Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2018 has announced the launch of ‘APPrice’- the IMC 1000 App challenge. APPrize is a five-month online contest under which IMC will shortlist the top 1000 apps developed to address 20 problem statements across five different themes. This initiative will drive the next wave of the technology revolution for India.
This five-month contest is open to all mobile application developers across the country. The themes around which apps must centre are-
- Empowerment / Access to Services
- Enhancing the User Experience
- FinTech / Artificial Intelligence
- Smart Cities / Smart Enterprises
- Networks of the Future
The challenge is facilitated by Startup India, Invest India, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and iValley. APPrize aims to promote new service models, access to innovative services, support skilling and manpower development through value creation. Participants can register or get more information on the “APPrize” by visiting the IMC Website.
The 1000 Apps will be selected and the shortlisted apps will be launched on 25th October 2018 at the inaugural session of IMC 2018. This event will be held from 25-27 October 2018 with the theme “NEW DIGITAL HORIZONS Connect, Create, Innovate” at Aerocity, New Delhi. The 1000 apps at IMC 2018 will be displayed through an interactive App showcase, the App Tunnel during the event.
“With the launch of APPrize, we are challenging talented designers and developers to dream up and propose new media applications that can transform the nation and how the government, civic organizations, and the private sector serve and interact with each other and with the community,” said Ramakrishna P, Chief Executive Officer, India Mobile Congress (IMC).
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The curtain raiser for IMC 2018 took place on April 13th, 2018 where the Minister of State (I/C) for Communications and Railways, Government of India, Shri Manoj Sinha announced that the event will be held between October 25-27 this year. “IMC 2018 is important as it provides the unique platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas and innovations, in a field as dynamic as ours”, said Mr Sinha.
The Secretary (T) & Chairperson, Telecom Commission, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, Ms Aruna Sundararajan said, “India is the third largest hub for start-ups in the world. It is emerging as a hotspot for tech innovations and therefore the IMC will create opportunities for start-ups to partner with others in the Industry. We believe that Apps and startups that will be supported by the IMC initiative will give further momentum to this progress. Therefore, the initiative to launch 1000 Apps from the India Mobile Congress platform shall be one of the key highlights of the IMC.”