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It's Not Just a Hackathon
UtkalHacks | 31st January - 2nd February, 2020

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Today's Hackathon System is Broken!

  • Nothing useful hacks are being created at a hackathon – the lack of time, direction and objective, fuels the creation of Vaporware.
  • Participants tend to focus on the shiny thing, but they don’t necessarily follow that up with a delivery model that will truly transform their initiative.
  • The problem is that the organizers running hackathons haven’t changed what is behind the curtain in the way of resources, methods, processes and tooling. Which is why half the time ideas fall off the side of the desk after an event.
  • How It Works !

    To begin with, we will invite interested participants to make a quick submission of their idea online. These submissions will be evaluated and the top 20 teams will be shortlisted to attend the SprintDay and HackDay.

    Then top 8 teams will be shortlisted for the PitchDay. The top teams at PitchDay will stand to win cash prizes and pilot opportunity with VC partners.

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    There has been a lot of Hackathons happening all over the globe and especially in india it's being skyrocketed. But the question is, do we truly impact the developer & designer community? Do we have a strong purpose? Do we know the WHY of our Hackathon? Or is it just because someone else is doing and so we are? For this, we are taking a step forward and developing a new Framework for our own hackathon, UtkalHacks to tackle this problem. This is the reason why we have decided to document all the nitty gritty details regarding the WHY, HOW, and WHAT of UtkalHacks in one single place, the UtkalHacks Wiki.


    Everyone is welcome to apply, be it students, professionals or turing-test certified androids. If you are under 18 years of age, we’ll need a parental consent form.

    The application period will close on January 15th at 11:59 pm (IST). We evaluate applications on a rolling basis and acceptances will be sent every weekend via email. Once accepted, you’ll have three days to confirm your attendance.

    To begin with, participants will have to make a quick submission of the problem that you are trying to solve online. You need to describe your problem and submit a short write up mentioning wha's the problem, why you've picked that particular problem, is there any existing solutions etc. Basically we just want to make sure whether you clearly understand your problems or not. Please mark, It's not an idea submission process, you just need to tell us what problem/pain point you are trying to solve. After that your profile along with the submissions will be evaluated and the top 25 teams will be shortlisted to attend the SprintDay and HackDay.

    On the first day i.e, SprintDay of the hackathon, teams will collaborate with UI / UX Designers and will begin working on their ideas on site. SprintDay is all about working on the problem statement, brainstorming and prototyping before jumping into solving the problem. We will invite some expert mentors who will conduct a Design Sprint that will help you to understand the problems first, develop your idea and the prototype. Most of the of SprintDay is about understanding the problem and developing prototypes, so please remember to bring your laptops and any other equipment and materials you might need to work. Food and beverages are provided throughout.
    On the second and third day i.e, HackDay you will actually start working on the prototype that you have designed on SprintDay. And at the end of third day you’ll deliver a practice pitch of your hack, and receive feedback on your presentation before delivering a final pitch to a panel of judges.

    Admissions is completely free. Just bring yourself and your best ideas, and we take care of the rest! That means meals, drinks, snacks, workspace, swag, and WiFi are completely on us.

    Yes! This hackathon is strictly a team competition. We believe that you’re stronger as a team than you are apart. You can join or create a team once you've started an individual application.

    You can form teams of up to 4 people. It's always good to have a mix of people with both design and developer skills because it's not just the hackathon for which you are building a team. Who knows you might end up building your start-up at UtkalHacks. And it's no kidding, we aim to support our best hacks even after the Hackathon through our post event activities. So, we always encourage to have a team. Your team should have at least two members but it should not more than four people. You can either apply as a individual or a team. Once you receive your acceptance, you will be sent an email further prompting you on our team formation opportunities.

    Not to worry, most people don’t! We’ll have team formation and ideation events geared towards helping you find people to work with. You can join our Telegram to find potential teammates.

    A valid government issued photo ID, laptop, phone, chargers, any sleeping equipment you might want (we'll be providing mattresses) and a geeky t-shirt!

    In order to check in, you must bring a valid photo ID. Definitely carry a laptop, chargers, toiletries, a change of clothes, and anything else you will need for an overnight weekend. But remember, UtkalHacks is approximately 36 hours— so be prepared to let loose and have fun!

    Haven't planned yet! It completely depends on the availability of sponsorship. We're trying to be as inclusive as we can and to encourage a diverse range of students to join. That being said, we'd love to support you by offering travel reimbursements if there is enough sponsorship. Travel reimbursements will be assessed separately from your application and will be provided on a case by case basis.
    Please be honest and send us an email at mentioning why you qualify for the Travel Reimburment.

    A panel of some of the biggest names in tech will evaluate hacks based on creativity, technical difficulty, design, and usefulness. The top 10 overall projects will demo what they have built in front of all of UtkalHacks during our closing ceremonies. New judges will be announced on a rolling basis on Twitter and Facebook, so make sure to follow us!

    Tweet us your questions at @emishacommunity or reach out to us at


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