India, the largest democracy in the world is stepping into its 67 year of independence. It’s a day when the country opens up its colorful wings like a peacock in its full glory. The flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events could be seen across its terrain. The tri-color will find its glorious presence on high buildings and polls; people’s attire; accessories; homes and vehicles; and more. But how do the tech companies celebrate the big day in India? Take a look at it.
#1 Google Doodle
Google doodles adorn the search page marking big events and have been received with lot of enthusiasm since its debut. The search giant dedicated doodles to India several times.
Google has doodled on India’s Independence Day seven times in the past eight years, only missed out in 2009. The first one in 2005 had a simple Ashok Chackra that made up second “O” in Google. The Independence Day doodle for 2012 was more creative where “G” was converted in to Peacock with its long neck making the curve of alphabet. The Google is all gearing up to bring a doodle to celebrate this year’s I-Day. Keep guessing what it will be till tomorrow.
#2 Flipkart Independence Day Offers
Flipkart, one of the biggest e-commerce company in India has geared up for independence day celebrations offering great deals in electronics, toys, home furnishing and other categories.
When it comes to electronic products, the site is offering lucky draws. The offer duration is from August 13 to August 16. During the offer period, everyday : 67 (marking 67 years of independence day) lucky customers will get 100 percent cashback; 158 (stands for 15th August) lucky customers will get 50 percent cashback; 1947 (marking the year we got independence) lucky customers will get 10 percent cashback.
Winners will be chosen via a lucky draw and will be informed via e-mail on August 30. Winner list will also be posted on flipkart.com Facebook page. Customers will get their cashback in the form of store credit and it will be credited into customers flipkart wallet account on August 30 and it can be redeemed on all products (clothing, footwear, accessories, books, electronics, etc.) listed by WS Retail on flipkart.com.
ALL customers (including lucky draw winners) will get an assured saving in the form of a store credit or instant cashback. Exact details will be mentioned under offer section on the product page.
You will get minimum 25 percent off on 1500+ brands of watches; an additional 25 percent off on selected brands, the offer holds good even for home furnishing.
#3 Google to celebrate India’s I-Day with “Google Impact Challenge.”
Ahead of India’s Independence Day celebrations this week, Google announced to launch ‘Google Impact Challenge in India’, inviting Indian nonprofits to tell how they would use technology to improve people’s lives.
At the end of the challenge, four nonprofits will each receive an Rs 3 crore (around $500,000) Global Impact Award and technical assistance from Google to bring their projects to life, the California-based tech-giant announced today.
“On the eve of India’s Independence Day, we’re celebrating the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship of the world’s largest democracy by spotlighting the best local nonprofits that are using technology to make the world better,” Nikesh Arora, senior vice president and chief business officer, Google said on a blog post.
#4 Wishpicker offers chance to send in wishes to freedom fighters
On the eve of Independence Day, a start up is offering people an opportunity to express gratitude to a handful of still surviving freedom fighters in the country.
The brainchild of two IIT graduates, the website ‘Wishpicker.Com’ , which began operations in January this year offers people a chance to send in wises to the people who fought for the freedom of the country.
The heroes – who are almost 90 years old now- include those who were imprisoned by the British, fought for the Indian national army, set a railway station on fire – among others.
“Our team got in touch with a few freedom fighters who are still alive, and on hearing their tales of courage and sacrifice, we realised that today’s youth has forgotten the hardships that our freedom fighters went through …” says Prateek Rathore who co-founded the site with Apurv Bansal.
People can log on to the site and leave their messages, including pictures messages says Rathore. A team from the website would present these wishes to them in person and senders would in turn receive photos of these freedom fighters with their messages.
“We are uploading the interviews of these heroes on the Internet, in order to spread awareness about the sacrifice that they made for the nation. We urge the youth to send in their wishes to these heroes, and make them feel special – something that they truly deserve”, says Rathore.
“Today we’re launching the Google Impact Challenge in India, inviting Indian nonprofits to tell us how they’d use technology to improve people’s lives.”
#5 Snapdeal is contributing to social cause on I-Day
The site says, “Celebrate this Independence Day by owning the Indian Tricolour. Say it with a flag All the proceeds from this sale will be donated to CRY (Child Rights and You). CRY is one of the oldest Indian NGOs working for the rights of underprivileged children of India. Over the last 3 decades CRY has reached out nearly 2 million children and has ensured lasting change in their lives.”
#6 Watch I-Day celebrations live on YouTube
The Indian Independence Day celebrations and the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation will be streamed live on Youtube. The stream will be made available tomorrow from 6:25 am onwards. The users will also be able to enjoy highlight clips from the celebrations. The Doordarshan has tied up with Google for the cause.
#7 Varighty.com is offering I-Day themed products
If you are looking for the Independence Day themed pillow cushions, mugs and other such utensils you can get it on Varighty.com. The website is also offering great deals on other products including electronics and accessories, furniture, artifacts and more.
#8 Amazon.in is offering books based at great price slashes
Amazon India has an offer to celebrate the Indian Independence Day. Amazon is offering 66 books (Kindle Version) for INR 66 each on the 66th Indian Independence day celebration. The list includes Patriots and Partisans: From Nehru to Hindutva and Beyond Durbar, Yayati: A Classic Tale of Lust, As The Crow Flies, My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography, Jinnah vs. Gandhi The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi, and 22 others. There are also offers on selected electronic, apparel and other categories.