Lanka Government Network (LGN) 1.0

Lanka Government Network (LGN)

The ‘Lanka Government Network’ (LGN) is the government owned private network which is highly available, secure and reliable underlying information infrastructure backbone that aims to connect all the government organizations of Government of Sri Lanka in a cost-effective and secure manner.

The project was implemented in 3 main stages as follows,
Stage I: Provided LGN facilities to 325 government organizations across 13 districts in year 2007-2010)
Stage II: Provided LGN facilities to additional 151 government organizations across 7 districts in year 2010-2012.
Stage III: Provied LGN facilities to additional 74 government organizations across remaining 5 districts in year 2014.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network (LGN) is the underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • Provide basic computer equipments necessary to support the operations and connectivity
  • Provide network connectivity (LAN) within the organization
  • Provide inter-connectivity (512Kbps WAN) to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed email access (with web based email access) to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed Internet access to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed trusted secure connection to authorized government agencies
  • Provide centrally managed IP based G2G voice services facility to GoSL organizations

USD 22 Million project

Connectivity and LGN facilities provided to total of 551 government organizations:

  • 48 Ministries
  • 60 Departments
  • 22 Statutory bodies
  • 25 Distrct secretariats
  • 331 Divisional secretariats
  • 9 Provincial chief secretariat offices
  • 36 Provincial ministries
  • 18 Provincial departments

Government web Development and Government Internet Data Center (GIDC)

Government web Development and Government Internet Data Center (GIDC)

Public sector of Sri Lanka is yet to harness the potential of Internet to provide their information and services due to few reasons such as
1. Low penetration of Internet which results in
a) Ignorance of the capabilities of websites to disseminate the information and provide services to their clients
b) Lack of recipients for web based information and services
2. Lack of in-house know-how on web related issues
3. Lack of technical and financial assistance related to web activities such as web development and hosting

Reengineering Government Programme has launched many projects to address above issues. For example LakGovNet project would increase the Internet penetration in the public sector immensely while Government ICT Training project would equip around 10,000 government officers with ICT knowledge and skills in the near future.

In parallel to above initiatives Re-Gov programme has taken two major steps to increase the government web presence.
(A). Government Web Development Project which provides necessary assistance for constructing the websites or revamping the existing websites of the government organizations.
(B). Government Internet Data Center (GIDC) which provides web hosting facilities for the government

Methodology

The approach of the Re-Gov programme is to select several web developers (through the tender process) and assign them with the development of websites for selected government organizations for developing websites.

The web developers will work with relevant government organizations under the supervision and guidance of Re-Gov Programme.

In order to facilitate common approach for government web development Re-Gov Programme has formulated 3 documents to guide the government organizations as well as web developers a set of web development guidelines for government.
1. Web development guidelines for government organizations
2. Government ICT standards – which set down the web development standards
3. Proposed structure for government websites – This outlines a general structure for government websites
All the organizations that are participated in this project to develop their websites will get the free web hosting facilities for three years, at the Government Internet Data Center

In Essence

(A) Government Web Development Project
The main objective of the project is to increase the Sri Lankan government web presence. This aims at encouraging the public organisation in dissemination of information and delivery of services through Internet by providing financial and technical assistant to construct public websites. This service is provided to government as a complete free service.

(B) GIDC is the government owned Internet Data Center where all government organizations can host their websites and web services free of charge. GIDC consists of all required components of an Internet data center such as security, payment gateways etc. but at the first stage GIDC is only providing web hosting space for the government organizations.

Organization Type No of websites
Ministries 20
Departments 37
Authority 07
Boards 04
Bureaus 03
Commissions 05
Corporations 03
Councils 01
Foundations 01
Institutes 14
Institutes 14
Institutes 14
Secretariats 2
Organization under provincial Councils 44
Divisional Secretariats 331
District Secretariats 25

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe)

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe)

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe) is a set of open standards to ensure the interoperability in government information systems. Interoperability enables diverse information systems from various organizations to seamlessly work toget

In Essence

  • Define Data and Process standards for each information domain
  • Make sure all information systems in Government adhere to LIFe
  • Ensure Government systems can easily communicate with each-other for form an ‘Integrated Government’
  • 5 Information domains are already covered (Personal, Land, Vehicle, Tax Collection (Inland Revenue) and Foreign Funded Project Coordination)
  • Process Standard on ‘Single Window for Export’ is defined
  • 5 Domains each to be covered in next 02 years

eSLIMS – State Land Information Management System

eSLIMS – eState Land Information Management System

 

Background

Land has an asset value and the Provincial Land Commissioner’s Department – Western Province (WP-LDC) and the Department of Land Commissioner General are responsible for managing government lands within the Western Province.
WP-LDC is the key organization involved in state land disposal in WP. It is vested with the responsibility of managing government lands in the Western Province governed by regulations under Crown Land Ordinance, Land Development Ordinance and Land Grant Special Provision Act, Land Redemption Ordinance and Western Province Land Development Statute.
The issuing of land permits, land grants and releasing lands on long term lease are the main functions which are performed by the department. There are several organizations involved in the process of releasing a land i.e. Divisional Secretariat, District Secretariat, Western Province Land Ministry and Ministry of Land and Land Development, Department of Land Commissioner General’s and Presidential Secretariat.

In Essence

This project intended to develop a more citizen friendly and efficient and effective for state land disposal process. Hence this project intends,

  • To develop a solution which captures the entire process of land disposal at Divisional Secretariats, Provincial Departments, Central Government Department, Ministry and the Presidential Secretariat
  • To allow online application service for government lands based on different purposes
  • To provide status details of land release applications to applicants.
  • To provide details regarding government land related regulations and releasing processes.
  • To maintain up to date state land ledger with collection and overdue payments for alienated lands
  • To maintain all records in electronic formats in relation to of land alienation activities in textual any graphical format.
  • To maintain up-to-date details of state lands in Western Province

Successfully established eState Land Information & Management System in year 2013.

State Land Information and management system (eSlims) covered 256 Divisional Secretariats up to now. (Western, Central, Southern, North Western and North provinces are covered).

The existing process

The process of releasing a land is conducted manually at each organization and communicated by post to the next higher level in the workflow.
Key problems related to existing processes
•    Obtaining state land utilization information
Although there are many government organizations which are dealing with crown lands, there is no single location where the information with regard to government lands can be obtained.
•    Accurate information of land alienation transactions
Once transaction initiated on land alienation it travels across many government organizations until it is completed, information is available on current status of such transactions.
•    Obtaining information on un-alienated lands
Currently Department of Land Commissioner General, WP-DLC as well as Divisional Secretariats maintain paper files with regard to the land which have been alienated. However it is very difficult to obtain such information as those are in paper files.
•    Calculating and estimating the revenue income from state lands
Simply because the income is calculated and changed by through manual processes amount is also difficult to calculate and known.

 

The solution: State Land MIS solution

The following activities are considered as the scope of the State Land MIS solution that could be listed as macro level activities of the eSLIMS solution. They are,

1.    Land grants

Land grants are issued under regulations such as Land Development Ordinance, Crown Land Ordinance and Land Redemption Ordinance. The land grants are issued for those who received/have a land permit. The recipients can be categorized as low income groups, high income groups, farmers’ class, educated youths and Buddhist temples.
There are different types of grants which are issued under different regulations such as Free Grants, Middle Class Grants, Land Development Ordinance Grants and Special Grants. The initial request should be made through Divisional Secretariats. Land grants are issued for special projects, agriculture activities, residents and for the Buddhist temples.

2.    Land permits

The land permit is the initial document which is issued to the selected land applicants under the Land Development Ordinance and Western Province Land Development Statute. Applications are submitted through Divisional Secretariats and it should be approved by the provincial land ministry as per the decision of the provincial cabinet.

3.    Annual land permits

The annual permits are issued to people for the purpose of using short term agriculture activities and residential purpose under Crown Land Ordinance. The request should be submitted through Divisional Secretariat. The permits are issued for an annual fee which is part of the department income.

4.    Land release for departments

This is the process of releasing lands for government department and ministries under Crown Land Ordinance. The request should be made through Divisional Secretariat and the final approval is made by the land commissioner general of the central government Land Commissioner General’s Department. A releasing certificate is issued for the selected government organization.

5.    Long term leasing approval letter.

The long term leasing approval letter is issued under Crown Land Ordinance for a period of 30 years. The recipients are individuals or institutions for the purpose of residence, agriculture, industries, special projects and religions places. The application should be made through a Divisional Secretariat. Final approval is given by the provincial land ministry.

6.    Long term leasing agreements

The lease agreement is issued only after issuing the lease approval letter for a land recipient under Crow Land Ordinance. This is also one of the functions of releasing a land on long term lease. Lease rentals are collected as the income releasing lands for commercial activities.

7.    Vesting orders

Lands which are transferred for government organizations such as Local government Authorities and three armed forces by a vesting order are performed under this process. The approval is given by the H. E. the President.

8.    Yield tax permits

This is a process of collecting tax from lands which are released for the people on the basis of yield consumption. Yield income is collected from the lands issued to departments and auctioning yield of unreleased lands.

9.    Land Kachchary

Lands are released to the people through a Land Kachchary. It is a method of selecting land recipients by evaluating land applications. Selected applicants are issued a permit under Land Development Ordinance and grants under Special Grant Provision Act.

Outputs

  • State land information registry
  • Efficient and effective services for releasing lands
  • State land information sharing policy
  • Online services for land applicants

Outcomes

  • An accurate nationwide representation of the land statistics, analytics of the land information.
  • Greater efficiency and productivity in the process of providing services in the land related matters.
  • Evidence-based decision making in government, and the wider community through access to integrated services of the land domain.
  • Contribution to the doing business index

Objectives

The project intends to develop a more citizen friendly, efficient and effective process for state land disposal by:
a.    Developing a solution which captures the entire process of land disposal at Divisional Secretariats, Provincial Departments, Central Government Department, Ministry and the Presidential Secretariat
b.    Providing status updates on land release applications to applicants.
c.    Providing information on  government land related regulations and releasing processes.
d.    Maintaining all land alienation activity related records in electronic (textual and graphical) format.
e.    Maintaining up-to-date details of state lands in the Western Province
According to the system study conducted at the Land Commissioner Department of Western Province, the envisaged eSLIMS solution has to contribute for the main objectives as well as the supporting activities of the department. Therefore, the functionality of the eSLIMS solution is expected to cater for issuing lands on permits, grants, long term lease for departments and private parties, yield tax collection and vesting orders of the Land Commissioner Department of Western Province.

eSamurdhi

eSamurdhi

The eSamurdhi project is to be implemented by Re-Gov (with the assistance of Technology Team (TT) of ICTA) by adopting the Software Development Services Approach (SDSA). This approach requires defining the requirements of eSamurdhi in detail, carrying out a Research and Development (R&D) assignment to define the architecture, deciding on the suitable freely available software products that would cater for the stated functional requirements and finally developing the required software.

Re-Gov has completed the system study by deploying its human resources; however ICTA has decided to select software development service provider to develop independent but easily pluggable software component required for the eSamurdhi solution. The system study has identified nine (9) modules to be included in the envisaged eSamurdhi solution which is described under “Scope of work and outline of tasks to be carried out”.

Samurdhi is the main social welfare program implemented by the government and it is executed by two government organizations i.e. Samurdhi Commissioner General’s Department (SCGD), SASL. The SCGD has been given the mandate of identifying eligible beneficiaries and issue Samurdhi Stamps, by the Ministry of Nation’s Building Sri Lanka as a government department. The SASL is mainly responsible for empowering Samurdhi beneficiaries and low income earners. Therefore, SASL carries out number of development activities targeting to improve beneficiary income level, improve beneficiary savings habits and provide credit facilities for self employment projects. The SASL has been established under the Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka Act No. 30 of 1995 and managed by Financial Regulations of the GoSL.

The proposed e-Samurdhi Project mainly focuses on improving the functions and work processes of SASL. It is a centralized solution which covers National level Samurdhi activities and Local government level Samurdhi activities.

SASL is the owner and the primary stakeholder of the e-Samurdhi project. Other stakeholders are Samurdhi beneficiaries, SCDG and District and Divisional Secretariats. The Lanka Government Network (LGN) would be used as the backbone of the e-Samurdhi project. Therefore, this would one of major initiative via LGN to exploit the existing sophisticated network infrastructure for the benefit of citizen and the GoSL.

SASL is comprised of various functional divisions and units. Various activities are carried by those divisions and units at different levels. i.e. National level, District level, Divisional Secretariat level and Wasam level. The following diagram illustrates the organization structure and information flow of the SASL.

As shown in the above diagram the functions of the SASL have been extended to the local government level with different levels of authority. There are subsidiary organizations of SASL at local government level such as Samurdhi Banks, Maha Sangams and beneficiary organizations.

The main functions carried out by SASL are as follows;

a) Planning and Implementation
i. Preparation of divisional action plans
ii. Preparation of programs and measuring indicators
iii. Budgeting
iv. Project proposal handling
v. Project monitoring and evaluation

b) Management of Samurdhi Banks
i. Maintenance of ledgers relating to compulsory savings, loan transactions and Insurance premium collection
ii. Re-investment of bank funds in profitable sources

c) Beneficiary related activities
i. Capture and maintain beneficiaries’ information.
ii. Provide information relating to projects implemented for beneficiaries
iii. Provide assistance to market products of self employees

d) Administration and Human Resource related activities
iEmployee related records maintenance.
ii. Employee related activities such as training, promotion, transfers etc
iii. Administrative activities.
iv. Maintenance of fixed assets

In Essence

  • To establish an improved , effective , transparent and accountable ICT based solution in the SASL
  • To increase the productivity of activities relating to all parts of the SASL
  • Manage information of Samurdhi Beneficiaries
  • Undertake human resource activities
  • Better control over the financial activities

Online Revenue License Issuance

eRevenue License Phase II

 

The e-Revenue License (eRL) initiative is one of the key initiatives of ICTA which was launched in December, 2009 in Western Province. The eRL Solution was the first connected government service and it was also the first government transactional eService offered to the citizens.

The e-RL solution consists of a centralized web enabled system used by Divisional Secretariats (DS)s to issue license, and an online service (eService) which enables citizens to renew their licenses by themselves.

There are many stakeholder organizations which are connected with this system, such as the Provincial Departments of Motor Traffic, Department of Motor Traffic (DMT), Insurance companies, Emission testing companies, Banks and financial organizations etc., that provide connected services which are essential to the system.

In 2013, ICTA carried out enhancements to the eRL solution and developed it as a centralized solution. ICTA commenced rollout eRL Solution into other provinces in 2014. By now ICTA has successfully rolled out eRL solution in all provinces.

The eRL system holds the revenue license records for all the vehicles running in the country and the system is now running on its fullest capacity. The system runs on outdated technologies which was initiated on year 2009.

Due to this and the current work load, the system performance has become very low. And there is lack of data analytical and forecasting components in the existing eRL system. Furthermore, the stakeholder organizations have requested No of enhancement to the system to cater the vehicle owners in more efficient and effective manner.

Objectives

I. Re-Design and develop Phase II of the eRL solution integrating all relevant stakeholders.
II. Secured data sharing with other relevant organizations
III. Develop with more features especially with data analytics component and reporting.

In Essence

Current eRL solution was developed in year 2009, to implement a centralized revenue license issuance to allow issuing provincial license from any divisional secretariats. And also citizen have facility to renew the revenue license online by paying with credit card from anywhere and anytime. This solution was implemented, to having a centralized management and monitoring of revenue license issuance process and avoiding data duplication and manual data entering

Stakeholders

  • Provincial Departments of Motor Traffic
  • Department of Motor Traffic (DMT)
  • Insurance companies
  • Emission testing companies
  • Banks
  • Financial organizations

i.    Increased living standards of the citizens.
ii.    Improved efficiency and effectiveness within the government organizations.
iii.    Lower corruption in transactions due to availability of data electronically.
iv.    Improved decision making capacity of the strategic level managers to achieve higher productivity within government organizations.

ICTA in collaboration with other stakeholder organizations is the process of replicating the eRL system in other provinces. By now ICTA has rolled out the eRL solution into all provinces.

 

Province No of License Issued
Western 860,655
Southern 328,805
Sabaragamuwa 189,114
Central 220,480
North-Western 356,661
Uva 100,687
Northern 69,865
Eastern 179,373
North-Central 63,880

eServices

eServices

Sri Lanka has recorded a higher ICT literacy rate in comparison with the rest of the Asia pacific region. According to the statistics published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, the internet penetration in Sri Lanka is increasing at a rapid rate. Therefore it is expected that, in future, more people will use internet for fulfilling their daily needs. This is a trend prevalent in many developing countries. Therefore in consideration of this trend, many governments around the world are working on providing government services online, where the online services are provided in a citizen friendly manner while improving the internal efficiency of respective government organizations.

Under the mandate of the e-Sri Lanka initiative, ICTA has already implemented over 50 eServices offered by government organizations. These eServices are delivered to citizens via web and mobile and Government Information Center (GIC) channels. However the currently offered number of eServices has not been attractive enough for citizens and businesses to use online services, instead of visiting respective government organizations to obtain same services. Therefore there is a need to offer more key eServices which are important for citizens and business.

In Essence

In order to offer the total package of sub-services, which are required to complete online transactions, ICTA has developed all necessary components as part of the ‘Lanka Gate’ initiative. The key components of Lanka Gate includes, a) the Country Portal (www.srilanka.lk), which is the government online services delivery channel via internet, b) the Mobile Portal, which is the government mobile services delivery channel, c) Lanka Government Payment Service, which is a common payment service having internet payment gateways (IPG) and mobile payment gateways already integrated, and d) Government SMS service (GovSMS), which is the government SMS services delivery channel.

Government Organization # eService Service Type
Provincial Department of Motor Traffic (WP/SP/EP/NWP) 1 Revenue License Issuance Service Paying
2 Revenue License active/expiry status Information
Sri Lanka Police 3 Police Clearance Certificate status enquiry Information
Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka 4 Reservoirs Storage Details enquiry Information
Department of Examinations 5 Certificates and Copies Issuance Paying
National Water Supply & Drainage Board 6 Bill Payments Information /Paying
Sri Lanka Railways 7 Purchase of Tender Documents Paying
8 Train Schedule Enquiry Information
Sri Lanka Tea Board 9 Reasonable Price Enquiry Information
10 Elevational Average Price Enquiry Information
Merchant Shipping Division 11 Shipping Agent License Issuance /Renewal Paying
12 Container Operator License Issuance /Renewal Paying
13 Freight Forwarders and NVOCC License /Renewal Paying
14 Vessel Wise License Issuance Paying
15 Addition of Principals License Issuance Paying
Dept. of Government Factory 16 Purchase of Tender Documents Paying
Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) 17 Online purchase of vehicle information Paying
18 View Vehicle information Information
19 Viewing of ongoing vehicle registration number by vehicle category Information
Sri Lanka Postal Department 20 Postal code enquiry Information
Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affaires 21 LIFe Location Code information Information
Tea Small Holding Development Authority 22 Online Application Transactions
23 Application/Permit status enquiry Information
24 Request inspection or advisory services Information
25 Inform deposit of payments Information
Ceylon Fisheries Corporation 26 Daily Fish Prices Information
University Grant Commission (UGC) 27 University Admission results Information
Employee Trust Fund Board (ETF) 28 View ETF Member Balances Information
29 ETF Member management service for Employers Transaction
30 Claim Application Status Enquiry Information
Department of Examination 31 View Exam Results Information
Department of Wildlife Conservation 32 Reservation of Bungalows at Wildlife parks Payment
33 Bungalows Reservation Status Enquiry Information
Colombo Municipal Council 34 Property Tax (Rates) payments and balance enquiry Paying
35 Trade Tax (Taxes imposed for trades) payments and balance enquiry Paying
36 Payments for Tax on businesses (e.g. special businesses like Pawn shops) and balance enq. Paying
37 Market Rental (Rentals for market places) payments and balance enquiry Paying
38 House Rental payments and balance enquiry Paying
39 Shops and Boutiques Rental payments and balance enquiry Paying
40 Hawkers Rental (rentals for very small shops) payments and balance enquiry Paying
41 Balance Enquiry of Different Tax Types Information
Rubber Development Department 42 Rubber Auction Price Enquiry Information
Department of Police 43 Issuance of  Police Clearance Certificate Paying
44 Clearance Certificate Application Status Enquiry Information
Department of Commerce 45 Issuance of Certificate of Origin Payment
46 Check the Validity of Issued Certificate Information
Marine Environment Protection Authority 47 Advance Notification for Ships to Arrive to Sri Lanka Information
48 Submit Waste Disposal Requests Transaction
49 Submit Ballast Water Disposal Information Information

 

Government Information Center – 1919

Government Information Center – 1919

The Re-engineering Government (Re-Gov) Programme of ICTA has initiated a number of eServices and enabling projects to increase the efficiency of the citizen service and information delivery mechanism of the government. It is common knowledge that obtaining the correct and relevant information which is related to the citizen services provided by various government organizations is a difficult and unpleasant task. In order to address this situation, the Re-Gov Programme initiated the Government Information Centre (GIC) Project to provide such information in all 3 languages through a call centre.

In order to provide the same information given through the call centre over the web, a parallel project was initiated to design the GIC website
(www.gic.gov.lk).

The call centre which is operational on 14 hours x 7 days basis is highly utilized. On average it receives over 2,500 calls daily.

However, it became obvious that if the same information can be provided over the web, such information can be accessed by citizen 24 hours x 7 without any limitations. This idea gave the birth to GIC website www.gic.gov.lk which has already won 2 international awards.

Main features of GIC

Easy Access

  • One number to obtain all government information
  • One number regardless of the telecom network

High Availability

  • Open 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
  • Open 365 days a year
  • 30 lines open for incoming calls

Citizen Centric

  • Trilingual (Sinhala, Tamil, English) – select the preferred language
  • Call when citizens are free

Citizen Friendliness

  • Treat cordially, greet at the beginning and at the end of the call
  • Always address citizens respectfully ( “sir” and “madam’)
  • Be extremely polite, never argue, never talk back

Responsiveness

  • Provide info using a database – consistent responses
  • If the info is not available call back in 24 hours to obtain the information

In Essence

  • To organize and present the information in the GIC web in a citizen-friendly, intention-based manner.
  • To organize departmental services in a logical manner where it would easily respond to citizen inquiries.
  • This should also provide user friendly mechanisms for uploading information to the website by various government organizations.
  • Improve the collaborative nature of the website by providing information as RSS feeds which could be consumed by other online applications and websites.
  • Facilitate citizens with downloadable forms in relation to citizen services provided by government organizations.
  • To provide a facility for the citizens to make complain or grievance in relation to government services.
  • Facilitate directing complains to relevant government organizations and system should also facilitate maintaining feedbacks in relation to the complain number.
  • Provide the location information about key government service providers at the village level by consuming the web services/RSS feeds provided by various government organizations.
Organization Type No of websites
Ministries 20
Departments 37
Authority 07
Boards 04
Bureaus 03
Commissions 05
Corporations 03
Councils 01
Foundations 01
Institutes 14
Institutes 14

Tech Startup Support Program (Spiralation)

Tech Startup Support Program (Spiralation)

Tech Startup Support Program will provide various types of support for technology entrepreneurs, early stage technology related companies for developing their start-ups and for other programs that support and promote startups. The program includes but not limited to seed funding, trainings, networking sessions, business promotion opportunities locally and internationally, encouragement programs, hackathons, etc. The aim of Spiralation is to promote, encourage and support technology related entrepreneurship and innovation within Sri Lanka.

objectives

• To create awareness among students and undergraduates on innovation leading to entrepreneurship
• To facilitate engagement between private and public stakeholders in the startup ecosystem
• To support other initiatives which enable a conducive ecosystem for technology based companies

In Essence

The Startup accelerator program funded by the Government through ICTA which provides seed funding, training and market exposure to technology startups.

Partners

Industry Associations, Universities, Higher Education institutes, Schools
  • Ignited the Tech Startup culture in Sri Lanka
  • New businesses formed as a result of Hackathons eg. Audinary,
  • 230+ new jobs created
  • Increase in sales and revenue of startups
  • Startups with an overseas footprint
  • USD 30 million ecosystem with 250+ startups

Seed Funding

  • 5 rounds with 48 startups supported
  • Over 50 workshops held

Hackathons:

  • University of Peradeniya – 102 participants
  • World Conference on Youth, BMICH – 86 participants

Local Startup Conference
•    35 startups exhibited
•    55 investors participated in investor workshop
•    200+ attendees
•    40 speakers including 5 foreign speakers.

International events:

  • 8 startups participated at NASSCOM Emerge
  • 6 startups participated at 4YFN Barcelona, Spain
  • 10 startups participated at 4YFN 2016 in Barcelona, Spain
  • 10 startups participated at InnovFest unBound in Singapore
  • 8 startups participated at 4YFN 2017 in Barcelona, Spain

Disrupt Asia – Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference and Showcase

START-UP FUND

Seed Funding Program

Spiralation Seed Funding Support Program focuses on providing seed funding for technology entrepreneurs. Business enterprises forming new or in very early stages of development will be targeted (Small enterprises with less than 2 years in operation). The primary focus would be to encourage entrepreneurs to launch their business ideas in creating new products and/or services that would serve in creating new businesses, breech market gaps, assist new ICT related innovations etc. (*Conditions Apply)
The grant will subsidize infrastructure, training, business development mentoring including both technical and managerial competencies which are essential for the growth and sustainability of the company and all third-party costs.

Overseas and local business promotion

The need for market access is high among startups. Since startups very rarely are able to break into markets on their own, the ICT Agency through business promotion activities provide startups to showcase their products to the world. Startups are given affordable opportunities at various platforms and intern they gain customers by speaking to the top-level management directly rather than going through different channels.

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Overseas and Local Startup Conferences

The number of technology related start-ups in Sri Lanka have grown over the last several years. While a considerable number have succeeded, quite a number of start-ups have also failed due to several reasons. One of the major reasons for the failures of start-ups is not having the proper exposure and knowledge in running a startup and other business aspects. Under this program, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka will organize startup conferences with the aim of sharing knowledge through thought leaders to entrepreneurs and also provide support for startups to attend startup conferences internationally to gain much needed exposure and knowledge.

University visits

University visits and Hackathon’s will be carried out to promote entrepreneurship and identify budding entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. The cost will cover transportation, venue, refreshment, payments to experts, multimedia, tokens of appreciation and other stationary which will be required.

UNIVERSITY VISITS
EXPERT ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Expert Engagement Events

Experts who have specific domain knowledge will be engaged to address more technical and critical elements of a startup such as software patenting, information system and web security, API integration etc. ICTA will evaluate and engage with consultants to facilitate these sessions. The cost will cover venue, refreshment, payments to experts, multimedia and other stationary which will be required.

Training Workshops

Workshops will be organized on different subject matter which is essential to run a company such as marketing, accounting, legal and administrative, software architecture etc. The workshop will be designing in an interactive manner so that the companies can discuss their individual company issue and will be no longer than 5 hours. The cost will cover venue, refreshments, multimedia and stationary which will be required.

TRAINING WORKSHOPS
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ICTA Spiralation Hackathons

Hackathon’s and University visits will be carried out to promote entrepreneurship and identify budding entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.

Supporting startup initiatives and other organizations

Sri Lanka being a young ecosystem in the world, it is important that initiatives for startups and entrepreneurs are conducted in a manner that would help the startups. It is a well-known fact that many initiatives fail due to financial issues therefore, for startup initiatives that create an impact in the startup ecosystem, the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka would support the initiative by financially contributing upto 50% of the costs of the event. This is done with the intention that initiatives organized do not fail due to financial reasons.

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ICTA partners APICTA 2015

ICTA Sri Lanka making a token presentation as APICTA 2015 National partner (from left) FITIS Chairman Chinthaka Wijewickrama, APICTA 2015 Co- Chairman Abbas Kamrudeen, University of Colombo School of Computing Director Prof. Gihan Wickramanayake, APICTA 2015 Co-Chairman Ruwan Amarasekera, ICTA Chairperson Chitranganie Mubarak and ICTA CEO Muhunthan Canagey

The Federation of Information and Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Sri Lanka Section announce that the APICTA 2015 international awards ceremony, considered the ‘Oscars’ of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector in the Asia Pacific region, will be held in Sri Lanka this time.

APICTA, the largest ICT awards ceremony in the Asia Pacific region, will be held in Colombo from November 18-21 this year, with the participation of over 650 ICT innovators, experts, investors, traders and entrepreneurs from 16 member countries.

The National partner of APICTA 2015 is the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), the apex ICT institution of the government.

ICTA CEO Muhunthan Canagey said, “This is a great opportunity for Sri Lanka to position the country among the international community. We can promote our products and services and this enables us to showcase our talents to the world. APICTA also brings leading ICT firms and professionals under one roof and we can certainly look forward to new business opportunities, investments, joint ventures and technology transfers with APICTA 2015.”

APICTA Chairman Dr. Dileepa De Silva said, “This is a great opportunity for Sri Lanka to position the country among the international communities. We can promote our products and services and this enables us to showcase our talents to the world. APICTA also brings leading ICT firms and professionals to a single place and we can certainly look forward for new business opportunities, investments, joint ventures and technology transfers with APICTA 2015”
The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) is an international awards programme organised by APICTA, which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) is an alliance of national ICT organisations representing their respective countries to build and enhance a mutually cooperative network to promote ICT, enhance technology innovations, capability and adoption and encourage the development of indigenous ICT solutions for the global market. Sixteen countries in the Asia Pacific region have been members of this regional alliance, including countries with developed and established economies like Australia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, etc.

By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, this awards programme is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer and offer business matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

Apart from the APICTA Awards, the other main parallel event is the APICTA 2015 Business Forum, which will create a common platform for investors, traders and the business community to benchmark their innovations, explore possible business partnerships and investments, explore import and export market entry points and share innovative ICT solutions for business etc. A business lounge will be operated during this event and would consist of a breakfast meeting with the Japanese delegation, a panel discussion and one-to-one business match-making lounge.

Parallel to the Business Forum, a Student Knowledge Sharing Forum will also be conducted. This is expected to contribute towards the skills and knowledge upgrading of youth in tertiary and secondary education for both Sri Lankan as well as foreign students visiting Sri Lanka to attend the APICTA 2015 competition.

The events calendar for the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2015 competition are as follows, November 18-20 – APICTA 2015 Awards ceremony, November 21 – APICTA 2015 Business Forum, November 20 – APICTA 2015 Students Forum and November 20-22 – Infotel – 2015 Exhibition.