Event, Leadership, Partnerships

SPARKLES’22; Where the young leaders are unveiled

 

“ A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. ”

-John Maxwell-

 

Leadership is a definition of accomplishing a goal through the direction of human assistance, and there should be an extraordinary ability to guide and influence the followers.

What is “SPARKLES”?

SPARKLES’22, The annual awarding ceremony organized by AIESEC in the University of Kelaniya. This happened to honour the most outstanding leaders in Colombo North. SPARKLES’22 took place on the 26th of March 2022 as a physical event with around 100 participants at Sanara Mandira Kiribathgoda. The evening appeared to appreciate the fabulous young leaders who worked hard the last term with much passion, dedication, and determination while empowering others. At the same time, everyone enjoyed the chance to see their fellow AIESECers. And they were obviously waiting to witness the emerging leaders of Colombo North 21/22.

The Awards at Sparkles’22

SPARKLES’22 Award Winners

The event started with a speech by the chief guest, Dr Prabha Manuratne, appreciating all the hardworking and talented AIESECers who will be rewarded. The recognition of winners received their awards in the middle of the great applause. Ms Hiruni Udumullaarachchi became the best young leader, and Mr Raveen Jayasinghe was awarded the best emerging young leader. Evolution AI was the best organizing committee while Fashionista received the award for the most creative and innovative event. Other than that, the most sustainable event of the entity was Quill It.

In addition, our most talented young leaders of AIESEC in Colombo North 21/22 also shared their thoughts. Also, Mr Pasan Herath and Ms Sheramy Hensman presented great performances to entertain everyone. Singing items, dancing items, and fun segments were also powerful enough to make that evening more colourful.

The Best young leader and the Best emerging young leader

Pillars of Success

At SPARKLES’22, the partners who supported and contributed to us made our event a spectacular one. RealOne was the official digital media partner while Nanotec became the official computer solutions partner. Keshara minerals gave a tremendous hand, becoming the silver partner of the event. Not to miss Cakery, Alora Yummies, and Face scrubs became the official gift partner while Laptop. lk onboarded as the official technological partner.

Moreover, Ceylon Today was the official print media partner and made a reasonable effort to uplift the image of the event so, as the Good PR, the official media partner along with Print house as the official printing partner and Findit. lk as the official online advertising partner. Many thanks await Mount spring as the official beverage partner. The valuable and immense support that they gave us is immeasurable.

Partners of Sparkles

Bringing up the rear, SPARKLES’22 was a mesmerizing event with humble leadership personalities in Colombo North 21/22. That was such a joyous occasion with happiness and excitement for the CNers. And they proved it by actively engaging throughout the evening to make it more colourful. At the same time, the organizing committee worked hard to make sure that event was a huge success.

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Event, Partnerships

EVOLUTION AI – where Human Intelligence faces Artificial Intelligence

“Some people call this artificial intelligence, but the reality is this technology will enhance us. So instead of artificial intelligence, I think we’ll augment our intelligence.”

Ginni Rometty 

Digital life is exceeding human capacities and disrupting the boundaries of early human activities. Code-driven systems have been an essential part of human beings with the usage for information and connectivity, offering previously unimagined opportunities and unprecedented threats. Therefore, artificial intelligence has been a concern of the present human beings. 

 

Addressing this upcoming concern, the AIESEC in University of Kelaniya and Informatics Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Computer Science Students Association of the University of Kelaniya powered by Mitra Innovation Limited, organized the islandwide ideathon “EVOLUTION AI”.The main goal of this initiative was to connect young science and technology enthusiasts all around Sri Lanka. Where it would create a platform for youth to unleash their creativity, and innovations, along with their design knowledge while ensuring that the solutions generated are aligned to the current demands of technological applications.

An undergraduate presenting

The flow of the event

EVOLUTION AI had 3 major phases. It had over 300+ participants in the preliminary round, 13 teams for the semifinal round, and 6 teams for the final round. It comprised three rounds and the final round together with the awards ceremony took place with grandeur on the 12th of February 2022 at Lounge 42. The induction took place on the 13th of December 2021 via zoom and officially the preliminary round commenced. A Q & A session was held for the competitors to resolve their doubts on the case studies provided for the ideathon by Mitra Innovation. The semifinal round proceeded after choosing 13 teams on the 12th and 13th of January 2022. A physical workshop to groom the 6 final teams was held on the 7th of February at Hatchworks premises. Mentors from Mitra Innovation were allocated to assist the teams for the final round. 

 

The Final Battle

On the 12th of February, the final round was held with the awards ceremony in the evening.

The 6 finalists were 

  1. Eximus Ruhuna – University of Ruhuna 
  2. Team 5x – University of Moratuwa 
  3. Cicada – University of Kelaniya 
  4. Mastermind- University of Kelaniya 
  5. Finan- IIT
  6. Amigo -IIT

 

The Awards ceremony 

the winners

The champions of Evolution AI

Mrs Chinthi Weerasinghe, the Chief Executive Officer of Mitra Innovation was present at the awards ceremony and captivated the audience with an inspiring speech. The champions of EVOLUTION AI was team “Eximus Ruhuna” from University of Ruhuna. The champions received a cash prize of 80,000 and internship opportunities at Mitra Innovation. While Imperial College also awarded full scholarships for CIMA for the champions. The first runner up was team “Mastermind” from University of Kelaniya. They received a monetary gift and discounted vouchers for CIMA from Imperial College. The second runner up was Team 5x from University of Moratuwa. They received a cash prize and discounted vouchers for CIMA from Imperial College.

Apart from the three main awards, the MARCOM championship for the highest votes through social media was awarded to Team “Finan” from the Informatic Institute of Technology. They received a monetary award. Further, the Team Mastermind from the University of Kelaniya grabbed the most engaging championship.  

The Partners

A large part of the success goes to the partners of the event “ Mitra Innovation Limited” for being the title partner. Imperial College and Hackathons.lk for joining hands as the educational and online event’s partners respectively. Dineth Nipunya Photography, Quadrangle, and Good PR supported generously to make this event a memorable one. Moreover, Hatch, AECC Global, Articulate and Mount spring became shadows of success with their support from the initial stages of the event. On a final note,  the contribution of the organizing committee and the Executive Board are the massive reasons for the success of the event “EVOLUTION AI”.

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The partners of EVOLUTION AI

 The album of Evolution AI 

 

 

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Lifestyle, Partnerships, Travel

Between countries and cultures – Experience of the Exchange Participant Jeramine Alexander

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.

– Sherry Anderson –

Volunteering in a non-profit organization is an amazing experience. You will meet new people, you will help to change something to better, either in the local community or even in the world. What’s more, you will get your first real working experience,something you can put on your resume. Such an experience will make a lot of difference later on, when you apply for your first paid job.

 

  • Let’s introduce yourself brief Jeramine

I’m Jeramine Alexander. I’m 23 years old and I’m a computer science graduate at Segies campus Nugegoda. I like to be creative and I like volunteering as well.

 

  • Okay Jeramine, spell out  about your Foreign  Project

Yes,The description that I am telling now, sends upon the experience actually rather than the description given in the website. Okay, so what actually happened was I worked at a primary school in Egypt, Zagazig, the academy called Rose Academy. So what I had to do was to go there to teach them something new. 

It was a contract between Dr. Harger and AIESEC in Zagazig, so I had to go there from 11.00 to 5.00 from Sunday to Thursday to teach kids Aged from two to thirteen . Basically that’s what I had done.

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  • How did you get on this golden turn?

Basically, my campus didn’t have AIESEC. So AIESEC in USJ established AIESEC in Sagies. They had the initial meeting for people who were interested in AIESEC and I was a part of it. That’s how I knew that there is something like this that you can actually go abroad and do cool projects. I was interested.

 

  • How did you come up with passport and visa preparations?

Okay, Special thanks to the AIESEC team. Especially Disuri, every single time that I needed to do something she told me and through AIESEC. AIESEC in USJ was a great support actually to make my passport. Because I didn’t have my passport done and I didn’t have the flu. They helped me a lot, to get a VISA, to get a passport and to get the ticket and everything as well. 

 

  • How would you adjust to work in a far off country like Egypt?

There are two things. One thing was the weather. It was not as expected. Because in Egypt, you think it is always sunny and adaptation to that weather was the biggest challenge I faced and that was affecting my working hours as well.

Another thing was to work. I tried to communicte with the principal Dr.Harger, I tried to explain how I would like to do things and how they would like to do. Then we came to the middle area where both parties were comfortable. That’s how I actually adapted to it.

 

  • Did you reach any EP buddies there? 

Yeah. The second day I was given an EP buddy. His name was Disokie and he was really helpful and was always there whenever I needed.

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  • When did you have your first cross cultural adventure and what was the nature of that experience?

Actually my very first cross cultural experience that I would consider as a heavy thing was with a Brazilian girl. We were roommates. At the first dinner we both tried to figure out what kind of food to have.She was not so fond of spicy foods and suggested eating cheese and bread.Although it’s unfamiliar to me, I enjoyed it.

At the moment I understood that Sri Lankans and Indians eat mostly spicy food. That was the first actual experience where I felt like; “wow my culture is so different”

 

  • What was the most discomforting thing you had to face there?

It’s a totally different culture.I was going to meet new people with whom I had never associated before.I took my cultural dress to wear there, like the salwar kameez, because that country is a very cultural place.But the people there looked at me abnormally. It made me  more embarrassed. It felt  like I was an alien. That’s it.

  • Could you please express the support you had from AIESEC Sri Lanka and what are the special mentions for the future participants?

I would actually recommend AIESEC Sri Lanka a hundred percent. Because they are the people who put their feet out there and do the work. They are really great. TEN OUT OF TEN.

This discussion about Jeramine’s volunteer story with AIESEC came to an end with her very agreeable words and we would like to add our genuine credit for allocating her time to mark these words. At the same time as the AIESEC in the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Team, we would like to wish her all the very best with her future endeavors as well as the hope of meeting her in future AIESEC projects as well.

We believe that “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone”, and AIESEC can be a supporting hand for that.

by Haseeba Wadood
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Partnerships, Uncategorized

AIESEC has partnered with Genso Power Technologies for an LKR 1.6 million Project

“The future is green energy, sustainability, renewable energy.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger –

With the presence in over 120 countries, AIESEC is one of the largest youth run organizations in the world and is driven to empower youth of the next generation to act towards achieving humankind’s potential while embracing cross-cultural diversity. We focus on creating a positive impact on society and creating young leaders who would take the lead in changing the world for the better. With that goal in mind, AIESEC Sri Lanka was initiated as a member chapter of AIESEC International and is the governing body of the local entity, AIESEC in University of Moratuwa. Being the first local committee of Sri Lanka we have a reputation of initiating multiple projects targeting a variety of SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) set by the UN. To make each project a success story we partner up with recognized corporations such as Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd. with the goal of rendering the most impactful results to the world.

With the word GENSO, being derived from ‘Generate Solar’, GENSO has well established itself in the technological industry as one of Sri Lanka’s fastest growing renewable energy companies. Under the vision of “Improving the living standards of people and supporting the Sustainable growth of the Sri Lankan economy while securing the environment by delivering cleanest, most efficient and affordable means of energy – Solar Power”, Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd has well positioned itself as an organisation that acts sustainably towards the community, economy and environment. And arriving at a partnership with project Switch Off of AIESEC is evidence of their commitment towards building a better society.

Switch Off is a community project aligned with SDG 7 initiated by AIESEC in University of Moratuwa and stands to provide affordable and clean energy to the remote villages in the country. With their impeccable technology ranging from solar panels to power backups, Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd rendered their knowledge, competence and resources to build the pillar for Switch Off this term.

 

The partnership between AIESEC and Genso Power Technologies Pvt. Ltd. was built on the common aim of building a better society for the residents of Sri Lanka. And Switch Off being the bond that strengthens this partnership, together we hope to make an impact in society by lighting houses and electrifying them all the while creating youth awareness on energy and renewable energy consumption. Cheers to a newfound partnership and cheers to new beginnings with Switch Off!

 
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Event, National News, Partnerships

Unilever Career Program

Marking an exceptional milestone in AIESEC Sri Lanka history, AIESEC Sri Lanka in collaboration with Unilever  Sri Lanka, conducted  an island-wide Career Program, which consisted of the Unispire workshop series and three days Virtual Career Fair in the name of  Unilever CareerFest ’21, tapping into the youth in all 25 districts to find and refine the brave individuals who were fervent in discovering their future  career. AIESEC Sri Lanka has triumphed in making undauntable personalities  to the Sri Lankan youth for over 25 years and Unilever Career Program 21 is our latest movement to  equip undergraduates with personal and professional skills while giving them career guidance. The aim of the program was not only to create the visionary of a successful employee by the end of 2030 but  strive to make their dreams come true. 

Unilever Career Program was the biggest ever virtual career program in AIESEC Sri Lanka history which featured the UFairs virtual career platform designed by C-Suite HR and Sia. This event was tailored towards the youth, specially who were undergraduates and jobseekers all over Sri Lanka. The event was held in two phases virtually.

Phase 01: Unispire Workshop Series

Phase one of the Unilever Career Program consisted of three very successful workshops with a very interactive participation. Unispire workshop series was held in three stages over a period of eight days from 11th October onwards.

  •       Day 1  of the  workshop series was on the topic of The Perfect Career path and this session   focused on helping students find out the best career path for them. It was delivered by Ms. Aaqila Hanifa, Talent advisor and learning specialist, Human Resources, Unilever Sri Lanka
  •       Day 2  was based on communication skills with a touch of corporate etiquette and this session focused on effective communication and how to face an interview. It was delivered by Ms.Anjali Jayathunge, HR Strategy Lead, Human Resources, Unilever Sri Lanka and Ms. Demethri Berman, the CD Promotion Planning Execution and Monitoring Manager, Customer Development, Unilever Sri Lanka
  •       Day 3  of the workshop series was on the topic of Problem Solving and critical thinking. This session  focused on the importance of having these  two skills as soft skills. It was delivered by Mr. Dinushika Opatha, the Manufacturing Excellence Manager- Ceytea, Supply Chain, Unilever Sri Lanka

 

Unispire workshop series  mainly aimed to bring light to all the conundrums that undergraduates have been having all these times. 

Phase 02: Unilever CareerFest, The Virtual Career Fair

Based on the feedback of the delegates we received after the workshop series, we opened the Unilever  career fair week in the name of  Unilever CareerFest ’21, for  all undergraduates interested. The Phase two of Unilever Career Program officially commenced in a grand manner  from 21st to 23rd October 2021 and  All the sessions were delivered to the participants in collaboration with Unilever, free of charge until the closing ceremony of the Program on 23rd October. Mock interviews, Coaching Sessions and CV consultations were scheduled at different stalls. Meanwhile there were different education and career based lessons  conducted by Unilever at the main auditorium.

‘Purpose’ lesson by Ms. Keshavi Puswewala, Senior HR Business Partner, Corporate Function amd T&O, Employer Brand Lead, Unilever Sri Lanka

  • Drafting the Perfect CV by Ms. Sabeeha Murad, Assistant manager, employer brand and talent  & organisation, Unilever Sri Lanka
  • Future Fit session by Ms. Demethri Berman, the CD Promotion Planning Execution and Monitoring Manager, Customer Development, Unilever Sri Lana
  • Building better connections through Linkedln by Ms. Aaqila Hanifa, the Talent advisor and learning specialist , Human Resources , Unilever Sri Lanka
  • Time Management by Ms. Lacksita John , Member Committee Vice President , Business Development, AIESEC Sri Lanka

This 3 days program was a new experience for all the Undergraduates and job seekers as it facilitated  space for all the participants,

  •  To interact with employers of Unilever Sri Lanka
  • Experience virtual mock interviews
  • Interact with AIESEC global internship opportunities
The Experience

Mr. Banuka Hathurusinghe, the Country President at AIESEC Sri Lanka mentioned,

 “This was a great opportunity for young people to engage and interact in a professional environment to groom up in their career development. I am sure this was a completely new experience for all the participants mainly because of the newest technologies that we were bringing through the virtual career fair experience.”

We express our gratitude  to the youth who joined with us  believing themselves towards creating a youth movement to impact and create a ripple effect in Sri-Lanka, so in the world.  We strongly believe that the  Unilever Career Program  would help and develop  all individuals in the way they see their career and job, its future, challenges and problems  for a better tomorrow for all the humans in the world. 

 

 

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