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Mobitel treats tech enthusiasts with the exciting Google I/O extended Sri Lanka 2019

May, 13, 2019

Back again by popular demand after its roaring success in the past, Mobitel powered up the Google I/O extended Sri Lanka 2019 for the sixth time at Stein Studios from the evening of 7th May to the dawn of 8th May 2019. This year’s Mobitel’s Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka event was a live online event due to the prevailing situation in the country. Mobitel took this difficult decision keeping in mind its priority to ensure personal safety of attendees while at the same time not wanting to disappoint fans of the event. The highly motivated Mobitel Innovation Center team worked round the clock to arrange an exciting line up for the Mobitel Google I/O 2019 Extended, bringing the same unforgettable excitement of a large tech event to the proceedings. Google IO Extended event is an exciting and interactive overnight event with a live stream of the keynote from USA focused on the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond and local presenter sessions on various tech, entrepreneurship, innovation etc. The event was streamed on YouTube, Facebook Channels and PEO TV.

Mobitel made sure its audience did not miss out on the Technology side of the event in any way with its exclusive sessions which focused on everything from 5G, tech for a greener future, to Island Mentality VS Startup Mentality, an informative panel discussion with key individuals in Sri Lankan startup eco-system. “Sri Lankan Whizz-Kids”, an interesting panel discussion with teenagers of Generation Z was a spotlight of the event. The session “Your Gateway to the Digital World” demonstrated the new digital services platform of Mobitel, “mSpace”. As a responsible corporate and the National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel did not include any entertainment segments at this year’s event in keeping with the sombre mood in the country. This event has been a resounding success every year amongst ICT professionals, industry leaders, university students and young tech-savvy innovators.

In 2013, Mobitel introduced the first Google I/O extended event in Sri Lanka to the local tech community and has kept the enthusiasm flying high ever since. Mobitel Innovation Centre, the innovation arm of Mobitel is conceptualized towards creating value based, futuristic solutions through faster and stronger collaborations that would enhance further opportunities in knowledge and technology.  Over the years the event has been a grand success and caused a sensation among developers, ICT professionals, industry leaders, university students and young tech-savvy innovators and all the past events concluded with an overwhelming participation of over 3000 Tech enthusiasts from around the country.

Google I/O is an annual developer conference held by Google in USA which showcases technical in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open sources such as Android, Chrome and Chrome OS, APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, Google Assistant, AI and more. In parallel to the main event, Google I/O Extended events help developers from around the world take part in the I/O experience through live streaming by bringing local developer communities together to experience the I/O keynote and sessions with one another in real time, around the globe. For more details on the event visit https://mic.lk/io19/

Photo caption: (Above) An informative panel discussion with key individuals in Sri Lankan startup Eco system with the topic "Island Mentality VS Startup Mentality" with panelists (from left), Chandika Jayasundara - Co-Founder & CEO of Creately, Heyley Evans - Executive Director – Elovate Group and Mangala Karunaratne - Chief Executive Officer – Calcey Technologies

[caption id="attachment_55643" align="alignnone" width="770"] An interesting panel discussion on all you need to know about 5G with industry experts with the topic "5G – READY.. STEADY.. GO!" being moderated by Shamil Appathurai - Senior Manager – Network Strategy & Transformation, Network Planning & Operations of Mobitel. The panelists were (From left) Yuan Fan - 5G Expert, Huawei, Dr. Tharaka Samarasinghe- Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Major General Renuka Rowel - Director General Research & Development, Sri Lanka Army and Dr. Harinda Vidanage - Director – Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55644" align="alignnone" width="770"] "Your Gateway to the Digital World", demonstration of mSpace, Mobitel’s Digital services platform by Tharushi Wickramasuriya Engineer – Product Service Innovation – Mobitel[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_55645" align="alignnone" width="770"] An interesting panel discussion with teenagers of Generation Z on "Sri Lankan Whizz-Kids" being moderated by Dulith Herath - Chief Executive Officer / Founder of Kapruka.com. The panelists were (from left) Mindiya Karunasinghe - IoT Innovator, Bihan Mahadewa - Programmer & Tech Instructor and Navendra Marcelline - Visionary Programmer, Savith Herath - Robotics Enthusiast[/caption]