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Microsoft launches Academia Accelerator to promote student innovation


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Microsoft in collaboration with 10 prime engineering institutes of India has launched Academia Accelerator. The list of partners include all IITs, BITS Pilani and NIT Warangal.
The program aims at enriching the computer science curriculum and promote student innovation by providing exposure to cutting-edge industry topics and techniques.

The program currently has two main components— Workshops and Hackathons.

Workshops will be enlightening the students with a wide spectrum of topics relevant to the modern-day high technology industry. Topics of recently delivered workshops include Agile Practices in Software Engineering, Smartphone Trends, Cloud Computing, Online Advertising, Big Data and Web Mining.

Hackathons, on the other hand, will give an opportunity to leverage the latest Microsoft platforms including Mobile and Cloud. Delivered under the brand name, these are open to all passionate coders at partner college campuses.

The teams are required to conceive and implement the original apps for these platforms within 24 hours. Top teams from the hackathons will graduate to a 3-month long online Finalists Forum. It is a Champions’ League of sorts where India’s best student developers get further opportunity to refine their winning ideas and take them to the next level, ably supported by seasoned Microsoft mentors.

“We strongly believe that efforts like the Microsoft Academia Accelerator which connect students and faculty to the very latest in the industry will accelerate the impact of India’s amazing talent”, said Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Ltd.

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