Microsoft kicks off app development contest in India

Technology giant Microsoft has started a contest for independent software vendors (ISVs) and technology startups in India to create over 100 applications (apps) and solutions for businesses and governments in the next six months.The contest, Code for Honour, is supported by a panel of organizations including the National Informatics Centre (NIC), IT-ITeS industry body Nasscom, TiE, Nokia, Nokia App Campus, Intel and BarrierBreak.

Kicking off the contest, Microsoft Indiachairman Bhaskar Pramanik 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, he added.

“Code for Honour 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,” he said.

The contest, which will run for over six months, is open to over 5,000 ISVs and tech startups in India. Any Indian ISV or tech startup that is less than eight years old is eligible to participate in the contest

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