To make this a truly industry wide initiative, we decided to work with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and launch India’s first “AppFest” – a 3 day forum that brings together all the stakeholders in the Indian App ecosystem. AppFest was designed to have three tracks – Talkathon, Hackathon and Challengathon. The idea was to enable developers to share ideas on technology, revenue models and opportunities with each other.
A lot of time, people ‘know’ the opportunity, but need that initial ‘push’ to get started. The Hackathon session was included just for that objective – getting amazing people together and giving them the right opportunity to start off on their App journey.
Given that we were involved right from the concept stage and committed to making the event a success, we decided to go the extra mile! To bring together the App Developer community and encourage their efforts to trigger the next round of innovation, we decided to give massive cash prizes to the Hackathon winners!
Day 1 started with the ‘Talkathon’ where we discussed our thoughts on “Ideation of an App” and later in the day shared our insights on App Monetization – 5 Secrets to Success!
Day 2 saw the 24 hours Hackathon commence with pitches, team formation and furious coding! It was immensely satisfying to see the passion and sincere commitment displayed by all participants. Irrespective of who would be adjudged 1st by the Jury – they all are true WINNERS!
Day 3 came after a long night of battle against sleep & fatigue – and some awesome Apps being shown to the Jury!
Here are the pics of the proud winners of the Hackathon receiving the prize money from Ashay Padwal, our CTO & Co-Founder:
1st prize – ‘Mobile Security App’ by S. Nithin Reddy, Ashish Das and Paulami Roy Choudhary.
2nd prize- ‘Rosary Mate App’ by Shibu Devasia and Ken. M. Raja.
3rd prize- ‘MediWeb Cloud App’ by Raagasudha and Team
Head over to our facebook page to see some more pics from the event!
No industry can grow without innovation, and the AppFest Hackathon cash prize initiative served as a catalyst to trigger the next round of innovation in the Indian Appnomy. Over the next year we will be expanding this initiative to other key global geographies and look forward to the creation of breakthrough Apps!