SLASSCOM to Host Innovation Awards & Gala to Recognize Sri Lanka’s Greatest Tech Innovators

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) in conjunction with the SLASSCOM Innovation Forum are proud to host the Annual SLASSCOM Innovation Awards and Gala 2019, an event with the aim of recognizing and celebrating the country’s greatest innovators – which will take place from 5pm onwards on the 14th of November 2019 at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.

The event hopes to bring together over 300 of the industry’s senior and middle level technologyprofessionals from the fields of IT and Business Process Management (BPM) who will witness the premier Tech Innovation Awards event focused on recognizing and celebrating business excellence within the Sri Lankan IT and BPM industry.

The theme for this year’s awards is ‘Cultivating an Innovation Ecosystem’ and innovators can apply under a total of seven categories, namely Best Product Innovation, The Best Disruptor Award, Best Client Delivery Innovation, Best Innovation in Internal Processes, Best Technology or Framework Innovation, Best Start-up Product/Service and Best Innovation in Business Process Management. 

Commenting on the significance of the event, Ranil Rajapakse, Chairman SLASSCOM stated, “We are delighted to be hosting the Innovation Awards for the second consecutive year in collaboration with the SLASSCOM Innovation Forum, making this the premier event for recognizing tech innovation and the individuals behind them in Sri Lanka.”

Adding his insight, Chrishan de Mel, Executive Director SLASSCOM said, “The SLASSCOM Innovation Awards recognizes companies who have delivered outstanding solutions and services to our global clients. Be it in product engineering, business process management or process improvement, the Innovation Awards highlight the companies that enable us to be that Island of Ingenuity. I would also like to thank our international panel of judges for their availability and support.”

Last year’s awards and winners for the categories were: Best Product Innovation won by chargeNET, Best Startup Product or Service and Best Client Delivery Innovation won byPAYable,  Best Disruptor Award won by PickMe, Best Innovation in Internal Processes won by Embla, Best Innovation in Business Process Management won by MAS Legato and Best Technology or Framework Innovation award which was awarded toiPay.

Judging the applicants is adistinguished panel of international judgeswith extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of research, consulting, entrepreneurship and innovation. The panel comprises of three eminent individuals, Achyuta Ghosh – Head of Research of NASSCOM, India, Jeanette Cheah – Co-founder and CEO of The Hacker Exchange, a global, tertiary-accredited company and Eli Itin – Founder and Senior Innovation Consultant at Northern Star Innovation – a boutique consultancy specializing in the creation and management of organizational innovation. 

The judging process would be in three stages. Applicants can submit their applications via the SLASSCOM portal and thereafter,the judging panel will examine and analyze the applications and any clarifications needed will be obtained at this time. Following this, the judges would re-analyze the documentation and select the winning application in each category.

Extending their support towards the betterment of innovation in Sri Lanka are the events’ Strategic Partner – Millennium IT ESP, Silver Sponsor – embla Software Innovation, Digital Media Partner – zMessenger, Hospitality Partner – Shangri-La Hotel, Corporate Sponsors – Dialog Enterprise, Horizon Campus and hatch

Apart from recognizing the winners in seven identified categories, the SLASSCOM Gala segment also paves the way for a unique opportunity where individuals from various IT and BPM organizations can come together to share knowledge and network. As a result, this event will also be the largest social gathering of all SLASSCOM members for the year 2019. Following the distribution of awards, the event is set to culminate with a glamorous night of entertainment including live band performances and a Gala Dinner. 

The SLASSCOM Innovation awards is the premiere tech innovation awards held in Sri Lanka which recognizes and rewards teams across the industry who help put Sri Lanka on the map by coming together to innovate, reinvent, reimagine and redefine the world as it is today.

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SLASSCOM is the national chamber for the knowledge and innovation industry in Sri Lanka and acts as the catalyst of growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPM industry by facilitating trade and business, propagation of education and employment, encouraging research and innovation, and by supporting the creation of a progressive national policy.