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The Sri Lankan software development community is growing every day. We think the developer community deserves a conference with world class speakers and programme. So for the first time in 2013, the organization committee is proud to announce the Sri Lanka Dev Day conference. Our vision is that this can become an event for the whole developer community in Sri Lanka and we welcome speakers from any company.
Sri Lanka Dev Day 2013 is a conference for Programmers and Scrum Masters who work in software development projects. At the conference, you will learn skills to become a better software craftsman as well as how to make your team work more effectively together.


  • Venkat Subramaniam Founder - Agile Developer, Inc.
  • Johannes BrodwallAgile code trainer and CTO in Exilesoft
  • Naresh Jain Tech-Startup Founder and Agile/Lean Evangelist
  • Thushara Wijewardena Agile Evangelist and Chief Project Officer in Exilesoft

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is a (co)author of multiple books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. His latest book is Functional Programming in Java: Harnessing the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions. We are so glad to have Venkat as the key note speaker of our conference.

Johannes possesses a unique combination of technical know-how, marketing impact and inspirational leadership. He enjoys starting and contributing to projects as a programmer, sharing knowledge and helping others build their own career.

A hands-on techie, Naresh is a globally recognized leader in eXtreme Programming. Currently Naresh is building two lean-startups in India. Part of his time is also dedicated to help Software companies as an Agile/Lean Coach/Consultant. From Organizational Transformation to enhanced Developer productivity, Naresh helps organizations embrace, scale and sustain essential Agile and Lean thinking.

Naresh was the Chair for the Agile India 2012 Conference, largest conference on Agile and Lean in Asia. He founded the Agile Software Community of India (ASCI) in 2004. He is responsible for creating and organizing various international conferences including the Simple Design And Testing Conference (SDTConf) and Agile Coach Camp.

In recognition of his accomplishments, in 2007 the Agile Alliance awarded Naresh with the Gordon Pask Award for contributions to the Agile Community.

Thushara has been leading geographically distributed software teams over 12 years. During that time she has employed a variety of traditional and Agile processes. As the Chief Project Officer of Exilesoft, Thushara enjoys her day-to-day work with a large pool of technical specialists and a diversified clientele/integrated teams distributed in Norway, Australia and Sweden. Her experience in speaking at International conferences can be found here : www.contextready.com/events

  • Gogula G. Aryalingam MVP, Technical Architect at Navantis
  • Anjana SomathilakeDirector, Engineering and Architecture at Leapset
  • Karthik Sirasanagandla Agile Coach at Industrial Logic, Inc

Gogula is a SQL Server MVP since 2008 and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in Business Intelligence. He possesses 13 years of industry experience, where he designs and builds business intelligence solutions among others.

Gogula has been involved in developing and evaluating SQL Server 2008 and 2012 certification exams for Microsoft as a Subject Matter Expert, and has also authored a chapter in the book titled SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, Vol 2.

He is a founder of the technical communities SQLServerUniverse.com and SQL Server Sri Lanka User Group, where he regularly speaks on database and business intelligence topics. Gogula has delivered several technical presentations at TechInsights – Penang, Malaysia in 2010, a community conference organized by the Microsoft technical communities of Malaysia (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/malaysia), and SQLSaturday #180 – Kathmandu, Nepal in 2012, a SQL Server training event that is held on a global scale (http://sqlsaturday.com).

Anjana has over 10 years of experience designing and developing software for multinational organizations in Sri Lanka, UK and USA. Possessing a proven track record of working with large global teams such as Thomson-Reuters, British Telecom, CSX, Siemens, etc. to deliver scalable enterprise solutions.

View Anjanas full profile here

Karthik is a software craftsman and Agile evangelist who values continuous observation, experimentation, practice and (un)learning.  Before joining Industrial logic, He worked for ThoughtWorks,  FICO and Honeywell. He has experience in web development on technology platforms like Java, Ruby and sparingly Dot Net. He has played several roles in development, testing, business analysis, and project management in both the greenfield/brownfield development and support/maintenance projects.  Karthik has been a speaker and participated in numerous panel discussions at Agile conferences and geek-weekends in India and Europe, including RubyConf, Agile Tour, and Agile By Example. He has also facilitated code-retreats and dev-camps in the past.  View Karthik’s blog here


November 21 8.30 a.m. ~ 6.00 p.m. Hotel Galadari - Colombo Buy Tickets
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Price Structure

Sponsor Early Bird Packet of 10 Early Bird Packet of 5 Regular price
Logo in web site and other promotional material Yes No No No
No of attendees 20 10 5 Any
Price per ticket Rs. 5000 6000 6500 7500


Time Ballroom A Ballroom B Ballroom C
8.30 - 9.00 Registration and Introduction
9.00 - 10.00   Keynote: Pointy haired bosses and pragmatic programmers:
Facts and Fallacies of Software Development

by Venkat Subramaniam
10.00 - 10.30 Tea Break - Networking session 1
10.30 - 12.30 Rediscovering JavaScript
by Venkat Subramaniam
  Avatars of Test Driven Development
by Naresh Jain
12.30 - 14.00   Lunch Break - Networking session 2 & 3  
14.00 - 15.00 Getting Predictable - A Pragmatic Approach
by Anjana Somathilake
  Agile Smells - Funny tales from agile developers' world
by Karthik Sirasanagandla
15.00 - 16.00 Inverting the Testing Pyramid
by Naresh Jain
  Bare Knuckle Web development
by Johannes Brodwall
16.00 - 16.20 Tea Break - Networking session 4
16.20 - 16.50 The Developer vs. The Relational Database: How to do it Right
by Gogula G. Aryalingam
  Effective developer Sprint demos
by Thushara Wijewardena
16.50 - 17.00 Short Break
17.00 - 18.00   Closing keynote: Developers Unleash your Potential
by Rohan Pallewatta
18.00 - 18.15 Closure and announcing winners


Have an idea to share? An experience to describe? A passion to spread?
Join us on the Open Jam talk stage, we want to hear about it!
It is fun, it is fast, and interesting. Since the talk is given by experienced speakers, should be a learning experience as well.
“Open Jam talks" are fast, bright and catchy. The focus is on the content of the talk.
There will be several talks scheduled during the breaks and others on demand.
Open jam stage
Anyone at the conference can convene a session on the Open Jam stage. We encourage interactive sessions providing opportunities to explore Agile ideas and techniques. Sessions don't need to be formal, like the ones on the program -- it's more fun if they are not!
Like bees around a jampot, Open Jam is a buzzing place for thought leaders to hang out, it’s where juicy conversations about edgy and groundbreaking topics happen. Come along to discuss your sticky issues and burning questions. Pick up valuable new insights into topics that are relevant to you today.

Time Networking Sessions
10.00 - 10.15 RestExpress is the easiest way to create RESTful web services in Java by Subuki Shihabdeen
12.30 - 12.45 Google Glass Development by Amalan Dhananjayan
12.45 - 01.00 Applying agile methods in Student Software Projects by APIIT
16.00 - 16.20 Interactive session by Johannes Brodwall


Do you want your logo here? Contact sponsor@devday.lk   to commit 20 or more attendees and get your logo on the Sri Lanka Dev Day website.


  • Kanchana Ranasinghe
  • Ariya Hettiarachchi
  • Anuradha Gajanayaka
  • Johann De Cruz
  • Shifan Cader
  • Shamira Dias
  • Thushara Priyantha
  • Aruna Rajapakse
  • Iresh Perera
  • Madhawee Karunaratne
  • Prabhashwara Bandara
  • Hasika Mahindarathna
  • Nilan Fernando
  • Sharon Kern
  • Prasad Sandamal
  • Vinodhini Tharaneetharen
  • Arosha mahathantirige