Facebook announces partnership with NASSCOM

by | Oct 17, 2015

Mumbai, 15-October, 2015: Facebook announced its partnership with  NASSCOM’s 10,000 start-ups initiative. This initiative by the country’s premier IT body is an attempt to scale up start-up ecosystem in India by 10x.

Under this partnership, Facebook and NASSCOM will be launching a new program for developers and students called ‘Leaders Building for the Next Billion’. The program will help developers and students who are building large-scale innovative apps and mobile websites for new-to-internet users by providing them with technical and financial support and resources.

Developer Leaders Building for the Next Billion

Program highlights:

Through an application process, 10 developers who have demonstrated a commitment to build for new-to-internet populations will be accepted to a six-month program. As part of this program:

  • They will be provided with technical, marketing, and financial support, and leadership skills, to build their applications and businesses.
  • They will also be connected to industry leaders (CEOs, thought leaders, VCs, ecosystem evangelists, social change leaders, etc.), funders and the media to bring public attention to their commitment, solutions and impact such that they inspire many other developers to build innovative solutions for new-to-internet users.

Facebook will fund the creation of this track at NASSCOM 10,000 Start Ups and welcomes partnerships with  other technology leaders to strengthen and expand the program. The participants will also qualify for $80,000 worth of support through our FBStart program and additional ad credits to build their business.

Student Leaders Building for the Next Billion

As a part of the program, students (4 students per college across 10-15 colleges) will be selected through an application process, to build mobile applications relevant to the next billion and lead engagement with engineers, designers, and other students on campus interested in applying their talent to build mobile applications that are relevant to the next billion people coming online. For details on registration please visit- http://10000startups.com/next%20billion/

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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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