Achievements

Achievements and positive vibes from last few months...

Emerging ICT Professional of the Year - Finalist

I was honored and proud to share that I was selected as a finalist nominee for the '๐„๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐‚๐“ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ' award as part of the ACS (Australian Computer Society) Digital Disruptors Awards 2022. ๐Ÿ†


Vice-Chair of Young Professionals Committee (ACS) - Victoria

ACS Victoria Young Professionals Committee is now in place with the goal of giving life to the emerging ideas and contributing to the ICT sector in Victoria



UCD (University of Dublin) - Interview

"Great learners donโ€™t just consume, they contribute."

I was invited to this amazing Q&A session as a proud alumnus of the University College Dublin (Class of 2016) to share my experience and thoughts ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช


Read full article: UCD Alumni Blog


UCD Global Alumni Ambassador

I've been invited to represent UCD as a global student ambassador in 2022. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช x ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ


๐ŸŽ™๏ธ Public Speeches/ Podcasts

Melbourne Python Users Group

This group is a monthly gathering of Python users and developers in the Melbourne area. We discuss Python and related open source technologies. It is a networking forum for meeting other locals interested in Python and exchanging news and ideas.

I've been a member of the "Python User Group" for almost a year and had a chance to speak about the topic "How to access Google Spreadsheet data using Python" on June Meetup, 2019 as my first speech there.

In this presentation, I've explained how to use the Gspresd Python package to read, write, and delete data from a Google Spreadsheet with just a few lines of code. The speech went around 30mins with a live demo and luckily nothing went wrong.

Post on LinkedIn

PythonMeetup-June

JAWS-UG AWS Pankration 2021 (Conference)

JAWS-UG is a group (community) of people who use cloud computing provided by AWS (Amazon Web Services). JAWS-UG is a community of people who use cloud computing provided by AWS (Amazon Web Services). We hold study sessions and exchange events by volunteers for the purpose of learning and exchange that cannot be done alone. We have groups in the form of chapters all over Japan, and each group conducts activities based on its own theme. This community is a non-profit organization.


About the session

Music is something we all enjoy. The VHS, DVD and CD era has gone to dust and it's all streaming platforms are the giants in the music industry. For example, Spotify will suggest you a few playlists based on your listening history/activity/behavior, But sometimes I wanted to create my own music. The best example I can give you is; I'm really into 1980's music. So I wanted to extract the data tagged as 80's and sort everything by popularity and slice the dataset to X amount of rows (ie.100) and create my own playlist.

I was able to automate this to run on every weekend at 4am so my playlist is updated every week. I used Lambda/AWS Event Bridge/ S3 and Redshift to house all the data as a datawarehouse


โ‡๏ธ Session Info: https://lnkd.in/gwqbH4dM

โ‡๏ธ Slides: https://lnkd.in/gEDxHwBD

โ‡๏ธ Created playlist: https://spoti.fi/3kRy8OH

โ‡๏ธ Artist Channel: https://spoti.fi/3qVN0zJ


Post on LinkedIn

JAWS PANKRATION - Dilan Jayasekara

AWS Community Builder

๐Ÿ™ I am absolutely honored to be recognized for my contribution to the AWS Community and become a part of this amazing Amazon Web Services (AWS) Community Builders program for Data & Analytics! I was selected for the 2021 October Intake and will be spending the next 12 months learning/sharing from the AWS wider community.


Podcasts

Appeard on a few podcast episodes to talk about data science, data engineering and DevOps. Listen to the full episode here.




โœ Blogger / Writer *

Medium/ Towards Data Science

  • Three time (3x) featured Writer for the largest online data science publication called Towards Data Science with 650,000+ Views and 200,000+ Reads.

  • Published articles with The Startup which is one of the leading Medium channels.

  • Two of my articles reached 100K+ views in May.

  • Articles related to Programming, Data Science and Machine Learning were curated by Towards Data Science Editorial team.

  • With time, Articles that are non technical related also published in Medium and several articles were curated under Poetry, Creativity and Society topics.

  • Here are few publications that I worked with (In Medium)

*Update 2021: Removed all my TDS articles from Medium because I wanted to start my own blog called The Jayasekara Blog



Towards Data Science




The Innovation





Becoming Human: Artificial Intelligence Magazine


The Startup


Few screenshots from my Medium Blog before I took it down to start my own Blog.

Jayasekara.Blog

The Jayasekara Blog is the fusion of myself and my wife's blog articles.

You can find articles that vary from AWS - Data Engineering, Data Science, Software Development to Life, Poetry, Relationship and Love. We cover them all.


๐Ÿ™Œ Helped International Students with their Career Development

After I published this story on my Blog, lot of international students have reached out to me thanking for sharing my experience and the hardships I faced during my first job hunt in Melbourne, Australia. I didn't want to leave it there so i started a Slack channel to share future events, meetups, data science tips and articles, networking tips and pretty much everything that I can think of to help them rise as confident data scientists in Melbourne.

Click the image below to join the slack channel.



Freelance Dev/BI (2014-2015)

I had few Fiverr gigs related to Software Developing, Database designing and Web Developing. And some other related to Graphic Designing like Logo creating and Book cover designing while I was at my second year in Uni (2014). Been a freelancer for 7,8 months and have 90% Positive Ratings from 38 Customer Reviews.

Here are few snapshots of development projects/ graphic designing I was worked on.