On the weekend of 15th and 16th November, we organized a Hackathon for our client: Zivame.com. This 24 hour event was a great success and we thought of doing a quick rewind. 90 participants, half in person and half online took part in the event, which was conducted in order to recruit new employees for 20 positions as software engineers in Zivame.
Doors opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 15th November, with some coders streaming in as early as 9:30. The problem statement, which comprised of two tasks, to build a responsive e-commerce mobile store and application, and a rule engine that categorizes offers and discounts, was announced at 10:30 a.m. and the coders, who were encouraged to work in teams, got to work! The presentation ceremony took place at 10:30 am on Sunday, 16th November.
In addition to job offers, participants competed for lucrative financial rewards: winners got a cash prize of Rs. 15,000, the runners up a prize of Rs. 10,000, while the second runners up got a prize of Rs. 5,000. Special prizes were also on offer for those who used innovative technologies to build their apps.
In order to keep the attendees motivated, games such as table tennis and carrom were provided, and at midnight, for the 14 diehard coders who pulled an all-nighter, an interesting role playing game known as Mafia was conducted by Shesh Rao, from Bhive. These activities were instrumental in breaking the ice, and Shesh did a good job in getting the normally reticent coders to open up.
This new trend to recruit new talent for companies is becoming very popular and stands to supplant the traditional means of recruitment. According to Subhendu, our co-founder, it will only be a matter of time before companies in other domains like the life sciences, manufacturing and bioinformatics get into the action!