World’s first cross-border Silicon Valley / Bangalore hackathon focuses on ‘The Future of Collaboration’

  World’s first cross-border Silicon Valley / Bangalore hackathon focuses on
  ‘The Future of Collaboration’

Hackfest sponsored by Tata Communications will provide $75K in prizes for the
     creation of next generation open-standard collaboration applications

Business Wire

MUMBAI, India -- June 19, 2013

Tata Communications becomes the main sponsor of the first simultaneous
hackathon event linking together Silicon Valley and Bangalore (July 12th-13th
2013). During the two day hackfest, over 200 developers in both locations will
work together, across borders, to innovate next-generation ‘open-standard’
collaboration tools. These will be built over new open APIs (application
programming interface) including WebRTC. The winning concept will be incubated
by Tata Communications through November 2013.

According to Gartner^1, collaboration technologies jumped into the list of Top
five CIO priorities this year. In today’s digital, always-on and globalized
environment, true collaboration requires interconnectivity and
interoperability in order to provide a richer experience for the end-user. By
crowdsourcing the best minds across Silicon Valley and Bangalore, the ‘Future
of Collaboration’ hackathon provides a gateway to rapidly develop, prototype
and innovate applications using new web standards to address everyday
collaboration challenges.

Julie Woods-Moss, Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of Nextgen, Tata
Communications, says, “The key to successful collaboration technology is to
increase productivity, regardless of location or synchronicity. Tata
Communications is excited to sponsor this hackathon which will catalyze new
ideas, apps and tools for collaboration based on open systems. Bringing
together teams from Bangalore and Silicon Valley for the first time will
enable a new creative force in this important sector. This runs in sync with
our strategy at Tata Communications to build interconnected and open
ecosystems – be it for voice, mobility or business video.”

Internet-based technologies such as WebRTC take communications and
collaboration to the next level, providing a simple, ubiquitous, and rapid
deployment method - one which only web-based platforms can provide.

Tata Communications has an open ecosystem approach to voice, mobility and
business video solutions. The company has the largest interconnected ecosystem
for business video and mobile network operators. Underpinning its robust
collaboration offerings is its undersea cable network which is the world’s
largest and includes the first wholly-owned fibre optic cable network ring
around the world. Its network also accounts for 20% of the world’s internet
routes today.

The Future of Collaboration Hackathon, sponsored by Tata Communications, will
take place between July 12th-13th 2013 in the below locations:

  *Silicon Valley: nestGSV, Redwood City, California
  *Bangalore: Microsoft Accelerator, Bangalore, Karnataka

For more information, visit:
Twitter hashtag: #Collabhack13

^1 Gartner CIO survey 2013:

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications Limited, along with its subsidiaries (Tata
Communications),is a leading global provider of a new world of
communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata
Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain
expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions
to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and
largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to
more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1
million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes
leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global
international voice, and strategic investments in South Africa (Neotel), Sri
Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited).
Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the
National Stock Exchange of India.

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Tata Communications
Natalie Chak, +44 (0)7833 043 779
Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Kersti Klami, +44 (0)20 7973 5999
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