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A conference organized by Gapstars, designed to
take you on a journey through the world of tech.
From the conceptualization of a product to the technicalities of its construction & creation, EX takes you end-to-end on how to create the blueprint of a successful product and technology

Explore a range of opportunities from meeting
industry experts from multiple domains,
discovering Web 3.0, deciphering the Metaverse and much more!


JUNE  15th & 16th | 5pm – 8pm










Murat Erder

Author – Continuous Architecture

Murat has 25+ years’ experience in the software industry working for software vendors, management consultancies and large international banks. He is also the author of two books on software architecture, including Continuous Architecture in Practice, published in 2021. During his career Murat has had a variety of roles, including working as a developer, software architect and management consultant. Murat’s corporate IT roles cover the areas of data, integration and architecture/CTO. Murat is currently the CTO for People and Procurement at Deutsche Bank.

Barend Raaff

Founder Carv.com, Founder and former CEO Harver.com

A digital Dutchman that calls Sri Lanka is his second home and the internet his natural habitat. Barend loves building digital products and companies. He is the founder and former CEO of Harver.com, the #1 volume hiring platform. After the acquisition of Harver, he took a short break but soon realized that nothing is as rewarding as building a digital company. Now he is one of the founders of Carv.com and on a mission to enable the future of work. Barend also sits on the board of Home of Hope (https://homeofhope.nl/en/) and the Netherlands for Ukraine (https://www.nl4ua.org/)

Mukundan Govindaraj

Practice Lead | XR and 3D, Boston Consulting Group

Extensive experience, with over 13 years, in Extended reality, computer vision algorithms, Artificial intelligence and other emerging tech, that are steadily changing the world around us; Having a strong foundation in game engines, web & mobile technologies and Computer-generated imagery(CGI) pipeline. Worked in end to end delivery of technology; From visualizing and creating concepts, to project module designing, to shepherding 3D content creation & UI/UX designing, to standardization and finally commercialization.

Hasitha Liyanage

Vice President of Engineering, :Different

Hasitha is a software engineering lead with nearly 20 years of experience in developing, designing and managing a wide range of production systems and teams, from high frequency trading systems for financial markets in the US, Europe and Hong Kong, to regulatory compliance systems for the Philippines government/ILO, mission critical e-commerce platforms for Fortune-100 corporations and proptech in Australia. Currently, he is the Vice President of Engineering at :Different, where he develops engineering processes, policies and technology strategies.

Roshan Paiva

Software Architect, Atlassian

With nearly two decades of experience as a software architect, developer and engineering leader. Roshan currently works as a Software Architect at Atlassian. He is experienced in  Software architecture and development spanning SaaS, connected devices (IoT), cloud computing, and mobile.

Anjana Somathilake

Co-Founder – Nuclei Technologies and Technology Consultant, Gapstars

Anjana has over 18 years of experience in designing and developing software for multinational organizations
in the USA, Netherlands and UK and possesses a proven track record of working with large global teams to deliver scalable enterprise solutions. Previously, he was a Software Architect at Virtusa, Head of Engineering at CyberLMJ and Vice President- Engineering at CakeLabs. Currently, Anjana is the Co-founder of Nuclei Technologies and the Tech Lead Fireside Chat, alongside Hasitha Liyanage. He is also the CTO of InsureMe.lk and a Technology Consultant at Gapstars.

John Pereira

Software Architect, Gapstars

John Pereira is a technology enthusiast who’s passionate about his work and all forms of technology. With over 15 years in the technology space, his area of expertise lies in API and large-scale Web application development and its related constellation of technologies and processes. As the technical co-founder of Instawell.com, he developed a self-help platform written in PHP and Node.js that gave comfort to thousands of users across the world. As of late, he has primarily been working on service-based architectures on the AWS cloud.

Chandni Jain

Senior Engineer Manager – Front

Chandni has over 14 years of experience working at an enterprise scale at Salesforce and Lyft both as an Engineering leader and hands-on engineer. As an engineering leader, she has owned both blob and block services and Kubernetes based platforms to operationalize them. She has been the service owner responsible for the engineering team, the product ( design, architecture and delivery), infrastructure operations, compliance and customer interactions.

Host and Guest Performance 

Gehan Blok

Managing Director – Blok and Dino Productions (Pvt) Ltd

Known for his signature brand of comedy, Gehan Blok is a name and face that the media and entertainment industry is all too familiar with. A marketer specializing in digital media, Gehan was the Manager and Head of the Digital Team for the Wijeya before spearheading the social media-based news agency W Now. When he’s not working on brand strategy or the next big digital media project, Gehan is CIM certified lecturer in Digital Marketing.




   5:00 pm –
5:10 pm


 5:10 pm –
5:40 pm


continuous architecture in practice
murat erder – Author – Continuous Architecture

  5:45 pm –
6:30 pm

Building a World-Class Product
Barend Raaff – founder carv.com

  6:30 pm –
6:45 pm


  6:45 pm –
7:30 pm

Lessons Learned Building Platform Services
Roshan Paiva – software architect at Atlassian

 7:35 pm –
8:20 pm

panel discussion – tech lead fireside chat
anjana somathilake and Hasitha Liyanage

8:20 pm

closing remarks

   5:00 pm –
5:10 pm

welcome &

 5:10 pm –
5:40 pm


Entering the Metaverse
mukundan govindaraj – practice lead xr and 3d

  5:45 pm –
6:30 pm

Preparing for System Failure: An Incident Response Framework
John Peirera – Software Architect at gapstars

  6:30 pm –
6:45 pm


  5:45 pm –
6:30 pm


 7:35 pm –
8:20 pm

panel discussion – tech lead fireside chat
Anjana Somathilake and Hasitha Liyanage​

8:20 pm

closing remarks

8:30 pm

EX Exclusive Soirée




The Explorer Series has been a great set of sessions so far, and
I personally find them valuable
and informative with regards to honing my skills in

Pubudu Jayawardana
Senior Backend Developer
@ Starred

I have found that the Explorer Series brings a unique perspective to
real-life challenges that developers have to face. In the sessions I have attended, I have been able to catch on to practices and quick hacks that I’ve been able to integrate into my work, and it’s definitely been rewarding!

Thamindu Wickramasinghe
Software Engineer

I have attended a few sessions of the Explorer Series in the past and it is interesting to note the different takes that the speakers have on a plethora of technical topics. It’s always a pleasure to witness industry collaborations and the way that it translates to knowledge-building for the wider tech community.

Dhammika Marasinghe
Associate Technical Lead
@ Maturify