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Press Release -- July 17th, 2014
Source: Tata Communications

Team ‘Data Share’ wins the Silicon battle at Tata Communications DataHack14

Concept app allows mobile data to be shared between communities



July 17, 2014

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, today announces team ‘Data Share’ as the winner of DataHack14, a simultaneous 24-hour hackathon in ‘Tech City’, London and Redwood City, California. The winning idea from the California-based team was chosen for its ability to capitalise on ‘social sharing’ trends to build community, while also having potential to accelerate mobile data usage in emerging economies through more flexible access models.

DataHack14 offered the best and brightest minds the opportunity to come up with solutions to use the world’s largest wholesale voice carrier’s ‘Big Data’ to develop the next big thing in global communications. The creators of the ‘Data Share’ app, Suruchi Gupta, Vishal Shalgar, Jinesh Doshi and Ki Lim not only walk away with $15,000**, but also have the potential for their winning idea to become a commercially viable product through Tata Communications’ Shape the Future Accelerator Lab.

Julie Woods-Moss, CMO and CEO of NextGen Business, Tata Communications says, “We were delighted by the level of creativity and innovation coming from both sides of the Atlantic at DataHack14. It was challenging to pick a winner out of the ten finalists, but the potential for being a disruptive app in the telecoms market meant ‘Data Share’ was the choice for us. We look forward to working with the winning team in the following months.”

The winning team, Data Share, says, “We wanted to make something that could be used by everyone. The app has been designed to bring a new perspective to mobile data plans, and brings numerous possibilities on how it can be applied for the benefit of both the market and the end user. We are excited to see that it was very well received by all the judges and strongly believe the response will be the same by the end users.”

Over the course of the 24 hour hackathon, over 150 developers participated in London and Silicon Valley. Three of the 10 finalists are currently being evaluated for a three month incubation experience in Tata Communications’ Shape the Future Accelerator Lab. The Lab supports the next generation of telecommunications services start-ups, including ‘Smart Voicemail’, the winner of a previous Tata Communications sponsored Hackathon event.


About Tata Communications

Tata Communications Limited, along with its subsidiaries (Tata Communications), is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Communications global network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks and a Tier-1 IP network with connectivity to more than 200 countries and territories across 400 PoPs, as well as nearly 1 million square feet of data centre and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited) and Nepal (United Telecom Limited). Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India.

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