Ganidu Nanayakkara, a third year student at SLIIT, clinched the Gold award under the Tertiary Student Category at the recently concluded National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA). This accolade was presented to Ganidu for his innovative a�?iHelmeta�� project; a special helmet, with an embedded solution developed to empower ground forces in a battle field.
Along with the Gold, the Silver award, under the same category, was also won by a team of final year students studying at SLIIT. With their project titled a�?Panaceaa��s Jacketa��, Pramadhi Attapattu Arachchi, Mithra Mayadunne, Jayaruwan Rupasinghe and Dineth Cooray, were the dynamic team members which won this award for SLIIT. The team behind this innovative IT solution for patients with special medical conditions won the Silver award at the HSBC youth enterprise award and Rs. 200,000 to commercialize their project. Adding to their list of achievements, the team also won the merit award at the recently concluded SLIIT CodeFest 2013, software competition.
NBQSA is an annual competition which is organized by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Sri Lanka Section, which aims to provide recognition and create a window for international appreciation for innovators in the ICT industry of Sri Lanka, as well as to showcase and benchmark Sri Lankan ICT products. NBQSA is the only national competition of its type in Sri Lanka which has been, since 1998, recognizing the individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the development of ICT Industry in Sri Lanka. Among the 146 entries at NBQSA 2013, 47 were commercial products from the local ICT industry and 99 were student projects by undergraduate students.
Both Gold and Silver winners have been nominated to participate for Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2013, which is to be held on from 24thto 28thA�of November in Hong Kong.Over the years the students at SLIIT have done exceptionally well at the National Best Quality ICT Awards. In 2007, two SLIIT teams clinched not only the Gold, Silver at NBQSA but also won the APICTA Gold award beating countries including India, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.