Kerala Start-up wins Government’s Challenge and gets Rs 1 crore for developing Zoom’s alternative
A Kerala based tech start-up has won the government’s innovation challenge. The challenge was announced in April. The company has created a video conference solution. This is an alternative to Zoom. The Kerala start-up has received Rs 1 crore. In addition, the start-up will get Rs 10 lakhs towards Operation and Maintenance. They will get this for the next three years. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the results of the Grand Challenge for Developing Video Conference Solution. He announced the result on Thursday (August 20). It is not unknown that the demand for video-conferencing solutions has increased amidst lockdown.
The Kerala-based company-Techgentsia Software Technologies, video conferencing solution is called Vconsol. The 44-year-old Joy Sebastian, the CEO of Techgentsia, is the person behind this innovation. Along with him, over 50 colleagues of Joy at Techgentsia are also responsible for the achievement.
VConsol will now be the official Video Conferencing partner of the Government of India. Further the app will support up to 80 active participants. It will also support 300 passive participants. In addition, the company claims that the image quality will not be affected by the number of participants. Also, it is 100 percent safe for military people too.
Joy Sebastian, the 44-year old CEO and managing director of Techgentsia said, “This means that V-Consol will replace foreign tools for video conferencing of government meetings and we are indeed proud to have contributed towards the concept of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Further India is aiming to become a hub for software products with the help of Made-in-India offerings.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “The world is looking at India in a big way. I would like innovators to think about that. We have already come out with a software product policy and an encouraging ecosystem is in place. I would urge the software community to leverage India’s position of innovation and start-ups and make it a big hub of software products.”
Other three products selected by the jury as potential products are:
- Sarv Webs
- PeopleLink Unified Communications
In addition, the three potential products will be offered a developmental contract. This will be supported by Rs 25 lakh each. It will be given within the period of three months. These video conferencing products will also be provided and supported by STQC, CERT-In, CDAC and NIC. In addition, all teams including the winning team shall also be free to market the product globally.