Three Horizon Lanka senior students (Iresha, Ruvini and Radhika) and Mr. Wanni did a presentation with Intel Chairman Dr Craig Barret at Taj Samudra, Colombo in December 2005. Having seen the talents of the Horizon Lanka team, Dr. Barret promised to donate 4 brand new laptops to the team. The laptops arrived at Horizon Lanka recently. We thank Mr. Indika de Soyza and Mr. Indranil Samaddar of Intel for coordinating this donation. These are some of the pictures of the girls using the laptops sent by Intel.
A seminar on Opensourse usage was conducted at Horizon Lanka today. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community in Sri Lanka organized the seminar. Around 50 students from Horizon Lanka and 20 students from Ashokamala Computer Center from Kadurupitiya attended the seminar with the staff. Since the students were too keen about the seminar, it was decided to continue till 10.00 o’clock at night.
Following an invitation by Dr. K. P. Hewagamage, a lecturer at University of Colombo School of Computing Mr. Nirosh Ranathunga and some senior students of Horizon Lanka did a presentation yesterday (October 19, 2006) at the university premises. With the experienced Ruvini and Isuru, a new set of students (Nilmini, Dinesh, Krishanthi, Duleeka) did a presentation in Colombo for the first time. Horizon Lanka keeps adopts a policy of giving more opportunities to the inexperienced with its experienced set of presenters.
Krishanthi Priyadarshani and Isuru Senevirathna did a presentation on Horizon Lanka’s Journey to Success. The next presentation, Horizon Lanka Projects was done by Nilmini Udayakanthi and Duleeka Dilhani. Horizon Lanka’s ICT Plan was described to the audience by Dinesh Pradeep Kumara and Ruvini Senevirathna. Nirosh Manjula Ranathunga did a presentation on Horizon Lanka’s plans on starting a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Project in Mahawilachchiya. There was a question and answer session too with the audience. Dr. K. P. Hewagamge also addressed the audience. It was a nice experience especially for the newcomers from Horizon Lanka.
Students from Lak Aruna in Moneragala and Prabhavi in Ampara visited Horizon Lanka today. Around 30 students visited Mahawilachchiya with their staff and some parents. While they were here they learn computers, English and music from Horizon Lanka’s staff and the senior students. The visitors had free access to internet – something which they can’t do at their villages. Students stayed at Horizon Lanka students’ houses. Horizon Lanka is happy to help both the projects in this way.
A limited overs cricket series was held at Horizon Lanka Academy today. The match was against a combined team from Moneragala and Ampara. Lak Aruna of Moneragala and Prabhavi of Ampara comprised the visiting team. Horizon Lanka played 3 teams. The visitors won a match against one of the Horizon Lanka teams but the final wasn’t played due to bad light. The main purpose of the match was to train senior students as English language cricket commentators. Nuwan, Ranuka, Ruwan and Isuru emerged as new commentators while Majith stood out as the best. Mr Ranjith was the coach of the commentators. Next time girls also will do the commentaries. They joined as score board markers during this series.