We continue with part 2 of our Hack Day post – penned by Devashish Bhattacharjee
Hackday was kick-started by Atul Chitnis (FOSS.in guru) with an inspiring talk about his life and work.
Post that everyone just got cracking on their designs/code at their respsective spots/places/desks.
The Demos, that followed the 24 hours of hacking, were a launch pad for the Hackers/Creators to present their creations (Hacks) to the audiences and request for their votes. Pretty much like entrepreneurs vying for VC funding by putting their good stuff on display.
How? Well, the Demos were organized in a fair-type format with stalls and pods set up for parallel Demoing, and the audience went around the place taking turns to view the Hacks and vote for their favourite ones using plastic coins. It was an awesome, crazy sight! Filled with energy and excitement.
The top 10 hacks were then selected by audience votes and judges votes and they got to present once again on a big screen . There were various awards including crazy ones like “Most Helpful Hackers”, “Laziest Hack”, the “Hackiest Hack”, the “Coolest Hack”, the “Out of the Box Hack” and the “Most Popular Hack”!
The prizes themselves were a lot of fun too! The laziest hack guy got a bean-bag and the most helpful hacker got a swiss-knife; the Out of the Box Idea guys got a Lego box and the Coolest Hack guys got rapper gear/costume/accessories… !!
The winners of the Best Hack awards and the most Popular Hack award got to dress up like kings – with capes, a crown and scepter to boot!!
Needless to say, it was great fun…and we can hardly wait for the next installment!
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