Another fantastic year gone by and the new 2012 starts today. Awesome! Almost half of the year I couldn’t blog. So just thought of doing a quick recap.
Team PeraSoft won the Imagine Cup software design category locally and represented the country at the Imagine Cup World finals held in New York. During the 2 month window between the local finals and world finals I did about 6 trips to Peradeniya University for preparation on the world finals. Team lead by Lahiru did a wonderful job putting their 100% heart and mind into the project. Kinect SDK released during this time was an extra bonus as the team used it to enhance the solution drastically. World Finals was an amazing experience. Venue was right at the Times Square .. I mean you just walk out from the hotel lobby and here you are at the Times Square … it truly is a never sleeping place. It was perfect that they had mid-night movies … watched Transformers: Dark of the Moon in iMAX 3D and it was fantastic. Only regret is I couldn’t watch Lion King the stage drama in a Broad Way Theater … it was all booked.
In October Ministry of Higher Education launched the Student Laptop project giving an opportunity to new students to obtain a laptop through a student loan scheme. This was a wonderful opportunity for new entrants from all over the country to enter to the knowledge world regardless of which subject stream they are in.
Steve Jobs passed away leaving a remarkable footprint in the consumer IT world. Though I never actively used Apple products I have always been a fan of the innovation and creativity Apple brought in.
Imagine Cup 2012 campaign started in October from Peradeniya University in grand style with over 300 students participating the event. As of now we have over 250 signed up and expecting this would go up to 1500 within the next 4 weeks.
My Gadget list grew tremendously … among the new additions I got a new laptop – a Dell Inspiron 6420 with 8 gig of RAM, a Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Phone, Three 2 TB external HDDs, a Steering Wheel Bluetooth MP3/FM Car Kit, Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard, Huawei Wireless/WiFi Dongle, Jabra Hands free, Energizer XP2000 Battery Packand many more small stuff.
Many new things happened in Sri Lanka also … Hambantota Port Kick started work which will indeed be a grand contributor to the country in the future. Southern Highway was opened for traffic and this is a pleasurable drive. So travelling to Galle is no longer a problem just under 1 hour we can get there. Internal Air taxi service is up and kicking which is another great addition to the internal transportation.
Also I was travelling frequently during the this whole time. List includes a visits to Peradeniya University, to NIBM Galle, to Rajarata University, to Sabaragamuwa University, to Ruhuna Engineering Faculty at Hapugala, Ruhuna University Main Campus at Mathara, Wayamba University and many more and the full year 2011 topped up about 16,000km. Not many personal trips though which is a damn shame.
oh! Ceylon theaters opened up a 3D theater a much needed essential. Woo! hoo!
Well! seems like too many things to write … I’ll just get on with the New Year … Happy 2012 folks!