Megathon ‘18 Online Round

A mega brainstorming of life hacks over a marathon session. And this student-led event jointly organized by the Entrepreneurial-cells (E-cells) of IIIT-H and IIT Hyderabad respectively is here again, but in different avataars.

With a view to dissolving geographical boundaries and making the event accessible to students from across the country, an online edition is now being made available. One of the social challenges presented last year was in the realm of Women’s Safety.

Buoyed by its success, the organizers felt the need to take the subject of Women’s Safety to the national level since it continues to be relevant and one of the most pressing issues of today. The idea is to find different solutions (not limited to technology) to the problem that can be implemented and eventually taken to the market.

What this means is that the solutions need not be restricted to creating Apps or dependent on the Internet. Any idea or an awareness which improves women safety is acceptable. The only constraint is that the solution should be implementable by the students themselves.

Suggestions to policy changes involving governmental intervention are a No-No. “We really want to make our small contribution to this important issue and hope for a safer nation for women,” says Atirek Kumar, 2nd year student and Social Media and PR Head of E-Cell, IIIT-H.

This event is conducted in partnership with several NGOs such as Youngistaan Foundation, SAFA India and Being Women, and also with HackerEarth who will host it on their online platform.

Dates: 15th July – 12th August, 2018

Eligibility Criteria: Any Indian college student with a valid student ID can participate.

Format

Participating students can register in team of sizes 1-4. After registration, the detailed problem statement will be communicated to them along with the rules and regulations of the competition. The Online Round round is a parallel event to the other events in Megathon and is not a qualifying round for any.

Prizes

  • First Prize : Rs. 60,000
  • Second Prize : Rs. 30,000
  • Third Prize : Rs. 10,000
  • Goodies worth Rs. 1000 each for top 25 teams         .

The top 3 winning teams, if based out of Hyderabad will get an all-expenses paid trip to Hyderabad for felicitation at Megathon’18.

Register online at this page.

Onsite Round

Dates: 29th – 30th September, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)

Theme: Corporate Challenges

Venue: IIIT Hyderabad

Typically students working in teams get 24 hours to work on challenges thrown to them by industry experts and other academic mentors. Out of the 4 problem statements put forth to the students, they have to choose one. According to the organizers, the goal is to provide technological solutions to issues where eventually students prototype and implement ideas  under the guidance of mentors from the industry and academia in 24 hours.

This is then followed by pitching of the business models or prototypes. This event is also open to all Indian college students with a valid student ID. For out-of-town students, accommodation arrangements are made at IIT Hyderabad against a nominal charge.

For official website link, click here.

 

Megathon 2018 IIT IIIT Hyderabad

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