With the objective of encouraging innovation and technology entrepreneurship in India, techTribe, a collaboration platform ‘where innovators connect’, was launched on September 14. The software platform aims to enable Indian technology professionals in software and services to connect with like-minded people around the world and collaborate on innovative solutions.
Discounting the notion that it is just another social networking site, Rohit Agarwal, CEO, techTribe, said, “It is 90 per cent about collaboration and 10 per cent about social networking. With techTribe, our goal is to provide an environment for professionals to comfortably connect with others, exchange ideas, and foster entrepreneurialism.”
techTribe also announced a campaign called Connect2Develop, where techTribe would award a grant of up to Rs 1 million each month to an innovative idea collaboratively developed by professionals using the techTribe platform.
The goal of Connect2Develop is to ‘democratise opportunity’ for entrepreneurial ventures and to provide grant funding for the most innovative ideas. Connect2Develop provides an avenue for technology professionals in India to embark on an entrepreneurial expedition. It opens up the world of practical innovation to anyone who believes they have an idea that can solve a business problem or wants to work with others to develop ideas.
Commenting on the initiative, Kiran Karnik, President, Nasscom, said, “One of the key factors in building India’s position in the global IT field has been the spirit of innovation that has continuously pushed the limits. Clearly, the way to sustain this leadership position going forward will be innovation and specialisation.”
“The Nasscom-McKinsey study has also emphasised the importance of innovation and indicated the potential for substantial incremental growth in revenue for the industry due to innovation. It has noted that this can also expand the market into completely new domains. In this context, this initiative by techTribe is most welcome, and should add to the innovation ecosystem in the country,” Karnik added.
techTribe aims to move beyond basic social networking to enable Indian IT professionals to form ‘Tribes’ on any topic, be it a Java widget or an entrepreneurial idea that gives birth to a new company. The professionals collaborate with other members of the tribe via blogs for team interaction, articles for posting of relevant information, FAQs to answer common questions one may have about the topic, and lists to provide pertinent external web URLs.