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TechTatva’20—Hackathon

Manipal Hackathon was one of the flagship events of TechTatva. This year, there were a total of 130 teams taking part in the event. The participants aimed to provide practical, real-world, and scalable solutions for a problem statement. It was a purely software-based hackathon, and everyone had to provide submissions in the form of web applications, mobile applications, or any other GUI based application. Eleven problem statements ranging from health care to cybersecurity were provided.

The Hackathon’s first round was an ideation phase. It took place from 20th June to 20th July. The problem-solving approach and thought process of the participants were tested. This round required the submission of a detailed abstract. The abstract described the problems the teams found, their proposed solution, and the background study they conducted. Sixty teams cleared the first round.

The second round was technical and began on 1st August. It went on for thirty days just like the first round and ended on 30th August. The concepts and clarity of the participants were tested from a purely technical standpoint. It also tested their technical awareness, knowledge, and ability to implement technical solutions to real-life problems. A short five-minute video and a PowerPoint presentation describing their solution were to be submitted.

The number of teams entering the third and final round halved from the second round. Thirty teams contested in a thirty-six hour long and intense competition. They had to code, implement, and present their solution. The practicality, uniqueness, business awareness, and relevance to the theme were tested for each solution given. In the thirty-six hours, there were three ten-hour long coding sessions interspersed with two short judging rounds in between.

There was a judging round at the end, which lasted about fifty-five minutes for each team. The teams had to demonstrate their code, presentation, and final product. They also had to explain the feasibility of their solution. Based on all the criteria, the judges finally declared the winners in the valedictory session. The winners took home a grand cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.

“It was a learning and exhilarating experience, as I got the chance to be in the planning and execution of such a big event. The student council, fellow Core Committee members, and Organising committee members were involved for almost five months to make this event come true and make it a huge success”, said Shikhar Srivastav, one of the Core Committee members.

“It was a great experience participating in the Manipal Hackathon 2020. Those sleepless nights taught us teamwork, how to handle last-minute chaos, and improved my working skills and efficiency”, said Dhruv Raipure, one of the participants whose team reached the final round.

Website designed for the problem statement ‘Responsible Media’ by Dhruv’s team.

The written code was open-sourced so that somebody could pick it up for a social cause. The Manipal Hackathon provided a platform for the participants to showcase their problem-solving and software development skills. It was a learning experience for them and enabled them to contribute to society. The Hackathon was a huge success and will be seen in the years to come.

Featured Image Credits: Social Media and Graphics, TechTatva’20