If you were not at Knowlarity’s Hackathon this past weekend (the weekend of January 17th and 18th, 2015 for those reading in the far future), you missed out on one of the most happening events of the year so far. But (yes you knew there was going to be a but), for those of you who were not able to make it, here is a quick recap of what happened so you can vicariously soak up the atmosphere.
Doors opened at 10 a.m. with some eager coders streaming in much earlier. The attendance was great with around 50 participants competing for lucrative cash prizes and hiring opportunities. A quick introduction to Knowlarity, and the problem statement, which was to build new applications on top of Knowlarity’s flagship product SmartIVR, and the developers, encouraged to work in teams, were off!
Around 1:30 p.m., the bugle for lunch sounded, but most of the attendees, intent upon their work, were too busy even to notice!
In the afternoon, Priyo from Knowlarity, demonstrated some simple applications using the SmartIVR. The developers used this as an inspiration to come up with their own interesting takes.
At 6 p.m., just before tea time, the first submission, from Team Smarter IVR, which was a voice based system for reporting lost cards, came in.
This momentous event did not go unnoticed by the other competitors who were spurred on to do their best. Rahul Aswani, in particular, did not take this lightly, and tweeted a series of amusing tweets including the following:
As the night progressed, many coders seized the opportunity to take quick cat naps; however, even at 3 a.m., there were 33 competitors still standing (or rather sitting)!
Eventually, at dawn, the night owls had company; the other competitors started streaming in. At 8:30 a.m., on Sunday, breakfast was served and the tired attendees ate as much as they could since they had to stock up for the day ahead. There was still a lot of work to be done as they yet had to present their submissions. But a few still managed to sneak in a quick nap or two.
At 10 a.m., the presentations started. It was a tough job for the judges since there were so many good submissions; there were a total of 22 submissions with 17 apps fully functional and operational.
Eventually, after a long think, the winners were decided. Two teams tied for first place: Team 404, whose product was an application to encourage and facilitate blood donation, and Team NaN, whose submission was an IVR powered e-commerce application.
Here is a complete list of winners and their products:
First place: Team 404 and Team NaN. Chetan Kumar Meena, Nikhil Sharma and Sharat Chandra, who were the members of Team 404, developed an app to facilitate and encourage blood donation while team NaN, whose members were Akash Shakdwipeea, Shreyansh Nahata and Raghav Rastogi, created an IVR-powered e-commerce application.
Second place: Team Retro Hackers. Anshul Upadhyay, Akshay Sahu and Sampoorna developed a product to enable enterprises to listen to ratings by customers via an IVR call.
Individual contributor: Codepreneur. This was an individual effort by Sumit Raj who developed an IVR system to help NGOs spread their social cause and bring more donations to their organization.
We need to take a diversion here and mention Sampoorna, who was the sole female participant who stayed overnight. Her dedication is an inspiration to us all, and her contribution did not go in vain as her team came second place!
As we look back over the events of the weekend, we get misty eyed since this successful hackathon was a blast for all who attended. The participants had a tremendous amount of fun evidenced by the feedback we got:
If you were unable to take part, or you want more (it’s addicting right?), keep your schedule free for our upcoming hackathons, the first of which is on the weekend of the 31st, for Stayzilla, where you get to turn “data into amazing products.” , and our Ola Appathon, the weekend after (Feb 7). We look forward to seeing you there.