Sunday, 10 September 2017

Isoc 25 Under 25 Award

https://www.internetsociety.org/25th/25-under-25/awardees


The Internet Society today announced the awardees of its 25 under 25 program. One of the many initiatives supporting the Internet Society’s 25th Anniversary, the program recognizes 25 young people from around the globe who are passionate about using the Internet to make a positive impact in their communities and the world. 
Representing 19 countries on five continents, the 25 Under 25 awardees’ initiatives include creating an anti-cyberbullying youth movement in Australia, providing e-health education to teens in Tanzania, and using ICTs to break the cycle of poverty for families in Costa Rica.

While their individual accomplishments are noteworthy in their own right, together these 25 awardees highlight how today’s youth are helping to shape the future. As Kathryn Brown, Internet Society President and CEO, notes, “their efforts have a tremendous impact, creating new ways of socializing, mobilizing and organizing in a digital world. By recognizing these individuals, we aim to inspire other young people around the world to become actors of change and use the Internet for social good.”

The 25 Under 25 awardees will be formally recognized at a special ceremony on Monday, 18 September in Los Angeles, California. 
Poornima Meegammana, 24, Sri Lanka
Poornima Meegammana

Preventing cyber-harassment of teenage girls 

Poornima founded the Respect Girls on Internet project out of concern for her teenage peers in Sri Lanka, many of whom face online hostility. Her experience is that teenagers typically start using the Internet without any knowledge about cyber safety or privacy. 
Poornima and her team of volunteers worked with partners to make digital content on Internet safety available in local languages to ensure accessibility for all. One of the project’s most significant outputs is a Cyber Privacy e-Handbook, for teenagers new to the Internet, as well as teachers and parents. 
Through her project, Poornima has enabled safer and more respectful Internet use, helped support victims of cyber harassment, and developed a network of youth committed to preventing future harassment. She is solving a problem rooted in the Internet by using the Internet.


Mr. Adam Galloway (United Kingdom) – Protecting online freedom of expression
Mr. Akah Harvey N (Cameroon) – Detecting and predicting road accidents 
Mr. Akshay Makar (India) – Creating sustainable livelihoods with online crafts 
Mr. Alec Foster (United States) – Strengthening student movements through digital activism
Mr. Ash Ball (Australia) – Anti-cyberbullying youth movement
Ms. Asha Abbas (Tanzania) – Providing health education to adolescents 
Mr. Augusto Mathurin (Argentina) – Creating virtual spaces for collaborative participation 
Mr. Biddemu Bazil Mwotta (Uganda) – Connecting local farmers with buyers
Ms. Bidyabati Meher (India) – Digitising a cultural tradition for sustained livelihood 
Ms. Cintia Padilla (Honduras) – Teaching computer skills to local youth
Mr. Diego Cordova (Guatemala) – Enabling access to educational materials
Ms. Farah Abdi (Somalia) – Giving voice to refugee and LGBT issues
Mr. James Beaumont (United Kingdom) – Building online communities of support
Ms. Jazmin Fallas Kerr (Costa Rica) – Lifting families out of poverty 
Ms. Juma Baldeh (Gambia) – Improving gender balance among web users 
Ms. Kate Ekanem (Nigeria) – Empowering girls through education and literacy
Ms. Kate Green (United Kingdom) – Protecting the data of online health communities 
Ms. Linda Patiño (Colombia) – Advancing human rights through ICTs 
Mr. Mariano Gomez (Mexico) – Connecting an isolated community
Ms. Mary Helda Akongo (Uganda) – Using technology to empower Ugandan women 
Mr. Naitik Mehta (India) – Connecting people with disabilities to employment opportunities 
Mr. Nilay Kulkarni (India) – Helping make large gatherings safer 
Ms. Paula Côrte Real (Brazil) – Promoting safe and responsible Internet for youth 
Ms. Poornima Meegammana (Sri Lanka) – Preventing cyber-harassment of teenage girls 
Mr. Valentinos Tzekas (Greece) – Using AI to identify fake news
Honorable Mention Recipients
Ms. Makkiya Jawed (Pakistan) – Raising awareness about e-health solutions 
Mr. Parker Woods (United States) – Delivering Internet connectivity in the Arctic 
Ms. Radwa Hamed Soliman (Egypt) – Providing employment

THE GRADUATING CLASS OF ADOBE CREATIVITY SCHOLARS IS ABOUT TO TAKE ON THE WORLD




THE GRADUATING CLASS OF ADOBE CREATIVITY SCHOLARS IS ABOUT TO TAKE ON THE WORLD

We couldn’t be more proud—this year our inaugural class of Adobe Creativity Scholars is graduating from college, and they’re ready to bring their creative talents and passion for social issues into everything they do.
We started the Creativity Scholarship initiative back in 2012, when our State of Create Study brought something troubling to our attention—nearly 60 percent of people told us that creativity was being stifled in the education system. Since we believe that creativity and self-expression are some of the most important skills students should be learning in school and critical lifelong abilities, we wanted to help make a change.
Our Creativity Scholarship identifies 25 promising young students each year who want to integrate their passions for social issues with their creative talents. We provide these Scholars with the funding they need to attend college. In turn, we hope they’ll share their talents with the world, use their creativity to open minds, and become role models for the next generation. Here’s a peek at what three of our Creativity Scholars were up to during their school years, and where they’re headed next.
Poornima Meegammana, AOD International Design Campus, Sri Lanka
Poornima Meegammana is about to graduate from her studies in animation at AOD International Design Campus. “The Creativity scholarship gave me global recognition as a creative person,” she says. “It gave me the opportunity to study animation, which is something I love and I’m really passionate about. Without out the scholarship I would have never been able to afford the education I got.”  
When she isn’t focused on her schoolwork, Poornima is dedicated to protecting women and girls from online harassment. Her project, Respect Girls on Internet, advocates for safe, respectful discourse online, and helps fill the gap in local-language digital resources for women who’ve experienced online harassment.
In the future, Poornima plans to keep following both of her passions. “After graduation I’m planning to continue my education on animation and also continue my work on social development and film making. Right now, I’m working on my first original animated short film.”
Alvaro Ceballos, Pratt Institute, New York
Alvaro Ceballos just graduated from Pratt Institute with a major in film, and a deep concern for social and racial equality. During school, Alvaro joined youth organizations working to make a difference in people’s lives—one of his most recent projects with the Urban Arts Partnership helped youth get involved in the movement against the discriminatory policing policy, stop-and-frisk. In school, scholarship funds helped Alvaro get the filmmaking equipment he needed for his creative projects, and allowed him to film his senior thesis, Mauro y Lulú, in his homeland, the Dominican Republic. The film brings viewers into the Dominican culture and landscape as it follows 10-year-old Mauro across the countryside in search of his beloved pet goat.
“As an immigrant in New York, I’ve faced a lot of challenges,” says Alvaro. “I try to see the positive side of every hard moment, and express myself through storytelling and video. For me, filmmaking is a powerful tool for storytelling and self expression.”
Now that he’s completed his degree, Alvaro plans to continue writing his own films, and dreams of someday directing his own feature film back in the Dominican Republic.

Sandra Suarez, Colegio Universitario IES, Argentina
Sandra Suarez fell in love with photography and design when she was 12. That was when she first got her hands on a toy digital camera and discovered photo editing tools. Within just a few years, she was interning at an ad agency. “Every day I observed people’s passion and happiness, and how everyone believed in design as a solution for people’s lives,” she remembers. About this time, she also found out she’d been awarded the Creativity Scholarship.
Now Sandra is just about to finish her degree at Colegio Universitario IES (the school year in Argentina ends in November). During school, she has donated her time and skills to causes dear to her. Most recently, she helped design an ad campaign for the City of Córdoba to prevent alcohol abuse among adolescents. She’s also been serious about launching her career. Even though she has a few more months of school, Sandra is working full-time as a designer in the marketing department at Comprando en Grupo, a hardware store cooperative, and spending her spare time helping teach high school students about design.
“I’ve found satisfaction and happiness in what I want to be and what I want to share. Each day I want to improve and learn and inspire others to know that you can be what you want to be,” says Sandra.
The New Creativity Scholars to Watch
This week we’re introducing our 2017 scholarship recipients. It’s a group of 25 creative, talented, big dreamers representing 8 countries. We can’t wait to see what they do! Learn more about our newest Scholars, and get more details on the Adobe Creativity Scholarships here.

https://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2017/07/the-graduating-class-of-adobe-creativity-scholars-is-about-to-take-on-the-world.html

School of internet governance - Sri lanka And Youth IGF

   
 



Fifth National conversion on women studies


Friday, 5 May 2017

Respect girls on internet presentation at ICANN57





Selected for NextGen@ICANN57


https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-08-19-en
















15 individuals from various Universities in the Asian Pacific Region have been selected to participate with ICANN Community 
Members at the ICANN57 Meeting in Hyderabad India, 3-9 November 2016. These individuals are engaged in studies that encompass policy, business, technical, security, law, and communications. 5 additional selectees who attended a previous ICANN Meeting as NextGenners will now serve as Ambassadors for these newcomers to ICANN.






Saturday, 12 November 2016

Wining TADHACK SL 2016

The world’s largest application development hackathon TADHack was held in 15th and 16th of October 2016 worldwide. The hackathon took place in 30 different countries worldwide with the prominent telco application developer community. Sri Lanka with the largest telco application developer community became a major highlight in TADHack global. hSenid Mobile sponsored TADHack Sri Lanka in two locations this time.

The aptly named product of team Shilpa64, Walking School, took everybody’s attention proposing a much needed education management system at TADHack Sri Lanka 2016.
Walking school is an IoT integrated local language telco education platform. This addresses the access to education problem that’s present all around the country, especially in underprivileged communities. A user, can access national curriculum and vocational training content on mobile and take tests. They can also obtain performance analytics and advice to improve.
Walking school enables learning anywhere and anytime on learners own phase. The system is connection independent. The application can be used by individuals, smart class rooms and community education. The solution was developed using hSenid Mobile’s SMS, USSD and CAAS APIs. Project “Walking School “from team Shilpa64 won the local prize of 1000USD for marking the win at TADHack Sri Lanka 2016.

The team comprises Niranjan Meegammana, Aadeptha Samarakoon, Poornima Meegammana. Vishwa Kumara and Devanjith De Silva, who have been working on this solution to make it perfect prior to TADHack and became one of the highly successful applications to present on TADHack Sri Lanka

Below video shows, how Team Shilpa64 pitched their idea on the TADHack stage, emphasizing the need of an online education system to the judges as well as to the audience gathered around.