Sri Lanka Association of Software & Service Companies Center of Excellence for Mobile & Telecom together with Motorola Technologies Lanka (Pvt) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Inc (www.motorola.com) – An American IT giant are organizing an Enterprise Mobility Application Software Development Competition for the IT Undergraduates of Sri Lankan Universities and University affiliation colleges.
"The aim of this competition is to explore, expose and promote innovative skills of our Undergraduates and thereby to prepare Sri Lanka to be a leading Mobile Application Development Centre in the world" said Motorola R&D Centre Director & Country Manager for Sri Lanka Anuradha Tennakoon.
"SLASSCOM is happy be a part of Inter-University Enterprise Mobility Software Competition, organised by Motorola Technologies . As capacity building is a key initiative of SLASSCOM, competitions of this nature will help to build capacity and create an awareness of the IT industry" commented Mr. Dinesh Saparamadu, Chairman of SLASSCOM and CEO of hSenid Software International.
Mr. Nayana D Serasinghe, Head of Mobile & Telecom Centre of Excellence of SLASSCOM and CEO of Dinota Information Technologies added that “Mobile & Telecom Centre of Excellence of SLASSCOM is delighted to be associated with the Inter University Enterprise Mobility Software Competition organized by Motorola Technologies Lanka. Enterprise Mobility has changed the way people work as never before. The ability to work away from the office having access to the information assets of the enterprise is no longer a concept. Empowering and mobilizing the field work force is fast becoming a top priority for business and IT executives. More and more processes are being mobilized. The Mobile & Telco Centre of Excellence strongly believes that Sri Lanka can be at the forefront of mobilizing the enterprise and a workforce with necessary skills in enterprise mobile technology is a pre-requisite to achieve this goal. The competition provides an ideal opportunity for the university students to gain firsthand experience of the latest in enterprise mobility concepts and technology from one of the global giants in this field."
Most enterprises today understand the value proposition of Mobility by way of
- Management of a decentralized workforce
- Reduction in operating costs
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Reduction in process cycle times
- Increased end user productivity
- Improved data timeliness and quality
Mr. Tennakoon explained the process of the competition saying "This is the first ever Enterprise Mobility Application Development competition to be held in Sri Lanka. We started this exercise in early June this year by inviting selected Universities & University affiliation Colleges to send their Undergraduates to a kick-off seminar we had at University of Colombo School of Computing premises. At the end of the seminar we invited the Undergraduates to submit proposals and it was extremely encouraging to see that we received 44 proposals from the 08 institutes invited. After a lengthy evaluation process 12 proposals were selected for the finals and the selected teams were again invited and given a hands-on training and required resources for them to develop the applications. In addition to their mentors from the Universities we also assigned mentors to each team from Motorola R&D centre staff who provided constant coaching & guidance to the Undergraduates during last five months.
At the finals to be held on December 06 at University of Colombo, the talented Undergraduates from Universities of Ruhuna, Moratuwa, Colombo, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, APIIT, SLIIT and IIT will compete to prove their innovative Enterprise Mobility Application Development skills where winners and all participants will be awarded with cash rewards and certificates endorsed both by Motorola &SLASSCOM.
For the Undergraduates , in addition to cash rewards and certificates, they will also have opportunities to enter into business deals with potentials buyers for their solutions and increase the potential employability with the skills gained through the latest Mobile technologies.
"For Motorola , we consider this as a contribution to the development of ICT industry in Sri Lanka. Our intention is to make this an annual event where in future we will invite all Universities who offer ICT related degree courses . We sincerely appreciate the support that we received from the Director and staff of University of Colombo School of Computing for this program" said Motorola’s CEO Anuradha Tennakoon.