Imagine Cup

June 19, 2007 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s young software developers lack resources but not dedication or talent, says former winners of a students technology competition promoted by the software giant, Microsoft. The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, passion and creativity to develop technological solutions to real world issues, say its organizers.

This year a team from the University of Moratuwa was chosen as the winner from six finalists this year.

The team developed a system to monitor and record a child’s progress, health and performance.

A team from the University of Moratuwa also won last year in the Sri Lanka round with a project titled ‘Panchayudha’ which was designed to organize clinic-related activities of expectant women and mothers with infants.

‘Panchayudha’ is a gold charm worn by infants around their neck.

“If an international organisation is ready give us help on improving our resources, Sri Lankans will do much better than any European or East Asian country,” Chathurika Sandarenu from the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Moratuwa said.

“The only problem is the lack of resources and access. It is not the knowledge