AIC RAISE has organized “Hacoholics”, a social innovation hackathon on March 2nd & 3rd 2020 at AIC RAISE Incubation Centre at Rathinam Techzone, Coimbatore. The main objective of the event is to bring up innovative ideas and solutions for various problem statements prevailing in society. 75+ students, youngsters, social innovators and startups from across South India have participated in this 2 days intensive hackathon and came out with 18 different innovative product-based solutions for 18 different problem statements.
This report details participant demographics, the objective of the event, organizational information, event impact, participant feedback & insights, and future plans.
AIC RAISE received registrations from 1073 participants of 258 teams across India among which top 18 teams are invited for the final physical hackathon based on the problem they address, innovative idea to solve the particular problem. 18 teams with 75 participants have participated in the physical hackathon, created prototypes with mentors support based on the innovative ideas they have proposed and finally pitched the prototypes developed.
Gender: 15 women, 60 men
- Computer Science Students
- Mechanical Engineering Students
- Electronics and Communication Students
- Arts and Science Students
- Startup company team
Why a Hackathon: Maker Culture
The primary goal of this event is to raise awareness and bring startups from grad-level students into Social Innovation. Talent from across India and foster a competitive, yet cooperative, and congenial culture for talented individuals. It also allowed participants to connect with faculty, labs, AIC RAISE, and most importantly, with each other: “We didn’t know each other before we did this”, said one team, who went from being strangers to working together over 24+ hours and producing a demonstrable project. These goals intersected with AIC RAISE initiatives around participants preparedness and community building.
- G.Suresh Kumar, Co-Founder & CEO of MacAppStudio,
- Vivek Mohan, Founding Partner & CTO at Innov8 Co-Working,
- Raju Kandasamy, Lead Consultant, ThoughtWorks
- Sharon Sebastian – Manager Cisco Thinqbator Amrita College
- Mohammed Rafi – technical Intern Makergram.com
- Suhail – Technical Officer Aicraise
Check-in for participants started at 8:30 am on Monday, and Mr.Ebin from AIC RAISE gave a talk on Social entrepreneurship at 9:30 am. Students started their hack from 2nd March 10:00 am and continued till 3rd March 10:00 am, followed by evening 1- Hour “lightning sections” and dinner party. Presentations and judging wrapped up by 5 pm on 3rd March.
Dr.Madan A Sendhil, Chairman of Rathinam Group has felicitated the Juries and interacted with the participants about their innovative solutions addressing various problem statements.
Projects and Winners
Projects ranged from a device to aid gaming addiction to an earphone that helps hearing-impaired persons. Judges scored projects based on creativity, technical depth, the challenge of doing the task in a short amount of time, and usability.
Among all the 18 innovative solutions and students team from Virudhunagar R.Lakshmanan, R.Raman, S.Mohammed Arshad and V.Ramji with the product named “Smart hearing aid for hearing impaired” has won the event and received a seed fund of Rs.1 Lakh to take up their innovative idea of building a simple and cost-effective ear implant which helps the hearing impaired patients by birth to sense sounds through vibration-based cochlear implantation. Additionally, judges awarded two projects for best demonstrations.
Food: In order to keep the participant active through the night, food and snacks were provided every few hours. We started with Kickoff snacks and coffee, followed by lunch and dinner with a party.
Planning for the hackathon began in the Mid of February 2020. An internal call for sponsors was sent out in the same time period. An external call was sent out a week for participant application and participants selection and announcements occurred on 28th Feb 2020.
Leading innovation platforms such as Cisco ThingQbator, MakerGram and PCBWAY have partnered for the event and supported in technical evaluation and mentoring the innovation teams. The winners are also provided with digital benefits from aws activate, Digital Ocean and Server Cake who are the official project partners of AIC RAISE.
Social Media Coverage
We leveraged the entire event through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for both publicity and sourcing insights, participants publishing photographs and commentary. Organizers and student participants also chimed in with their own posts and thoughts about the event under the hashtag #hackoholics.
We got positive responses from the participants and judges about the event. Also, we got requests and suggestions to organize the next hackoholics. We have started planning to host “Hackoholics Monsoon” in June 2020.
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