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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...!

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Winner

Puvath reader

Product Description

Puvath Reader is an Instant News Delivering Platform for Mobiles that supports local language real-time news delivery. Unlike common News Apps where the users need to open the app on their mobiles to read news, Puvath Reader delivers the news directly to the user’s mobiles as soon as the news is reported.

Even though online media reports the news immediately and makes them easily accessible, the news isn’t reaching the people as they reported. News reached whenever a user visits the news website or opens the news app, not actually when they are reported as there’s no way to deliver the online news directly to users. (Only existing way is SMS News Alerts, but that cannot send the news in local languages)Puvath Reader provides a solution for this problem as it delivers news directly to users’ mobile devices as soon as the news is reported. It supports device-independent local language support, so it’s capable of delivering real-time news in Sinhala/Tamil also using a cutting-edge way of notifying people, “Push Notifications”.

In addition to delivering news in real-time, Puvath Reader also has the common features of a news app like aggregating local news from several news providers, listing news in categories, presenting news beautifully along with images, videos  and more.Puvath Reader also allows users to post their likes  and comments on news enabling them to discuss about the news than just reading the news.

Jurors Evaluation

Push notification service revolutionized the mobile data services. As a result, even news agencies started distributing real time news as a short message to the subscribers. The unique feature of the ‘Puwath Reader’ is that it delivers real time news directly to users in local languages. It has a very clean and simple UI with some common features such as aggregating news from media institutions, listing in categories and presenting with images & videos. Therefore, the jurors were of the view that the submission deserves to be awarded as a Winner in this category.

Winner

HiruNews.lk

Product Description

Hiru News is a trilingual news website backed by the largest reporter base in Sri Lanka. Hiru News provides the latest news and information as and when it happens. Their 24X7 News Room, with an international reporter network based in more than 40 countries, helps public keep up with the latest news from across the globe. They also provide users information regarding current affairs and development, including updates in the business world, including exchange rates, stock market updates & global financial reports. They also provide users the latest news in the world of entertainment and sports with special attention being focused on the sports activities that are most popular in Sri Lanka, while also keeping users updated on all other special events occurring across the world.

Jurors Evaluation

Due to the unique and variety of services offering, Hiru News has been able to capture a larger share of both local and expat Sri Lankans within a short period of time. The platform provides real time news and various other entertainment segments in local languages based on individual preferences. As per available statistics, there are over hundred million frequent visitors to the platform. Therefore, the jurors were of the view that the submission deserves to be awarded as a Winner in this category.

Special Merit

Press Viewer

Product Description

The “Press Viewer” is an Android application, which facilitates newspaper readers with more interesting and informative way of reading, by allowing readers to watch news related videos while reading the newspaper.

 This product contains two components, a mobile application and a web application. The users of the Press Viewer need to install the mobile application on their smartphone and scan the QR code in the newspaper in order to watch the related videos. The publishers of the newspapers can use the web application of the product to maintain and manipulate news related information such as uploading videos links and generate QR codes. Furthermore, the newspaper publishers need to print the generated QR codes with the related news item in the newspaper which allows the user to scan and watch related videos at any time.

Jurors Evaluation

Due to the reduction in sales, most of the newspaper publishes have started news websites online. As per the available statistics, it can be seen that the Youtube has more daily searches than static search engines. Since QR code is a popular shortcut, Press viewer provides a rich and interactive reading experience to those who wants to find out more information evidence of the moment. This would even help publishers to explore new segments existing market.Therefore, the jurors were of the view that the submission deserves to be awarded as a merit Winner in this category

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