Photo - Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Malaysia.
Technology solutions giant Microsoft Malaysia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) single out three Malaysian software development teams for their innovation in the AppsForAsia - Redesigning Development programme.
The three teams will now represent Malaysia among five other country teams at ADB's 46th annual general meeting of the board of governors in Delhi, India, from 2-5 May 2013, said Microsoft Malaysia's director of developer and platform evangelism Dinesh Nair who said AppsForAsia is a Microsoft-ADB programme to harness sustainable solutions from Asia-based independent software developers.
"For 20 years, Microsoft Malaysia has been committed to engaging the local software development community to help them transform their business and create a real impact in the IT industry, supporting Malaysia's aspirations of moving towards a high-income, knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy," said Nair.
"AppsForAsia is a continuation of these efforts and is testament to our investment in initiatives that are geared towards developing software and application development talents," he said. "We are extremely proud to partner with ADB for AppsForAsia to develop innovative solutions to address real-life challenges for the benefit of local communities."
"We know that maximising the use of technology is one of the fundamental drivers that empowers the poor and helps them improve their lives," said ADB's corporate secretary, Robert L.T. Dawson.
"ADB is proud to have this opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft and the growing number of sponsors and supporters who have given life to AppsForAsia," said Dawson. "When Microsoft approached ADB to partner on this project, we welcomed the chance to share our knowledge and to stimulate the exchange of information and opportunity between technology users and technology creators to drive creation of new solutions for a better tomorrow."
Between 2000 and 2011, ADB supported 372 ICT-related projects and technical assistance worth RM41 billion (US$13.22 billion).
The AppsForAsia initiative takes the form of application development contests in Australia, India, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, where independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers were previously made aware of the needs of end-users across Asia in seven key sectors; civil society, education, governance, transport, urban development, water, and youth.
AppsForAsia provides opportunities for startups, ISVs
Nair said developers were given access to Microsoft's Cloud platform, Windows Azure, including deeper understanding of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Technical support helped them to develop solutions across different devices and platforms.
Malaysian government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) chief operating officer, Ng Wan Peng, said: "Initiatives such as AppsForAsia support our drive to empower businesses and connect communities through ICT. As a nation that prioritises the development of a digital economy, Microsoft and ADB have provided the perfect avenue for local entrepreneurism to flourish and contribute to nation-building through the use of technology, on top of the opportunity for our winners to bring real-life changes to governments, businesses, and citizens across Asia."
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