10,000 Indian students take part at AppFest
Mumbai, Feb 26 : Over 10,000 students across India joined forces on Tuesday to unleash their creativity at the Microsoft Student AppFest, a coding event enabling students from colleges of all sizes and stature to develop their 'dream app' ideas alongside professional developers using the latest Microsoft technologies.
Landing in 54 key hubs in 45 key cities across 18 states of India, the reverberations of the day-long coding fest were felt across the country with each state hosting a bustling hands-on workshop run by a total of 150 Microsoft Student Partners on-call to give students a first-hand app development experience.
An average of 250 estimate students from each college contributed to the total number of 10,000 participating students.
The tremendous response amounts to over 60,000 collective hours of coding. An estimated total number of 3,000 full apps were imagined and created during the one-day code-a-thon.
The goal of the event was to ignite the imagination of students from colleges representing the full spectra of Indian academia by offering the chance to design the perfect app with guidance from professional developers.
Young tech-enthusiasts were given the freedom of casting their app-vision on the latest Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms; building, designing and testing bespoke apps geared at phones and tablets while receiving guidance and support from Microsoft mentors, trainers and Student Partners to realize their creation.
Inaugurating the Appfest at Saroj Sadan University of Mumbai, Kalina was Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International.
Also, talking about the AppFest was Dr. S. S. Mantha, Chairman, AICTE, who said: "Opportunities like these are the game changers in today's world. These are the skills that the future generations need to understand and learn in a globally collaborative world."
Present at the inauguration venue was Dr. Rajan Welukar Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai who spoke about the connect between both the IT and the education industries, saying: "University of Mumbai is keen in creating competent skills in students as per the need of Government, Industry and other Social Sectors."