Bangalore: A virtual
classroom solution for cloud computing that enables the conduct of
live, HD quality, two-way audio/video interactive classes at as
low as 200 Kbps speeds and a location-based mobile service that
cuts out clutter and spam have been named the top winners of the
Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge.
Their developers will get $30,000 each to enable them take the
Explained Piyush Aggarwal of Aurus Network which developed the
virtual classroom: "Many educational and training institutes today
are looking to getting into the distance/online education space
and offer their classes live to remotely located students and
"Current solutions like VSAT-based or conventional hardware based
video conferencing suffer from problems like high cost of
ownership, lack of scalability to large numbers of concurrent
locations and teaching sessions, dependence on infrastructure
(internet leased lines) which does not exist widely in emerging
countries. Our solution overcomes all this.
NowFloats, the location-based mobile service, enables
consumer-to-business, business-to-consumer and
consumer-to-consumer communication within a location in real time.
"Consumers today are cluttered and spammed with information and
have a challenge in obtaining contextual information in the
location there are. Businesses (certainly the brick & mortar
ones), on the other hand, have a challenge in reaching out to
consumers within their vicinity, in real-time and economically.
NowFloats provides a platform where this problem has an exciting,
unique solution," its developer, NowFloats Technologies, said.
The second prize winners in the two categories - cloud and mobile
- received $15,000 while four runners-up in the cloud and three
runners up in the mobile categories received $1,000 each.
"The Microsoft BizSpark India Startup Challenge 2012 is the
largest entrepreneurial competition in India that recognizes
inspiring ideas in the field of technology," the company said in a
"The Challenge offered an opportunity for start-ups to win huge
grants to realize their business plan. Sixteen finalists were
shortlisted on the basis of ingenuity, creativity and innovation
of the submitted plans.
"But most importantly, the challenge presents an opportunity... to
build and deepen connections, share ideas, network partners and
celebrate the individual successes of member start-ups," the