Information Technology (IT) and Consulting multi-national company Wipro Ltd. is trying a mass-appeal crowd-sourcing method to bring forth fresh and innovative app ideas, meant primarily for the mobile ecosystem. The AppLife Contest is a collaborative event meant especially for engineering and science graduates in India and will run for a whole six months. The contest is meant to encourage these young minds to step-forth and design their own apps with their own ideas. These young developers will also be given a chance to showcase their creations, primarily for mobiles running iOS and Android along with device agnostic HTML5 and other open source platforms.
Why should students register for this?
Wipro has its hands in multiple sectors including FMCG products and consumer electronics. It has the ability to incubate and nurture young minds and they have crafted this App fest to spot talent that holds promise to create a sustainable developmental source for the next phase of tech evolution and commerce.
However, the aforementioned reasons simply do not come even close to the benefits of joining. Wipro will appoint their own ‘Wipro Mentors’ who will continually monitor and offer guidance and support to the students to help them stay on course. Wipro appears to be attempting development of a long-term engagement platform between educational campuses and the company. The sooner they tap the emerging potential, the better are their chances of grabbing the best talent right out of school/college.
It is said last year’s inaugural edition over 2000 students have enrolled, which witnessed over 30 hours of training sessions, that gave birth to 25 apps. A few of these apps were even considered for real-time application development among customers. Final and pre-final year students of Wipro accredited engineering colleges are eligible for this contest and they can register here. The link also has a software development kit necessary to participate and develop mobile applications for any smartphone and tablet.
Developing Apps is increasingly perceived as a lucrative and satisfying career option. It is indeed great to see development of such promoting platforms. What do you think?