PUNE: City-based international IT company recently hosted 'Hack Reaction', a hackathon for school students aged between 14 and 19 years. The event was organised by the students and for the students of the same age group.
Over 100 students from different schools across the city including Bishop's Junior College, St Mary's School, Dr Shamrao Kalmadi Junior College, DAV Public School and Nowrosjee Wadia College participated in the two-day hackathon.
Students, organised into groups, had one single goal - to ideate about software that can solve one important problem for people in India. All this was to be done within 36 hours by writing codes to get the ideas to a working prototype.
Chirag Doshi, office principal of ThoughtWorks, "It was very energizing and simultaneously humbling experience for us at ThoughtWorks to see youngsters' passion and knowledge about software development. I think more companies should try to bridge the gap between academics and industry using such initiatives."
ThoughtWorks played the host by offering students ample space to indulge in fun activities inside the premises. Students brainstormed, used the whiteboards, hashed out their ideas on large screen monitors. When they needed, they took chai and coffee breaks and even played PS3/XBOX, table tennis, carrom and football.
After one and half days of coding, the judges interacted with each team to understand their idea, thought process and the final outcome. Students also presented their ideas and prototype in front of everyone.
The final three winners of the hackathon include a system for automating the home lighting system via voice command, easing the college selection process for applicants through software and another for managing all the events based on different categories at a single place.