Best ICT Student of the Year 2017

in Sri Lanka

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) is the premier organization dedicated to promoting and improving professional standards in the Information and Communication Technology sector since 1976. CSSL ICT Awards is an award ceremony conducted with the view of recognizing and motivating those who have served the ICT industry in Sri Lanka. These awards intend to encourage, recognize and celebrate excellence in ICT practice by rewarding the best and the finest of ICT Professionals. CSSL ICT Awards include calling nominations / applications, conducting selection and organizing an award ceremony, however the final selections will be made by a panel of experts from the ICT industry as well as academia.

CSSL ICT Awards 2017 is the annual Information Communication Technology (ICT) industry Awards ceremony organized for the fifth consecutive time by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) in order to encourage, recognize and celebrate the excellence in ICT practice by rewarding the best and the finest of ICT professionals. The project was lead by Prof Samantha Thelijjagoda, student counselor/Council Member of CSSL.

The CSSL ICT Student award-Undergraduate category was won by  Keet Malin Sugathadasa of University of Moratuwa.


He is a product of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa. As an emerging young student in the field of research, he has an interest in areas related to Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Cyber Security. He has excelled well in academics, resulting in being the top of the batch for consecutive years maintaining the cumulative GPA 4.05 out of 4.2.


He won awards at many national and international competitions such as Google I/O 2016, Cakelabs IoT Hackathon, IESL YMS Hackathon Fiontrai 2016, Cima Launchpad 2016, Yarl Geek Challenge, Hackadev 2015 and AirAsia Air-volution 2017, bringing glory to the university as well as to the country.

The award ceremony happened at the National IT Conference 2017. National IT Conference (NITC) is the leading ICT Conference in Sri Lanka. This year, it marks its’ 35th anniversary. NITC runs in partnership with SEARCC Conference this year. SEARCC (South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation – http://www.searcc.org) organises an annual conference every year in a selected country in the region, and this year its in Sri Lanka.

Importantly, during the same time, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) General Assembly (GA) meeting will be held in Colombo. IFIP (http://www.ifip.org) GA members will come to Sri Lanka and it is expected that about 60+ foreign individuals from across the world (nearly 50 countries) will come for the meeting. Additionally, SEARCC Conference, SEARCC Executive Committee Meeting and associated meetings will bring many top notch IT leaders from the South East Asian Region. Basically, the cream of IT industry globally will be here in Sri Lanka.

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