10,000 Indian Students Unleash their Creativity on Windows at

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Over 10,000 students across India joined forces today to unleash their
creativity at the Microsoft Student AppFest, a unique 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. Conducting workshops on application development for the students
by the leading industries thus facilitates them to achieve the expertise
required. We are bringing up new specialized courses such as IT infrastructure
management in collaboration with industry to bridge the gap between academia and
industry. Appfest by Microsoft being conducted across fifty centers in India and
being inaugurated here in University of Mumbai will stand as a landmark for
achieving the above objectives” 
The diversity and breadth of colleges that participated in Microsoft Student
AppFest made the event a truly representative occasion. Participation was
inclusive of key metros from colleges such as IIT Mumbai, Ahmedabad but also saw
representation from a plethora of vibrant academic and engineering colleges from
Tier II and Tier III cities.  
Speaking as one of the many colleges from across India participating in the
event, Dr. Thakare, HOD Amravati University, Amravati added “Microsoft has
engaged with us on initiatives like Faculty Summer Schools and Curriculum
Development & Adoption, and with this AppFest they are preparing the technical
talent for the next level of technology and trends in application development
which we believe is the next wave of technology adoption.” According to recent
research, every year more than 3 million graduates and post-graduates are added
to the Indian human-resource and out of these, only 25% of IT graduates are
considered employable by fast growing IT & ITES industry. 
About Microsoft India 
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software
for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products
and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any
place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a
subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since
1990 and currently has offices in nine cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai,
Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune. 
Media contact details 
Sabah Hamid,
Microsoft,
+91 9811799075,
sabah@microsoft.com 
Sharib Hussain,
IPAN Hill+Knowlton Strategies,
+91 9711118974,
sharib.hussain@hkstrategies.com 
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