The Microsoft Developer Conference has kicked off and brought together developers and tech professionals in India. The virtual event is designed as a digital learning experience on June 18-19, 2020 to explore developer tools, learn new skills, gain insights, and connect with industry experts, the sessions focused on Microsoft Azure, Kubernetes, DevOps, Open Source, Azure AI, Machine Learning, Cognitive Services, serverless computing, languages and tech community services.
“In a world of remote everything, developers need to support the changing needs of business and continue to deliver the quality experiences that customers expect. With Azure as the trusted cloud platform and cloud-powered developer tools, they can continue to work remotely and be as productive as ever. The Microsoft Developer Conference is empowering tech pros and developers solve challenges, share knowledge, and learn about some of our latest innovations in developer tools and cloud technologies,” said Rajiv Sodhi, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft India.
With 20 sessions, technical demos and keynotes from Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer, Azure; Brendan Burns, Corporate Vice President, Azure Control Plane, Open Source and Cloud Native Compute, Microsoft; and prominent analyst Janakiram MSV, the conference built developer-expert connections to realize how everyone can invent with purpose and build innovative solutions on Azure.
Speaking to developers at the conference, Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer, Azure, said, “Azure is a platform that’s constantly evolving and improving, and we’re leading with world-class innovation. Azure is delivering services, features and capabilities that allow you as a developer to write applications that span all the way from the public cloud to the Intelligent Edge and everything in between. One of the first priorities for Azure is meeting you where you are at.”
Microsoft’s comprehensive developer toolchain and platforms are designed to help modern developers and development teams build on their terms, collaborate globally and securely and scale what they invent. Microsoft is committed to help developers achieve more – on and for any platform or device.
According to Microsoft, its new Microsoft tools and services are enabling developers to design and deliver applications in an ethical and responsible way, while being more collaborative and productive at work.
Showcasing Innovation At The Microsoft Developer Conference
The Microsoft Developer Conference on June 18-19, 2020 included dedicated showcase zones featuring winning hackathon solutions, and innovative startups from across the Microsoft portfolio. The hackathon showcase included winners from the Code for Future Hackathon, which was inspired by Microsoft’s plan to be carbon negative by 2030.
Apart from that, the showcase project teams are:
Icertis: The team utilized ML models to analyze crop distress and weather patterns and created blockchain-enabled smart contracts for instant claim settlements to adversely affected farmers.
DXC Technology: To curb the emission of greenhouse gases in the IT industry, the team created a full-stack solution that identifies servers/VMs not required during non-business hours and turns them off.
Tata Consultancy Services: The team built the My Tanso app that assesses carbon footprint before any commute and influences the mode of transport. Further, it tracks trips and carbon footprint and includes a gamified experience that allows users to partner with NGOs for tree plantation.
Some of the startups with innovative solutions that were also highlighted at the event are:
- Secure Learning is an ed-tech startup that builds learning platforms for all academic stakeholders
- Linear Squared builds ML-driven forecasting products for enterprises to enable inventory and manufacturing optimization across industries
- ConceptBytes builds enterprise-level smart surveillance systems, ensuring device uptime, fail-safe backups and generating actionable insights
- CloudSkew is a free online diagram editor for sketching cloud architecture diagrams
- SynerSense is a med-tech company focusing on products for diagnosis and rehabilitation using IoT and AI/ML
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Vishal Chawla is a senior tech journalist at Analytics India Magazine and writes about AI, data analytics, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and blockchain. Vishal also hosts AIM's video podcast called Simulated Reality- featuring tech leaders, AI experts, and innovative startups of India.