grown from focused markets to mainstream. They took in about USD$9.5 billion in the US in 2007, and 11.7 billion in 2008 (ESA annual report).
"Sustainability of a knowledge economy is supreme for Sri Lanka"- Niranka Perera Head of Business Solutions eMarketingEye (Pvt) Ltd
Ashan Kumar met Niranka Perera, Head of Business Solutions at eMarketingEye (Pvt) Ltd. To understand how IT changed his life... (www.prwire.blog.com)
Niranka Perera, Head of Business Solutions at eMarketingEye (Pvt) Ltd
Electronic commerce or in short e-commerce, refers to business activities like selling and purchasing of products and services carried out over electronic systems like the Internet and computer networks. The history of e-commerce dates back to 1970, when for the first time, electronic data interchange (EDI) and electronic fund transfer were introduced.
"IT builds a culture of entrepreneurship and leadership" - Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama, CEO, Docs N’ Data and Chairman, Yasasa Foundation
Ashan Kumar met Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama, CEO, Docs N’ Data,Chairman, Yasasa Foundation and Director, Young IT Professionals Board, Australian Computer Society (www.prwire.blog.com)
Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama, CEO, Docs N’ Data and Chairman, Yasasa Foundation
It was technology and Social Media that helped me to connect with this talented young man living in Australia to understand how information technology has changed his life. It was in fact an interview on Skype – which I feel saves an amazing amount of time and resources when communicating with a friend, your family or business clients abroad.
"IT career potential escalates..."- Hussain Shabbir, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Operations at Aeturnum Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Ashan Kumar met Hussain Shabbir, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Operations at Aeturnum Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.. (www.prwire.blog.com)
Hussain Shabbir, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Operations at Aeturnum Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
Hussain Shabbir is one of the very few people who can look you in the eye and repeat the ‘been there, done that’ punch line with complete honesty.
At just 28 years of age, he is considered by many of his peers to be among the fastest climbers in the IT industry. And indeed, Hussain is proud to bear the battle scars that are witness to his phenomenal rise – he advanced from a humble Associate Software Engineer (ASE) to an accomplished Senior Consultant / Tech Lead at Virtusa within four short years and continues to live a highly successive life thereafter.
"Technology and knowledge are key factors of production in the present"- Mohan Asanga Perera Chief Designer, Thinkfaqtory
PR 2.0 Evangelist Ashan Kumar met Mohan Asanga Perera Chief Designer at Thinkfaqtory to understand How IT changed his life…
Mohan Asanga Perera Chief Designer at Thinkfaqtory
In the previous story I touched on how IT is used as an enabler in other professions, within that time liberty I met with “Moasa” renowned in the digital designing industry by the alias to understand the impact IT has made in his life. A vibrant entrepreneur excelling as a Digital Artist, Web developer and Designer at Thinkfaqtory, Mohan can be described as a country lad residing in Gampaha with an eye and talent for creative designing. “I would go for basics at the first place. Making IT education a must would be the first step to increase IT literature” says Mohan.
Jayantha De Silva Vice President South Asia IFS
Ashan Kumar met Jayantha De Silva Vice President South Asia IFS to understand How IT changed his life…
“IT is an enabler in the business process”
Looking back at the transformation IT has made in Sri Lanka, it has made and enriched many of the businesses to rise to the top enabling and strengthening the total business process in an organization. “In the past we had only a few areas in IT enabling, mainly in payrolls. Gradually IT was utilized to maximize efficiency and escalate returns”, was the opinion of a practiced individual in the field, Jayantha De Silva Vice President South Asia IFS.
"Education and nurturing talent is very important to cater to the growing global IT needs" - Presantha Jayamaha, Managing Director, Pyxle
PR 2.0 Evangelist Ashan Kumar met Presantha Jayamaha, Managing Director, Pyxle to understand How “IT” changed his life… prwire.blog.com
Presantha Jayamaha, Managing Director, Pyxle
His intention was to initiate a research company in Sri Lanka, that Research Company required simple IT requirements, he looked around and decides to set up his own Software development Company seeing a vast void in the area of niche software development in the country. In 2003 he started the company with two employees, which now has evolved into a team of more than fifty. Youthful and energetic entrepreneur Presantha Jayamaha Managing Director of Pyxle a Software and Web Applications company laid down his plans to develop Sri Lanka’s Software industry.
"There are lots of opportunities in the IT industry"-Buddhika Prasad Perera, IT Executive, MTI Consulting
PR 2.0 Champion Ashan Kumar met Buddhika Prasad Perera, IT Executive, MTI Consulting to understand How “IT” changed his life… log on to prwire.blog.com for the uncut version
“There are lots of opportunities in the IT industry. Without the knowledge in IT I don’t think anyone can survive in the future world, is my opinion. Every industry cannot function with out Information Technology. I am very happy to see Sri Lanka initiating the use of IT as a tool to develop education, health and finance systems. If you want to compete and challenge the world at the same time gain success in your life, Information Technology is the area for you” said a vibrant young Buddhika an ex Cambrian living in Panadura.
Sri Lankans talented and IT savy - Anupriya Jayathilake, Vice President Technology and Operations, eMarketingEye (Pvt) Ltd
Ashan Kumar met Vice President Technology and Operations, eMarketingEye (Pvt) Ltd AnupriyaJayathilake to understand How IT changed his life.
Anupriya Jayathilake, Vice President Technology and Operations, eMarketingEye (Pvt) Ltd
Developing a skilled IT workforce would help Sri Lanka be more visible in the global IT solution market. Our people are talented and IT savvy. Our developers are capable of delivering world class products. As a country we should not miss this opportunity are the thoughts of Vice President Technology and Operations eMarketingEye Anupriya Jayathilake. Born in the hill capital, the youngest in a family of three brothers and a sister, he schooled at Kingswood College, his childhood dream was to become an Engineer. His experience of a computer was when the computer industry in the country was in its infancy where he recognized the opportunity to become a pioneer in the arena of IT. He started following various courses etc, building a sound foundation to launch his career.
Jeyavani Rishikesan Senior QA Lead hSenid Mobile Solutions Pvt(Ltd)
PR 2.0 Evangelist Ashan Kumar met Jeyavani Rishikesan Senior QA Lead hSenid Mobile Solutions Pvt (Ltd) to understand How IT changed her life log on to prwire.blog.com for the uncut version IT (Information Technology) is a science which is constantly changing as a scientific discipline out of research and development activities in the fields of technology, data base technology, software technology, video technology and communication technology, to the adaptation to a vital part of everyday life. It was soon after her Ordinary level exams that Jeyavani first laid hands on her sisters brand-new computer. She still remembers the day as the 5th of March 2000, she wondered in awe and amazement at how the computer was made. She was astounded by the amount of codes and mathematical thinking that went in to the creation of this magnificent device and right then she realized that IT would be her vocation.
Isuru Amalka Senadheera
PR 2.0 Evangelist Ashan Kumar met Isuru Amalka Senadheera, Software Engineer, Eurocenter DDC (Pvt) Ltd to understand How ITchanged his life log on to prwire.blog.com for the uncut version Born in Galle and brought up in Balapitiya his parents are government employees. He considers himself fortunate for his education at Dharmashoka College, Ambalangoda. After his A/Ls he received a higher education at University of Moratuwa. Having passed out from university last March, young vibrant Isuru works as a Software Engineer at Eurocenter DDC Ltd, in the present. He recollects his childhood dream, he was forever driven by the motive of rendering a great service to Sri Lanka.
How IT changed my life- Sachith Kevin Fernandopulle, Assistant Vice President, Operations Epic Lanka Technologies Pvt Ltd
Anton Sachith Kevin Fernandopulle
PR Consultant Ashan Kumar met Anton Sachith Kevin Fernandopulle, Assistant Vice President Operations Epic Lanka Technologies Private Limited to understand How IT changed his life log on to prwire.blog.com for the uncut version At least quarter of the young generation in Sri Lanka dream of becoming either a doctor or an engineer and it is quite significant as to how some individuals dreams shift along the path of life. May be due to the influence I had from my parents, teachers and classmates my dreams did not deviated much from the common goal of being either a doctor or an engineer. These are the jobs which carry real pride, recollects young and enthusiastic Sachith Kevin Fernandopulle.
Ashan Kumar met Balathasan Sayanthan, Solutions Architect hSenid Mobile Solutions to understand how IT changed his life...
Having been born in Jaffna and brought up in the hill capital, Sayanthan is definitely a humble individual with an ambition and force to be a respected person in this industry one day. â€œMy family and my alma mater are my greatest sources of energy, he said. As a child my dreams and ambitions were circumspect, I wished I travelled the world like Ian Wright, the host of the Discovery Channel program Lonely Planet I forever used to dream about travelling around the globe. I didnt dream of having anything to do with computers as I wasnt aware of the opportunities available in the IT sector and the ICT domain. Secondly I thought that others around me were much better than me, when it comes to handling machines and gadgets, he said. He explained why he selected Information Technology as his future, After I completed my advanced level exams I experimented with web development and was enthralled by my work and what I could do through coding.
Imalka De Silva Assistant Manager Software Development IFS Research & Development (Pvt) Ltd shares How IT changed his life
Imalka De Silva, Assistant Manager Software Development IFS Research & Development (Pvt) Limited
Background My parents were government employees and we lived in Kandy during my primary education at Dharmaraja College in Kandy. Our family moved to Colombo when I got in to Royal College through year 5 scholarship. I completed my degree in Information Systems at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK where I graduated with second (upper) class honors. While I was studying for my undergraduate degree I started my career at IFS as a Trainee Software Engineer. I completed my Master of Business Administration degree last year from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Thushera Kawdawatta Associated Director of Technology and Chief Software Architect Virtusa Corporation shares his story
Thushera Kawdawatta Associated Director of Technology and Chief Software Architect Virtusa
He possessed a childhood dream to be a musician, which nurtured to be a doctor, changed dramatically when he showed his interest in electronics and mathematics while schooling. As an individual who always wanted to learn new avenues and practice innovativeness, he joined a private computer institute to pass time pending A/L results. Born in Kawdawatta, a petite village within the city limit of Kurunegala, hailing from Maliyadeva College Thushera Kawdawatta is at present the Associated Director of Technology and Chief Software Architect in one of the leading global software IT Consulting and Outsourcing Services provider Virtusa Corporation.
Ashan Kumar met with Kalhara Welendagoda Manager, Professional Services and Support hSenid Mobile Solutions to understand How IT changed his life
His early childhood dream was wavering between the aspiration to become a doctor and an engineer. He finished his A/Ls in Mathematics and was selected to Engineering faculty of Peradeniya University. He graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, born in Kandy, to a family which always valued education. H is father was a government servant, and mother, a housewife, Kalhara studied at St Anthonys College, Kandy. He went on describing about his ambition, I had my first encounters with computers at the age of 12. At that time computers were rare, the very simple Sinclair or Commodore hooked up to a 14 B&W TV set, ignited my interest in computers. I didnt get the opportunity to get a feel of a computer frequently, but I made an effort to complete a basic diploma in computing.