When the pandemic was declared in mid-March, a majority of companies across the world started adopting virtual meetings through various apps. And within months, schools and colleges also shifted to teaching online. As a result of this huge migration to the virtual world, US-based video conferencing app, Zoom, saw a huge leap in the number of users, adding 2.22 million monthly active users in 2020 alone. But the privacy and security policies of the app raised a lot of criticism and concern over the past few months.
To face these circumstances, on 12 April 2020, The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology’s Digital India had rolled out a challenge to develop a world class video-conference solution that was an Indian equivalent of Zoom.
After receiving entries, the jury shortlisted 12 companies who were given Rs 5 lakh each to develop their own prototype, and then the final three were given Rs 20 lakh each to develop their individual platforms.
On Thursday, a newly-launched video conferencing software named VConSol, was declared as the winner and took home a grand prize of Rs 1 crore, with an additional Rs 10 lakh for operations and maintenance.
The software has been developed by Joy Sebastian, 44, a resident of Pathirappally, Alappuzha, under the aegis of his company Techgenstia Software Technologies. Joy was helped by 50 of his colleagues to develop the software.