We are enclosing herewith a press release dated September 22, 2022 titled 'Airtel and WhatsApp launch 'Airtel IQ Hackathon' inviting start-ups to build new age business solutions on WhatsApp' issued by the Company.
Select few winners to get a chance to join Airtel accelerator program and benefit from Airtel’s strengths in data, distribution, network and payments besides funding New Delhi, 22 nd September, 2022:
The hackathon’s objective is to identify and build new-age business solutions using the WhatsApp Business Platform across five key sectors of economy that can potentially improve livelihoods and contribute to the sustainable and economic growth of the country.
It aims to offer emerging Indian startups, Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and the student community an opportunity to leverage technology and drive customer experience and better customer engagement.
Winners will also get an opportunity to leverage Airtel Business’ expansive channel network to achieve reach and scale with enterprises.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Abhishek Biswal, Business head, Airtel IQ said: “India’s startup ecosystem has seen outstanding growth guided by the Government of India’s vision.
Our technology talent pool has been doing some phenomenal work in building solutions that solve hard problems.
Airtel IQ is thrilled to partner with WhatsApp @Meta bringing together our expertise to empower technology entrepreneurs, software publishers and emerging startups to build future-ready CPaaS solutions.
Our partnership with ‘Airtel IQ Hackathon’ intends to foster and nurture start-ups in building technology-based solutions towards achieving the Digital India vision.
Technology offers immense potential to make E-Commerce, Ed-Tech, Banking and Financial Services, Travel & Tourism more accessible, convenient, and inclusive for millions of Indians.”
The hackathon is part of a range of projects Airtel has initiated with the goal of developing and enhancing India’s technology talent.
Airtel consistently seeks to employ more women engineers and is setting up a dedicated tech center in Pune to house tech talent across fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and has also vigorously put in efforts to upskill and develop local talents in its countries.
With India witnessing growth in entrepreneurship and tech start-ups ecosystems, the hackathon will inspire innovations that can enable India’s digital transformation journey.
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