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Tata Communications organized the world's first simultaneous Silicon Valley and Bangalore hackathon. During the two-day hackfest nearly 200 developers in both cities worked together to innovate next-generation open-standard collaboration tools.
Following an exciting pitch process ‘Interactive Place' was chosen by the judges thanks to its creative use of WebRTC and its broad market potential The program identifies the context of the webpage, instantly creating a collaborative platform for users to text and video chat while browsing.
The team behind the winning concept, included Amitesh Madhur, Sathya Narayanan Nagarajan and Seetharamakrishna Madamsetti. The Bangalore based team has won $15,000 cash reward and their idea will be incubated by Tata Communications and iAccelerator-CIIE through November 2013. Both companies will provide investment, mentoring and infrastructure support to bring the concept to reality.
The winning team says "This hackathon has allowed us to work together with people from Bangalore and Silicon Valley to help overcome a very prevalent challenge. Collaboration is the best way to innovate and we feel this hackathon did a great job of demonstrating that. We're very excited to be part of Tata Communications' and iAccelerator-CIIEs' incubation programme and can't wait to see our concept hit the market."
The second place award ($10K) was given to a team from Silicon Valley for their app called ‘DeMobo' and Neehraj N Joshi, Prince Jain and Nilabh Pandey from Bangalore received the third place award ($5k) for their collaborative tool called ‘Dev+join'. Other awards include, Best Business Model ($10K), Best Collaboration between locations ($5K), Audience Favourite in Bangalore and Silicon Valley ($5K each), Best Tool for Education ($3K), as well as two on-the-spot Honourable Mention awards ($1K each) in Silicon Valley and Bangalore respectively. Tata Communications will continue to be in discussion with the participating teams.
Julie Woods-Moss, Chief Marketing Officer and CEO of Nextgen, Tata Communications, says "The Internet has become the go-to source of information worldwide, but we're only at the start of what's possible. We've already seen the advantages of crowd sourcing and this weekend, we saw innovation at scale and on a global level. Tata Communications has always believed in the benefits of co-creation and that if diverse talented teams are given the right framework to collaborate, then magical things happen."