Microsoft Hosts Open Source Conference & Hackathon for Developers

Hyderabad, India – 21st March 2016: Microsoft India today inaugurated Microsoft Openness Days, the first-ever open source conference of its kind for developers in India. The conference is aimed at helping 1000 architects, developers and cloud professionals discover and leverage the company’s open, secure and flexible Microsoft Azure cloud platform for Government and enterprise solutions.

Shri Jayesh Ranjan
Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Government of Telangana delivering the keynote address to developers at Microsoft’s 1st Open Source on Azure Hackathon in Hyderabad

The conference includes Open Hack, India’s first Open Source on Azure hackathon, organized by Microsoft with support from the Government of Telangana. This six-hour long hackathon will offer developers the opportunity to work on and showcase innovative applications (apps) and solution ideas based on the themes of the State Government’s digital initiatives.

Inaugurating the conference, Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department, Government of Telangana, said, “We are a firm supporter of technology to drive Telangana’s growth and development. We are very pleased to partner with Microsoft to host the Open Hack in our state. We are confident that the immense talent of our developer pool, combined with Microsoft’s technologies and expertise, can help achieve our digital goals and in turn, the welfare of our citizens.”

Speaking on this occasion, Narendra Bhandari, General Manager – Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft India, said, “We are thrilled to host this unique, first-ever conference for cloud open source developers, and thank the Government of Telangana for their continued support. It is energizing to see young talent, develop technical solutions which will help us transform into Digital India.”

The Open Source on Azure hackathon will be followed by a showcase where developers will present their solutions and apps leveraging Microsoft Azure. The top six apps and the teams will be selected by Microsoft and T-Hub for further development, mentoring and to build market readiness. The winners will also win exciting devices and other prizes. Learn more about the conference here: http://www.microsoftopenness.com/openness-days.aspx

Microsoft has a strong commitment to openness and collaboration, which is ingrained in its day-to-day approach to doing business alongside industry partners around the world, including open source communities. The company recognizes that interoperability is a lever for business growth, and appreciates both how the Open Source development model can be applied to our own software development and how Microsoft technologies can be great platforms for open source applications.

About Microsoft India

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 7,000 employees engaged in sales and marketing, research and development, and customer services & support across 10 Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.