New Delhi: Software
giant Microsoft has launched its annual DreamSpark Yatra to to
share knowledge and spread awareness about innovations in
technology that aims at targeting 60,000 students in 100 cities
across the country.
"The DreamSpark Yatra is our annual initiative aimed at driving
wide-spread enthusiasm for, and awareness of the latest technology
innovations," Microsoft India's Pratima Amonkar said at its launch
at the Indian Institute of Technology here Wednesday.
It will cover 99 other cities before concluding May 18.
"We were delighted with the response that we have received for
last year's Yatra and are hopeful that this unique platform will
enable thousands more students across the country get to
experience the latest in technology, inspiring new ideas and
innovation," she added.
According to Rob Sinclair, Microsoft Corporation's chief
accessibility officer, "The focus for this year's Yatra is to
raise awareness of accessibility solutions which help people to
see, hear and use computers to their full potential".
"Accessibility makes it easier for anyone to see, hear, and use a
computer and to personalize it to meet their own needs and
preferences. For instance, if someone is dyslexic, they can use
the screen magnifier in Windows 7 while working on a computer," he
The yatra will also help students gain access to Microsoft's other
academic initiatives like Imagine Cup and the Student-to-Business
programme. While Imagine Cup helps address societal problems like
education, poverty and health, the latter prepares students to get
The launch ceremony was followed by sessions on the latest
Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Kinect, Windows Phone
and a sneak preview of the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.