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My Experience as an Organizer of IFA Hackathon-18

I have organized many HackDays(10 as of now) and few small level Hackathons. But, IFA Hackathon-18 is my 1st biggest Hackathon as an organizer.

So, Why IFA Hackathon? As You all know, we are conducting Hackdays every alternate Sundays. December 9th 2018 is our 10th HackDay. So, I decided to do it in a grand Manner. Just like An Internal HackDay only in IoT for our community members(Expected around 50 Headcounts). So, I approached Akshat & Malini from Altimetric for Venue(They waved the green signal, as they always support our community).

Then I was in a search for the Prize Sponsors. Thankfully, QUBE Cinema accepted my request. But, they had 3 demands. First, The Hackathon should be open to any Technologies and not only for IoT. Second, It should be open for general audience not only to the IFA community. And the minimum headcount should be at least 150. I accepted all of their demands. Actually, they corrected my mistakes, I would say, They made this Hackathon to the next level. All the credits goes to Priya & Blesso.

Again, I went to Altimetrik and explained about the change of the plan. As usual, They supported our initiative and gave their complete Working space at the 13th floor. All done.

Summary of the Event:

Event Sponsor – QUBE Cinema
Venue Sponsor – Altimetrik Pvt Ltd.
Chief Guest – Mr A Sata Siva Sharma, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CEERI
Total Registration – 450
Invitation Sent – 175
Attendees on Event Date – 154
Total Teams- 41

On the event date, There were total of 154 Attendees with 41 Teams. Many teams presented great ideas. It was a perfect mixture of different set of people. There were students, professionals, freelancers from different domains like AR/VR, AI/ML, IoT, Blockchain, Full-stack, etc. One thing we really proud of this event is, we had a good gender ratio, 17% of the total participants were women. It’s all possible because of our IFA community’s Volunteering Team. They are the real heroes & heroines. Overall, It is good Initiative. Organizing such events improves my confidence level to go further. A Special thanks to Akshath, Malini, Priya, and Blesso for having the huge confidence on me.

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