Students Turn App Developers at Wowzapp 2012


Students turn app developers at Wowzapp 2012

Over 100 participants, most of them students, gathered at Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi, on Friday for a three – day event organised by Microsoft and the college.

Computers at the institute’s laboratory had Windows 8 operating system and also the required tools so that all the aspiring students and application developers could work till 9 p.m. on Saturday, develop apps, and upload these. Those approved would get into the Windows Store apps and can be downloaded by users globally.

Dr. Mahalingam College is among the select centres in the country for “Wowzapp 2012” ( worldwide hackathon for Windows ) that is happening from November 9th to 11th. As many as 250 participants had registered online for the event at Pollachi and 120 of them attended it on Friday. About 90 of them were students and the rest app developers.

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Addressing the participants at the inaugural, Shankar Vanavarayar, correspondent of NIA Educational Institutions, said that students from different cities and towns globally are participating at Wowzapp and the students should make use of the event. They should think of requirements and opportunities in the Indian scenario and those that will be useful for rural areas and develop apps accordingly. Rajan Suyamburajan, Architect Advisor of Microsoft, spoke to the students before they started working on their projects.

The apps will work on all devices ( personal computers, tablets and mobile phones ). Windows 8 is expected to have at least a billion users and this is a huge market for the app developers. They can use multiple languages such as Java script or C ++ to develop the apps. The participants will also have people to help them from start to finish during the two days.

Students like Y. Irman Waseem and K. Muthuselvakumar, who are doing their second year MCA at Dr. Mahalingam College, are making use of this opportunity to exhibit their creativity and skills. They participated at Windows 8 AppFest held in Bangalore in September and developed a game based on the snake and ladder theme. The app has been appreciated by Microsoft. They have now developed “Lucky Trip”, another game, and this will be uploaded during Wowzapp. Preethi B.R., senior manager ( human resources ) at HCL, said the participants can become game changers by developing applications during the event.

According to Vijay Athmalingam, senior director of Cognizant Technology Solution, several companies are making huge investments to capitalise opportunities in the mobile market.There are applications for different purposes such as starting a car using the mobile or testing the blood pressure. With technology developing rapidly, this is an opportunity to be part of the development.