Hacking Away At Hurdles: NIT Rourkela At Hacker-Ramp
Shrestha Mohapatra | Nov 11, 2019
Hacker-Ramp, a hackathon presented by Myntra and Jabong, was a one-of-its-kind hackathon targeting the problems that e-commerce companies face. The event was a real-time prototype-based hackathon where teams had to submit ideas and build a prototype for making the interface more user-friendly. Team Bit-by-Bit comprising Samarth Mohanty, Abhilash Mishra, and Abhishek Meharia bagged the first position with a cash prize of 75K. V Girish, Biswajeet Sahoo and Biswajit Nayak of Team Vahini secured the runners-up position with the award money of 50K. With about 800 submissions from all over the country and three vigorous rounds of elimination, these two teams of NIT Rourkela beat all odds against them to emerge victoriously.
The entire process was held in October. The first round was that of ideation, where they had to submit ideas for four different themes with workflow diagrams on how they would come about that idea. While registering for the first round, the participants had to fill personal data and information related to academics. The second round was more about applying that idea and building and developing a prototype. Based on their prototype submission, only 5 teams, which were guided by mentors, made it to the final online presentation round.
Team Bit-by-Bit’s prototype was based on acquiring the client’s body measurements using image processing. Shedding more light about it, Samarth Mohanty said:
We had built an app that takes a frontal and lateral image of the user as input and using image processing, it measures about 9 different body parameters. It was really fun although we were a bit disappointed when the final round, which was supposed to be held at Bangalore, got canceled as some students had exams.
Team Vahini, which translates to ‘Army’ in Hindi, resonates with its name completely. Speaking about his experience there, V Girish said:
It was a great experience collaborating with the R&D sector of the company directly. We learnt a lot about solving real-life issues and integrating business with R&D. Talent and discipline is needed to win this war of life and the army is the only entity that has both integrated into its core values.
Team MM congratulates both the teams for their success and wishes them all the best for bringing more laurels to NIT Rourkela in the future.