Infotech Lead India: Microsoft’s technology event for developers, IT professionals, entrepreneurs and students – TechEd 2013, held in Bengaluru, saw good response from IT students and entrepreneurs in India.
The event featured keynote speeches, demos and workshops from experts that helped participants catalyze their business ambitions and realize their full potential. The event aims at helping developers and IT professionals hone their skills in app development to enable them to add more apps to the Windows ecosystem.
The global unemployment rate is at 12.7 percent and the employability rate in the Indian IT services sector has fallen three times, from 29.41 percent to 16.36 percent last year.
This state of affairs indicate a clear need for educational institutions to produce industry-ready candidates. Lack of trained manpower for product-based and research-based projects is an impediment for growth as the IT industry in India matures. Concentrated skill building is crucial to India’s progressive growth and will help bridge the opportunity divide amongst youth in India.
Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office 2013, Office 365 and Windows Azure platforms present countless opportunities for developers to shape the app ecosystem across multiple devices, giving developers the chance to maximize their revenues. Microsoft aims to provide these gifted and technically-skilled developer community a supportive environment to drive path-breaking innovation globally.
Microsoft is currently making significant investments in working with 1.2-million developers and over 1000 Independent Software Vendors to empower them with the tools, technologies and training needed to develop high-end skills and be capable of competing at a global level.
The Windows AppFest hosted by Microsoft at Bengaluru recently had 2567 developers coding non-stop for 18 hours and setting a world record for the ‘Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location.’
Developers from India and beyond who participated in the event for building, designing and testing apps for the Windows platform benefited from global mentoring and technical resources at hand. Microsoft has also hosted other events like ‘Tech Days,’ the ‘I Unlock Joy,’ ‘Mobile Acceleration Week’ and the first-ever women app developers event.