About Us

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) which was established in 1976 is the apex body representing Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals in Sri Lanka. It promotes professionalism among those engaged in the field of ICT, and maintains the highest professional standards among the Information and Communication Technology fraternity.
The CSSL is a member of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) and International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). Locally, it is a member of the Organization for Professional Associations (OPA).
The National IT Conference (NITC) is organized by CSSL and has run for 35 years. The National Schools Software Competition (NSSC), which is a nation-wide software competition for school children is also conducted by CSSL.

In 2017, the CSSL organized Sri Lanka’s Biggest-Ever International ICT event which saw 50 countries coming to Sri Lanka to participate in a broad event platform which included the General Assembly of IFIP, SEARCC Conference, NITC and International Schools Software Competition.

CSSL organizes Tech Talks every month for discussion and knowledge-sharing on latest technologies among ICT professionals. The CIO Forum is organized for the same purpose but targets senior professionals such as Chief Information Officers and Heads of IT. The CSSL ICT Awards recognize best performers in the sector. IT Mastermind is a TV Quiz program run by CSSL to popularize ICT among school children and masses.

The CSSL has recently started a social service arm called Little Drops of Water and a tech startup support initiative which includes providing its resources to tech startups.

The CSSL has taken a keen interest on lobbying and policy matters in the recent past. For instance, we were a key stakeholder when it came to recent discussions around Free Trade Agreements between Sri Lanka and other countries. We have also taken a keen interest in latest developments and discussions around social media and the need to maintain those platforms hate free and tackle other negative imperatives, whilst ensuring free access and freedom of speech. In this regard, the CSSL fully supports the work of Social Media Working Group of Sri Lanka.

The CSSL also has taken strong steps forward to strengthen its accreditation processes. It accredits local computing related degrees and is currently working with its Accreditation Board to associate Sri Lanka with Seoul Accord to bring its standards to a global level.

In its rich history of over four decades, CSSL has maintained a professionalism framework. In 2018 it passed a key milestone by establishing the CSSL Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. This is a localized national professional framework for Sri Lankan ICT professionals.

Annual Reports

VISION, MISSION & VALUES

Timeline

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2017

CSSL 29th AGM with Membership Night took place on the 5th December at the Taj Samudra Ballroom, Colombo 3

Little Drops of Water : CSSL formed a new subcommittee supporting social services through ICT

Epihack Colombo SRI LANKA #hackforhealthColombo

Yasas V. Abeywickrama elected President Of SEARCC

CSSL Vice President Prabath Samindra Wickramaratne participated at the SEARCC Executive Council Meeting, April 2017 – China

CSSL TECH TALK : Hack IT 2K17, The Rise of Crypto-Currency, Open Data Ecosystems, Mobile Application Security – Beyond Compliance, Strategies of a World-Class Security Operations Center (SOC)

SEARCC International Awards – Prof Gihan Dias from Sri Lanka was the ICT Professional of the Year award winner

IFIP Global General Assembly in Sri Lanka

International Schools Software Competition

Sri Lanka’s biggest-ever international ICT event : The 35th National Information Technology Conference (NITC) will run in partnership with SEARCC Conference

Sri Lanka Participates in IT Sector
Discussions within Belt and Road Initiative

Seoul Accord – Dr. Malitha Wijesundara participated at the Seoul Accord AGM in Alaska this year

Bank CIO Forum on Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS), in partnership with Bureau Veritas Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Kodak Alaris and Nine hearts sponsor the 4th CIO Forum on Information Management

CSSL has launched the ACS Digital Library in Sri Lanka

SEARCC International Awards 2016 – Prof. Mahesha Kapurubandara has been awarded 2nd place in the education category

Dr. Dayan Rajapakse awarded prestigious Honorary Fellowship from Kingston University UK

CSSL Council Member Mr. Heshan Karunaratne has been appointed as a Director of the newly formed Sri Lanka Skills Council

CSSL Participate the National workshop on Information Technology Agreement

People Leader – IT 2017 – Mr. Damith Hettihewa (Secretary- Computer Society Of Sri Lanka)

Unveiling of CSSL Past Presidents ‘Portraits

CSSL Continued to represent interests of ICT professionals in the discussions held regarding proposed ETCA

IT Mastermind 2017
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2016

34th Consecutive National IT Conference under the timely theme of “Enhancing Sri Lanka through Digital Disruption

27th National Schools’ Software Competition (NSSC) conducted in collaboration with the ICT Branch of the Ministry of Education and the University of the Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)

IT Mastermind island wide annual quiz competition organized for the fifth consecutive year together with ESOFT METRO CAMPUS.

CSSL Dinner Dance “IT BLAST” Exclusively for IT professionals for the third consecutive year.

Annual CSSL ICT AWRDS Ceremony organized for the forth consecutive year

CSSL Vice President attends IFIP Board Meeting in Japan

CSSL Vice President speaks at 8th China Cloud Computing Conference

CSSL Member appointed Sri Lankan representative for IFIP TC 14 – Entertainment Computing

CSSL Representation in local Organizations

Introducing CIO Chapter to develop a dialogue to discuss present day challenges when working as a CIO. And organising A CIO Forum titled SOFTWARE ROBOTS –FRIEND OR FOE? With Virtusa Polaris coming on board as the main sponsor

CIO FORUM – COST SAVING.EASE.SECURTIY was organising with the partnership with Finetech, Google leading enterprise partner in Sri Lanka

Tech Talk Events :Third Party Information Security and privacy Oversight, Making Things Possible with IOT, Data Science and Big Data Analytics, A Holistic Approach to Mobile Security

CSSL 28Th AGM -which took place on the 5th December at the Taj Samudra Ballroom Colombo 3
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2015

33rd National IT Conference

The National School Software Competition (NSSC)

International Schools Software Competition (ISSC)

IT Mastermind

CSSL Dinner Dance “IT Blast”

“ IT VS. IT ” CSSL Cricket Tournament

CSSL President Appointed as President of South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC)

Mr. Yasas V. Abeywickrama Vice President of CSSL elected as Councilor of board of IFIP

CIO Chapter

Women IN ICT Chapter

Young IT Professionals Chapter
2014

National Information Technology Conference 2014 (NITC 2014) – “ICT for Inclusive Development” Organized for the 32nd consecutive year

Commonwealth ICT deliberations at NITC CSSL received conference papers from many commonwealth countries including the Commonwealth Secretary General’s office to facilitate commonwealth wide deliberations

The National School Software Competition (NSSC) was conducted for the 25th consecutive year

International Schools Software Competition (ISSC)

IT Mastermind programme was organized together with ESOFT as the strategic partner, and ITN Sri Lanka as the media partner

CSSL Dinner Dance “IT Blast” For the first time in the history, the CSSL organized an IT Dinner Dance to give an unique experience to IT professionals

CSSL organizes ICT training for Teachers in Sri Lanka with the support of Ministry of Education & Deutsche Bank

CSSL Certification is offered in partnership with the Australian Computer Society (ACS), based on the SFIA (Skills Framework for the Information Age) competency framework

CSSL President Appointed as President of South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC)

The annual CSSL Excellence in ICT Awards will be held for the 2nd consecutive year

CSSL Secretary appointed as Chairman of International Young ICT Professionals Group of IFIP

IFIP’s technical assembly and general assembly met in Vienna on 11-13 September 2014 and CSSL President Mr. Ajith Salgado and Secretary Mr. Yasas Abeywickrama participated at this event

The IT and Management Professional Bodies Join Hands to Improve Professionalism

Sri Lanka Foundation Ties up with Computer Society of Sri Lanka

CSSL Workshops: How to recruit an IT Professional, The Next Generation Protocol IPv6, Sri Lanka’s Journey towards an Innovation Driven Economy

CSSL organized the CIO Chapter with the theme “Digital Marketing”

Sri Lankan Women in Computing Chapter

Young IT Professionals Chapter
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2013

CSSL Strategy workshop

CSSL Profile Book was published

‘Members Nite 2013’ at  Green Gardens ,Colombo

Unveiled the  CSSL New Logo at the  Members’ Nite

CSSL Cricket Tournament for the President’s Award was successfully held at Air Force Grounds

Awarding of Honorary Fellowships to eleven distinguished members of the Society

The first reading of the Incorporation under an Act of Parliment

SEARCC International Conference in Partnership with 31st National IT Conference was held successfully with over 600 participants

Recommendation report based on the SEARCC Conference speeches were handed over to Ministry of Telecommunication and IT and also ICTA

SEARCC Executive Council Meetings were held in March & September and Mr. Mahesh Perera was elected as the President of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SERACC) at the final SEARCC Executive Council Meetings.

CSSL Excellence ICT awards were awarded in 3 categories , ICT Leader of the Year, Female ICT Leader of the Year , Emerging ICT Leader of the Year

24th   National Schools Software Competition

SEARCC International School’s Software Competition was held in Colombo

“IT Mastermind” Quiz Program an IT Quiz Contest for School Children was successfully organized for the third consecutive year.

Several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were conducted and each event was attended by over 30 and with one event marking 80 participants.

CIO, Sri Lankan Women in ICT, Young IT Professionals chapters were active throughout the year

MoU was signed between ASC (The Australian Computer Society ) and CSSL

MoU was signed between FITIS (Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka) and CSSL

CSSL Certification inaugurated in September using SFIA framework and with six ACS fully trained evaluators.
2012

CSSL Strategy workshop

CSSL profile book was published

‘Members Night’ at Light House Gallery

www.cssl.lk website revamped and hosted with new features

www.nitc.lk website was launched.

The first reading of the “Incorporation under an Act of parliament” took place.

The 30th National Information Technology Conference

The 23rd National Schools Software Competition

SEARCC Ex-co meeting and SEARCC International School’s Software Competition in Colombo

“IT Mastermind” Quiz Program ( IT Quiz Contest for School Children) conducted.

Ten SIG Workshops were conducted during the year

CSSL Chapters new project launched

Deyata IT – ICT awareness workshops were conducted in Anuradhapura & Kurunegala .

CSSL Certification project was launched

CSSL ICT Awards project was launched.

MoU was signed between ASC (The Australian Computer Society ) and CSSL

Conducted a joint Public lecture with OPA
2011

Professional Development Program – 4 Workshops were held for the year

Conducted a joint Public lecture with OPA

Four SIG Workshops for the year

ICT for Rural Areas – 5 Workshops were conducted during the year

New Year Celebrations for Members at the Green Garden Kirullapone

“IT Mastermind” Quiz Program an IT Quiz Contest for School Children

The 22nd National Schools Software Competition

The 29th National Information Technology Conference
2010

The 21st National Schools Software Competition

‘Members Night’ at Green Garden Kirullapone

ICT for Rural Areas – three workshops were held for the year.

An Extraordinary General Meeting at Park Premier Excel World

The 28th National Information Technology Conference
2009

Unveiling of Portraits of Distinguished Past Presidents Mr Lionel Perera, Mr Dinesh Sattrukalsinghe and Dr. Prasanna Lokuge

Incorporation under Act of Parliament was approved and gazetted and the Draft Bill was published.

The 20th National Schools Software Competition

Initiated Schools Network Projects
2008

Opening of CSSL Library

Special Interest Groups (SIG) Workshops

Launch of New Website with additional features

Introducing the members Benefits for CSSL Members

Workshops – ICT for Rural Areas

The 19th National Schools Software Competition Award Ceremony was held at Galle Face Hotel

The 26th National Information Technology Conference
2007

The National Schools Software Competition

A Special General Meeting for the Incorporation of CSSL

25th National Information Technology Conference
2006

SEARCC 2006 Conference was held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel

Two Members Nights were held – Q1 & Q3 at the OPA Auditorium

Held the National ICT Week at the BMICH

Hosted the SEARCC mid Term Ex-Co Meeting at Colombo Hilton

www.cssl.lk was completely revamped
2005

The e-Carnival which is a novel concept held at BMICH

The 24th National Information Technology Conference
2004

Launched ICT Journal under a new name Inter@ctive, in Association with Synergy Interactive publishing Company

The National Schools Software Competition

The 23rd National Information Technology Conference
2003

The 15th Annual General Meeting was held at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo 3.

Hosted SEARCC Ex-co meeting and SEARCC International School’s Software Competition in Colombo.

Gifts ICT Books to Colombo Public Library

Hosted National Schools Software Competition.

Launch 10 public lectures during the year

22nd National IT Conference

Awarding of honorary fellowships to distinguished members of Society Dr. Abhaya Samarath Induruwa, Dr. Bandusena Ranasinghe and Ms. Sunethra Nayeni Fernando.

Launching the member subscription payment though Internet.

Introducing the membership card

Announce the member benefits programme to all the Members and Associate Members of the Society
2002

CSSL was appointed as the Accreditation Agent for ICDL in Sri Lanka.

Appointed Mr. Y.R.Karunaratne as the new Secretary General of SEARCC and the SEARCC Secretariat has established in Sri Lanka and facilitated by CSSL.
2001

25th Anniversary Celebrations of the CSSL

Awarding of Honorary Fellowships to two distinguished members of the Society: Mr. R.B. Ekanayake and Mr. Y. R. Karunaratne.

Unveiling of portraits of the immediate past Presidents Mr. T.L.Chandranath

The Executive Council meeting of SEARCC was held in Colombo.
2000

Unveiling of portraits of distinguished past Presidents Mr. R.B. Ekanayake and Mr. Y.R. Karunaratne who laid a firm foundation for CSSL.

Moving into the new office premises
1999

Launching CSSL web site
1995

The first International IT Conference SEARCC ’95 in Colombo

Winning the SEARCC International Software Competition F.C. Kohli Challenge Trophy
1992

International Olympiad in Bonn, Germany in Association with CINTEC & ACTOS
1990

International Software Competition in Manila & Singapore

Launching of National Schools Software Competition Examinations in Sri Lanka

Introducing Australian Computer Society
1989

Joining the Organization of Professional Associations

Reciprocal agreement with Australian Computer Society
1986

CSSL Joining the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation

Incorporation of CSSL under the companies Act.
1985

Introducing British Computer Society Examinations in Sri Lanka
1976

Inauguration of Computer Society of Sri Lanka