Microsoft contest targets 100+ commercial apps in 6 months


Bangalore: Microsoft India today launched a one-of-its-kind contest for independent software vendors (ISVs) and technology start-ups that is expected to result in the creation of over 100 applications (apps) and solutions for businesses and governments in six months.

The contest is supported by an elite panel of organizations including National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Government of India, NASSCOM, TiE, Nokia, Nokia App Campus, Intel and BarrierBreak.

ISVs and technology start-ups can win nine awards in four categories – Enterprise, MSME, Government Enablement and Citizen Services. Special credit will be given to apps and solutions that are accessible to differently-abled people and/or are created to promote social good. An NIC-backed, special award is earmarked for the ‘Best solution for social good using Open Gov Data’. 56 Indian government departments and ministries recently opened their data sets to the public and NIC is encouraging ISVs to develop applications using these data sets.

Launching the contest, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation (India) said, “With the proliferation of devices and cloud-based services, governments, businesses and other organizations are seeking to interact with customers, partners and other stakeholders securely and reliably. There is an opportunity to create commercial apps beyond the traditional ERP and other transactional systems. Code for Honor will kick-start the creation of apps and solutions that are scalable, reliable and secure and that can be used over public, private and hybrid clouds.”

The contest, Code for Honor, will run over six months and is open to over 5,000 ISVs and tech start-ups in India. Any Indian ISV or tech start-up that is less than eight years old is eligible to participate in the contest.

“The reality of multi-device, multi-screen experiences is reshaping how developers think, build and monetize apps for consumption across the world. Windows is playing a key role in giving wings to their aspirations by providing the most flexible and comprehensive platform. With best-in-class guidance, Code for Honor will challenge developers to build apps that have large-scale impact both for India and the world,” stated Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate VP & Chief Evangelist, Microsoft.

Registration for the Code for Honor competition is now open on The contest will run between December 2013 and June 2014.

Kerala IT News