Bright ideas spring forth

Hackathon competition

The 24-hour ‘Hackathon-inGenius’, organised by the students of PESIT South Campus, turned out to be a big success. As part of this, a plethora of events took place.

Students not only applied their technical skills but also entertained themselves on the day. There were students from all over the country taking part and a participant from the University of Bristol.

There was excitement in the air and participants could be seen implementing their ideas. “We made sure that the participants were comfortable and there was no paucity of food or water. Bean bags and music were also provided to those who wanted them,” says Priyanka, one of the organisers of the event. The contestants enjoyed their well-deserved break when Hilal Gani aka beat boxer Aal took the stage. He entertained the crowd with his incredible beat-boxing skills.

Shyam and his team from  PESIT West Campus worked on a hack related to navigation on a bike. “The event was very well organised and I learnt a lot from it. It was a test of our team work and we also got a chance to learn from others who took part in the fest,” says Shyam.

Afreen and her team from PESIT BSc created an app, which judged a person’s mood and generated a music play list and food preferences accordingly. In the course of the event, the students were introduced to researchers and experts from the field, who advised them on how to go about things for the future.

After dinner, the contestants were back with their projects. A few people managed to get some sleep while others worked meticulously through the night. By morning, the contestants were rushing to complete their projects and ensuring complete functionality of their projects before the judges arrived.

A team from MSRIT, comprising Ganesh Hegde and Nabeel Siddiqui, won the competition. Their hack idea for a custom-built cloud hosting service was unanimously approved. The second place was won by Abhinav Parpudi and Keerthi Kumar from PESIT BSc.

They created a voice-based home automation system. The third place was won by Anirvan Maiti, Shrey Rupani and Ritvik for their invention of a visual-impairment aid, which aimed at replacing a walking stick.

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