ICTA/Spiralation Successfully Completes Startup Mission to Singapore

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka under the Spiralation banner concluded the first Startup mission to Singapore successfully on the 19th of May 2016. The Industry Development Program of the ICTA undertook this mission to learn about the startup ecosystem of Singapore as well as to participate and exhibit at the InnovFest unBound 2016 exhibition.

10 startups selected by a competitive application process joined the ICTA in this mission. The startups were

  • AdroitLogic Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Adrotec (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Enhanzer (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Erbenlab H.Q (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Global Tutor (Pvt) Ltd.
  • LiveRoom (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Mogo Solutions (Pvt) Ltd.
  • nCinga (Pvt) Ltd.
  • PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Vyral Inc.

Visit to SMART

The mission started on the 16th of May 2016 with the visit to “SMART” – The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, a research and innovation center located in the “CREATE” towers within the Nation University of Singapore (NUS). The delegation were taken around the center which houses several research and development labs which were conducting research on ground breaking technology such as early cancer detection, cure for cancer, making micro-chips faster, self driving vehicles etc.

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Part of the Sri Lankan Startups Delegation at CREATE Tower (Pic by Kanishka Weeramunda)

InnovFest unBound 2016

The 2nd and 3rd day of the mission were dedicated to participating at the InnovFest unBound 2016. InnovFest unBound is the anchor event of Smart Nation Innovations, a week-long series of events that showcases Asia’s most innovative developments in the media-tech sphere. Over 4500 global thought leaders, corporate executives, investors and entrepreneurs from Singapore and around the world including delegations from US, UK, Korea, japan, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Russia participated at the event which also included an exhibition of the startups participating at the event.

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At this event, the startups met with several stakeholders and had very fruitful discussions. The delegates also participated in the conference that was happening in parallel which brought in a wealth of knowledge to those who participated.

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Startups having discussions at the exhibition booths (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

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Startups having discussions at the exhibition booths (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

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Pic by Ahamed Nishadh

Unilever Startup Battle 2016 – Singapore

Live Room (Pvt) Ltd., PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd. and Mogo Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. were also selected into the semi finals of the Unilever Startup Battle that happened alongside InnovFest unBound 2016. From over a 100 applications, 18 startups were shortlisted for the semi finals. Of this 3, Live Room (Pvt) Ltd. was selected as one of the 6 finalists of the competition.

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Sameera from Live Room on stage with the finalists and judges of Unilever Startup Battle at InnovFest unBound 2016 (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

SLBA Investor Series : ‘Digital Sri Lanka’ – Vision of a Digitally Inclusive Society
During the mission to Singapore, the ICTA together with the Singapore Sri Lanka Business Association also organized a business networking session for the Singapore business community. The event was held on the 18th of May 2016 at the Terra Rooftop Bar, Suntec Sky Gardens from 6.30pm onwards. The keynote of the event was done by Arunesh Peter, Director Projects at ICTA who spoke on “Digital Sri Lanka” and the various projects being undertaken by the Sri Lankan government and ICTA on transforming Sri Lanka into a Digitally Inclusive Society.
The startups who participated in the mission were also present at the event and were given an opportunity to network with the high network individuals present at the event. The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore H.E. Mr. Nimal Weeraratne was also present at this event.

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Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore H.E. Mr. Nimal Weeraratne speaking at the event (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

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Keynote speaker of the event Mr.Arunesh Peter speaking at the event (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

Visit to Block 71 and surroundings

The ICTA team also had the opportunity to visit the startup hub of Singapore known by many as Block 71. This area and the surrounding areas such as Block 79 and Block 73. This area is the home to many startup accelerators, incubators, co-working spaces, research centers and offices. The ICTA team met with Ms Shirley Wong, Chairperson of the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF). Ms Wong explained in detail how the startup ecosystem works in Singapore, the various support systems available for startups in Singapore via the government and the private sector as well as the initiatives being undertaken by the SiTF. After the discussions, Ms Wong also took the ICTA team on a tour around the area.

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Bash – Co Working space at Block 79 (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

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Bash – Co Working space at Block 79 (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)

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Games Solution Center at Block 71 (Pic by Sachindra Samararatne)

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NUS Enterprise Incubator / Co-working Space at Block 71 (Pic Sachindra

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ICTA facilitated workshop on DevOps and a meetup

The second industry knowledge enhancement workshop of ICTA was conducted at Hilton Colombo Residence from June 20th to 23rd. This 4 day hands-on workshop was on DevOps, configuration management tools Chef and puppet.

The instructor was Mr Gourav Shah who is an expert devops professional with proficiency in Cloud Computing, Devops Tools, and Configuration Management/Automation  with Puppet/Chef. He has trained more than 2000 IT professionals from leading tech firms including CISCO, Intuit, Walmart Labs, Dreamworks, Accenture, Capgemini, RBS, Wells Fargo, Oracle etc. which makes him a coveted devops trainer.ICTA facilitated, and part funded the training. 31 employees from 21 organizations were able to take part in this 3 day comprehensive workshop  on Jmeter.

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On the first day of the 4 day-hands-on workshop an introduction to puppet was given which was followed by practical on setting up learning environments, Resources, RAL, Manifests, Modules, Ordering and the Trifecta.

Day 2 started on an overview of Variables, Facts and Conditionals of Puppet Language which was followed by Templetes, Defined Types and Classes, Puppet Master/Agent. The day ended with a demo on Foreman.

Day 3 started with a high-level overview on Chef which covered Recipes, Cookbooks, Runlists, Roles and Search. This was followed by hands-on exercises on Environment Setup, Node Object, Chef Authentication process, resources collection and execution, and Cookbook Attributes.

Day 4 covered Dependencies, Notifications, Search Patterns, Data Bags, Roles and  Environments of Chef.

ICTA was also able to work together with WSO2 and organize a meetup which hosted Mr Gourav Shah as the main speaker.

“Mr. Mohommed Azhardeen of Infomate (Pvt) Ltd. also joined the resource panel who conducted the seminar.”

ICTA support towards Seedstars Colombo

Seedstars Colombo is the Sri Lankan round of Seedstars World. Seedstars World is a global startup competition for fast-growing start-up scene.

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ICTA supported the event as the National Partner.

The event took place on the 30th of June 2016 at Trace City Expert Colombo and was attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Eight start-ups were selected and invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel. The competitors included PayMedia, Foodie Global, Touristeun, Hype Hash, NicNac, Katha, LayUp and PreviewVR. In addition to startups pitching there were stimulating discussions, networking sessions.

LayUp was selected as the winner and they will represent ‪SriLanka‬at the Seedstars Summit in ‪Switzerland‬to compete for up to $ 1 million in equity investment. LayUp is a learning driven social platform which discovers new techniques to train, involve and reward employees. They will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits. NicNac and Katha came as second and third. ‪

The event attracted interest from over 140 startups and 250 attendees.

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS – Implementation of Household Transfer Management (HTM) Project- IFB NO: MTDI/GOSL/IS/ICB/2016/15

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS – Implementation of Household Transfer Management (HTM) Project- IFB NO: MTDI/GOSL/IS/ICB/2016/15

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS

 

This is with reference to the advertisement published in the Sunday Observer on 10th April, 2016 and Daily News on 11th and 18th April, 2016.

All interested Bidders are hereby notified that the deadline for submission of Bids On the above tender has been extended up to 1500 hours on July 29,  2016.

A Pre bid meeting which potential bidders may attend will be held at 1400 hrs on July 12, 2016 at  Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) ,28/10, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.

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Procurement of Sinhala and Tamil Unicode Fonts – English

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Procurement of Sinhala and Tamil Unicode Fonts – Tamil

Published in the Daily News, Dinamina & Thinakaran on 30th June, 2016

Deadline for submission of proposals 1500 hrs on July 14, 2016

ICTA support towards Startup Weekend Jaffna

Startup Weekend Jaffna took place from the 24th to 26th of June 2016 in Jaffna. Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest.

ICTA supported the event as the National Partner.

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Startup Weekend is a global event which consists of 54 hours of prototype development, exploring potential markets and pitching.

Startup Weekend Jaffna gave the opportunity for Sri Lankan startups and individuals to collaborate with other startups. Veteran business people, promising entrepreneurs, designers, Coders, growth hackers were among the parties who were present at the event.

Key speakers were Lahiru Pathmalal – Co Founder at Takas.lk, Arunesh Peter – Chief of Projects at ICTA and Chandika Jayasundara – CEO & Co-Founder of Cinergix. Event judges were Mano Sekaram – Chairman of SLASSCOM and Sachindra Samararatne -Program Manager,Industry Development,ICTA.

By 24th of June night goals were set and roles were assigned to the startups. On the 25th startups were contacting potential customers, examining the market for their ideas and building their products. On 26th they were making their product work and preparing for the final pitch. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds were be supporting the startups.

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Brief of the Scope of Services

Published in the Daily News on 28th June and 1st July 2016

Deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest 1500 hrs on 12th July 2016

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE EOI- Requirement Study; Management Information System for Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board – Contract No: ICTA/GOSL/CON/IC/2016/25

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE EOI

Brief of the Scope of Services

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

This is with reference to the advertisement published in the Daily News on June 03, 2016 on the above assignment.

This is to notify that the deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest has been extended up to 1500 hours on July 12, 2016.