Student programmers from Startup Village shine in national hackathon

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Kochi: Giving a thumps up to the efforts of the newly launched Startup Village to promote innovations among the students, a group of engineering students from Kerala have bagged the top honours at the ‘hackathon’ held recently in Bangalore by developing novel applications which may prove highly useful for the masses.

By developing an innovative mobile application that will help the students to know exactly how many classes they bunked and how many they should attend to be eligible for exam, Anirudhan Adukkathayar from College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, won the first prize at the hackathon, a 36-hour-long competition for budding programmers. With strict minimum requirement attendance rules in most colleges, this app titled ‘Bunklog’ can work wonders for the students, according to the judges of the event.

He bagged the cash prize worth Rs.35,000 for his novel product from among nearly 200 applications, developed by 120 hackers drawn from across the country. The event was held by Innoz Technologies for its mobile platform, on July 14-15, 2012. The hackers were drawn from different cities, in a first of the kind experiment to show how innovators can use SMS platform to develop applications for the masses.

The second prize of Rs.15,000 was also bagged by another Kerala team member John Sebastian Perayil from Government Model Engineering College, Kochi for his innovative application that dealt with text message encryption. The application named ‘Cipher’ allows users to encrypt their messages for complete privacy and it can be very useful when confidential information needs to be exchanged via SMS.

The most popular app prize went to Jayadeep S of MG University College of Engineering, Thodupuzha and Nitin of RIT, Kottayam for their application that helped people get a database of blood donors from their respective areas along with their contact numbers.

Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO, Startup Village said, “I have always believed in the potential of the young students in Kerala. Exposure was the only key ingredient missing in our students from realizing their true potential. We sent the team to the event to give them the right exposure. The amazing feat by the Startup Village mavericks at the Hackathon stands testimony to the innovative skills of our students. They left almost everyone dazzled.”

A 23-member student development team from Kerala represented the Kochi based Startup Village, the first telecom incubator of country established to incubate start-up ventures.

Kerala IT News

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