Over 650 students with a keen interest in developing computer and internet applications gathered for the Microsoft App Fest at SJP Institute of Technology in Kengeri on Tuesday. The participants, most of whom were engineering college students from across the state, spent over five hours trying to come up with the perfect apps for the new Microsoft 8 Windows platform.
“Essentially Microsoft identifies certain students across the country as Microsoft partners. It’s not expected of us, but we help spread new technologies of Microsoft to our classmates. They reached out to us for this App Fest and that’s how we came about organising it,” said Sanjay Kamath, a sixth semester computer science student at SJPIT, one of the Microsoft student partners and the organisers of the event.
With the help of Microsoft employees who were also present at the event, the students, few of whom are still in school, created various applications from travel apps to gaming apps for the Windows 8 platform. “It was a coding exercise and we had students who had created an application for tic-tac-toe. There was also this 15-year old student, who had actually built a really great paint application that enables you to use various paint brushes to create various structures and textures. This, coming from a 10th standard student, is just great,” added Kamath.
Another student had created a application quite similar to an app on Flipkart’s website that highlighted the hot deals of the day for the user. “At the end of the day we were left with 30 completed quality apps developed by the students and about 70-80 apps that were about 80 percent completed. The Microsoft employees present at the event will now help the students with the incomplete apps to finish them properly,” he added. The Microsoft App fest was held in 55 other cities in India simultaneously on Tuesday and some of the participants even got deals from Microsoft at the end of the day to develop their apps further, commercially.