Microsoft Sri Lanka, together with Sarvodaya Fusion, hosted YouthSpark Live an event meant to encourage, empower, and excite participants of all ages and varying backgrounds to learn more about computer science and what a career in technology and the digital space might look like.The event, which was held at Trace City Maradana, taught participants not only how to use technology, but also how to create technology to become drivers of innovation and growth within their communities.
During the event, participants were taken on a guided tour emphasizing the importance of computer science now and in the future. A Microsoft Student Partner booth focused on the significance of the field for youth while a Job Opportunities booth touched on the growing demand for computer science education in the workforce. Attendees were able to engage in mock interviews and receive career guidance tips from Microsoft representatives. Speaking about Microsoft’s YouthSpark Live initiative Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure said, “The world we interact in is now full of innovation, and computer science happens to be the foundation for much of it. Computer science involves creativity, problem-solving, programming, data, and thinking about the impact of technology in our community. The YouthSpark event hosted by Microsoft Sri Lanka is a great initiative to inspire our youth and show them the myriad opportunities available to them in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship, digital innovation and communication.”
YouthSpark Live is in line with Microsoft’s goals to support initiatives that assist Sri Lanka on its journey of digital transformation, and spark innovation amongst the nation’s youth.