LIRNEasia partners with UNDP on SDGs On 18th April 2016 LIRNEasia inked its Memorandum of Understanding with UNDP on areas of cooperation for the first national summit on foresight and innovation for Sustainable Human Development titled “Visioning Sri Lanka #2030NOW”. The summit will be held in Colombo from 24-25th May 2016. In addition to LIRNEasia and UNDP, other core partners for this two day conference include The Ministry of ...

LIRNEasia at the Colombo Big Data Meetup Yesterday Sriganesh and I had the pleasure of presenting LIRNEasia’s big data work at the 3rd session of the Colombo Big Data Meetup, a prominent local meetup group focusing on big data and data science, domains still very much in their infancy in Sri Lanka. We spoke to a diverse audience of nearly 150 IT professionals, academics, statisticians and enthusiasts. ...

What we saw at the Geek Avurudu Celebrations What do Geeks and Avurudu have in common? Well, usually nothing at all. The average geek would spend his/her time locked up in their room playing Dota or binge watching The Big Bang Theory etc. Well, this was different. This was the Geek Avurudu Celebrations. A collaboration between The Geek Initiative and Gamer.LK, the event was held at the Cinema Hall at BMICH. ...

This one’s for Thomas. I may have butchered your song my friend. Do forgive. It sounds very stripped down, and…. alone, when I sing it. But the words are epic! Also, I sound better than I look (I look pained when I sing), and… Well I should probably stop making excuses. Arcade Fire, Forgive me. […]

Field Notes: CMS Africa Summit 2016 Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Today I share my experiences meeting and getting to know some of the most active members of the open source community in East Africa during the CMS ...

What we saw at the Yarl IT Hub Ideation Workshop Sometimes people have to mingle up with others, who don’t belong to their industries, to find new solutions. Because it is believed that the more complex a problem, the more the solutions get complex. However, someone who doesn’t even belong to your industry could suggest something simple, which you wouldn’t have thought about. This is what we found at the ...

GSMA Connected Women- LIRNEasia findings on “Mobile phones, internet & gender in Myanmar” launched in Yangon Helani Galpaya presented the findings of the joint research by GSMA Connected Women & LIRNEasia on “Mobile phones, internet & gender in Myanmar” at the Chatrium Hotel, Yangon on 8 April 2016. The event organized by LIRNEasia and MIDO was used as a forum to discuss issues pertaining to gender and ICTs in Myanmar at large. Khin Sandar Win & Htla San ...

Charlie Wilson’s War – Movie Charlie Wilson’s War Poster I watched Charlie Wilson’s War several times and would certainly watch it again due to its historical importance and cinematic success. This is an American comedy-drama film, based on the story of U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson and CIA operative Gust Avrakotos, whose efforts led to Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahedeen during the Soviet–Afghan War. For some reason, (maybe due ...

I spent the past two days immersed in a new subject: elections management. We have been engaged in one of the hardest public policy puzzles, that of improving Sri Lanka’s electoral system, since early 2015. As a result of that engagement, I was invited to participate in a vulnerability assessment of Sri Lanka’s election management system. Seventeen aspects of the ...

Love in the Time of Cholera (film) Love in the Time of Cholera It was one of my good friends that advised me to watch this movie “Love in the Time of Cholera”, when I was speaking to him about the girl that I loved the most in my life, which did not have a happy ending. In fact this film is a treat to watch, if ...

What we saw at the Colombo AI March 2016 Meetup Last week, Google succeeded in creating an Artificial Intelligence that defeated a Go Grand Master. This was a landmark achievement for AI research. The future will be AI systems. So where do we stand when it comes to AI in Sri Lanka? To answer this question, we decided to attend the Colombo AI March Meetup. Here’s what we found. The ...

Automatticians, the people behind WordPress.com, can be found in just about every corner of the globe, but it’s not every day that we have the singular opportunity to promote open source software and meet some of the amazing communities that help build it in Africa. Next week, several of our team members will be speaking at the CMS Africa Summit, to be ...

Give Plants a Home “Give Plants a Home” Annual Plant Sale 2016 Plants are the Life of Earth. Plants decide the fate of the World. They give you the life and lead you to your Destiny. Annual Plant Sale organized by The Botanical Society of Faculty of Science, University of Colombo will be held on Thursday, the 24th of March 2016 from 8.00 a.m. onward at ...

If Read below Rudyard Kipling‘s great poem “If.” This is the only thing that keeps me going during worst times I pass. If not for this, I would have given up long time ago. You can listen to the audio version of this poem if you click this link. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175772 Rudyard Kipling If— BY RUDYARD KIPLING If you can keep your head when ...

What we saw at Aurora 2K16 A few days back, we made our way to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. It’s been a while since we were last here. So what brought us here you ask? The answer to that question would be Aurora 2K16. In case you’re lost, Aurora 2K16 is a conference on computer science organized by the Computer ...

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