• Code for the Next Billion

    From our calendars to our bank statements to our social lives, we live online. Millions of people all over India are starting to come online, and there are huge opportunities to connect them with useful services and information. We will invest in developers who are building mobile apps to inspire large-scale innovation for new internet users.

  • What is Code for the Next Billions?

    Code for the Next Billion is an immersive 6 month program to inspire, encourage and fulfil internet innovation among the developer community in India. It is aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of mobile internet applications across India.

     

    The program involves access to cutting edge technology, social impact and business mentors; workshops and webinars to receive hands-on training; investors and enterprises to help validate and scale the selected start-ups.

    Who can apply?

    Code for the Next Billion is running two programs targeting developers and students to build applications in the

    • Health
    • Economic Empowerment (finance, capacity building, etc.),
    • Education/Skill Development
    • Public Utility (water, power, transport)
  • Developer Leaders Building for the Next Billion

    Through an application process, 10 developers who have demonstrated a commitment to build for new-to-internet populations will be part of a six-month program where they will be provided with-

     

    - Technical, marketing, and financial support as well as leadership skills, to build their applications and businesses.

     

    - Networking opportunities with industry leaders (CEOs, thought leaders, VCs, ecosystem evangelists, social change leaders), funders and the media to bring public awareness to their commitment, solutions and impact.

     

    - Opportunity to be featured on a CNBCTV18 TV series to showcase their achievements.

     

    - Access to US$80,000 worth of Facebook credits and support through Facebook's FbStart program to build their business.

     

    Last Date to Apply: 7th January, 2017

  • Student Leaders Building for the Next Billion

    In the advent of millions of people all over India connecting daily to the internet, there are huge opportunities to connect them with useful services and information to solve social issues.

     

    Ever heard of Smartlife? They are responsible for single handedly solving Kenya’s water problem after several failed attempts from the government.

     

    We are looking for similar innovative mobile products/bots that serve the idea of social innovation (Public utilities/Agriculture/Health/Economic Empowerment/Education etc) and can contribute in a better India.

    Code for the Next billion provides a platform to budding entrepreneurial talent in India. The program aims to inspire and encourage student developers to build mobile applications/ bots which can lead to a large scale social innovation.

     

    As part of the program, teams will be required to participate in a 36 hour hackathon and build a Mobile application/Bot on the suburbs of social innovation. The program would be run in 20 cities across India.

     

    30 developers will be selected and further mentored at NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups boot camp whose ideas serve the locus of the program.

     

     

    Who can apply?

    Any engineering student across India is allowed to be a part of the competition.

     

    Student Leaders Building for the Next Billion:

    Through a hackathon process, 30 Students will be selected across India and will be further mentored at NASSCOM 10,000 Start-up boot camp.

    As a part of the program, team leaders will be required to:

    • Register their team and fill their respective details.
    • Participate in a 36 hour hackathon and build a mobile application/bot that address needs of Social innovation
    • Pitch the product to the mentors.

    If selected as a finalist, your next stop will be at NASSCOM 10,000 Start-up boot camp where you will be further mentored.. Also, you will receive FAME support from 10,000 startups and US$80,000 worth of Facebook credits and an award from FbStart, and access to support through Facebook's FbStart program to build their business.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How to Apply for Code for the Next Billion?

     

    Go to http://www.nextbillion.10000startups.com/ click on Apply.
     

    STEP1: You will need to create an F6S account. (Ideally connect your Facebook account so it’s easier)

    STEP2: Once you’ve logged into your F6S account search for the “Code for Next Billion”. **

    STEP3: Click on the icon to find the application form

    STEP4: Fill in the application and submit

    STEP5: ** A confirmation mail in your F6S/email inbox will be received**

     

    I don’t have a completed application should I apply for Code for the Next Billion? Can I submit an app which I am still working on?
     

    No. As of now we are only considering completed/functional applications. Essentially at the time of evaluation if we don’t see a functional app then we will not be considering it for the pitch session which will decide the final that will be accepted into the batch.

     

    I am building a product which does have social impact, but I’m not sure whether it falls into one of the focus areas. Should I be applying?


    Please note that as of now we are only considering products that are in the 4 domains as specified above. If you are uncertain please send an email to startups@nasscom.in with a subject line containing “CODE for Next Billion”.

    What technology stack am I allowed to use?

     

    There is no limitation. Developers are allowed to use any platform, language, tech and tools that they feel suitable. While there is no limitation in use of technology, the Code for Next Billion programme is not responsible for any improper use of any proprietary technology.

     

    I have a hardware product, will I be eligible for Code for the next Billion?

     

    A pureplay hardware product will not be considered, however if there is a tangible software, mobile first application within one of the above Focus Areas, then we will consider it for Code for next Billion.

     

    Eg: A reverse osmosis plant or an embedded chip, as it is will not be considered for code for next billion. However if there is further innovation towards building a mobile app that remotely activates the RO plant or the embedded chip is used to make a women’s safety wearable device, then it may be considered.

     

    Will I be assured IP protection for my product/solution?

     

    Any intellectual property that you have created or licensed will be solely yours. Code for Next Billion has no intention of owning/leasing or taking credit for any IP that is created over the period of programme. Do take adequate measures to ensure that your specific solution is not easily infringeable.

    Code for Next Billion is not responsible for any infringement.

     

    I have a previously released app that I am reworking on and it has now undergone major changes, can I apply under the same name?

     

    Yes you can. Good Luck!

    If I am selected am I expected to pay anything to be part of the programme?

     

    No. There are no Programme Fees, Participation fees or Equity asks. We’re here to help!

     

    Student Developer Leader Program FAQ

     

    How to Apply for Code for the Next Billion?

    Go to http://www.nextbillion.10000startups.com/ click on Apply.
     

    STEP1: Fill the google form with all the details.

    STEP2: You will receive an application submission email. Wait for a callback from our team to confirm your details.

    STEP3: If shortlisted further, you will receive a confirmation mail with the venue details and your registration id.

     

    If I am working on a product, can I still register?

     

    Yes you surely can register as long as the product is based on social innovation.

     

    I am building a product which does have social impact, but I’m not sure whether it falls into one of the focus areas. Should I be applying?


    You can certainly apply if you are confident that your product has a social impact. We will anyway do a screening later on.

     

    Which mobile application do I need to build (Android/iOS)?

     

    There is no limitation. You can build on whichever platform you are comfortable with.

     

    What kind of a bot can I build?

     

    There is no limitation. You can build any internet bot which is on the lines of social innovation.

     

    I have a hardware product idea; will I be eligible for Code for the next Billion?

     

    A pure play hardware product will not be considered, however if there is a tangible software, mobile first application within one of the above Focus Areas, then we will consider it for Code for next Billion.

     

    If I am selected am I expected to pay anything to be part of the programme?

     

    No. There are no Programme Fees. We’re here to help!

     

    What will happen post registration?

     

    Post registration you will be participating in a hackathon where you will be competing against other teams.

     

    What will happen post hackathon?

     

    Post hackathon, finalists will be declared and they will be further taken into NASSCOM 10,000 Start-ups Boot-camp for mentorship.