I-Stem Hackathon - 2018

The first Inclusive Stem Hackathon was organised at IIIT bangalore on 20th and 21st January 2018, and was attended by 25 blind and visually impaired students, industry professionals from 11 tech companies and students from IIIT Banglore.

The visually impaired participants are either currently studying at premier tech schools such as IITs, NITs, IIITs, NSIT etc., or are working at leading tech companies such as Microsoft and other startups. They were also provided training in web development, android programming and basics of machine learning (NLP, computer vision and deep learning) by I-Stem, Kepler Lab and SapientRazorship. Some of them were also previously trained by our partners Vision Aid in Python programming. Students also received soft skills mentoring and resume help, thanks to Vision Aid and its mentors.

Professionals from various Tech Companies like Deutsche Bank, Honeywell, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Mindtree, Oracle, Salesforce, Sasken, TCS, Uber and Wipro participated and brought a variety of skills such as data science, Android or IOS programming etc.

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I-Stem at Inclusive Stem Hackathon 2018
Participants Training prior to the Event
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I-Stem at Inclusive Stem Hackathon 2018
Teams working on their Projects during Hackathon
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Participants Meeting

Prof. S. Sadagopan ( Director, IIIT Bangalore ), Mr. Ajay Seth, IAS ( Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Dept., Govt. of Karnataka ), Dr. Y.S. Rajan ( Honorary Distinguished Professor, Indian Space Research Organization ) and Dr. Chieko Asakawa (IBM Fellow) shared their perspective at the inaugural event.

In addition to the Hackathon, over the two days the event hosted a panel discussion on Disability and Tech. Seven distinguished panelists including representatives from Dell, Google, Microsoft, Wipro, Adobe, Mphasis and V-Shesh shared their opinions on product accessibility and recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities in the tech industry.

Several company representatives, including HR managers and hiring managers, attended the event and interacted with the participants, both to understand their perspective and to consider them for technical positions. Several participants received interview requests during or soon after the event which resulted in internship offers.

Hackathon projects

Teams focused on a wide range of problems-from currency identification for the blind to land registration using blockchain technology, from an app to help model UN delegates using text summarisation to realtime object detection. Here are brief descriptions of projects that the participants worked on.

Check Out the Projects of 2018


Congratulations to our winners!

First prize: team 10-Rishabh Jain (IIT Roorkee), Rutwik Ravi Teja Vempati (IIT Madras), Aman Datta (Honeywell), Ramakrishna Kulkarni (Wipro), Mayank Senani (IIIT Bangalore)
Second prize: team 11-Manjot Singh (DPS Gurgaon), Harsha HD (Bangalore University), Abhijit Dasgupta (Honeywell), Sai Krishna (Juniper Networks), Mohammad Khalid (IIIT Bangalore)
Third prize: team 4-Kartik Sawhney (Stanford University), Abhishek Agarwal (Securities and Exchange Board of India), Sidharth Raja (Uber), Shashidhar Gurumurthy (Salesforce), Tarun pandey (IIIT Bangalore)

In the Media

The hackathon was covered by Deccan Herald.
Two participants wrote blogs describing their experience. Read them here and here.