Graduates from Tier-II Cities Rise to Startup Challenges
Global technology competitions help graduates overcome hurdles
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.