It’s been a fortnight since Flipkart organized it’s very own Hack Day – and we have Devashish Bhattacharjee from Flipkart pen down some lines on what was easily the coolest do of the year:
It was that time of the year again. On June 7th & 8th, Flipkart HackDay was back with a bang – a wacky, crazy, cool version, in its third avatar.
Wondering why it’s Hack Day and not days? That’s ‘coz the event officially starts at 4 pm on the first day (June 7) and ends at 4 pm on the next day (June 8, 2012)… making it a 24 hour extravaganza… That’s 24 hours to convert caffeine into code (a phrase coined by one of the organizers and has stuck on just like that!) or in other words 24 hours to create something new of your own.
Readers please note that the meaning of the term Hack or Hacking here is: creating something new, something different, changing the status quo of things around oneself and improving things from how/what they are.
Geeks, hackers, programmers, coders, developers (I know the last three are pretty much the same!), designers, creators, dreamers, thinkers, technologists, basically anyone with any interest in technology was encouraged to create cool hacks. The joy of creation reigned supreme!
Overall, it was basically an almost two-day long party – filled with festivities and celebrations – with technology at the center. Having fun was the motto of the day. Nevertheless, innumerable useful ideas and awesome hacks saw the light of day as they got implemented at break neck speeds, de novo. A virtually unending stream of yummy food (read Subway sandwiches, biriyani, pav bhaaji, chhole bhature, rolls, hakka noodles, momos, chicken tikka, aloo parantha, and more) made its way to our office and got consumed like crazy.
Packed with bean-bags (for some cozy coding), red bull (for self-energizing), music and coffee (for keeping awake), the office atmosphere was energized enough to keep everyone’s spirits high through the night, causing the creative sparks to fly on! And the ‘crazy diamonds’ shone on… Till they became ‘comfortably numb’!
The fervent energy, the feverish enthusiasm, the mounting euphoria, was, as they say in Hindi, “Dekhte hi banta tha!!”. (You have to see it to believe it!).