Motorola Solutions Lanka (Private) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions Inc (www.motorolasolutions.com) of USA is organizing the 4th Annual Inter University competition for Computer Science / Engineering students of Universities and University affiliation colleges in Sri Lanka.
 
The 2013 competition has been re-structured and re-named to provide a much wider scope .The competition funded and mentored by Motorola Solutions under the umbrella of Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) invites the participation of those remaining as University Students till December 31st, 2013.
 
This year’s launch will be held on Friday June 14 from 09.00 a.m at Prof. V.K.Samaranayake Auditorium of University of Colombo School of Computing with the participation of Mrs. Allison Areias-Vogal , Counselor Economic & Commercial Affairs of US Embassy in Colombo as the Chief Guest and Dr. Kumara Hirimburegama , Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo as the Guest  of Honor.
 
Mr. Anuradha Tennakoon, Director/Country Manager for Motorola Solutions in Sri Lanka and also a Board Member of SLASSCOM said that this competition which has become extremely popular among the Sri Lankan higher education institutes has been experiencing an exponential growth during the last three years. ”During the last three years the focus has been on Enterprise Mobility Solutions and the University students are now finding difficulties to come out with innovative new solutions. Therefore, we decided to broad base this year’s competition in order to give many choices to students” he added.
In the past three years a noticeable feature of the competition was that the overall winner was always an outstation University. In 2010 the winners were University of Ruhuna, in 2011 the Winners were University of Peradeniya and in 2012 the winners were from University of Rajarata. This proves that all universities had equal chances to win and a hardworking committed team was always the winner.
 
At the end of the introductory seminar, students will be introduced to a basket of goodies consisting of Hardware, Software & development tools  using  which they can develop innovative products of their likings. Students will be asked to form groups with maximum of 04 members and be invited to submit abstracts within next 04 weeks of projects/prototypes that they intend to develop and a panel of experts will select those which are innovative and have market potential now or in future.
 
These prototypes can be any kind of a device, or an accessory to existing Mobile Computing or Data Capture device, Software Solution, Software framework, security application for the mobility environment, a game or even a robot. Then the owners of selected abstracts will be invited for a half a day hands-on technical session by Motorola Solutions. At the end of the session the student groups will be provided with the required resources to prototype their project ideas within next 04 months. The industry, potential users, Universities and the media will be invited on the final day to witness the grand finale of the competition.
 
What’s in it for the University Students?
- An opportunity to develop and demonstrate their innovative & creative skills
- An exposure to cutting edge Technologies & Tools
- Financial rewards for the winning & participation teams
- Opportunities for business partnerships with the industry and many more…
 
“The key aim of the competition is to provide an opportunity for the students to learn new technologies, guide them to think out of the box and to develop mobile products that have market potential.  So the students can easily be absorbed into the productive work force the moment they come out of the University. The competition also helps in IT sector capacity building which is an  objectives of SLASSCOM “added Mr. Tennakoon