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Posted by Heriyadi Janwar Microsoft Indonesia, Product Marketing Manager
Last month in Jakarta, Microsoft was proud to sponsor the seventh annual Indonesia Information and Communications Technology Awards (INAICTA) ceremony, held to honor innovative local technologies and support a thriving ecosystem of young entrepreneurs in Indonesia.
With the rapid growth of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, INAICTA aims to support an open, competitive, and transparent ICT ecosystem that creates both local and global opportunities for Indonesian developers and companies. Award winners are provided with additional resources, including Microsoft BizSpark and a coveted spot in Digitalpreneurship Program, a new technology accelerator that supplies training and networking opportunities to support sustainable business creation.
"According to the vision and mission to support the formation of digital ecosystems in Indonesia, this year INAICTA winners will participate in the Digitalpreneurship Program so that their work can be introduced to the market faster, improving their chances of success," said Andreas Surya, 2013 INAICTA Chairman.
After visiting several cities across Indonesia to promote the program, INAICTA received more than 1,000 applications, of which around 15% were chosen for the final round of the competition. The contestants’ proposals were judged on innovation, uniqueness, quality of features, as well as the benefits associated with commercial or public use.
The winning technologies ranged from games to healthcare and agricultural applications and showcased cross-platform interoperability and open standards, like HTML5. Here are a few examples:
Congratulations to the 21 winners and an inspiring list of finalists! For more on their stories, please see the INAICTA site.