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Unique opportunity for young Lankan visionaries on IT creations

Sri Lanka Inventors Commission (SLIC) is inviting all young ICT visionaries between 18-25 to take part in an international competition organized by International Telecommunication Union, the UN agency for Information Technology.

The 'Young Innovators Competition' held by the ITU is open globally to anyone with an innovative IT based, development solution, and 12 finalists would receive a fellowship to facilitate their participation at ITU Telecom World 2012 covering travel, accommodation, and expenses, according to an SLIC statement.

The competition is organized in two categories, namely; Concepts and Projects. The Concept category is for well researched and documented ideas that have not yet been implemented, while the PROJECTS category is open to ongoing operations showing preliminary results ( e.g Prototypes) and in need of support to scale their impact.

SLIC's Commissioner, Deepal Sooriyaarachchi said, “Our mission is to promote invention and ingenuity in Sri Lanka, and we believe that the ITU's competition is a great opportunity to showcase Sri Lankan talent. The commission is confident that the Sri Lankans will shine at ITU Telecom World 2012.”
The winners in the Concept category will receive 3,000-5,000 Swiss Francs and the Project Category winners will receive between 5,000-10,000. In addition to the prize money a one year mentorship programme is also on offer.

All applications can be made online and the closing date for submissions is 1st July Details as well as a link to the application site are available on the SLIC website -

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