of work and play
By Anuradha Samarajiva
Digital Fusion 2 is just what its name suggests: a blend with something
for everyone. Organised by the Asia Pacific Institute of Information
Technology (APIIT), it’s not just aimed at the IT crowd. Instead,
says Aashiq, a member of the APIIT Student Activity Club, they’re
focused on “anyone who wants to know about tertiary education.”
Tertiary is a word most of us don’t use it’s actually
very important for anyone after O/Levels or A/Levels. The sad truth
is, the majority of students do not qualify for university entrance
for countless reasons as Aashiq says, “It’s a fact that
not everyone can enter university. But there are other paths to
take.”Since most people don’t know about them, those
paths are what the programme explores.
Digital Fusion 2 isn’t just about school. This is clear the
moment one enters the APIIT Lanka City Campus. The organisers have
planned an almost “carnival atmosphere”, with music
and food stalls. There will also be educational booths where students
could explore avenues available. APIIT students will set up their
own booths, covering every possible topic from MP3s to CD burning.
anyone who thinks MP3 is a word from a foreign language, take heart,
because the event isn’t just for the technologically savvy.
Since students “are always faced with the dilemma of selecting
their careers, each day a seminar on career skills will be conducted
by an industrial specialist. Slated for the first talk is Yukthi
Gunasekara, of John Keells Holdings, who will speak on career development.
On the second day, Dian Gomez will talk to participants about teamwork
the activity club’s Secretary General, added that there will
also be a quiz, which will cover a range of subjects, including
current events, entertainment, and of course, IT. Four member teams
from each school compete against each other in five rounds. Apart
from the traditional competition with each team member squaring
off against each other, there’s also a special group activity,
where the teams have to use all their teamwork and time management
diehards can take part in the software and multimedia competitions
where creative participants can show off their web and graphic design
skills. The less experienced will also be able to learn computer
skills at the hands-on workshops, where they’ll be taught
the basic of programmes like Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver.
The two-day workshop ends with a musical show featuring rock bands
and fusion music, so it carries on the theme of the whole event.
though APIIT is a tertiary education provider, its students are
concerned about the school curriculum as well. According to Aashiq,
they want to “send a message to schools that they need to
develop these kinds of skills”, which include IT proficiency
and practical career sense. As far as the Student Activity Club
is concerned, they’ve already learnt a lot of valuable skills
as teamwork just from organising and planning this event. They already
have some experience, as the club has been behind both Hope Rocks
Concerts, held in aid of the Hope Cancer Hospital.
Fusion 2 will be held at the APIIT Lanka City Campus, 388 Union
Place, Colombo 2 on August 7 and 8. For more information on the
programme, call 2675060.