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Young innovators in mobile applications find a place under the Sun

11-May-2006
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Young innovators in mobile applications find a place under the Sun

They are young, motivated and highly aspirational. They are also innovators and entrepreneurs ready to ride the mobile database application boom in India. And they are also getting recognition for their contribution.

Jayadev Gopalkrishnan(26), is CEO of his own year-old company, Tinfo Mobile. Pavitar Singh (22) is the CEO of Limited Edition Mobile. Both are among the winners of the Second Mobile Developer Awards in the corporate category organized by Reliance Developer Programme (RDP) that aims to acknowledge and encourage outstanding young talent in the area of mobile application development in India.

Organised under the Corporate and Student categories, the contest was open between November 2005 and February 2006. Over 60 per cent of the submissions were from students.

In the Corporate category, Astute Systems, Indore, won the first prize of Rs 2 lakh for its Hanuman Chalisa application, while in the Student category, Aditya Sharma, Siddharth Shah and Vasundhara Kantroo from DAIICT, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, walked away with the first prize of Rs 50,000 for their Prashnavali application.

In the Corporate category, the second prize of Rs 1 lakh went to Tinfo Mobile, Kerala, for its ‘Teach Me Hindi’ application and the third prize of Rs 50,000 was won by Limited Edition Mobile for its Delhi's Mobile Blogger Application.

In the Student category, Sheetal Chauhan, Swapnil Nikhade, Kalpana Khandare and Amit Pol of Isquare IT, Pune, and Sirish Vemuganti, Hyderabad, shared the second prize of Rs 30,000 for their Snake Catcher and Karaoke applications respectively. The third prize of Rs 20,000 was shared by two gaming applications: PixO developed by D Sribabu of Shah & Anchor Engineering College, Mumbai; and Pongball developed by Abhishek Srivastava of Rohilkhand University, Baireli, UP.

The contest was adjudged by IT educationist and cyber security expert Vijay Mukhi, Datta Subrahmanya, VP-Customer Advocacy, Cisco, and Prashant Dogra, Technology Marketing Specialist, Nokia.

Handing out the prizes, Sam Pitroda, Chief of Knowledge Commission, said, “Innovation should be encouraged at a very early stage. Nowadays, innovations are happening at a much faster pace. Innovations should have a business model to remain sustainable. For this innovators should also be entrepreneurs.”

Mahesh Prasad, President, Applications Solutions & Content Group, Reliance Infocomm, said, “This time the applications were truly amazing, very professional and highly innovative. The winning entries will have a place in R-World. Reliance will share 20-25 per cent of the revenue generated through the applications with the innovator and the institutes the students belong to.”

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