At the end of the first round of #AppFest 2016, apart from Prizes worth INR 5 Lacs, funding, mentorship offers and goodies from the prominent Industry members rained down upon the Winning App based start-ups.
Traveljar, a story telling Mobile App was offered seed funding & Mentorship by Adatha, a Chennai based Global Mobile Advertising Platform. Ankur Singla, CEO Helpchat volunteered to mentor Tippe, another winning App from the competition. In addition, two Augmented Reality based Apps “LiveReal & Travel AR” secured mentorship from VMAX & Microsoft respectively. Facebook stepped up and declared free membership of its flagship start-up programme called FBStart for the winners.
These awards were given away at the two-day final ceremony of #AppFest2016 in Benguluru which was attended by more than 700 apps developers from the city and surrounding areas. There were over 20 speakers representing brands like Google, VMAX, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, InMobi, NewsHunt etc, sharing their expertise and insights with the developers.
The #AppFest 2016 was a culmination of the three month long app developers’ competition in 11 cities (Noida, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Indore, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur) conducted under IAMAI’s Mobile 10x programme. 50 apps at the conceptual level were selected from among 600 apps to be completed and presented at the #AppFest2016 in Bengaluru.
The finalists were selected by a Jury covering the cross section of the Industry and they were invited to showcase their app during Appfest2016 with the condition that the idea/prototype had to be developed into a fully functional App uploaded on App store/Play store before the Appfest.
Through its two incubators at Bengaluru and Hyderabad, the AppFest Competition, Startup Summits and Apps Training Programmes, IAMAI intends to create 5 Lakh app developers, 50,000 crack apps developers and 5000 Apps start-ups in the next 5 years making a significant contribution to the emerging Apps Economy in the country.