IEEE Sri Lanka Section organizes many events to ensure technological innovation and professionalism among young innovators and tech enthusiasts. The Electronic Design Competition is one of these efforts aimed at popularizing IEEE among the students community and boosting electronic design interest and capabilities of Sri Lankan university students, where teams of three undergraduates put forth their efforts to complete a design task within an assigned period of time.
The most recent encounter of this competition was held on 14th January 2017 at the premises of University of Peradeniya and University of Moratuwa with 34 teams participating, representing University of Peradeniya, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, University of Moratuwa, Open University of Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The competition ran from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. for a duration of 8 hours within which the competing teams were assigned a design tasks chosen by the IEEE Sri Lanka Executive Committee. The competitors were invigilated by university lecturers and industry professionals throughout the competition. The winners as decided by the judges were as follows:
First place: G3 (Electro-UOP)
1. Shanaka Ramesh Gunasekara(94028907)
2. Malinda Sulochana Silva
3. Ruchira Thilan Munasinghe
Second place: G9 (UOP)
1. T. Chanaka Hettige (93360435)
2. S.M. Akila Hemal (93656164)
3. J.M.T.R. Jayawickrama
Third place: G2 (Team Astrid-UOP)
1. Malinda Urith Bandara Jayathilake (94134126)
2. J.D. Chathushka Chamith Rathnapala
3. R.M.U.K. Harshana Madushanka Kumara Rathnayaka
These winners received cash prizes of Rs. 10000, Rs. 7500 and Rs.5000 respectively along with certificates at the IEEE Sri Lanka Section Annual General Meeting held on 9th February, 2017. And all the other participants will receive certificates of participation through their respective Student Branches.
The IEEE Electronic Design Competition was a success this year where lots of new faces got to get exposed to tackling real world challenges and the innovative ideas of young inventors were put to work.