Janith Udayanga Siriwardhana is a student, application developer and a web designer currently living in Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.
- Date of birthMarch 22nd 1996
- UniversityUniversity Of Sri Jayawardenepura
- SchoolSivali Central College
- FromRatnapura, Sri Lanka
- LanguagesSinhalese, English
Janith Udayanga Siriwardhana was born on 22nd March 1996 in Ratnapura general hospital. His mother, B.H.S. Dhanawardhana is the Assistant District Secretary of Ratnapura. His father, P.B.Siriwardhana is working as a Sub-Construction contractor. He also has a sister I.U.Siriwardhana who was born in 2002. In 2001, He went to “Snoopy Preschool” which was in Ratnapura. In 2002, he started his education at Sivali Central College.
In his first five years at Sivali Central College he was engaged in Boy Scouts and various other activities. After he successfully passed the grade 5 scholarship examination his parents decided to buy him a computer as a present. He was very interested in this computer. First, He used the computer for what all the kids do with a computer, playing games. But a few months later, he was more curious about how the computer works. So, with the help of some books & few trips to the computer repair shop later (to undo the mess he has done to his computer while he was learning), at the age of 12, he was able to assemble & dissemble his own computer and repair it on his own.
After learning about the hardware of the computer, He moved on to the software. He began self-learning Visual Basic language & created some very basic programs as the first step. He also had an interest in computer games developing. At the age of 15, with the help of some tools he found online, He was able to get access to the source of a video game named GTA Sanandreas. He modded the game & added a 3d model of his school, supermarkets & stores in Ratnapura into that game. Also, he had ideas of translating & dubbing the entire game to Sinhalese, but realizing that modding & distributing the game without the permission from original developers can lead to troubles, he shut down the entire project.
In 2012 (age 16) with the help of School ICT teacher, Janith & his fellow friends formed the first ICT society of Sivali Central College named “Intec”. Janith was elected as the first secretary of the ICT society. Also, they successfully organized the first ICT day of Sivali Central College named “Intec Sivali 2012” in May 2012. When Janith was in Grade 10 (age 15) he studied drama & theater as a subject for his O\L Examination. This subject caught his interest, and he began watching stage dramas as a hobby. While waiting for his O\L Examination results in 2013 he even joined a stage drama team in Ratnapura & performed few stage dramas with them. Also, while waiting for his O\L Examination results in 2013 (age 17), Janith started his very 1st blog named “Tech Tricks Lanka” in Google blogger platform with the nickname of “JZero”. It was a huge hit back in the days with more than 10,000 daily page views & was ranked among the top 50 websites in Sri Lanka by Alexa.com in 2013. It even had a Google PageRank(PR) score of 3 back in 2013. But with the start of Janith’s Advanced Level education he didn’t have enough time to update the blog, so he gave it to a fellow blogger to continue the project (Janith is still the administrator of the blog today).
After successfully passing the O\L Examination, Janith decided to continue his education in Commerce stream with ICT as a subject (He studied Accounting, Economics & Information Communication Technology as subjects). Janith was a senior member of the school radio club since 2008. In 2013 (age 17) he realized that there is a problem in the radio club that can be solved by creating a software. The problem was all the period bells and morning programs were played manually by a person, so there were so many issues with this manual system. With his self-learned knowledge in VB.NET, he created an automated software named “Autobell”. It was able to run all the bells, morning programs & other playbacks without the need of a user. Also, it was able to shut down the computer automatically when the school was finished at 1.30 p.m. He submitted this software to the “Young Computer Scientist” competition organized by FITIS & Education Ministry of Sri Lanka. He was able to win the 3rd place in the senior category (Sabaragamuwa District) in 2014 (age 18).
Janith was also the leader of the ICT Committee of school commerce association in 2014 (age 18). During his time period as the leader of the ICT Committee, he developed a quiz presenting software to use in annual quiz competition “Sarasisi Star” that was held by school commerce association. It had features such as Timers, Point System, Quiz Rounds Organizing. The aim was to use that software in quiz competitions as the quiz presenting program instead of PowerPoint Presentations which was had a lot of issues when used for quiz competitions. Unfortunately, the project was not developed further due to Janith’s limited time availability because he was facing Advanced Level Examination(2015) next year.
In 2015 (age 19), Janith was able to pass the G.C.E.Advanced Level Examination in Commerce stream, achieving the rank of 1st in Ratnapura District & 14 in Sri Lanka. After that, he worked as a temporary accounting tutor(2015-2017) at the accounting classes conducted by Mr.Hemal Perera. In 2016, Janith & his friends started the past pupil’s association of Sivali Central College – 2015 Batch as “Sivali’15”. Janith also designed a website for the Sivali’15 Association, but unfortunately, the website is now offline due to not renewing the hosting subscriptions by the Sivali’15 Association.
Janith began his university life in January 2nd, 2017 in University of Sri Jayewardenepura to complete his degree in B.Sc. Accounting (special). He also started improving his information technology knowledge by following various ICT courses. During his time at the university, He joined the “Japura Sivalians”, a society started by undergraduates of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura who are also from Sivali Central College. Also, He was a technological committee member of “AFMA” (Accountancy & Financial Management Association) of University of Sri Jayewardenepura. During his time as a technological committee member of “AFMA”, he produced all the videos that were played on the reality talent show “Chathurmaana 2018”, organized by “AFMA”. Also, in 2017 (age 21) he produced his first music video to a mashup done by “Wanted” musical band. Since then, He produced two short movies & various other videos for many clients.
In 2019, Janith developed an online store with a payment gateway named “iCafe” for a catering service to order foods online. It is now in its testing phase. Also, He started a project to build a Virtual Assistant with Artificial Intelligence which is now in the designing phase.