Softline Venture Partners fund with the support of Microsoft will conduct a contest of students' apps for Windows Store from November 6, 2012 to May 15, 2013. The jury introduced a special category for Windows Phone Store applications. The best works will be published in relevant newspapers, and the creators and scientific leaders of the three best projects will get presents: laptops, phones and other valuable prizes from Microsoft and partners of the competition.
Elena Alekseeva, the head of Softline Venture Partners, says: The motivation of students to the independent development of software applications is a major goal of Microsoft UniApps Challenge competition. The successful development of modern IT infrastructure depends on a constant flow of fresh personnel prepared for taking the responsibility and risks of independent work. We are pleased that Microsoft shares our views, and we hope that together we can help talented students to become world-class professionals.
Alexander Gavrilov, the head of the work with the education system fo Microsoft Russia, adds: The training of world-class IT professionals that are in line with current requirements of the modern industry is extremely important for the Russian economy. We appreciate and support the efforts of universities to train the developers of software applications who use advanced platforms and tools. We hope that the UniApps competition will motivate the professional development of students and teachers focused on the highest standards of research and applied IT projects.
Andrei Stepanov, the director for the development of educational and venture projects of Softline Venture Partners, notes in turn: This initiative of Softline Venture Partners provides the continuity and development of academic projects of Softline company in cooperation with universities, training of young IT professionals and help for students to reach new frontiers putting into practice latest information technologies. We will continue to organize such events and support various educational projects.