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Coders Innovate for the Digital Future @Hackathon’19


On the 14th of July, it was not just the world cup that had come to a glorious finish. Kochi also witnessed the curtains fall on the ultimate code fest of the year, Hackathon!

Hackathon is the flagship event of RapidValue that was back for the second time to function as a platform for programmers, application developers and people with technical backgrounds to collaborate and code a unique solution.

The event was organized in partnership with the Kerala Startup Mission, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups and sponsored by Kotak Mahindra Bank. The event was also supported by Progressive Techies. Channel I’M, RedFM, and Technopolis Magazine were the media partners of the event with Four Points by Sheraton, Kochi being the hospitality partner. The ‘Integrated Startup Complex’ at Kalamassery played host for the event on the 13th and 14th of July.

The inaugural ceremony on 13th was presided over by Vijay Sakhare IPS, IGP and Commissioner of Police who emphasized on why cyber security is the need of the hour and on how technology has to be indigenous to enable security. The inaugural ceremony was followed by an informative hands-on design workshop by Niyam Bhushan, renowned UX expert. In his design workshop, Niyam Bhushan encouraged the audience to work from ‘inside out’ with their product, for example, to invest the initial burst of energy on creating a main page than using it in creating the login page. He explained how designers have to be more in tune with human emotions and how their designs should be a direct appeal to the emotions of the user. 

Close to 20 teams and 80 participants geared up to code a solution based on IoT, Analytics, Big Data, Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and/or mGovernance in 24 hours. Spot registration was opened for those who missed to register through the website and the slots filled in very quickly. Each team had a unique proposal and were determined to emerge as the winners. 

The valedictory function took place on the 14 th of July and Arinjay Narayan, Sr Manager of Corporate Banking of Kotak Mahindra, Bangalore addressed the audience. Later, the top five finalists of Hackathon were asked to present their ideas to the judging panel and audience. The judging panel consisted of Koshy Mathew, Partner at EY, Rajesh Padinjaremadam, CEO of RapidValue Solutions and
SS Jayasankar, Founding Director of Oorjja.

Team ‘Spot’ emerged as the winners of Hackathon’19 with their revolutionary idea of sound recognition and analysis through machine learning to detect unfavourable events in forests like illegal logging or wild-fires. Team ‘AgroDoc’ came up with a mobile application to identify disease inflicting crops using image recognition technology and won the second prize. The third prize was bagged by team ‘Pentatronics’ with their idea of an automated medication dispensing system.

“We are very honoured to have earned the first place in the RapidValue Hackathon 2019. We still cannot believe that we were able to engineer and build a predictive platform to help with monitoring of deforestation by analysing audio right from scratch. Also, we are extremely grateful to RapidValue for providing us with a platform to give life to our idea and also to the mentors from KSUM and NASSCOM. We now are going to take this idea forward and use technology to help aid in sustainable development.” says Nithin Varghese, Team Spot, Winners, Hackathon’19.

“The event saw the emergence of great ideas with immense potential to transform the world in the coming years. We are very happy that we could play a part in accelerating the digital transformation revolution as we strongly believe that the innovative ideas of today will become the game-changer of tomorrow.” says Rinish K.N, Chief Technology Officer, RapidValue.

“The first edition of Hackathon was called ‘Techathon’ in 2016 and bagging the first prize in it had proved to be a turning point in my career. This year we got to witness the burgeoning of ideas that could shape our future and I am sure the judges had a tough time selecting the winners. Events like Hackathon are the right outlet for techies like me to showcase our ideas and put them into actual use.” says Shanalal Kasim, Winner Hackathon’16, currently working as a Software Architect at RapidValue.

The main focus of the event being to act as a platform to help bring ideas to life, Hackathon is bound to give birth to start-ups like it did when it was previously conducted in 2016.

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