What is a Hackathon?
Many of you might know what it is, but I was unaware of what it is till few days ago. The first time I heard the word Hackathon, I imagined of a person hacking some system, and then running a marathon so that no one can catch them for hacking (PJ) !
Well, this was of course not what it is, in Hackathons, we are presented with practical situations and real life problems, and are expected to come up with a feasible and innovative solution within given time.
The India Unlimited Hackathon
The organiser of this Hackathon was India Unlimited, which is co-ordinated by Embassy of India in Sweden, seeking to strengthen India-Sweden connections and partnerships, and hence, the cases given to us were the real life problems which are in alarming situation in India, and we were shown some illustrations of some Swedish Initiatives that tackled some similar problems. This challenge was divided into three parts proposed by three people and we had to come up with a solution for any one of them while working in teams.
- Alarming situation of traffic congestion and road accidents in India, especially the rush hour traffic in metro cities. (2 teams chose this)
- The problem of excessive pollution in Indian metro cities. (2 teams chose this)
- The exorbitant housing situation in India, especially the urban areas. (3 teams chose this)
This was a two-day hackathon, where we spent Day-1 knowing each other and the challenges that we need to solve, the competition was held at Hammarby Sjöstad, which is an area that underwent a major urban development, so we were told the story of how it was developed into one of the most referenced and visited spot among Scandinavian examples of implemented eco-friendly urban developments.
Day-2 was dedicated to coming up with a solution to the problems, 8 hours to come up with your ideas and present it to the jury comprising of some eminent people (including the ambassador of India to Sweden).
Here are some photos from the event.
Well, this was the first Hackathon, I ever participated in, and no matter what the results be, this two-day experience definitely inspired me to participate in more of such events, meeting new people is always nice, and then working with people of different age group and backgrounds definitely gives shows the different ways in which one can approach a problem.
It was astonishing, what all can people come up with in a short time of 8 hours, a team made an app, while other made 3D models of the proposed houses, while one of them even made an actual model of the house the were proposing.
If you’re curious to know what idea we proposed, here it is, feel free to see and evaluate it.