Happy is a song by Pharrell Williams and was the best-selling song of 2014…wait. When my superiors at Venturesity asked me to write about the Gainsight Happy Hack, I got momentarily confused. I was all excited, you see. Rarely do I get to chance to review music and I was very happy. (Yes, dear reader, your fear that the word “happy” will be used throughout this happy article is well founded!) Now, I realize that they asked me to review the Gainsight Happy Hackathon. (Sorry folks, my review of “Happy” will have to wait for another day.) So without further ado, let’s recap of what went down at this extremely happy event.
If you are one of our regular hackathonees, you would have noticed that recently we have been disclosing the problem statement a couple of days before the hack. We saw no reason to change our recently acquired M.O.
So, on Thursday at midnight, we emailed the problem statement to the registered happy hackers. Contestants had a choice of two statements to solve. To solve the first problem, candidates needed to apply their knowledge of data science to process data and derive meaningful insights. The second problem involved real time data processing and analytics. I will not bore you with further details of the problem statements; I will only say that the problems provide a situational context to real world business scenarios. (I swear the previous sentence was not generated by the postmodernism generator however much it sounds like it!)
On Saturday, at 10:00, the happy hack got underway. We had a total of 41 participants due to an extremely stringent filtration process. As this was a team event, no lone crusaders (Yes, Prateek I stole your expression-Author’s note) were allowed. The participants either formed teams at the venue, or earlier with the aid of our vhackers Facebook group (if you are interested in participating in one of our team hacks but are unable to find suitable teammates, why don’t you sign up to our Facebook group and outline the desired skillset?). In total, 14 teams participated.
All participants received T-shirts from the Gainsight team who went around the venue providing technical support. Shortly before lunch, Sreedhar, from Gainsight, gave a small presentation outlining what the company was all about, and what they were looking for in a prospective candidate. Attendees could also post their thoughts about the happy event on Twitter using the handle #happyhack. Gainsight used this handle to post videos about their company and participants were encouraged to view them since there was a little surprise in store later on.
Post lunch, we organized a little happy event called “Geeky Joke.” Attendees shared the geekiest jokes they knew (why else would it be called Geeky joke?), and a little later, Kushagra’s (our intern; see our review of the Hikeathon for further details) musical and dance skills were on full display.
In the late evening, Kushagra played the part of a quizmaster when we organized a little quiz based on the videos trending on the handle #happyhack. The winners received little goodies and souvenirs, and were quite happy with them (that’s the worst excuse so far to use the word happy, right?). This little icebreaker energized the hackers to hack their way throughout the night.
On Sunday, at noon, the deadline for submissions passed and the exhausted attendees finally were able to relax for a bit. Their attitude can be summed up quite nicely by this interesting infographic:
Now it was time for the presentations. We had a total of 12 submissions and 11 presentations. Due to time constraints, it was not possible to complete the entire judging process (after all, it would not be entirely fair to the submittees if we pass summary judgement would it?) on the day of the hack. The winners were announced on Tuesday via email (and now, through this happy blog post!). Here is a complete list of winners and links to their project:
Runners up: Team Data Commandoes.
This three person team worked on the first problem statement. Their project can be found here.
Runners up: Team V3
They tackled the second problem statement. Use this link to take a look at their project.
Now, for the happy moment that you are all waiting for (also, imagine the repeated jingle “Because I’m happy” playing in the background):
The winner of the happy hack is Team Anon! They tackled the first problem statement, and their happy take on it can be viewed here.
Karuna, as the sole female participant (girls, hackathons are not just for the boys anymore; take a look here), received a special prize, which was a nice gesture from the Gainsight team.
With that, we come to the end of our happy review of the Gainsight happy hack. Congratulations to all the attendees, and especially to the winners. Without you guys, this hackathon would not be as “happy” as it was. Note that Gainsight will be contacting all attendees who expressed an interest in pursuing opportunities with them. Further details will be provided later and so stay tuned.
Sad at not being a part of this happy hack? Or are you so happy that you want to take part in another hackathon? Showcase your skills on our upcoming Microsoft Azure Hackathon where you can get hands on with Microsoft Azure. If this does not strike your fancy, why don’t you try your hand at the “Real Hack” for Housing? Still want more? Direct your attention to our webpage where you can choose from the variety of challenges that we have to offer. We hope you join us on this happy adventure.