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Odisha's Biggest


It's not Just a Hackathon
Ravenshaw University |31st January - 2nd February, 2020

Hackathons nowadays are just being bloated with vaporware due to the lack of time to work on the problem statements, the lack of direction and objective. Participants tend to focus on the shiny thing, but they don’t necessarily follow that up with a delivery model that will truly transform their initiative. The problem is that the organizers running hackathons haven’t changed what is behind the curtain in the way of resources, methods, processes and tooling. Which is why half the time ideas fall off the side of the desk after an event.

To begin with, participants will have to make a quick submission of some of the onboarding questionnaires on the Devfolio platform. See the questionnaires here. Once you are done with the onboarding questionnaires, you will have to update your Devfolio profile if needed. After the final submission, your Devfolio profile along with the answers of the questionnaires will be evaluated and the top 30 teams will be shortlisted to attend the SprintDay and HackDay.

8:30 AM Check-In

9:00 AM Inauguration

9:30 AM

The power of Hackathons and how it matters?
- by TBD

10:00 AM

What's MVP and how to quickly build it?
- by Anurag kyal

10:45 AM

Talk session
- by Pratilipi Team

11:30 AM

Unity Workshop & Talk session
- by Khagendra Kumar

12:30 PM Yet To be Revealed

1:15 PM Lunch

2:15 PM

Building high performance web apps in Gatsby.js
- by Harshil Agrawal

3:00 PM

How to build a search engine in Elastic search
- by Aravind Putrevu

4:00 PM

Design Sprint Bootcamp
- by Vikram Kaushik

5:30 PM Tea Break

6:00 PM SprintDay Starts

9:00 PM Dinner

9:30 PM SprintDay Continues

2:00 AM Midnight Snacks & Break

8:00 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Sprintday Continues

12:00 PM Hackathon Begins

1:00 PM Lunch

2:30 PM Hackathon Continues

5:30 PM Coffee & Snacks

6:00 PM Hackathon Continues..

9:00 PM Dinner

10:00 PM Hackathon Continues..

2:00 AM Midnight Snacks & Coffee

8:00 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Hackathon Continues..

1:30 PM Lunch

4:00 PM Evaluation starts

6:30 PM Result Declaration

BlockChain 101

Backenc day

Backend Day

Think Design

Frontend Day


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There has been a lot of Hackathons happening all over the globe and especially in india it's being skyrocketed. But the question is, do we truly impact the developer & designer community? Do we have a strong purpose? Read our wiki to find all the nitty gritty details regarding the WHY, HOW, and WHAT of UtkalHacks in one single place.

A hackathon is a weekend-long event where students come together to learn about the latest technologies and build innovative products.

We encourage and welcome undergraduate students, recent graduates and also working professionals to join us. But the ratio of students particpants will be higher than professianls. We also highly encourage UX Designers to join us at UtkalHacks.

Applications close on 15th January, 2020 at 12:00 am.

Unlike all other hackathons, our registration process will be slightly different. But the entire process is very simple, just go to top and hit that Apply With Devfolio button. That's it. Then you will be prompted to make a quick submission of the questionnaires mentioned below within the Devfolio platform.
- What is the pain or problem that you're trying to solve?
- Who's affected by the pain or problem? ( It's good to get some real data from the affected people. )
- Does this problem have a tendency to grow and why?
- How you're going to approach the problem?
- Do you have a team? If yes, then who are the team members?
- Do you have any plans to continue building the project even after the hackathon? If yes, then what's your vision for future?
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SprintDay is the first day of the hackathon where teams will collaborate with UI / UX Designers and will begin working on their ideas on site. SprintDay is all about working on the problem statement, brainstorming and prototyping before jumping into solving the problem. We will invite some expert mentors who will conduct a Design Sprint that will help you to understand the problems first, develop your idea and the prototype. Most of the of SprintDay is about understanding the problem and developing prototypes, so please remember to bring your laptops and any other equipment and materials you might need to work. Food and beverages are provided throughout.

The second and third day is known as the HackDay where you will actually start working on the prototype that you have designed on SprintDay. And at the end of third day you’ll deliver a pitch and demo your hack to a panel of judges.

We are still working on this and figuring out a lot of things about PitchDay but typically the it's for all those best teams who wants to continue their hustle and take their idea to the next level. On pitchDay you will deliver the pitch and show the demo of your final MVP to a panel of judges and win pilot opportunities with VC partners and Accelerators.

SprintDay and HackDay are mandatory for everyone who are selected for UtkalHacks. HackWeeks are generally for those who are local or are nearby to Bhubaneswar or Cuttack. And the PitchDay will be for only the best teams who will be invited to present their hack and win pilot opportunities to continue the hustle.

Admissions is completely free. Just bring yourself and your best ideas, and we take care of the rest! That means meals, drinks, snacks, workspace, swag, and WiFi are completely on us.

Yes! It's always good to have a team because it's not just the hackathon for which you are building a team. Who knows you might end up building the first working model of your startup at UtkalHacks. And it's no kidding, we aim to support our best hacks even after the Hackathon through our post hackathon activities. So, we always encourage to have a team. You can join or create a team once you've started an individual application.

Your team should have at least two members but it should not more than four people. You can either apply as a individual or a team. Once you receive your acceptance, you will be sent an email further prompting you on our team formation opportunities.

The We believe that anyone and everyone has the power to make a difference. In our application, you get a chance to demonstrate your interests and past projects by sharing anything from your GitHub, LinkedIn, portfolios, or writing samples. We don't require prior hackathon experience because we want you to show us what makes you, YOU!

Haven't planned yet! It completely depends on the availability of sponsorship. We're trying to be as inclusive as we can and to encourage a diverse range of students to join. That being said, we'd love to support you by offering travel reimbursements if there is enough sponsorship. Travel reimbursements will be assessed separately from your application and will be provided on a case by case basis.

In order to check in, you must bring a valid photo ID. Definitely carry a laptop, chargers, toiletries, a change of clothes, and anything else you will need for an overnight weekend. But remember, UtkalHacks is approximately 36 hours— so be prepared to let loose and have fun!

UtkalHacks values the importance of a safe and all-inclusive space. We welcome students from all backgrounds. Anyone attending must adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Interest in learning and working with technology is much more important than your current experience level. No experience is needed — whether you're a coder, an artist, a designer, or a writer, you'll get a chance to work with various mentors, attend workshops, interact with companies, and learn alongside fellow participants

We’ll provide meals from Saturday’s breakfast to Sunday’s lunch. If you have dietary restrictions, we’ll try our best to accommodate them. Of course, we’ll also have an abundance of snacks throughout the hacking period!

UtkalHacks aims to be accessible and welcoming for everyone. Please list any special accommodations in your application, or contact us with any other concerns!

If you have any other questions or concerns, just send us a #tweet at @emishacommunity or reach out to us via email at contact@emishacommunity.

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