In order to create interest among students in the fields of programming, technology, robotics etc various competitions are organsied. There is no participation fees so it does not cost you financially to take part. Following are among some of them.

nbqsa-logoNational Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA formerly National Best Quality Software Awards) organised by the BCS the Chartered Institute for IT – Sri Lanka section is held annually for Tertiarary Student Projects since 2003. This Award is presented to the most innovative ICT software and/or hardware project from students of Institutions of Higher Learning. Any ICT project that is conducted by a student or a group of students who are formally enrolled in an institution of higher-learning, such as college or university, excluding Master and Doctorate programs can take part at NBQSA. Evaluation is conducted in stages, where first round is usually held at the applicant’s university and the final round held centrally, mostly at UCSC. Top three student projects are recognised as Gold, Silver and Bronze and are nominated and funded partially or fully to take part at APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards). Most of the final round applicants receive awards (i.e. at least Merit Award). Following are past winners from University of Colombo.

2006 Tertiary: Nuwan Senaratna, “Automatic Music Composition using a Tree of Emergeul System”.
2010 Education & Training Category: Vidusayura -A Virtual Learning and Training Environment for Maritime Education by staff
2013 Overall Award – “SIYARA” Harbour VTMS (New dimension in Port Traffic management) by staff
2013 Research & Development Category: SIYARA – Harbour VTMS (New dimension in Port Traffic management) by staff
2013 Tertiary (Business): Roshan Rajapakse, A.K. Madugalla, P.I.U. Amarasinghe & V.H. Padmathilake, “FaceID: A Facial Muscle Anatomy Based Solution For Forensic Facial Reconstruction in Sri Lanka”.
2014 Tertiary (Business): Praneeth Nilanga Peiris; Milan Harindu Perera; Milindu Sanoj Kumarage; Dhanushka Chandana of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “ – Public Complaining System”
2015 e-Health: University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and Monash University Malaysia – Run Tropica: An active video game based virtual rehabilitation system for children with brain injuries”  by staff
2008 Tertiary: M.R.A.P.P Wijesekara, “COMONet: Community mobile network”.
2010 Healthcare Applications Category: Vidusuwa -A Patient-centric Telemedicine Solution by staff
2012 Tertiary: Dinuni Fernando, Chandima Fernando, C. Pankajan, Sahan Udana, Dilini Asanga, Samitha Udalagama, Lumini Sahabandu and Lasantha Samarakoon, “TrafficMate”.
2012 Research & Development Category: Field Artillery Simulation System (FASS) by staff with Centre for Research and Development (CRD) under Ministry of Defence
2018 Tertiary Student Project (Business): An ICT based Solution for Virtual Garment Fitting for Online Market Place by Hashini Gunatilake, Dulaji Hidellaarachchi and Sandra Perera
2003 Tertiary: Ms. Jayani P. Karunaratne, “Open Source text-to-speech for Sinhala”.
2004 Tertiary: Prabath Gunawardane, “Semi Immersive Virtual Environment”.
2006 Tertiary: Ms. Seshika Fernando, “Trusted Cheque Protocol”.
2008 Tertiary: Ms. T. Priyadharshani, “Web media agent”.
2010 Overall Award – Vidusayura -A Virtual Learning and Training Environment for Maritime Education by Staff
2010 Education & Training Category: SCORM Based Online Assessment Objects for Computing Skill Evaluation byStaff of the UCSC
2013 Tertiary (Technology): Y.M Kalindu Priyadarshana, “Sensing Environment Through Mobile : A Personalized Wearable Obstacle Detection System for Visually Impaired”.
2014 Tertiary (Business): Ganesh Weerathunga Wakista; Sachie Jayodya Abhayarathne; Gihan Timantha Mendis of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “Alco tracker: Recognizing Level of alcohol intoxication in Sri Lankans through changes in suprasegmental effects and reaction time”
2014 University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “Railway Train Traffic Optimization by Staff
2015 Tertiary (Business): of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “Effective Utilization of Nitrogen Fertilizer in Paddy Cultivation”
2015 Tertiary (Technology): W.O.K.A.S. Wijesinghe of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for Autogenous Diabetic Retinopathy Censor for Ophthalmologists ‘AKSHI’
2015 Education & Training: University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and CRD Ministry of Defence for K-8 Flight Simulator  by staff
2017 Postgraduate Student project: The project “Improving Performances of Statistical Machine Translation between Sinhala-Tamil Language pair
2003 Tertiary: Sanjika Hewavitharana, “Sinhala Handwriting Recognition”.
2003 Tertiary: Anura Indika Athukorala, “ Tiny Internet Interface (TINI) – Electricity Power Monitoring System”.
2003 Tertiary: W.G.Dulan M. Wathugala, “Sinhala Finger Spelling Interpretation – Talking Hands”.
2003 Tertiary: D. Navinda D. Kottege, “Virtual Robot Arm Control Model”, Physics & BIT.
2004 Tertiary: Umesha Lakmal Perera, “Sinhala Text to Sign Language Translator”.
2004 Tertiary: Tyronne Silva, “Speaker Search for Multimedia Data Objects”.
2004 Tertiary: Prabhath Deepal Hasantha Attidiya, “Student Registration & Examination”- Post Graduate.
2005 Tertiary: Deva Prabha Siri Kularathna, “A Mobile ECG Monitoring System”.
2005 Tertiary: S. Sivaparan, “An SMS Email Reader”.
2006 Tertiary: Isuruwan Herath, “Fuzzy Rule Based Intelligent Traffic Control System”.
2007 Tertiary: V. Anushan, “Distributed Network Address Translation”.
2010 Tertiary: Kasun Tharaka, “Nivarana -Transforming Information to action in Communicable Disease Surveillance”.
2010 Research & Development Category: eNOSHA, a Free Open Source Learning Object repository by Staff of e-Learning Centre
2012 Tertiary: R.M. Gihan B. Wijerathne, “OWPS – Open Wave Propagation Simulator”.
2013 Research & Development Category: Content Based Audio Music Monitoring Approach for Singhala Songs by Staff
2013 Tertiary (Technology): Shyama Chandani, Dawpadee Kiriella, Kavindu Ranasinghe, “Swaraloka (Adaptive Music Score Trainer for Visually Impaired in Sri Lanka)”
2013 Tertiary (Business): Nadira Tharanga Perera, Manori Madubhashini Wijesooriya, Induni Shyamika Wijerathne, “ICT Based Education for Students with Special Educational Needs”
2013 Tertiary (Business): Suranga D. W. Gunawardhane, Pasan M. De Silva, Dayan S.B. Kulathunga, “Non Invasive Human Stress Detection Using Key Stroke Dynamics and Pattern Variations”
2014 Tertiary (Technology): Yasasri Sampath of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “Obstacle Classification through Acoustic Echolocation”
2014 Tertiary (Technology): T.S.R. Peiris; R.A. Amarasinghe; L.K. Sivaganeshan; T.L. Senavirathna; G.M. Priyankara of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “Sens”
2014 Tertiary (Business): University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for “Sasthara”
2014 University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) for TikiriDB by Staff
Special Recognition
2011 Tertiary: H P D Jayathilaka, N Kularathne and E A D I Embuldeniya, “Business Cloud for SMEs”.

apicta_logo_0The Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) provide networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region. The program 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. APICTA is hosted by one of the member countries. APICTA recognise the Winner of each category. Merit awards are sometimes awarded. Sri Lanka has participated in APCITA since 2003. First APICTA was held in 2001. Winners of NBQSA are nominated to participate at APICTA. Following are past winners/participants from University of Colombo.

2006 Nuwan Senaratna, “Automatic Music Composition using a Tree of Emergeul System”, held in Macau.
2008 M.R.A.P.P Wijesekara, “COMONet: Community mobile network”, held in Jakarta Indonesia.
2010 Vidusayura an e-Learning product by Staff of the UCSC, held in Malaysia.
2013 Y.M Kalindu Priyadarshana, “Sensing Environment Through Mobile : A Personalized Wearable Obstacle Detection System for Visually Impaired” held in Hong Kong.
2015 W.O.K.A.S. Wijesinghe – Autogenous Diabetic Retinopathy Censor for Ophthalmologists – “AKSHI” held in Sri Lanka

IC09_CorporateLogo_standardImagine Cup is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corp. which brings together young technologists worldwide to help resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Imagine Cup has several categories, such as Software Design, Embedded Development, Web Development, Project Hoshimi, IT Challenge, Algorithm, Photography, Short Film, Interface Design.  Winner of the local country event participate at the international event. 2013 local event finals will be held at UCSC. Following are past participants from University of Colombo.

WINNER – Games category
2014 Buddhi Senarathne, Manidu Wijewickrama, Praveen Samarakone and Sandaruwan Gunasinghe: Fat and Thin Studios “Bird Academy”.
2015 Second runners-up –  the OOPS Creators, representing the University of Colombo School of Computing
WINNER – Software Design
2010 Gayan Garusinghe, Sudam Liyanage, Chanaka Upendra and Hasini Adhikari.
2007 Jayanath Galahitigama, Tharaka Jayasekara, Ishara Perera and Isura Sandaruwan.
1st RUNNERS-UP – World Citizenship category
2014 Yasith Kanchana Lokuge (Team Leader), Prashan Madumal, Tharindu Kumara, Deshan Ranasinghe: Techsurge “Navisys”.
2nd RUNNERS-UP – Innovation category
2014 We_Cobraz “V-Detector”.

IEEEXtreme_0IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE student members – supported by an IEEE Student Branch, advised and proctored by an IEEE member – compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.

UCSC students first took part at this competition in 2011 (IEEEXtreme 5.0). It was a learning process for them where the top team was placed 39th in the country, 77 in the R10 region and 216 world wide. All together 13 teams competed part from UCSC. Subsequent years we saw increased interest among the students. 2014 (IEEEXtreme 8.0) saw 2,250 teams worldwide from 71 countries.

Year Country Rank R10 Rank World Rank Teams (Students)
2011 39 77 216 13
2012 30 56 207 35 (105)
2013 17 55 185 77
2014 07 29 109 86 (280)
2015 06 49 145 83

GSoC2012_0Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers ages 18 and older stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period. 2011 was the first instance of participation. One student successully completed the 2012 event.

Two students, namely: Milindu Sanoj Kumarage (2nd Year) and P. A. Ayantha Randika (2nd Year) successfully completed the GSoC 2014.

e-SwabhimaniThe e-Swabhimani is an initiative of the Information Communication technology agency of Sri Lanka aimed at recognizing excellence in digital content creation. It is expected that this national award would stimulate a greater interest in the development of a wide range of content and services that would serve the needs of society. The e-Swabhimani was launched in 2009. The e-Swabhimani Award process is being conducted along the lines of the World Summit Award and has input from the Digital Empowerment Foundation if India as the Knowledge Partner to ensure that the jury process conforms to international standards. The award is a stepping stone to other regional and international awards with all short listed submissions being nominated to the Manthan Award South Asia.


  • 2010 e-Health category: produced by 4th year ICT student Asanga Wickramasinghe together with the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lankain under the supervision of Dr. Risintha Premaratne, Consultant Epidemiologist of the Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health & Dr. Shiromi Arunatilake.
  • 2010 e-Inclusion category: Project by Staff of the Language Technology Research Laboratory of the UCSC.
  • 2012 e-Science and Technology category: Facial Muscle Anatomy based approach for Forensic Facial Reconstruction in Sri Lanka a standardalone system in English produced by 4th year ICT students of the UCSC, namely: Roshan Rajapakse, A.K. Madugalla, P.I.U. Amarasinghe & V.H. Padmathilake together with the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Sri Jayewardenepura under the supervision of Dr. A.T. Dharmaratne & Mr. K.D. Sandaruwan.
  • 2012 e-Science and Technology category: Field Artillery Simulation System (FASS) a standardalone system in English produced by Staff together with the Centre for Research and Development, Ministry of Defense, School of Artillery.
  • 2014 e-Science and Technology category: ‘Siyara’ Harbour Vessel Traffic Management System produced by Staff
  • 2014 e-Inclusion and Participation category for Swaraloka produced by 4th year ICT students of the UCSC, namely: Shyama Chandani, Dawpadee Kiriella, Kavindu Ranasinghe under the supervision of Dr. K.L. Jayaratne.
  • 2016 UCSC Won three awards in three categories e Content, Inclusion & Empowerment and e Culture & Tourismat e-Swabhimani Awards 2016 organized by the ICTA on 31st October 2016.

Special Merit

  • 2010 e-learning and Education category: Shikshaka project by the staff of the Language Technology Research Laboratory of the UCSC.
  • 2014 e-Government and institutions category for Title Registration System produced by Software Deveopment Unit of the UCSC.

Certificate of Appreciation

  • 2010 e-learning and Education category: VLE Open Learning project by the staff of the e-Learning Centre.
  • 2012 eLearning and Education category: ICT based Education for students with Special Educational needs an offline system in Sinhala produced by 4th year ICT students of the UCSC, namely: M.D. Nadira Tharanga Perera, T.G. Induni Shamika, Dilrukshi Wijeratne  and D.P. Manori Madhubhashini Wijesooriya under the supervision of Dr. A.T. Dharmaratne & Dr. A.R. Weerasinghe.
  • 2012 e-Entertainment and Games category: Saasthara a Facebook apps in Sinhala produced by 2nd year students of the UCSC, namely: K.H. Madusha Kumarasiri & S.M.D.R. Subasinghe.
ManthanThe Manthan Awards are granted for projects that aim at raising the standard of life of people,especially the rural masses by the use of Information and Communication Technology. The Award is an initiative of the Digital Empowerment Foundation with strategic support from the Department of Information Technology, Government of India and the World Summit Award Austria. With effect from 2008 the Manthan Award was extended to other countries in the region and is now the Manthan Award South Asia.
The Award recognizes the best e-Content for Development and this year applications were invited from e-Content innovators, practitioners and creators across South Asian Countries. Individual participants, organizations as well as individuals seconding nominations for grassroots practitioners from countries in the region were also invited to apply. The requirement was that they be engaged in pioneering work in developing, creating and disseminating digital content, be it online or offline, for grassroots empowerment and development in daily life.The theme of this year’s Manthan Awards was the use of electronic media content for Development in South East Asia. This year greater emphasis was laid on projects that apply information communication technology to raise the standard of life rural people. Sri Lanka participants are nominated by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) from among the e-Swabhimani winners.


  • 2009 e-Health category: Vidusuwa – A Patient Centric e-Health Solution for a Developing Country by Staff
  • 2014 – E-Inclusion & Accessibilty – Swaraloka: Adaptive Music Score Trainer for Visually Impaired in Sri Lanka by Staff
  • 2014 – E-Science & Technology – “SIYARA” Harbour VTMS (New dimension in Port Traffic management) by Staff
  • 2015 e-Entertainment & Games – by Staff
  • 2015 E-Health – Run Tropica by Staff


  • 2010 e-Culture & Heritage category: Shikshaka: A Framework for Bridging the Language Gap  produced by the staff of the Language Technology Research Laboratory of the UCSC.
mbillionthThe mBillionth Award is a dedicated platform to explore the latent potential of mobile & telecom sector across 8 countries in South Asia.


  • 2014 m-Education & Learning category: Sipsala – Sipsala is an e mobile (Windows Phone 8.1) educational application for primary and secondary school children in Sri Lanka. It contains text books from all the subjects they learn at the school in grade one to eleven. The most remarkable feature of this mobile application is, it supports all three main languages in Sri Lanka, Sinhala, English and Tamil. Sipsala is an offline mobile application so students in the rural areas also can use this without an internet connection. User Interfaces are designed considering colour psychology and best for an educational application by Yasith Lokuge

wsaThe World Summit Award (WSA) is a global activity to select and promote the world’s best e-Content and most innovative ICT applications. It offers a worldwide platform for all who value the creative use of ICTs and who are committed to making today’s information society more inclusive. The World Summit Award Mobile first took placed in 2010 to honour excellence in m-Content and innovative application creation. The Grand Jury selects 40 winners of the eight WSA-mobile categories. WSA was started as an initiative by the Republic of Austria as a contribution to the United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS)  and is  organised by the International Center for New Media (ICNM) in Salzburg.



Motorola-SolutionsThis competition is held since in 2010 and is organized by SLASSCOM and Motorola Solutions. It involves training programmes conducted by the staff of the Motorola Solutions and runs over a period of 6-7 months. Competition focus on building human resource capacity in Mobile Technologies; develop entrepreneurial skills; and promote innovation among students by exposing their innovative and creative skills.

  • 2013 – 1st Runners-up for Automated Guided Wheelchair by Yasith Lokuge, Prashan Madumal, Tharindu Kumara & N. Ranasinghe

The Hackathon competition is held over 1-2 days where students develop a piece of working software using technologies.

Kavitha TalentThis competition was introduced in 2012 for undergraduates studying at all the state universities and Advanced Technological Institutes which are under the purview of Ministry of Higher Education. It promotes creative artistic talents by giving opportunities for the educated generation to develop, present and display their numerous artistic talents.

  • 2012/13 – 3rd Place Mr. Harsha Dilshan Perera (2010/ICT/032) – Electronic Media – Creative Television Broadcaster of The Year
  • 2013 – Silver Award won by P. A. Ayantha Randika, Milindu Sanoj Kumarage, L. A. R. H. Perera, Anuradha Edirisuriya and K. K. T. P. Ranathung for LocTip.
  • 2014 – Gold Award won by Praneeth Nilanga Peiris, Madura Anushanga Shelton, Harindu Perera and Shanika Udeshini for Falcon.
  • 2017 – Bronze Award (Tertiary category) of SLIIT-CODEFEST “Net Com” Padcet Tracer Contest won by UCSC students (especially 4th year).

zdfdsTeam WhileLoop on being awarded as the Champions of the Janashakthi Full Option Appathon Challenge 2016

  • 2017 – NSF Technology Award of Excellence was won by the project “COPY Sayura : The three dimensional coastal surveillance system” on 31-January-2017. The Members were Prof. N.D.Kodikara (Grant Coordinator), Prof. S.R.D. Rosa, Dr. Chamath Keppetiyagama, Dr. K.D. Sandaruwan and Rear Admiral K.R. Senadeera (Rtd).
  • 2018 – “Face ID: Computer Based Forensic Facial Recognition using 3D Graphics” project conducted by UCSC won “Technology Award of Excellence” awarded by National Science Foundation under the “Support for Technology Development” grant Scheme on 25th of July 2018. The Members were Dr. A.T.Darmaratne, Dr. K.D. Sandaruwan, Dr. D.D. Karunaratne, and Prof. M. Vidanapathirana from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura.
  • 2018 – Two research projects were able to achieved the wining positions at Commonwealth digital award (USA). One project was supervised by Dr. Thushani Weerasinghe and the other one was supervised by Dr. K. L. Jayarathne and Dr. M. I. E. Wickramasignhe . They have won the positions of the 1st runner up and the 1st place in the competition of Common wealth digital award in 2018 respectively.