Takas.lk, Sri Lanka’s fast growing electronics store will be adding the TechDuino to its digital shelves from 29th March onward. The TechDuino is a programmable microcontroller which allows users to build electronics that can sense, respond to and control almost any environment. Takas.lk has partnered with TechKatha, the producers of this amazing product, to provide logistical support in order to get the TechDuino into the hands of as many people as possible.
TechKatha started off as a podcast which discussed the latest developments in the world of technology and answered listeners’ questions in Sinhala, with the goal of making technology more accessible. It has now spawned into popular live video stream which is broadcast every Friday around 9PM.
Continuing towards their goal of making technology more accessible, TechKatha created a clone of the open-source Arduino prototyping platform. Conceived to make microcontroller programming more available to Sri Lankans, the TechDuino is purely a volunteer run, not-for-profit project. All parts are sourced and assembled by the TechKatha team, their friends and listeners who are willing to lend a hand. The project was launched as a hobby and TechKatha was not expecting the huge response they received, with over 300 orders being fulfilled so far.
The Arduino and TechDuino are single-board microcontrollers that can be bought assembled or as a do-it-yourself kit. It allows anyone to program a microcontroller easily using a human-readable high level language. The applications of this is limited only by ones imagination and thousands of projects use Arduinos at their core, ranging from making a light blink to keyless entry systems to lighting fixtures for NASA.
This project aims to break the barriers of price and language to better educate anyone who is interested in learning about electronics. Purchasing an Arduino from overseas would cost around Rs. 5,000 but a fully assembled TechDuino in Sri Lanka costs only Rs. 1,550. Arduino documentation and user guides are available only in more widely spoken languages, which is why TechDuinos are specifically shipped with instructions in Sinhala. There are videos produced by TechKatha as well as other members of their viewership on how to build interesting things with a TechDuino.
Kalinga Athulathmudali, one of the founders of TechKatha, feels that Sri Lanka needs to move into the production of electronic hardware to complement its large software development industry. By learning about electronics and how to program microcontrollers you learn about the fundamental building blocks of computers; having this microscopic insight to the inner workings of computers helps when writing software on a higher, macroscopic level.
After being made aware of the challenges that this project faces Takas.lk decided to enter into a mutually beneficial partnership with the TechDuino project in order to assist with logistical issues. There has been many problems with goods being damaged during delivery and online payment concerns. Customers who purchase the TechDuino on Takas.lk can use the Cash on Delivery feature if they do not have a credit card or are uncomfortable with making payments online and deliveries will be carried out faster and safer. However, Takas.lk has pointed out unfortunately that they cannot be held to their promise of 3-day delivery with the TechDuino as the project is facing a large production backlog. Takas.lk also makes it clear that they will not be making any profit from the sale of this product and is providing assistance to TechKatha in order to promote education of electronics in Sri Lanka.
Await a complete review of TechDuino by ReadMe over the weekend!
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Giving an introduction to the
Giving an introduction to the WSO2 IoT server is WSO2’s Director of API Architecture, Sumedha Rubasinghe, who will cover the below.
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ATTENTION ALL STARTUPS! Seedstars World is
ATTENTION ALL STARTUPS!
Seedstars World is coming to #SriLanka,
One of the largest global pitching platform for startups, where startups can grow and disrupt.
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Invitation Code: SSW_Colombo_2016
Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1.0 million USD in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in 60 countries
The eight best startups from Colombo will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed stage startup of Speedsters World Colombo 2016. The wining startup will join the global Speedsters family and take part in the regional and global Speedsters Summits.
You can also look forward to an event filled with disruptive tech, inspirational discussions, networking sessions, and a flight ticket and hotel accommodation for the winner to go to Switzerland to compete for $1 million in investments.
(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm SLST
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Financial Crime over the last
Financial Crime over the last 30 years has increasingly become a concern to governments throughout the world. This concern arises from a variety of issues because the impact of financial crimes varies in different contexts. It is today widely recognised that the prevalence of economically motivated crime in many societies is a substantial threat to the development of economies and their stability.
Banks worldwide have been struggling in the battle against financial crime. Recent high-profile examples demonstrate that the rate of anti-money laundering compliance enforcement is continuing to rise – Gavin Neilson & Will Furneaux of PA Consulting Group
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Royal College Union Skills Centre
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ISACA Sri Lanka Chapter
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The annual Great Place to Work ® Conference is a premier event, where over 300 professionals convene to network and learn from leaders at recognized Best Workplaces.
(Friday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm SLST
Social Media Day Colombo –
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Be a part of the most awaited social media event in Colombo. Join the offline social media conversation along with your fellow social media enthusiasts for an engaging and entertaining evening of fun and learning!
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The global economy is seeing
The global economy is seeing a disruptive force changing its landscape in a much bigger way than the blue chip; the tech startups of the world. Over the past three years, Sri Lanka has seen an immense growth in its Startup ecosystem. Disrupt Asia will be the first of its kind event held in the country in which the startup ecosystem of Sri Lanka will gather in one gracious occasion. This includes investors, mentors, Government agencies, media and of course the startups.
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(Thursday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm SLST
Change is a constant process
Change is a constant process that affects us as a society and as an individual. It can cut across different fields and disciplines, impacting human lives in multiple areas. Sri Lanka has seen an increased development in infrastructure, connecting diverse people from across the island.
Simultaneously, there is a boom in different industries with startups and small industries mushrooming across the country. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to engage with this phenomena of change in everyday life.
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