Delhi’s biggest Android Hackathon (yet) …by Akosha

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If not the first, it definitely was the biggest Androidathon that took place in Delhi, on July 19th and 20th, 2014 at 91 Springboard. It was organised by Akosha and we were proud to have it sponsored by Sequoia Capital, NASSCOM (10000 Startups), Groupon, Healthkart, Postergully and PayTM. Even more awesome was the part that more than 110 techies from all over Delhi participated in it, making the event a complete success. The basic theme was surrounding customer service wherein 110 participants were divided into 25 teams with each coming up with an ‘idea’. Eventually, only 3 made it to the top spot with Team ‘Jarvis’ being the first, Team ‘OSC’ coming second and Team ‘TeamUp’ taking the third place. There was one more prize for the ‘most creative idea’ wherein team ‘C4code‘ won. The most interesting and overarching themes that were noticed in the whole Androidathon event were:

  • Chatting: An App wherein if a customer has an issue with a brand, he can interact with brand executives via chat. All records are kept at one place and it helps in building a less cumbersome and 24×7 support connection between the customer and brand.
  • Service Reminders: Another remarkable point is that each time a customer purchases a new gadget/vehicle/machine, etc. which needs regular servicing, he can enter the details of the same in the App which would remind him as to when the next service is due, thereby reducing the chances of the product getting damaged to a minimum.
  • Using Innovative Techniques like iBeacon: This basically acts as an “indoor proximity sensor” wherein if a customer goes for shopping for a smart phone and passes by a particular store which has an offer regarding a product it sends a notification to the customer regarding the offer, thereby enabling him to know about a number of options and offers in the market.

These three points were the highlights of the event and in the near future, there is no way that the consumer-related companies would be able to ignore it for long, because technology and new innovative and creative Apps are here to stay. Let me now take you through a mini-tour of what all happened in case you missed it and I’m sure you’re going to love what’s coming next.

The Tech Champs, Team Jarvis came first winning prizes worth Rs. 20k each. (Vicky Chijwani, Shubham Gupta and Garvit Chouhan)
The Tech Champs, Team Jarvis came first winning prizes worth Rs. 20k each. (Vicky Chijwani, Shubham Gupta and Garvit Chouhan)
Team OSC, comprising of Robin Malhotra, Arnav Gupta, Saurav Tomar and Umair Khan, took the second spot.
Team OSC, comprising of Robin Malhotra, Arnav Gupta, Saurav Tomar and Umair Khan, took the second spot.
Team Up comprising of Saurabh Bhan, Agam Verma, Aditya Gopal Ganguly and Aakash Garg bagged the thrid position, winning prizes worth 10k each.
Team Up comprising of Saurabh Bhan, Agam Verma, Aditya Gopal Ganguly and Aakash Garg bagged the thrid position, winning prizes worth 10k each.
Team C4Code won the prize for having the "most creative idea".
Team C4Code won the prize for having the “most creative idea”.
The participants mingled, sat and discussed their ideas, formed teams.
The participants mingled, sat and discussed their ideas, formed teams.
More than 12 Mentors and 2 Hackmasters, Vishal Chaudhary and Amit Jain, helped the participants and gave their creative inputs, at every step.
More than 12 Mentors and 2 Hackmasters, Vishal Chaudhary and Amit Jain, helped the participants and gave their creative inputs, at every step.
The participants came on stage, presented their ideas.
The participants came on stage, presented their ideas.
The Pre-screening and more discussions.
The Pre-screening and more discussions.
How people coded and slept where ever they found space, woke up and started working again. (And some didn't sleep at all)
How people coded and slept where ever they found space, woke up and started working again. (And some didn’t sleep at all)
And there was food, delicious food, all thanks to the Foodie himself, Prashant. (inset)
And there was food, delicious food, all thanks to the Foodie himself, Prashant. (inset)
The eminent Judges, Mr. Alok Kumar, Mr. Animesh Jain, Mr. Miten Sampat, Mr. Bharanidharan Vishwanathan and Mr. Ram Singla, made the prefect judges for the event.
The eminent Judges, Mr. Alok Kumar, Mr. Animesh Jain, Mr. Miten Sampat, Mr. Bharanidharan Vishwanathan and Mr. Ram Singla, made the prefect judges for the event.
When Team Akoska worked.
When Team Akoska worked.
Thanks to the whole Akosha Team (and a few more who aren't in the picture), who made it all happen.
Thanks to the whole Akosha Team (and a few more who aren’t in the picture), who made it all happen.

All in all, #androidathon #hackathon turned out to be a grand success, thanks to the overwhelming number of participants who turned up, the mentors who helped the participants at every step, the sponsors and the eminent judges, who were like a cherry on the top. And last, but not the least, the whole of Team Akosha, for being able to accomplish it. Make sure you’re a part of it the next time, if you managed to miss it this time around. – Richa Vashisht Legal Associate

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