Chronicling ACES Hackathon – Guess Who Was Back In Kandy It was a day like any other. The birds were chirping, the wind was blowing. Everything was as it should be. Enter two kindred spirits headed to Kandy, well the University of Peradeniya. If you recall, last month we were at a Coding Competition organized by the ACES Coders. Now it was for the ACES Hackathon. The hackathon, held annually ...

I will be participating in this Internet Governance Forum session in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, later this year. The session is organized by UN Global Pulse: In recent years, the potential of big data derived from the Internet and other digital devices to transform targeted advertising, recommender systems, location based services, logistics and other activities in the private sector has come ...

Here is the gist of the talk, entitled “ICT impacts in developing Asia: What we know and what we need to know”: It is known that economic growth and diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are positively correlated. But that knowledge alone provides little guidance for the design of public-policy interventions in specific domains. Should priority be given to ...

It’s been almost two months since ICTD. For some reason, this summary which had been written immediately after we concluded our session on SRs, had not been posted. There is a degree of discomfort among some academics about systematic reviews (SRs). Researchers worry about the limited resources available from funders being channeled to SRs and quantitative research, at the expense ...

Leapset Launches Restaurant 2.0 Did someone say Food? What’s the saying? “Food is Life” Or is it “Life is Food”? Well either way, it was a regular Monday evening for us, but for a few guys in white and green t-shirts, it was quite a different story. They were to be seen hurrying across Flower Road around 6.30 pm. Why? Well quite simply, ...

Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we! BlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us! At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll ...

Terminator Genisys – The Fifth Installment of The Terminator Franchise Terminator Genisys Poster I watched Terminator Genisys, the American science fiction action film directed by Alan Taylor today at Willmax Theater, Anuradhapura. I was pleasantly surprised to see on the Web that the theater has 3D facilities. Hence the decision to watch it in Anuradhapura. Legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for his eponymous character, the terminator in the newest installment ...

Jurassic World – The Fourth Installment of Jurassic Park Jurassic World Poster I watched Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World movie at Savoy 3D cinema last Wednesday with my son Abhilash and my wife. Abhilash loves Jurassic Park franchise. He has repeatedly watched all three past installments in DVDs and can identify most of the dinosaur species by name. He loves to groan like Tyrannosaurus Rex and pounce on us. His ...

Saent Wants To Make The Internet Less Distracting The Internet. It’s big. Okay that’s an understatement. The internet of the modern era seemingly revolves around cat videos, vines dubsmash clips, Facebook wars and tweet-storms. While these in themselves are entertaining, at the end of the day, they are by and large a huge distraction when you want to get some work done. Enter Saent, a fairly new ...

Healing sounds of the universe Panchamoorthy Kumaran on the NadaswaramPic by Rahal WimalasiriIn Kumaran’s hands the Nadaswaram, a South Indian music instrument, looked grand. Looks matched the music he produced with the Nadaswaram that everyone gathered at the Jaffna Municipal Ground were impressed. It wasYaalKiramiyaSangamam’s(Jaffna Village Committee) Carnatic music which marked the inauguration of the Jaffna Music Festival held two weeks ago.“For more than 30 ...

2014 Gratiaen shortlisted writer Vihanga Perera talks about his works and the opportunities for writers in Sri LankaHe loves to call himself a writer; someone who writes and rewrites, working with manuscripts all year round. “I have been experimenting with my writing within and between genres for over ten years now since first being published – being lucky and generally, ...

2014 Gratiaen shortlisted writer Vihanga Perera talks about his works and the opportunities for writers in Sri LankaHe loves to call himself a writer; someone who writes and rewrites, working with manuscripts all year round. “I have been experimenting with my writing within and between genres for over ten years now since first being published – being lucky and generally, ...

On a mission to save our music BåliphonicsSri Lankan born Dr. Sumudi Suraweera, from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand talks to The Nation about his research on Sri Lankan Low-Country traditional drummingBaliphonics at JMF Pic by Sakuna M Gamage Sri Lanka is one of the few countries with a very vast and rich cultural diversity. The culture is itself very unique and thereby contributes to the ...

Singing in praise of God Pic by Sakuna M Gamage“Sinhala ithihasa pothe ran akurin liyawuna, Lassana podi punchi puthek lak manita nathiwuna…” He was a Muslim singing in Sinhala. He was from the Eastern part of the country came to sing in the north. Bawa Nasrudeen Kaleefa was one of the performers who grabbed attention at the Jaffna Music Festival. Nasrudeen came all the way ...

These film photographs are hard won victories from my non digital photography days. A time of despairing struggle. Trying to understand the voodoo of F-stop and aperture. Recorded by piles of over or under exposed disasters. Took me years to realise the cause. Technical incompatibilities between my ancient Nikon’s “semi automatic” settings and its Sigma…

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Chronicling Cutting Edge 2015 Organized By IIT – Day 02 We were back again at IIT for the second and final day of Cutting Edge 2015. The projects were mainly from the first, second and final year students of both batches with the third year students taking a hiatus as they’re taking part in internships to prepare themselves for the final year of the programmes. Thus far we had seen ...

Chronicling Cutting Edge 2015 Organized By IIT – Day One Informatics Institute of Technology (or just IIT for short) is a leading University in Sri Lanka offering Bachelors and Masters programmes in business and Information Technology. Each year the management of IIT along with the students combine forces to bring to life “Cutting Edge” A tech exhibition showcasing the awesome talents of IIT’s students. Participation is voluntary and students from ...

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