E-Cell IIIT Hyderabad hosted the third iteration of their flagship hackathon, Megathon 2017 on 23rd – 24th September at IIIT-Hyderabad, Gachibowli Campus.
During the 24-hour hackathon, students were given 5 problem statements divided into two categories – Corporate and Social – provided by Amazon, IBM, PwC and She Team – Hyderabad Police. The problems statements covered topics like Smart Cities, Privacy and Security, Women Safety, Chat-bots and E-commerce.
In each category, participating teams presented their solutions to their respective jury panels comprising industry veterans, startup founders and people from academia. The winning team walked away Rs. 20,000 cash prize and the runner-up team Rs. 10,000.
The second edition of the flagship event was the largest student hackathon in Hyderabad. A total of 185 teams, comprising of over 600 students from 65 different colleges and 35 cities across several states including Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.participated in the hackathon.
Multiple dignitaries including DCP Vishwa Prasad, Kalpana Saroj – CEO of Kamani Tubes & an inspiring entrepreneur, Ramesh Loganathan – Professor of Co-Innovation at IIIT Hyderabad and industry veterans from Amazon, PwC, IBM and Capgemini graced the event.