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On 19th Dec 2013, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman - Microsoft India and Joseph Landes, Chief Evangelist and GM - Microsoft India announced the launch of Microsoft Solutions Excellence Awards, Code for Honor 2014Launch of code for honour #codeforhonor

Code for Honor 2014 is a one-of-its-kind contest for independent software vendors (ISVs) and technology start-ups focused on solutions for Large Enterprises, Micro/Small/Medium Enterprises, Government Enablement and Citizen Services.

Registration for the Code for Honor contest is now open and Solution Synopsis entries will be accepted later in December and through January. The contest will run over a span of six months and any Indian ISV or tech start-up that is less than eight years old with less than 200 employees is eligible to participate.

The approach and timelines for the contest are as shown below

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Apps and solutions can be submitted in four broad categories and awards:

  1. Enterprise apps and solutions: these could be in the areas of HR, Finance, Marketing, Sales etc.
  2. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) apps and solutions: these may be in all areas of operations of a small company and need to be simple to deploy and cost effective.
  3. Government Enablement apps and solutions: these help government departments improve their internal operations.
  4. Citizen services apps and solutions: these help make government services more accessible to citizens and benefit large sections of society.

Special credit will be given to apps and solutions that are accessible to differently-abled people and/or are created to promote social good.

An NIC-backed, exclusive award is earmarked for the “Best solution for Social Good using Open Government Data”. Thousands of Datasets in open format pertaining to different sectors have been published on the Open Government Data Platform India - http://data.gov.in by various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India. NIC encourages ISVs across India to develop applications using these data sets.

In addition to winning cash awards of INR 2,00,000 each and Windows devices, the winning teams will have access to mentors from an elite panel, and will have the opportunity to connect with potential investors and customers.

The Code for Honor contest is supported by an elite panel of organizations including National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the Government of India, NASSCOM, TiE, Nokia, Nokia App Campus, Intel, BarrierBreak and Icertis.

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This is your chance to shine! Register now at www.CodeForHonor.com