On February 26 Microsoft will be hosting an AppFest across 50 engineering and technology institutes across the country. More than 10,000 students from across the country will gear up to code applications for a whole day, at more than 50 hub centers like The Delhi College of Engineering and GL Bajaj Institute of Technology. The colleges are currently holding training sessions for students who wish to brush up their coding skills as they register.
On the day of the AppFest, the young developers will code under the supervision of Microsoft mentors, trainers and Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs), and submit the app online – an opportunity to make it available on the Windows Store after due diligence. The focus will be on consumer applications, covering education, games and apps for social good.
Microsoft will provide students at each of the hubs with free software such as Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, and with free Windows Store registration codes through Microsoft DreamSpark. The focus will be on broad-based consumer applications, incorporating education, games, apps for social good etc. In addition to submitting the apps for evaluation for a chance to get on the Microsoft Store, the training and experience received via this program will boost the students’ employability, and create a more capable developer ecosystem in the country.