The National Informatics Centre and NASSCOM announced the ‘Open data apps for innovation in governance’, a contest where participants are invited to create unique and useful apps for cross platform and devices using open government data. The contest is open to entrepreneurs, innovators, startups, developers, civil society and professionals in the IT industry. A release from the government said that it was opening thousands of datasets on its data portal So far, over 3500 datasets from 49 departments have been published on the portal. To encourage active participation of startups and developers in the challenge, a series of engagement sessions were organised at Adobe India, Microsoft India, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, and Wipro in July. For details, visit


Tech firm iGATE Corp announced that it has been conferred with two awards at the fourth Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2013 held at a ceremony in Singapore. The award categories under which iGATE won are ‘Award for Global HR Strategy’ and ‘HR Leadership Award’. Srinivas Kandula, EVP and Global Head, HR, iGATE, said: “These awards cement iGATE’s position as an attractive ‘employer of choice’ in the IT industry across Asia. With this achievement, iGATE is committed to delivering best HR practices, as one of the most competitive organisations across the world.”