A view of the Microsoft Appfest in Mumbai, February 26 2013
Microsoft Appfest in India draws 10,000 young geeks

Mumbai, February 28, 2013: The Microsoft Student AppFest, a unique coding event enabling college students from colleges to develop their ‘dream app’ ideas alongside professional developers, drew over 10,000 participants   from across India on Tuesday.

An average of 250 estimate students from each college contributed to the total number of 10,000 participating students…. And 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. 

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.

The  appfest was inaugurated by Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International.  Also, on hand was Dr. S. S. Mantha, Chairman, All India  for  Technical Education, 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” Dr. Rajan Welukar Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai spoke about the connect between both the IT and the education industries.

See our earlier story of the September 2013 appfest