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CHAT Chennai techies Karthik and Madhumitha win the Google Apps Developer Challenge 2012

Meet Karthik Subramanian and Madhumitha Viswanathan. Just out of college, they work in an IT company writing code all day. And, they also write code in their free time. This has helped them win the first place at the Google Apps Developer Challenge 2012 in the Not For Profit category.

They got interested in coding applications last year when they conducted an event In 32 Hours in their college, where students had to develop a software product within a specific duration.

Madhumitha and Karthik, who have conducted several events as part of the Entrepreneur cell (E cell), recall, “When the event was over, we realised that if the badges for the attendees were automated, managing our events will be more efficient. So, we started to develop BadgeIt, a software that makes badges.”

Learning experience

During In 32 Hours , they met technology entrepreneurs who mentored them on the trends in technology entrepreneurship. That’s where the saga of the Google challenge began. The challenge turned out to be a great learning experience for the duo who had previously participated in Google Summer of Code.

“While working on the product, we realised that another software had a similar concept, but this gave us the confidence that there was a need for the product. We took the help of technology experts to learn a new computer language. Just before submitting the entry, BadgeIt was used by a few individuals in their events, and their feedback helped in developing and designing it. It was a thrilling moment when we won the Google Apps Challenge, out of 262 entries from across the country.”

Apart from a whopping cash prize from Google, their application is available for free at the Google App Store.

DEEPA VENKATRAMAN

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