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Tata Communications sets Tech City against Silicon Valley in trans-Atlantic Hackathon. DataHack14 will offer over $30,000 in prizes for the most innovative uses of Tata Communications’ global network data.

Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications™, announces DataHack14, a simultaneous 24-hour hackathon in London’s ‘Tech City’, and California’s Redwood City, in the heart of Silicon Valley (July 12th – 13th).

DataHack14 offers the best and brightest minds the unique 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 grand prize winner will not only walk away with $15,000, but also enters into the potential for their winning idea to become a commercially viable product through Tata Communications’ Accelerator Lab.

Tata Communications’ global network carries 1 in 10 of all international voice calls and accounts for over 20% of the world’s Internet routes. This big data presents huge opportunities for the development and creation of location and contextually intelligent services to benefit global industry. The event will see the best developers from both sides of the Atlantic face-off and turn their big data ideas into applications, customer support, loyalty programmes, customer insights, user experiences and new products and services.

“Driving innovation is core to our DNA and we are constantly looking at collaborative ways to nurture and foster creativity. DataHack14 is the latest in a series of successful crowdsourcing platforms that Tata Communications has created and incubated – tapping into the best creative minds in the most technologically savvy communities to join us in our quest to develop the next big thing for the industry,” states CMO and CEO of NextGen Business, Tata Communications, Julie Woods-Moss.

DataHack14 will put London’s reputation as the next great tech hub to the test, following recent reports that London’s tech industries are growing faster than Silicon Valley.

“Hackathons are a great way of sparking up the emergence of technology solutions to existing challenges. The uniqueness of this event comes from its cross border nature. It brings together two centres of excellence, Silicon Valley and London, enabling cross-pollination of ideas, perspectives and approaches. This type of collaboration is essential to the continued development of the London and UK ecosystem,” adds CEO, Tech City UK, Gerard Grech.

Along with the grand prize winner, the teams with the best ideas in each respective city will be awarded $5,000. Three of the ten finalist teams may also be offered a three month incubation experience in Tata Communications' 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.

For more information on the terms and conditions and to register, please visit the London or California eventbrite sites.

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.