A Glimpse at the Technical Musings: HACKODISHA
‘Let’s hack the future’ - was the scintillating vibe that drove the young ingenious minds as they paved their way to find creative solutions for various issues that touch the state of Odisha in the recently concluded hackathon ‘Hackodisha’ which is powered by Postman is the flagship event of Webwiz. There were 6 tracks namely, HealthCare, Education, Environment, Women Security, Disaster Management, Open Innovation. Adorned by over 10 workshops, problem-solving sessions, and fun sessions and over more than 1200 participants on the discord server, ‘Hackodisha’ provided a platform to finding several hacks and enhancing the technical community and made waves in NIT, Rourkela, and beyond. With more than 1600+ applicants, 35+ sponsors, 20+ community partners, 5+ media partners, and 30+ outreach partners, Hackodisha has been a massive success. Let’s take a walk down the pages of its journal to know and understand how an event that started as a small thought spread its wings to soar the skies and emerge as a success in difficult times like these.
THE BREAKDOWN OF EVENTS:
The hackathon had a remarkable number of activities prior to its 36-hour course in order to raise publicity and get the technical and creative juices flowing. Starting with J.AR.VIS, several of these events were arranged in collaboration with other clubs and colleges. The registration for Hackodisha had begun by 30th July.
J.AR.VIS: This Marvel-themed event, conducted in collaboration with the OWASP student chapter, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, was a four-day coding challenge comprised of three major events that commenced on July 29th and concluded on August 1st. The CTF (Capture the Flag) hacking event, along with relay coding and business trading games, were the major highlights of this event.
CTF is a cyber security-based tournament wherein participants solve various puzzles and challenges to obtain a 'flag' that generates points and therefore boosts their rankings. Participants were asked to attack the opposing team's system while also defending their own team using cryptography, steganography, physical security, and scanning. The more text files, images, and folders they captured, the more points they acquired.
Club Collaborations: Replica and Auto-Potency were organized by Hackodisha in collaboration with Cyborg, NIT Rourkela's robotics and automation club. Auto-Potency displaying a productivity hack that can assist in automating daily or boring chores. In collaboration with the Finance Club, Crypto-o-quest, a webinar designed to provide an insight into the foundation of cryptocurrency, was organized.
The Hackathon had a one-month schedule that included instructive and entertaining courses as well as a plethora of fun-filled events such as movie nights, games, meme contests, stand-up comedy sessions, and much more. The Lord of Memes was at the centre of these thrilling occurrences. The primary reason for organizing this event is the inherent significance of memes on social media platforms. On August 29, a movie night was arranged wherein the 'Internship' was streamed.
A myriad of workshops was arranged to increase the technical knowledge of the community. Prithvi Raj, one of the CNCF ecosystem's few community managers, led a session on "How to Contribute to Chaos Engineering in the CNCF(Cloud Native Computing Foundation) Ecosystem with LitmusChaos."
Amya Madan, a psychology graduate, certified handwriting and signature analyzer, and the founder of Ecrivons, then led a course on Identifying personality using Graphology. The ‘Introduction to cloud computing, launching your first virtual server in the cloud' webinar by Avinash Koshal, a cloud support Associate at AWS, was intended to provide an introduction to Cloud Computing (Amazon Web Services).
Akanksha Singh, a Masters student, Tech for Social Good Advocate, and hackathon enthusiast, wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to Hackathons. Rashmi R Padhy's 'Basics of Crypto World'. Mrutyunjay Biswal, a deep learning Engineer Intern at Vedantu, presented ‘Creating Something with Nothing: GANS' and a ‘Ask me Anything session on Discord by Siddharth Dayalwal was as well conducted.
The timeline of Hackodisha unfolded with the Opening Ceremony at 9:00 AM and followed with a ‘Talk’ by Dr Munish Jindal and a brainstorming session. Fun event by a voice mimicry artist, Adi Shetty who entertained all the hackers and Game Time at 18:00 pm. The Initial submissions began at 20:00 pm IST which was followed by an echoAr seminar on how to create a cloud-connected AR VR app in just 15 minutes. On 19 September the final project submissions were up to 17:00 PM and the project showcase took place at 17:30 PM. The Top 10 were announced at 19:00 PM and their presentation followed at 19:30 PM. The Hackodisha closed off with a closing ceremony at 20:30 PM. There were numerous social challenges going on at the same time, which made the event highly engaging.
The winners of the hackathons will be getting amazing stickers, goodies, swags, T-shirts, subscriptions, vouchers, Certificates from our sponsors. We also had exciting prizes for the best use of API powered by Postman, best use of Celo, Tezos, Polygon, and file coin. Not only the winners, but even the participants will also get amazing goodies, swags, certificates, free subscriptions, and vouchers.
PARTICIPANTS AND WINNERS:
There were a great number of submissions received at the end of the 36-hour hackathon. But some of those submissions stood out and bagged the top prizes on offer. Those were-
HID: A HUMAN INTERFACE DEVICE (Overall Winner)- By Hasan Raja
- A differently designed Human Interface Device(HID) that will help specially-abled people to type. In this new HID, there will be 10 keys and the 10 fingers of both hands will always be in the position of the 10 keys and then depending on the combinations of the keys various buttons of a keyboard can be obtained.
AMDY (Second Runners Up) By- Sairam Nomula and K. Dushyant Reddy
- The project aimed to help the learners study at their own pace, improve learner retention, allow the creation of a unique learning environment, and can be deployed to employees the world over at once.
recognAIse: (Best Girls Team award) By- Randrita Sarkar and Poulami Mandal
- Everyone knows that few companies generate as much paper-based information as government and legal industries. As a result, the team made the decision to use OCR Technology to address this issue. To begin, the user must upload a folder containing all photos related to forms, invoices, and so on. The duo made enhancements to the process so that it can crop the image automatically. It will automatically extract text and data from a picture and deliver it to users in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. Also, the team tried to make the text visible on the image.
Hackodisha had over 1600 registrations and 97 project proposals. After a thorough review, the mentors and judges selected the top ten entries, the most of which were from engineering colleges in Odisha and beyond.
Here is what the Participants and Winners had to say:
Hasan Raja a student from 2nd year UG from NIT Durgapur emerged as the overall winner. He shared his views regarding the event:
” I participated in Hackodisha with 3 motives first was to learn, second was to win, and the third one was to improve my public speaking. I learned a lot in this hackathon, from the organizing team, from the judges, the way they managed everything perfectly was really great. Then, at the closing ceremony, when the results were announced, I was overjoyed to be the overall winner, but much more so when the organizing team remarked that I presented extremely effectively, which met my third motivation. So I was overjoyed to have completed all three ideas. And I'll never forget this hackathon because it was my first, and I ended up winning overall. Much obliged to the organizing team and judges for their efforts and assistance.”
Sairam Nomula who emerged as the 2nd runner-up expressed
The organizers performed an excellent job, as seen by how well the staff reacted to our issues. They were understanding, patient, and resourceful. This sort of assistance is essential at any hackathon.
STATEMENTS FROM THE ORGANIZERS
Aniket Pal, Lead organizer of Hackodisha conveyed:
“Hackodisha is the largest hackathon that NITR has witnessed to date and we had an overwhelming response of 1600+ applications. It was shocking for me to see that NITR being one of the top technical institutes of India, many students didn't know what a hackathon is. So our main motive behind organizing Hackodisha was to spread the knowledge about hackathons and mark the difference between ethical hacking and hackathon. The major setback which I feel is although we received the highest applications from our college itself, still, none of the winners was from NIT Rourkela. “
Sumana Basu, Co-lead organizer of Hackodisha said after the completion of the hackathon
“Having a team of three second years and so many first years in initial stages we had never expected Hackodisha to be of this scale in the first season itself. Connecting online and managing all the teams was difficult, but we had amazing juniors who were so hardworking and dedicated because of which we never had to worry about anything. We used to have regular meetups and we tried to divide the work equally so that no one compromises on their academics. I am very thankful to each and every member of this amazing team, who have gone to the extreme ends, and have shown their mettle with such vivacity.”
Wikipedia defines a hackathon as a design sprint-like event where people involved in software development collaborate. But it was much beyond that when Hackodisha concluded. It was not just nerds jamming at their keyboards or coders writing lines and lines of code, it was creative minds struggling their way through problems prevalent especially in Odisha, and emerging out with solutions. Thanks to Hackodisha, the participant's minds could escape from the monotonous pandemic sloth and run wild for out-of-the-box software solutions to real-world problems. It was a compete to dive into head-scratching hours of coding and building ones' hack! It had a crowd that was created for a cause. With over 1600 applications, Hackodisha fulfilled its purpose in raising awareness among students and strengthening the community altogether.
Team Monday Morning congratulates WebWiz for successfully organizing ‘Hackodisha’ and hopes such events are conducted more often for the benefit of the student developers community.