Friday, September 11, 2009

University of Moratuwa on top of the world in GSoC

The University of Moratuwa (UoM), Sri Lanka became the top of the world in Google Summer of Code 2009 with 22 students accepted for the second consecutive year.
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program in which Google awards stipends to hundreds of students who successfully complete a requested free software / open-source coding project during the summer.
Congratulations for all the UoM GSoCers for raising the UoM flag up once again.
I'm very proud to be among the top Sri Lankan GSoC 2009 winners, together with my colleagues from the Computer Science and Engineering Department from University of Moratuwa.
This is because the Computer Science and Engineering department of University of Moratuwa promotes the students to participate to this competition. Especially the open source software organizations like WSO2 Inc. and Lanka Software Foundation promote and guide students on applying for GSOC. Though there is very few open source software organizations located in Sri Lanka, the contribution they have made with the participation of University of Moratuwa towards this remarkable success is marvelous.
Finally I congratulate all the Sri Lankan students who were accepted and completed their GSoC projects for last 4 years and made this small island, Sri Lanka into a rising star.

For more Details Google Open source blog.

Related blog post - My first hands on experiences on Google Summer of Code

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Confession for the last three years at university

I passed O/L in 2002. Then A/L in 2005. Came to University of Moratuwa in 2006.
Since then, I lived on my own and I had only one ambition. It was "to do what I love, and to love what I do". And still it's same as it is. :)
Spent 1st year on studying different engineering aspects and engineering mathematics. Decided to specialize on Computer Science and Engineering field. Then spent 2nd and 3rd years at the Computer Science and Engineering department.
Then in the 2nd semester of the 3rd year we went for the industrial training. I chose WSO2 Inc. as the training place. And then I was selected to Google Summer of Code 2009.
After 10 months industrial training period we had 2 months vacation (not really :)).
So after one year of a non-academic period, the dawn of the next week is the start of the 4th academic year.
Last three years at university were awesome, and the 3rd year was AWESOME. 3rd year internship period was filled with life changing experiences. All of my colleagues would agree with me on it. As well all of us may remember how we worked hard when exams came near. :)
I became a huge fan of European, Hollywood and Sinhala movies and learned some stuffs on cinematography and still photography last year. No matter how much work I have on my back, I spend hours and hours on watching movies.

Anyway 43.5 credits to be earned and the Final year project to be completed in the next year and I'll be the same old me.