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SLAKE was conceptualized by a group of graduate students and young professionals in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area who were interested in sharing professional knowledge and skills with Sri Lanka while based in the U.S.
From these early meetings, two graduate students both seeing opportunities to professionally connect with Sri Lanka from the U.S. aspired to found an organization that would create these connection opportunities for other students and young professionals in both countries.
SLAKE as an organization was first formalized at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Grid Pitch event in 2019 and was further refined through informational sessions. Overtime, SLAKE has grown into a team of volunteers across the U.S. and Sri Lanka who mobilize to create monthly opportunities for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation between the U.S. and Sri Lanka. We are in the process of becoming an officially registered non-profit organization.
Facilitate the exchange of knowledge between students, researchers, and professionals in the U.S. and Sri Lanka in order to help provide scientific evidence-based solutions and innovations addressing STEEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics, and Medical) related challenges.
We envision an active platform where fellow students, researchers, and professionals in Sri Lanka and the U.S. can virtually connect, share knowledge and opportunities, and contribute professional ideas to spark cross-country connections, stimulate collaborations, and help mitigate the impacts of brain drain and brain gain.