Aakash Encourages Students To Build Tablet Apps

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 12:07 Hrs
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Bangalore: The Chief Executive of DataWind, Suneet Singh Tuli, said that students would get a royalty on using the applications on Aakash and would also be provided with monetary benefits for creating advantageous applications for the same. There is also an award of 1lac rupees each to be won by 5 students who come up with the winning applications for Aakash.

NASSCOM has announced its partnership with DataWind for the distribution of 200 tablets to NGOs. NASSCOM has also announced a contest in which 10 NGOs will get an opportunity to win 20 tablets each for improving their operations and programme implementations.

Mr. Tuli has asked for help from the student fraternity because, "We hope to create an entrepreneurial culture among the student community. Students think unconventionally unlike large corporates or software development firms. If they design an (sic) useful application which is selected, it would be pre-burned in millions of tablets to be shipped out by us."

There has been a tremendous response for Aakash PCs from people because it has received 3,00,000 pre-launch bookings since its launch. A subsidized version of the same is also being distributed, for free, in various schools and colleges. National Mission for Education has received 10,000 tablets, which are being used by students from colleges such as IITs, RECs, BITS Pilani and Teri University.

Aakash also plans to tie up with Aircel as its data operator to provide free internet use. Schemes like these have roped in many students because internet is an integral part of student life. Students also have the opportunity to improve upon many a grey areas of UbiSlate, like - low RAM, frequent system freeze, poor sound quality, absence of support for all formats, inability to install free software available online, absence of bluetooth and camera and the PCs getting heated up after 30 minutes. Since, Indian students are very keen on new developments in technology; the demerits of UbiSlate have become a boon for them. These rectifications are most welcome by Aakash and hence, the cash awards for students.

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