HORIZON LANKA WORKSHOPS – 02 – FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (FOSS)

NImanditha Thathsarani

NImanditha ThathsaraniThe idea of conducting weekend workshops at Horizon Lanka came from Mr. Danishka Navin, a Linux enthusiast and a Fedora contributor. He also contributes to LibreOffice and Mozilla/Firefox projects. He is also the Founder of Akura, a students welfare foundation. As a result, Horizon Lanka Foundation held the first weekend workshop on ICT last weekend – July 02 and 03, 2016. (We are open to other subject areas such as English, science, mathematics, dancing, music, drawing and sports also if there are any local volunteers to teach the children in Mahawilachchiya free of charge during weekends.)

This weekend Danishka invited two local volunteers Mr. Namal Jayasuriya and Mr. Lakshith Ekanayake from the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) to hold the workshop. They arrived at Horizon Lanka on Friday night to hold a workshop on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Namal and Laksith held the ICT workshop on July 9, 2016. Both of them are graduates from the prestigious University Of Colombo. Currently they work at the UCSC research lab.

They installed Fedora 24 in all our PCs and laptops and students too learnt how to install Linux with Windows as a dual boot option. They also taught students to use Libre Office. We thank them and Danishka for organizing the workshop.

Mr. Namal Jayasuriya and Mr. Lakshith Ekanayake teaching the students
Mr. Namal Jayasuriya and Mr. Lakshith Ekanayake teaching the students
Mr. Namal Jayasuriya teaching the students
Mr. Namal Jayasuriya teaching the students

 

Horizon Lanka presentation at University of Colombo

Krishanthi and Isuru
Krishanthi and Isuru

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.

Duleeka and Nilmini
Duleeka and Nilmini

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.

Ruvini and Dinesh
Ruvini and Dinesh
Nirosh Ranathunga
Nirosh Ranathunga
Dr. K P Hewagamage
Dr. K P Hewagamage