Microsoft chairman Bill Gates launched a talent hunt for India’s top technology students and urged software developers to cash in on the digital age.
Addressing over 5,000 developers in the grounds of a historic palace in India’s high-tech capital, Gates said the search, dubbed “Code 4 Bill,” recognised India’s role in nurturing technical talent.
“This is something we’ve never done before anywhere,” Gates said. “It’s aimed at pre-final and final year students. The best among the participants will get an opportunity to work with my Technical Assistants Team for a year.
“I’ll get to know them. I’m very excited about this,” he said.
Registration for the contest will start in January and students will be tested for technical and analytical skills. They will also be interviewed by Microsoft technical teams.
“Twenty selected students will also intern with Microsoft India before the final selection,” Gates said.
On the last leg of his India tour after visiting New Delhi and the southern city of Chennai, Gates said India’s software talents “are quite amazing.”