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Pragyan Hackathon 2017, presented by SAP Labs and SAP Internship Experience (iXp), took place on December 16th and 17th at SAP Labs India, Whitefield, Bangalore.

The aim of the hackathon was to support developers and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to architect their ideas. This was the fourth edition of the Pragyan Hackathon, offering participants a chance to win INR 2,00,000 in cash prizes and goodies. The event was inaugurated by Nithil Harris, Chairperson of Pragyan, who welcomed the participants and gave the main overview of Pragyan. The Overall Coordinator of Pragyan Chandish briefed the gathering about the hackathon, detailing the rules and regulations of the programme. Fifty-five teams comprising 120 eager participants were off to a start at 10.30 am on December 16, 2017.

Srikanth Gopalakrsihnan , Vice-President – IoT Digital Connected Assets at SAP, delivered an enthralling speech about Digitization and SAP Leonardo.

The hackathon then went on for a grueling 30 hours during which teams had to fabricate an idea and develop the product. The ideas had to be based on the one of the six domains presented to them. These included Entertainment, Organizational Automation, Social, Financial Technology, Education, and Sports.

A special SAP Rapid Fire was also held, where participants of the hackathon were asked questions in quick succession to win exciting goodies on the spot. Github associated with Pragyan hackathon oversaw the Myoctocat competition held alongside the hack and the best tweet won the competition.

An initial shortlist of 10 teams was selected by the judging panel based on the teams’ selected problem statement and their approach to it. The hackathon concluded at 4.30pm on December 17, following which the shortlisted teams were judged by a panel based on the authenticity and novelty of their ideas as well as the functionality of the software. The third place of the Hackathon was awarded to Aman Malali, Shishira R Maiya and Ahamed Shoaib, who developed a project in the domain of Organizational Automation, winning a special mention from SPI Cinemas. The runners-up were Trivikram Muralidharan, Aakash Arora, and Rishi Swethan for developing a product in the Entertainment domain, also winning a special mention from SPI Cinemas who co-sponsored the event.

The first place was bagged by Sai Hemanth B, Tanvi Kumar, and Shivashis Padhi, who worked to create a community-driven project for providing publicly available datasets powered by block chain technology. As the hackathon ended, all the participants were thoroughly satisfied with a productive and informative weekend and the event was declared a success.

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