Ideate • Execute • Disrupt
What the “Hack” is a “Hackathon”?
A hackathon/ hackfest/ codefest is a design sprint event in which Computer
programmers, Hardware Engineers, Designers create usable software or hardware
with the goal of developing a functioning product by the end of the event for a real-world problem.
As digitalization continues to make inroads into all aspects of our lives, hackathons are among the tools we can use to ensure that the services we create actually fulfil the real needs of real users.
“THE REAL PROBLEM IS NOT WHETHER MACHINES THINK BUT WHETHER PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE MACHINES DO”
“Challenge your brain”. Solve real-world problems for better governance, smart cities, booming agriculture, interactive healthcare, universal peace, waste recycling, etc.,
What skills do I need to participate in a hackathon?
You do not have to be an excellent programmer to participate in a hackathon. There’s more to it than just coding. For e.g.- Think about all the work that goes into a VR experience-Narrative design, Immersive audio, Composition, Software development, Hardware configuration, Voice-over, 3D art, Environment design, User experience (UX) design, Research. At a hackathon, you can take on any role(s) you want. Even if you don’t feel like you fit in one of the above categories, you can make up your own as you go. You could be the “Brainstorming Wizard”, you see every team needs some magical ideas.
How does a hackathon work?
Hackers work as a team to build a solution to the real-world problem, nonstop for hours together. By the end of the hackathon you and your team will have to submit the outcome to the judges/Mentors who will validate your solutions and their outcomes. During the hackathon you will be provided Mentoring by both business and technology Mentors.