The Young Computer Scientists (YCS) awards 2008 held recently brought together some of the brightest young minds in ICT in Sri Lanka. Among the winning entries this year were: a simple wireless device that allows the user to control a computer and its applications, a word processing and Web page editor software programme and an information system on countries, the organisers said in a press release. The awards aim to expose the computing talents of school children at early stages and encourage them to develop their talents and earn recognition for their innovations.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Nayane Gunawardena, President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Software Industry (SLASI) which organized the event said most YCS competitors had understood that it is not just about building systems, but the real challenge is building ICT systems that meet the expectations of the stakeholder. The awards which are organized annually by SLASI in association with the University of Colombo are endorsed by the Ministry of Education and the Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka.