Brilliant brains determined to change to the world congregated to challenge each other by crafting ingenious designs on 20th August 2019 at NPS Koramangala as it hosted its 5th edition of Hackathon, supported by IBM. After the first elimination round held earlier, 15 teams with wonderful ideas were chosen and invited to the final round on 20th August to complete and present their project.
In his inaugural speech Dr. Kingshuk Banerjee emphasised that the students must build a strong foundation of science fundamentals and proficiency in language to reap the benefits of true coding. The Hack saw ideas such as smart irrigation systems, software that help NGOs to contact prospective volunteers, portable internet connected plug-points and apps to facilitate the distribution of used textbooks. Mentors from IBM helped the teams fix bugs in their projects and to conduct the preliminary evaluation to select the top 5 teams. These selected teams were given 5 minutes to present their project on stage. Delhi Public School, East clinched both, the first and the second place. While their first project AutoDust, a unique approach to segregate waste using computer sensors won the hearts, their second project Waitso, a foot traffic tracking system that will help manage public space better by reporting congestion points marvelled the judges. They were presented with the Hack rolling trophy, certificates and gifts from IBM. Runners-up, NPS Rajajinagar came up with an app that would detect the symptoms of neuro-degenerative diseases. The principal, Ms Jyotsna Nair rounded off the exciting event by thanking and presenting mementos to the mentors.