Motorola Solutions / SLASSCOM sponsored Inter University Enterprise Mobility Development Competition is gaining momentum among the State and Private sector. Sri Lankan Universities at  an extremely faster phase declared Anuradha Tennakoon, Motorola Solutions Director /Sri Lanka Country Manager  and a Board Member of SLASSCOM at the  boot camp held at Open University , Nawala  recently. This event running for the third consecutive year is going through an exponential growth from the beginning. Total 91 proposals have been received this year against last year’s 47 and first year’s 36, the increase is a near 100%. This shows that the University undergraduates are taking the competition  very serious   because of their desire for innovation and the thirst to learn new technologies. Because of the increased number of initial entries, the review committee needed extra one week to study all proposals and ended up selecting 17 proposals from 12 Universities including Universities of Peradeniya, Kelaniya, Jayawardenapura, Ruhuna, Jaffna, Uwa-Wellassa, OUSL , SLIIT, APIIT, IIT and SAITM for the finals to be held towards latter part of this year.
 
Photo Caption: From left to right:  Anuradha Tennakoon (Director/ Country Manager Motorola Solutions Sri Lanka & Board Member SLASSCOM), Professor Upali Vidanapathirana (Vice Chancellor, Open University of Sri Lanka), Mr. Duminda De Silva , (Head of the Maths Dept, Faculty of Natural Sciences, OUSL), Mr. Venura Mendis, (Head of Product Service Innovation, Dialog Axiata PLC). 
 
The purpose of the boot camp is to impart the knowledge to the members of the selected  17 teams  and to educate them on the tools available for Enterprise Mobility Application/Solutions development . We do not end our support only by providing tools  but we also assign a Senior  Engineer from Motorola to help and guide them until their prototype is completed. In addition to telephone support we also provide them a hot line e-mail to address their issues with a guaranteed response within 24 hours . During the development phase the students can have face to face meetings with Motorola’s Senior engineers  as and when required . This way Motorola is incurring a huge manpower cost but we consider it as our contribution to the country added Mr. Tennakoon. Most importantly the ownership of the end product and any IP’s generated out of this exercise remain with the students and Motorola does not claim any ownerships he said.
 
Dialog Axiata , Sri Lanka ’s largest Mobile network service provider  has come forward this year to join hands with Motorola to provide the Broadband connectivity for the Final event and also to help students in any network connectivity issues for their applications. 
 
Participating as the Chief Guest for the boot camp, Vice Chancellor of Open University of Sri Lanka Professor Upali Vidanapathirana said that “ this project enables the industry to join hands with the Universities system to enrich the talents and skills of young undergraduates in IT and Engineering Degree Courses to enhance their entrepreneurial capabilities. This objective is really laudable.
 
We all know that Motorola is one of the most reputed providers of cutting edge technological solutions in the sphere of IT and Communication Technology among others. We also know that SLASSCOM which is an umbrella organization in Sri Lanka where about 130 most outstanding providers  work together for the improvement of the IT-BPO industry in this country.
 
I am happy that more entries have come on your way this year both in numbers and also in respect of quality. This is important because of IT-BPO’s immense potential to generate export and income opportunities in Sri Lanka where it has become the 5thlargest exporter in terms export earnings and also in terms of employment generation. If you want to know little more about this potential you must read on the vistas of Bangalore where the generated export income is even higher that the GDP of Sri Lanka.
 
Let me ask you to compete because it’s worthy of competing. You must compete with the sole purpose of winning because that will produce better products. Even if you fail in it that is all right so long as you have done something different by being ‘innovation’ and taking the risk of doing it. These are two of the most fundamental qualities of entrepreneurship. What should you do if you fail? Giving up? Absolutely no. Read about Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group? You must have the determination to not to give up. If you have that determination no bar is higher for you. Develop your fighting spirit. You are bound to win.
 
Dialog is pleased to be part of the Motorola /SLASSCOM 'Enterprise Mobility Development Competition’. The Dialog team was impressed by the enthusiasm and caliber of students at the above event and we are looking forward to working with them and helping them develop their products for the final competition. We are committed to supporting this program and the wider developer community in Sri Lanka by leveraging upon our network capabilities, providing technical guidance and offering them a platform for monetization of the services they develop “said in a statement released by Mr. Anthony Rodrigo, Group CIO of Dialog Axiata PLC.