Grad­u­ates from Tier-II Cities Rise to Startup Chal­lenges

Global tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tions help grad­u­ates over­come hur­dles

The Economic Times - - Companies - MALAVIKA MU­RALI

Stu­dents of sec­ond-rung en­gi­neer­ing col­leges have not had it easy so far, cop­ing as they do with poor in­fra­struc­ture and lit­tle scope to show­case their skills. But global tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tions are now help­ing them over­come this hand­i­cap. The global com­pe­ti­tions tar­geted at stu­dents — many hosted by tech­nol­ogy gi­ants such as Mi­crosoft — have opened doors to these stu­dents from these col­leges, who have ex­ploited the plat­forms to the fullest. Srinidhi Prahlad from NIE Mysore is a case in point. Prahlad, a third-year en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent of the in­sti­tute, de­vel­oped Stream­ify, an on­line tool de­vel­oped for users to host webinars, con­fer­ences and busi­ness calls, in two days at a hackathon. Mysore-based Rein­ven­tio, Prahlad’s com­pany, launched Stream­ify at the Great In­dian De­vel­oper Sum­mit at IISc Ban­ga­lore and show­cased at the IBM cam­pus.

Steam­ify re­quires the user to use Pyne­tra, a ges­ture recog­ni­tion prod­uct the com­pany de­vel­oped and launched ear­lier this year. The user can make pre­sen­ta­tions by draw­ing

Prahlad, a third-year en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent of the in­sti­tute, de­vel­oped Stream­ify, an on­line tool de­vel­oped for users to host webinars

or pulling slides out of thin air. “Pas­sion is a big in­gre­di­ent that I see in these stu­dents. We are ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists in a way as we pro­vide them (the stu­dents) with tech­nol­ogy and of­fer men­tor­ship,” said Karthik Pad­man­ab­han, coun­try head of ecosys­tem de­vel­op­ment at IBM. Sim­i­larly, Mi­crosoft Imag­ine Cup, an an­nual global stu­dent tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tion, saw four en­gi­neers of Farid­abad-based Manav Rachna Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing clinch the first place at the na­tional fi­nals held in Noida, near Delhi, in April.

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