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Why over 2,000 students from all across India headed to Microsoft’s Hyderabad campus

In a first, Microsoft India hosted SHOWCASE, a Microsoft Academia Accelerator program, at its Hyderabad campus. The program witnessed the participation of 44 teams from 15 colleges.  It was attended by 2000+ students, giving birth to a total of 350 projects.

Over 100 students displayed solutions based on popular technologies like Android, Chatbots and AI solutions, with Azure combinations. Lifestyle and productivity emerged as favored themes, followed by education and entertainment. About 40% of the participants were from non-Computer Science backgrounds.

The first position was secured by two teams: Negative Time and Voicers. The former’s project was named Content Rectifier. The students had developed a content moderation solution built as a browser extension to keep children away from adult, racist and negative web content. This gives parents the power to monitor and control web activities through Facebook bot as well. Whereas Voicers showcased their project, Song Train, which is a web app that lets one create Karaoke tracks from songs and a platform where users can assess their singing abilities.

A team named Infinite Loop stood second for their project, Together Play. They developed an android app which plays synchronized music on multiple devices.  The app can also be used for short range audio communication over Wifi direct.

Academia Accelerator is an initiative taken by Microsoft to boost its campus engagement with campuses through enrichment of CS course curriculum and driving student innovation. It aims at building a deep, long-term association between industry and academia in India. It celebrated its fifth year of collaboration with students and faculty in the nation.This is how SHOWCASE supports students to bring their ideas to life. It helps them leverage mentor support, publishing support, and pitch support to build on the best of their ideas.

The program stressed the concepts of teamwork and collaboration as well as multi-disciplinary focus that took students beyond pure technology or code into other equally important determinants of success, such as user experience, design, customer value propositions.

Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Ltd., said,

The success of this program is testament to the great engineering talent we have in India. We have seen significant uptake for the Academia Accelerator program in the last five years as students recognize the importance of understanding technology trends and undergoing practical training sessions during their formative years.

Such programs inculcate the will to innovate within students and encourage them to take that leap of faith to walk the road of entrepreneurship. They encourage students to dream big, build creatively, learn through competition and boldly bring their ideas to life as they gain lifelong career skills throughout their journey.

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