SLIIT, the nation’s premier degree awarding institute, received two awards at the recently concluded National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA) 2017, a competition curated to showcase and benchmark Sri Lankan ICT products.
Cementing its status as a world class degree awarding institute,two teams from SLIIT,clinched the Gold and Bronze award in the tertiary category. Project ‘Lighthouse Smart E-learning platform’received the Gold award, while project ‘Retail Magnet’ received the bronze award.
Congratulating the students on their exceptional performance, CEO and Vice Chancellor of SLIIT, Professor Lalith Gamage commented, “The awards won at NBQSA, portray the high quality of our courses, staff and knowledge imparted to our final year students. Our strength as a premier higher education institute stems from its people, culture and reputation”.
The Gold award was won by RajikaAbeyrathne, IsuruSarathchandra, TharakaHewavitharana and Madushika Perera; the project was supervised by Dr. MalithaWijesundara.
‘Lighthouse Smart E-learning platform’, which received the gold award, is a research and development project which was initiated under the SLIIT undergrad research module (CDAP). The main objective of this project was to address the major drawbacks in current e-learning systems. From the designing to implementation, the team followed a systematic methodology to discuss new ideas and features which are a crucial part for the success of this project.
Commenting on the win, RajikaAbeyrathne said, “As undergraduate students winning the old award at NBQSA was a great experience and a great addition to our professional careers. We enjoyed working on this project as it was interesting and futuristic”.
The team which clinched the bronze award comprised of 04 SLIIT final year undergraduate students; W.A.S.S.Weerakkody, R.W.B.Samarasinghe, F.U.Z.Musaffer and T.K.S.A.Sumathipala. The project was supervised by Dr. Pradeep Abeygunawardana.
Explaining the project W.A.S.S.Weerakkody noted, “Retail Magnet is a product which was built to observe the shopping patterns of individuals to maximize the retail traffic using proximity based locationing. With the information gathered a retailer or a shop owner within the mall premises gets the ability to observe statistical analytics on the advertisement campaigns they have launched. Customers within the mall premise are shown advertisements which are relevant to their interests and behaviors. Analyzing these behavioral pattern in order to suggest user specific advertisements is the core of the project”.
The ultimate goal of upbringing a smart shopping complex with relevance to Internet of Things (IoT), benefits not only the shop owners but also the window shoppers. The retail magnet serves as a magnetizing force which pulls customers to the stores.In addition to clinching the Bronze award at NBQSA 2017, this team also won the Bronze award at CODEFEST 2017 in the Tertiary IoT applications development category.
The annual NBQSA presents a unique platform especially for students to display and benchmark their ICT talents to the business community. Since 2005, the teams representing SLIIT have earned awards at NBQSA.