"Gateway InnovaThon" a new initiative by Dialog and Gateway College

Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, recently recognized Gateway College as a ‘Dialog DigiEdu Model School’. Gateway InnovaThon is the very first initiative through this partnership, where winners from Gateway will be eligible to participate at future National and International App Challenges.

Through this novel social innovation competition, Dialog Axiata PLC will encourage young entrepreneurs develop innovative solutions to solve social and environmental challenges. The competition goes beyond simply offering prize money and includes non-financial support in the form of business accelerator services through training, mentoring and coaching.

The competition open to all Gateway Colleges from Years 3 to 13 (Ages from 7+ to 17+) has already attracted over 700 participants. Students take part in teams of 2 to 4 in two categories: World Citizenship where they develop technology solutions to contribute to the community through a particular service and Gaming Category where they ideate a game to solve a problem.

During the first briefing students of all five Gateway Colleges were introduced to the concept of social innovation and how it can help smart generations to explore newer effective solutions or advance existing solutions to better versions. The ongoing competition has had over 250 entries and Dialog is set to announce the shortlisted teams after a rigorous screening process. These teams will then be mentored and coached by the Ideamart and Innovation Foundry teams to polish their ideas into fruition and enter the Finals of the competition in November.

The selected solutions will be nurtured to Go-To-Market (G2M) through the Dialog’s Innovation foundry and Ideamart so that the winning teams can pitch their ideas to the world. Dialog and Gateway hope to announce the winners at an Awards Ceremony that will be held at the end of the year.

Twelve Gateway students win ‘GOLD’ Awards at the The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Gateway College students starred at the 2021 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition with 12 Gold, 14 Silver and 26 Bronze awards. Each year, aspiring young writers are asked to submit their pieces in response to a theme based on Commonwealth values. For the theme in 2021 - ‘Community in the Commonwealth’, there were 25,648 entries, the highest recorded ever, in the history of the competition.

Established in 1883, the Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world's oldest international writing competition for schools. With thousands of young people taking part each year, it is an important way to recognise achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing. The Competition invites all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, to share ideas, celebrate their stories and have their voices heard.

Among Gateway students, Tarush Wickramarachchi, Mihan Lakvidu Hettiaraachchi, Abdul Aziz Fowzul Ameer, Dhivyakrishnan Thriyampakan, Ritdhika Sivanesarajah, Avin Rodrigo and Clarissa Vedagamaarachchi (Senior category) and Chamathka Narasinghe, Jayani Maran, Merisa Perera, Salma Naleem and Rashmi Wijeyawardena (Junior category) won gold awards.

Silver award recipients included Venuki Mendis, Dithara Danthanarayana, Mitesh Srishanker, Vakeesh Shanthi Rupan and Shaveen Kanageswaran, (Senior category) and Sehani de Zoysa, Hashir Ameen, Yoshithya Lokuge, Talia Taeiq, Sanya Mohammed, Bhanu Madawala, Enaya Fernando, Risali Rangajeewa and Nethika Rangajeewa (Junior category).

Aamina Mowlana, Aaron Kavin Priyadharshan, Enosh Solomon Earnest, Achchaya Sasikumar, Mandiv Samaratunga, Imaadh Muwahid, Kenuli Weligamage, Laisha Mohamed, Nevashenee Rajakulasingham, Tevin Gunawardane, Sunna Mohammed, Saarah Deen, Hanna Samsudeen, Sushaini Perera and Yenuli Dissanayake (Senior category) and Thevan Peiris, Risindee Rodrigo, Evaan Perera, Deane Egodawatta, Avinash Arunkumar, Sithuki De Alwis, Nethara Jayakody, Arshaq Jazeem, Saif Imram, Zeek Ali and Thushaayeni Rajakulasingham (Junior category) were rewarded with Bronze awards.