This time the judging panel for the first round included Merill, Anton, Buddhike and me. Out of 42 Submissions Following are the five finalists (in no particular order) who are going to compete in the next round.
- Perfect Sleep & Energetic Wake Up
Team Dream Team from University of Colombo
Team Arunalu from Faculty of Information Technology - University of Moratuwa
- My Plant
Team My Plant from University of Colombo School of Computing
- Smart Buddy
Team Optimax from University of Colombo School of Computing
- Air Pollution Monitoring Application
Team Amityfrom University of Colombo School of Computing
I guess like last time MVPs will be assigned to mentor each team. If so what's the team I'm going to pick :)
So guys ... now get yourselves ready for the grand finals (Sri Lanka) which is going to happen on 31st May.
Guys go and register for the SmartClient Deep Dive organized by SL MVPs In association with INETA
Date/Time: 31st March 2006, 4.00 PM Onwards
Venue: NDB Bank auditorium, Colombo 02
(1) Data binding in smart clients - by Prasanna Amirthalingam
(2) ClickOnce Deployment - by Wellington Perera
(3) Developing VSTO Applications (Visual Studio Tools for Office) - by Dr. Nitin Paranjape
Register NOW @ http://dotnetforum.lk/register/deepdive
Hey Jinath :) I copied the above text from your blog.
This journey started nine months ago. With lot of good and bad comments the program went on.
So finally Ajith Bandara, an extraordinarily talented guy from a distance area 'Mawathagama' is titled as the Sirasa Superstar. Congratulations .
I never got a chance to watch all the stages of the program. Looks like I have missed the chance to see lots and lots of amazing talent. On another point ... It's a bad thing that Sirasa tries to copy American Idol (hope they will have a new approach next time), BUT the idea of the program and outcome of it are extremely good things. Without a program like this talented guys like Ajith, Manjula, Nishantha etc from distance areas will never be able to come up and be starts or at least it will take ages. So ... Hats off to Sirasa TV for organizing the whole thing.
Continuing the VS Community Launch events we had the second one on Last Wednesday @ the University of Moratuwa. Couldn't blog about it on Thursday due to the busy schedule and forgot the whole thing after that. :) oops!
We had three sessions
- Developing Smart Client Applications with Visual Studio 2005 (by )
- ASP.NET 2.0 Enhancements (by Merill Fernando)
- Powering Up Web Applications with AJAX using Atlas (by )
This time Prasanna or Dinesh couldn't make it due to work schedules.
Where is the next ... Kandy?
One of my best best best friends Mahesh got hooked up day before yesterday (Thursday). I was the best man. Bride's maid looked cute though .
Met lot of old freinds from my old office. Also met my X boss. Hey boss ... gaining weight everyday ... How about some jogging every morning.
Best wishes to both of you from . YO! ... All the good things are yet to come lu ... (I herd about something like that ... I have no clue. me not yet merried ne).
Mahesh and Niroshini
This snap was taken after the ceramony. We
(Mr & Mrs Mahesh, Gaurika and I) had a long
chat at the lobby for about an hour just to cool
down after the tired day.
Tons of photos are there .. have to wait till mahesh comes back to get those.
Last wednesday my good old sony ericsson stopped working ... trust me it is old now. During the last two years the number of talk time hours has gone up to 1000 hours and it faced couple of accedents such as falling ... oops!. So I had to quickly take a decision to go for a new phone. Was too shourt in money to go for any of my dream phone models which I posted couple of days ago. Also didn't had much time to check the specs and compare models so decided to go for Sony Ericsson K700i. Spent 20k for this ... man it's worth every panny. Thanks to Sasinath for hooking me up with this kick ass phone. Coolest features are the Remote Desktop and Presenter Modes. Remote Desktop mode allows me to move themouse on the computer screen ... Well! desktop is not actually displayed there. Presenter Mode allow me to use the phone as a remote control for a powerpoint presentation.
Then I installer Opera Mini browser. Man! it rocks'.
Hats off to Windows Vista. It detected and installed my bluetooth dongle automatically. I still remember the hassel I went through to install it on WinXP. On XP it took ages install and configure the bluetooth drivers and it installed hell lot of things starting from moden, network card, com ports etc. even after installing the drivers configuring it to the phone is a very messy case. But now on Vista it just happened automatically. I just downloaded a free tool named MyPhoneExplorer and all the required features are there including sending SMSs, editing the phone book, backup the contents in the phone etc.
So ... K700i is going to be my buddy for several months.
It was nice to see the bloggers. Until last evening most of them were only online buddies ... but this was the first time we actually meet and have a chat. Couple of my old friends were also there. At the start it looked booooooring, But after we get to know the crowd it went pretty well. Well! that was the whole point. Thanks to Indi for setting up this ... BAREFOOT was a nice selection for the meetup ... we should continue this man ...
This contest is all about cool stuff you can do with Express. Guys if you only have Express editions stop worrying (I know few) that you dont have the Professional or Team Editions. It's your time to do something kick ass.
YO! Bloggers ...
Sri Lanka Bloggers meet up is hapenning today 6 PM at the barefoot gallery, Colombo 3. Indi (www.kottu.org) is organizing things. Hope to see all the un-seen but known through blogs faces ...
Gold medal winner Sri Lanka's Chinthana Vidanage waves from the podium during a medal ceremony for the 2006 Commonwealth Games men's weightlifting 62 kg category in Melborne, Australia, Friday, March 17, 2006.