Author: Raguparan Karthigesan

The Fifth General Meeting of North East Federation of Chamber of ICT

The Fifth General Meeting of  North East Federation of Chamber of ICT was held on 23rd of November 2019 in RDS Hall, Kurumankaadu, Vavuniya. The meeting started with the Welcome Speech from Mr. Sinnappu Subassingam, District Director of NEFCICT Vavuniya who was the host of this meeting. After that The Chairman, Mr Sharanyan Sharma explained his idea as well as the vision of the Federation ie. Helping and paving way for others as well to come forward requested the Vice Chairman Mr. Raguparan to chair the meeting.The Fifth General Meeting of North East Federation of Chamber of ICT 1

As per the agenda, the previous meeting minutes were read out and approved by the members. Following that the Assistant Treasurer Mr. Mayuran presented the Finance review of the NEFCICT Accounts and explained the members on the necessity of some fundraising campaigns as well as organizing some profitable projects. The finance review was approved by the members and we followed to the next item on the agenda.

District Directors presented their Future plans and the projects that they are planning to do and urged the board to give them the necessary support they needed.The Fifth General Meeting of North East Federation of Chamber of ICT 2

And we moved on to the Chairman’s Address. During the Chairman’s Speech he thanked the event host and the team of Vavuniya Chapter. He welcomed the new Eds and give a brief introduction about the NEFCICT. The Fifth General Meeting of North East Federation of Chamber of ICT 3He explained about the purpose of this federation and community well-being. Further, he explained the apex body collaborations, professionalism of members, opportunities we got from them and the height we’ve reached.

After that the New Executive Directors were introduced to the Board by their respective District Directors.The Fifth General Meeting of North East Federation of Chamber of ICT 4

Following the Fellowship lunch, IDs and membership confirmation letters were issued to the board and the members

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Representing NEFCICT at The Inaugural Launch of Startup SL

Meeting with the Minister

Start-Up Sri Lanka is an initiative by the Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology whose mission is to transform Sri Lanka through technology and entrepreneurship. They are working to support the tech community and accelerate the growth of Sri Lankan Start-Ups and freelancers.

This initiative was officially launched on the 14th of October 2019 at BMICH Lavender Hall by Hon Min Ajith P Perera, Minister of Digital Infrastructure and ICT at 2pm. Many Government officials including the Secretary and additional Secretary of the Ministry and entrepreneurs as well as a few Startup freelancers were present at the event.

NEFCICT was given an invitation to the Launch of the initiative as NEFCICT have been recognized addressing the mission of the initiative in the North and East in a well progressing and effective manner. The Federation was also given a face to face appointment with the Hon. Minister to discuss about the federation and to officially give an introduction. During which time a discussion about a few hindrances faced from the government sector in successfully achieving few project goals were discussed, and Hon. Minister advised his Secretaries to handle it and help the Federation in achieving the goals.

Also the Hon. Minister and his Secretaries congratulated NEFCICT on the efforts to empower North and East in regards to ICT and Technology after the Cruel War and devastation the North and East communities underwent for the last 3 decades. Also the minister promised to consider NEFCICT first when it comes to any Ministry/ Government related projects or initiatives to be launched in North and East. This was a very short but productive meeting/discussion with the Hon Minister and this would definitely help NEFCICT in its future endeavors.

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A Workshop on “Basic requirements to set up Business Ventures’’

A Workshop on “Basic requirements to set up Business Ventures’’ was organized by The Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Collaboration with North, East Federation Chamber of ICT . It was held on the 13th of August 2019, at Hotel Oviya from 9:30 am till 4:30 pm. The event commenced with a welcome speech by the District Director of Vavuniya NEFCICT Chapter, Mr. Subasingham and the Central bank officials.A Workshop on “Basic requirements to set up Business Ventures’’ 5

The next item on the agenda was Mr. Partheepan Balakrishnan’s (Commerce- Instructor (SLTES) at College of Technology Jaffna) session on the topic “The beginning of Start-up Community,” with an update of the current trends in the Startup system. Up next evacuating the event with a short break Mr. Partheepan continued his session with a new topic, ” Finance & Marketing.”

After the Lunch, the event continued with a panel discussion conducted and organized by Representatives from Various Banks in the region. It enabled the participants to have a constructive and in depth discussion with the representatives from the Banks.

Later on, questions were raised by the audience, while the representatives (Bankers) were able to patiently answer the audience’s questions. Following the panel discussion was a session on Digital Marketing by Mr. Sharanyan Sharma’s, Chairman of NEFCICT & Founder at Extreme SEO Internet Solutions

During his session, he gave a good comprehensive knowledge to the audience. The continuing session was about ” The social media marketing,” and was presented by Mr. Janasteen District Director of Jaffna NEFCICT and Founder at E- Win Media whereas, he delivered a detailed session on social media marketing.

The following item was a quick practical session where “pitching Start Up Ideas” were covered by Mr Sharanyan. Every individual with the help of the volunteers were able to build their own ideas.

 

Finally, The Workshop on “Basic requirements to set up Business Ventures’’ came to an end with a Vote of Thanks from Mr. Ramasamy Rajeswaran (Executive Director- NEFCICT Vavuniya District). Leaving the audience with a better in depth knowledge of the Digital Marketing Community & Startup System!

 

 

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Annual General Meeting 2019 – NEFCICT

The annual general meeting of North and East federation of chambers of ICT was held on 20th of July 2019 at Treatoo Hotels Batticaloa at 10 am. This meeting was hosted by NEFCICT Batticaloa chapter. The meeting was chaired by the President of NEFICT, Mr. Sharanyan Sharma. Mr. S. Rajivkanth, district Director Batticaloa Chapter delivered the welcome speech on behalf of the hosting chapter. Annual General Meeting 2019 - NEFCICT 6  Following that the previous General Meeting Minutes were read to the board, and with a few amendments was approved by the board.  Annual Audit Review was presented to the board by the Treasurer and with some constructive criticism and suggestions the agenda moved on to the Annual report presentation by the President. President summarized the performance of each district chapters and also advised the board and district chapters that we have to collaborate and do projects on Local, National and Global Levels, partnering up with Global Events such as Startup Weekend, StartupGrind and AngelHack.  After that the performance of each chapters were discussed and the issues between the district chapters and the board were discussed with the board and sorted out. Annual General Meeting 2019 - NEFCICT 7Following that Emergency General Meeting was called by Vice Secretary on behalf of the Board in order to fill out the vacancies came up. In the Emergency General Meeting, Mr Raguparan, Kajan Subash and Mayooran were appointed as the new Vice President, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer respectively. The next thing on the agenda was District Presentations where each district directors presented on their past projects and projects in pipeline. They also proposed to the board their future project ideas and promised to follow up by email as soon as possible. Annual General Meeting 2019 - NEFCICT 8

Newly appointed secretary proposed few strategic solution and way forward action plans which covered membership, marketing and sustainability plan for the betterment of the federation.

The Annual General Meeting of the North East Federation of Chambers of ICT came to an End with the Vote of Thanks from the Secretary.Annual General Meeting 2019 - NEFCICT 9

 

 

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Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0

Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching.  It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.

Our goal in the event was to create an environment where passionate people can come together to get things done; to learn, network, bridge the gap between trades, expose potential and see actual results.  We Organized the 15th Startup Weekend in Srilanka in Jaffna. It was the 3rd Startup weekend in Jaffna itself.

This Startup Weekend was the 15th in Sri Lanka and 3rd in Jaffna itself. As the previous 2 events were organized in the Town areas of Jaffna, this time we decided to take it to a rural area, 36 kilometers away from Jaffna Town amidst a calm and serene Greenness. Located in the Far North Part of Sri Lanka Point Pedro is the Top Most Point you can Touch in the Sri Lankan Map. Being Affected by Tsunami in 2004 Point Pedro is a residence to 31000 civilians within an area of twelve square kilometers. The main reason for us to take the event to Point Pedro despite of other suggestions was Youth from Point Pedro and surrounding areas were showing considerable interest and improvements in the Entrepreneurial Sector in the recent past, thus we believed a Startup Weekend in Point Pedro will do Proper Justice to them. And for the Record there were Brilliant Startup Ideas from the s from the Youth around Point Pedro at the event.

The Organizing Team Consisted of 7 Individuals from various business backgrounds. Miss Bavitha Sivaganeshamoorthy, Mr Raguparan Karthigesan, Mr Janasteen Alosious, Mr Kiruthihan Kuhendran, Mr Luxan Mahalingam, Mr Ivan Balendra and Mr Jeyakopy Jeyarathnem. 

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Our Participant Count was Expected to be 100, but there were around 70 participants which made it possible for the mentors to give extra and focused guidance to the teams.

Day 1 : Friday 25th of January 2019

Around 5:30 PM the event was set to begun. Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 17The Facilitator Mr Sharanyan Sharma, a leading and award winning Sri Lankan Entrepreneur and a Tech Startup guy actively involving in to the Sri Lankan startup eco system took over the event.Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 18

With a short introduction about himself he explained the participants about what is a startup weekend what are the perk of participating in one and about what they are going to be doing for the next 54 Hours. With that said the participants were quickly proposing their ideas with a small quick introduction about themselves their skills and expertise. We Had Mr Vithushan Vijayaratnam, Director of the UKI Coding School with us as the speaker for the evening.Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 19 It would definitely be an understatement to say that Mr Vithushan had all the participants tied up to their seats without letting them blink for a second with his extremely well prepared presentation and his very motivational speech also sharing his own personal experiences.  Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 20 Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 21 Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 22

Following that was the Voting Session or the Ideas Proposed earlier. After the Voting, 10 ideas were chosen from the proposed ideas and respective teams were formed as per their needs. Then the Dinner was Served.

Day 2 :Saturday 26th of January 2019

Day 2 Started Very Early. Yes at 5:30 AM the participants were supposed to be assembled at the venue for a Morning walk and a small Exercise Session. Although we expected only half of the participants to be present in the morning to everyone’s utmost surprise every single participant was there. The day started with a swift Jog to the Nearby Beach.Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 23 Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 24At the beach we had a quick warm up and stretching coordinated by Mr. Anu Ragavan one of our Mentor for the event. Followed by Mr Saruban and Mr Ivan sharing their story towards their success and who they are now. And After a quick Photo Shoot at the beach the participants went back to the venue to continue with their progress. Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 25We had 10 Mentors from various fields and various backgrounds there to guide and mentor the teams. Time Slots were assigned for the teams to interact with mentors for getting support and guidance. The Participants were given their Team Times for them to interact with their teams and prepare for the next days Final Pitching.Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 26

Again the mentors checked in with the participants at 1 PM right before lunch and then the lunch was served. After the Lunch the participants were supposed to  continue their work. The day ended up with dinner.

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Day 3 : Sunday 27th of January 2019

The third and final day started with an Early Morning Football Session

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After the Football session with a very quick breakfast the teams were back in form preparing for the mock pitches. The mock pitches started after lunch and went on for around 40 minutes. The mentors suggested improvements and corrected the mistakes the teams made and prepared them for their Final Pitching. Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 30 Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 31The Final Pitchings Started at 5 PM. The Judges were Mr. Ahamed Nishad (Project Manager, ICTA), Mr. Kanishka Weeramunda(Founder- Paymedia), Mr. Lasantha Wickramasinghe(Founder-Builtapps), Mr. Mohammed Fawaz(CEO Studyla) and Dr. EY Charles(Lecturer-University of Jaffna).

Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 32 Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 33 Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 34 After all the Final Pitches were made whilst the Judges were making the decisions we had an amazing speaker for the evening, Mr. Yathavan Somasundaram( Managing Director- Hari Engineering). Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 35Mr Yathavan shared his personal story on how hard he suffered to come to this position in the society now and advised the participants on how he overcame them. After his speech the Judges Announced the Winners and the Winning Ideas were Awarded Certificates. After a quick Photo Session Startup Weekend Jaffna v3.0 came to a close.

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