Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge (SLRC) is one of the largest and innovatory robotics competitions in Sri Lanka, annually organized by the Electronic Club of University of Moratuwa. The 8th edition of SLRC was successfully held on 19th, 20th and 21st of October 2019 in both university and school categories. 16 teams participated in university category and 52 teams participated in school category representing schools all over the country. “The Best Robot Design” award was introduced this year which encouraged the participants to make their robots task-completing and well designed.
“SLRC 2019” opening ceremony was held on 19th under guidance of the head of the department Dr. Nuwan Dayananda, patron of Electronic Club Eng. Kithsiri Samarasinghe, senior treasurer and staff advisor of Electronic Club Dr. Ranga Rodrigo, senior lecturer Dr. Peshala Jayasekara and the president of Electronic Club Mr. Matheesha Abeysekera. Preliminary round was held to select the best teams out of 16 enthusiastic teams. This difficult unbiased decision was taken by the extraordinary personalities, senior lecturer at Kothalawala Defense University Eng. Udaya Dampage, Electronic engineer at Zone 24x7 Mr. Kanishka Wijayasekara and lecturer of University of Moratuwa Mr. Thilina Ambagahawaththa.
The final round of university category was initiated on 20th October under the well experienced board of judges, director and head of Electronics High Tech Lanka International Mr. Salinda Tennakoon, senior lecturer of University of Moratuwa Dr. Peshala Jayasekara and senior lecturer of University of Moratuwa Dr. Tharaka Samarasinghe.
Team Neo-RX from ICBT Campus, Kandy won the SLRC 2019 championship with a cash prize of Rs.100,000. Team Circuit Breakers from University of Moratuwa won second place securing a cash prize of Rs.60,000. Team White Walkers representing University of Ruhuna became 2nd runners up winning a cash prize of Rs.30,000.
The young blooming creative minds were opened up to the future world on the 21st of October. SLRC 2019 school category was judged by the experts in the field, lecturer of University of Moratuwa Mr. Kavisha Vidanapathirana, lecturer of University of Moratuwa Mr. Asanka Rathnayaka and lecturer of University of Moratuwa Mr.Heshan Fernando. The first place was secured by Team Infinity from Maliyadeva College with a cash prize of Rs.50,000. Team Galaxy from Wycherley International School and team Neo-revolt from Maliyadeva Model School won second and third places with cash prizes of Rs.30,000 and Rs.15,000 respectively.
SLRC 2019 was concluded by appraising all creative minds.
Robotics has grabbed the key interest of the local and international community for number of years with its innovative concepts. Ameliorating the high thinking power and the strategic problem solving & designing, E-club alongside with the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering staged Sri Lanka Robotic Challenge (SLRC) each year for seven consecutive times.
Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge has become one of the most awaited events in the technology calendar of technology enthusiasts of Sri Lanka and has gained the interest from island wide to international community. The competition takes place under two categories; SLRC School Category Competition and SLRC University Category Competition.
Along with the School competition students from the Electronics and Telecommunication department will also conduct few Robotics Workshops to improve the knowledge on robotics of the school students. These workshops are conducted throughout the months of August, September and October. And there will be a final workshop at the university premises for all who are interested in robotics. These workshops will enhance the theoretical and technical knowledge of the students and it will be great help for all of them to build robots for the competition.