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The e-Swabhimani is an initiative of the Information Communication technology agency of Sri Lanka aimed at recognizing excellence in digital content creation. It is expected that this national award would stimulate a greater interest in the development of a wide range of content and services that would serve the needs of society. 6th e-Swabhimani programme was launched for this year and attracted over 200 applications.  26 winning submissions were recognized with the presentation of  e-Swabhimani Awards at a colourful ceremony presided over by the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) , Mr. P.G.Kumarasinghe  and other distinguished persons.

Congratulations to winners of e-Swabhimani 2016...!

Culture and Tourism

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Winner

TravelMeter

Product Description

“TravelMeter” is a research project conducted by UCSC, which is aimed at forecasting tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka by using quantitative methods. It quantifies past information about a phenomenon by applying mathematical rules which taking advantage of the underlying patterns and relationships in the data. When the availability of data increases and the limitations are removed, this approach of using neutral network for forecasting may yield better results.To achieve this monthly tourist arrival data from January, 2010 to October, 2014 are used to build models and evaluate the forecasting performance. The reason for selection and confinement to this duration is unique growth trend observed in tourist arrivals after the end of civil war in May 2009 and the absence of factors which contributed to the downward trend before 2009.

As the final product, a prototype web-based system has been implemented to achieve the ultimate goal of this study which is to support information needs of stakeholders in Sri Lankan tourism industry.

Jurors Evaluation

It is shown that dissemination of the information is a key requirement in preserving the Culture and Heritage of a country. Tourism & travel allow the experiencing of the culture firsthand, and thus enabling the preserving. This product uses statistical modeling to forecast travel related information and a comprehensive website that provides most of the needs of the tourist community in an attractive & easily accessible way for many tourists. Thus, the effective attempt to promote the local & foreign tourism in many culturally important localities needs to receive the commendation.  

Winner

Virtual Tours for Victoria Dam

Product Description

The Government of Sri Lanka with financing from the World Bank has undertaken a Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project .Under the purview of this project more than 30 dams were rehabilitated and Victoria Dam was a significant one among them. Victoria Dam is a double arch dam located 130 mi (209 km) upstream of the Mahaweli River's mouth and 4 mi (6 km) from Teldeniya. Its main purposes are irrigation and hydroelectric power production. It is the tallest dam in Sri Lanka and supports a 210 MW power station, the largest hydroelectric power station in the country.

However, only few people get the opportunity to visit and see the beauty of this dam. Therefore, a complete virtual tour was developed to Victoria dam, covering all the visually important aspects of the dam. It has a complete 360 degree virtual tour, which consists of 8 panoramic views. Currently the product is deployed to the official web site of DSWRP Project .It is frequently used by students, researches and officers and more importantly the virtual tour has become the starting point for Sri Lanka Irrigation Tourism.

Juror’s Evaluation

As the product description indicates, the rare opportunity that one receives to visit highly restricted areas of a Dam that could be considered a marvel of the recent irrigation history of Sri Lanka, is effectively facilitated in a near-real life virtual tour.   This effort in promoting a generally non-existent form of tourism in the country and enabling the students and researchers to experience the inner chambers of the dam would promote more and more people to get attracted to the real world, which would in turn result in preserving the recent changes in the country’s’ history for the future generations.  Further, it could be used as an effective learning tool in irrigation engineering. Hence, this product received the commendation of the jurors.

Winner

Hiru Digital Vesak Thorana 2015

Product Description

This application facilitates Sri Lankans (living in Sri Lanka or overseas) to experience the “Vesak Thorana” on any device, anywhere in the world.Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which speaks the language ‘Sinhala’ and Vesak is an auspicious festival for Buddhists living all over the world. Due to the civil war, many Sri Lankans have migrated to different parts of the world and during the month of May, they tend to miss out on the popular ‘Vesak Thorana’, which is a colourful display throughout the country.Lotus Technologies has addressed this particular issue of our Sri Lankan family living all around the world by giving them a virtual and real time experience via our ‘Digital Vesak Thorana’.  The Digital Vesak Thorana also has additional features such as 'Vesak e-cards' and the 'Dhamma Padaya' quotes.

Furthermore, they have also launched a virtual ‘Sinhala Avurudu Portal’, which creates a platform for Sri Lankans to engage in  traditional ‘Avurudu Games’, information on auspicious times, the ‘Litha’ and more importantly videos and recipes of preparing traditional ‘Avurudu Sweetmeats’. In addition to that they have offered the Tamil community the first ever digital portal for ‘Deepawali’, which is a very significant festival for our Hindu brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. ‘E-Cards’ feature is a highlight of the portal which recorded over 300,000 users. 

Jurors Evaluation

This site promotes the Vesak Thorana, Avurudu and Deepawali festivals, which are part of the culture of this great nation. They have brought sub-cultures of their own that would be prevailing during these festive periods of each year. In an era of fast change, that affects the cultural values of which this nation is built upon, it is required to preserve these sub-cultures for the future generations. This attempt to provide a glimpse of these sub-cultures in a user friendly and interest generating ways needs the commendation.

Special Merit

Kavum Kokis

Product Description

Kavum Kokis is an online portal exclusively dedicated to popularizing traditional Sri Lankan sweetmeats and other sweet delicacies. It keeps focusing on preserving and passing the taste and knowledge of traditional Sri Lankan sweetmeat culture to the next generation. Merging with global and local electronic/ mobile Infrastructure, it offers a range of purchasing options for local retail and corporate customers, expatriate as well as foreigners who are longing for Sri Lankan sweetmeats. Experimenting with innovative and environmental friendly packaging and delivery options Kavum Kokis offers ready-to-serve products as well as do-it-yourself products. This effort is supplemented with the e-Content   Kavum Kokis maintains which consists of traditional knowledge and recipes to prepare Sri Lankan cultural sweet varieties in the original culinary methods with natural ingredients.

Without limiting to local market, Kavum Kokis tries to overcome current e-Commerce challenges Sri Lankan small/micro entrepreneurs (SME) face with innovative IT solutions.  As a result, the business portal was able to offer a Software as a Service (SaaS) plan to fellow small and micro entrepreneurs who finds it difficult to be in par with current e-Business trends due to lack of technological know-how.

Jurors Evaluation

There is no other better way to understand ones culture other than through a nations’ food. Sri Lanka’s sweetmeats are also the same. This site uses e-commerce to enable local and foreign individuals to taste Sri Lanka’s sweetmeats whilst providing valuable information on preparation and ingredients. Further the use of the website to preserve the knowledge and providing a livelihood for small number of people who have the actual experience and skill to make these traditional sweet meats would preserve these skills for some more period of time before they become extinct.

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