The Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure
INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB)
PROCUREMENT OF DESIGNING, DEVELOPING, SUPPLYING, DELIVERING, INSTALLING AND IMPLEMENTING THE SOFTWARE, HARDWARE AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR GENERATING DIGITAL IDENTITY FOR CITIZENS OF SRI LANKA AND FOR THE HOUSEHOLD TRANSFER MANAGEMENT (HTM) SYSTEM – 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 and subsequent advertisement for extension of deadline for submission of bids appeared on Sunday Observer on 03rd July, 2016 and Daily News on 04th and 05th July, 2016 on the above tender.
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 August 08, 2016.
Published in the Daily News on June 17, 2016 and June 21, 2016.
Extension Paper Advertisement – Published in the Daily News on July 13, 2016
This is to notify that the deadline for submission of Bids has been extended up to 1500 hours on July 22, 2016.
The events organized for the Kandy IT week successfully concluded on 12th June 2016.
The three day event attracted many individuals varying from school students to CEO’s of the most reputed IT organizations in Sri Lanka.
The target was to reach out for 2500 school students, 100 exporters and entrepreneurs in the Central Province and 500 undergraduates from 15 state universities and private institutions in the country.
The educational programs, IT and BPM conferences were organized by Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM).
ICTA as the National Partner for the Kandy IT week took the initiative to fund the Future Careers program and the IT Conference also with giving their fullest support throughout the event.
The Future Careers Program was also supported by Ministry of Education ICT branch and it consisted of an innovation competition, an awareness program for school teachers and principals and a student seminar and career guidance program. Career guidance programs for the schools largely focused on helping students to take the right decision for their future when they step in to the corporate world.
The awareness program for the School Principals and teachers was organized by SLASSCOM as ICTA suggested. It has been recognized the essential need to improve the knowledge of teachers who are distant from the changing trends in IT BPM industry and thus not knowledgeable enough to guide the students to enter the industry.
Future Careers awareness program for School teachers and principals was the initial event which was held on 31st May 2016 at Devon Hotel Kandy. It was conducted by Sachindra Samararatne, Program Manager of the Industry development team of ICTA.
With the participation of almost all the invited schools in the Central Province there were 103 School Principals/Vice principals and IT teachers who represented around 60 schools in the area.
For the first time a booklet which educates the career counselors was distributed among the participants, in their preferred language. The participants enthusiastically engaged with the speaker in the discussions on the ICT education in schools. The lunch was arranged at the hotel for all the participants in the end of the two hour session.
Future Careers program, part of Kandy IT week events took place at Ranabima Royal College premises on the 10th Friday, June 2016. About 2000 school students from various parts of the Central Province participated for the program with the intention of adding more value to their future career path. SLASSCOM organization committee had arranged all the necessary requirements in order to facilitate the participants and the other invitees for the program. The program comprised 30 minutes briefing session delivered by an experienced industry experts.
School students from grade 9 to 12 were given the opportunity to meet the group of industry experts who volunteered to guide the students after the seminar. Most of the students who participated in the seminar cleared their questions and got inspired by the counselors.
The students were given a Future Careers booklet which contained future information on IT/BPM careers. The feedback was collected after the session to be used for the Monitoring & Evaluation done by ICTA. There was a certificate and gift awarding ceremony for those who won places at the Innovation Competition.
The undergraduates from IIT showcased their award winning products for the participants and their stall was crowded with the school students who were curious about those innovative products.
Future careers program largely focused on making awareness among the school students about the IT and BPM industry and the careers in IT industry. It helped students to broaden their knowledge on the industry and the discussions with industry experts helped the individuals to make effective career decisions after their academic years.
IT/BPM Exports Forum
The IT BPM Exports Forum and the Entrepreneurship workshop was another successful event which took place on the 11th Saturday, June 2016 at the Queen’s hotel Kandy.
The panelists for the discussion brought up important topics to the table to share the knowledge on IT BPM industry and entrepreneurship.
Tharindu Dissanayake CEO and Founder of Square Mobile shared his experience on being an aspiring entrepreneur.
It was a perfect platform to talk about the National BPM outlook and to convince the audience about where the local industry stands. Sachindra Samararatne , program manager of Industry development Program at ICTA explained where opportunities remain and the current place of Sri Lanka by looking from a global perspective.
A question was raised to the panel about how to create a tech savvy population within the country on which Sachindra’s reply was to equip each individual with the right tool and make use of it.
With the participation of several CEO’s,country heads and Directors BPM Conference took place at
EOE Pereira Theatre at the University of Peradeniya. Engineering Management, Management and Arts graduates/undergraduates of state universities took part in this conference. The speakers contributed a wealth of knowledge about the Sri Lankan BPM industry and global trends. the workshop will exposed undergraduates to the core of Sri Lanka’s BPM industry, and provided them the opportunity to identify the required skills and expertise to be employable in the BPM sector.
ICTA as the national partner supported the IT conference which held at EOE Pereira Theatre at the Faculty of Engineering in University of Peradeniya on 12th June 2016.
Focused group for the event was IT/Computer science undergraduates who represented different universities and the featuring speakers were as follows.
MillenniumIT CEO Mack Gill, Microsoft Sri Lanka Country Manager/Managing Director Brian Kealey, IBM Sri Lanka Chief Executive Officer/Country General Manager Chrishan Fernando, WSO2 Founder, Chairman and CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana, Zone24x7 CEO and Founder Lavan Fernando, CodeGen CEO and Chief System Architect Harsha Subasinghe, WSO2 Vice President – Research Srinath Perera, ICTA CEO Muhunthan Canagey, Intel EM Ltd. Country Manager Indika De Zoysa, Madu Ratnayake EVP/GM, Sri Lanka Centre Head and Global Head of Digital, Virtusa and IFS Sri Lanka President/CEO Jayantha De Silva.
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.
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.
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.
Startups having discussions at the exhibition booths (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)
Startups having discussions at the exhibition booths (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)
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.
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.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore H.E. Mr. Nimal Weeraratne speaking at the event (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)
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.
Bash – Co Working space at Block 79 (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)
Bash – Co Working space at Block 79 (Pic by Ahamed Nishadh)
Games Solution Center at Block 71 (Pic by Sachindra Samararatne)
NUS Enterprise Incubator / Co-working Space at Block 71 (Pic Sachindra
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.
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.”
Seedstars Colombo is the Sri Lankan round of Seedstars World. Seedstars World is a global startup competition for fast-growing start-up scene.
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.
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.
Published in the Daily News, Dinamina & Thinakaran on 30th June, 2016
Deadline for submission of proposals 1500 hrs on July 14, 2016