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BIT Mesra Successfully Organised its first-ever Hackathon, Hack-A-Bit!

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The inaugural ceremony of BIT Mesra’s first-ever hackathon, HACK-A-BIT was held on the 26th of October, 2018 from 3.00 P.M. in the CAT Hall. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. K.K. Thakur, CGMT, ARTTC, BSNL and Mr. Sumit Kumar, in charge Jharkhand innovation labs was the Guest of honour. Dr. Mahesh Chandra, Dean Students’ Welfare and Dr. Vijya Laxmi, faculty coordinator of HACK-A-BIT were among the honourable dignitaries present. The judges of the fest, Mr. Koushik MLN, Mr. Pratyush Agarwal, Mr. Kushagra Singh and Mr. Abhishek and the other faculty coordinators of the fest, Dr. D.K. Upadhyaya and Mr. Sumit Srivastava were among the attendees. The event was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries which was followed by the BIT prayer.
Dr. Mahesh Chandra, the Dean Students’ Welfare then welcomed the guests and participants in his speech. He encouraged them to participate with zeal and at the same time to take care of their health during the course of the hack. Dr. Vijaya Laxmi, one of the faculty coordinators of HACK-A-BIT, introduced the participants to the event. She also informed that after rigorous scrutiny only 188 participants forming the top 50 teams could make it to the final showdown. The Chief Guest, Mr. K.K. Thakur, spoke about the opportunities given to today’s youth and shared his technical expertise with the students. He also expressed his elation on the talented students who could make it to the event and encouraged them to give their best. The Guest of Honour, Mr. Sumit Kumar motivated the students with his words of wisdom on the start-up ecosystem. He informed the students about the initiative taken by the Jharkhand government and promised to provide them with maximum support. The Dean Students’ Welfare then felicitated the Chief guest and the Guest of honour with a shawl and memento. Finally, Dr. Vijaya Laxmi delivered the vote of thanks. She expressed her gratitude towards the dignitaries for gracing the ceremony with their presence and also thanked the sponsors and the organising team. With the departure of the Chief Guest, the organising team took the stage and  explained the code of conduct and the rule book to the participating teams. The next day saw an interactive session with the mentors, Mr. Koushik MLN, Head of Engineering at ITVersity and Mr. Pratyush Agarwal, co-founder of CodeAsylum take place in Room 211 from 11:30 A.M. The mentors showed enthusiasm in solving the queries of the inquisitive participants. The questions of participants varied from their coding concerns to implementing their ideas in the start-up world. The mentors also explained that in order to be a good engineer one should try to implement everything they read to increase their skills. At 3:30 P.M, the mid-evaluation started with the judges checking the 18-hour progress of the teams. Participants showed their projects and explained their
real-world implementation. The second guest lecture for the day started at 6:00 P.M in Room Number 211 and was delivered by Mr. Durga Vishwanatha Raju, Gadiraju, Technology Consultant at Harman International and the
founder of ITVersity. His lecture was based on ‘Entrepreneurship and how to be a good engineer.’ The participants were told how failure should not cause hindrance in the path of success. The speaker gave his own example of how he
failed many times in his life but always grew back stronger and more focused. He also said that the general mindset of engineers should shift from aiming to be an effective employee to being a successful employer. The final day of Hack-A-BIT, BIT Mesra’s first ever hackathon was conducted on 28 th October, 2018. The hack, which started on 26 th October from 10.00 P.M. and ended on 28 th October 10.00 A.M., witnessed the participation of colleges
across the country including Punjab, Delhi, Odisha and institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad, IIT BHU Varanasi, NIT Raipur, etc. The end evaluation was done from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. in which the judges visited
Labs 4, 6 and 7 of the Research and Development building where the hack was being carried out. After the end evaluation, the top 15 teams were to give a presentation on their ideas. The presentation took place in the CAT Hall at 1:00 P.M. with Rohan Gupta and Divyanshi Ojha as the hosts. The closing ceremony and the prize distribution began at 3.00 P.M in the CAT Hall. The faculty coordinators of Hack-a-BIT, Dr. Vijay Laxmi and Dr. D.K
Updahyay felicitated the dignitaries- the judges and the Dean Students’ Welfare, Dr. Mahesh Chandra. A token of appreciation was presented to all the involved faculty coordinators. Finally, the much-awaited results of  East
India’s largest hackathon were announced. They were as follows:-
– The best article of Hack-A-BIT garage: Aayush Bhaskar from BIT Mesra.
– ADA all-girls team which received a cash prize of Rs.5,000: Team Alphus
comprising of participants from NIT Raipur, NIT Durgapur and KIIT
– The most innovative hardware which received a cash prize of Rs.5,000
along with trophies: killall_queue from IIIT Kalyani
– The best hack on ‘.tech-domain’ which received goodies worth $150:
Infinite Debug from NIT Raipur.
– The best project built using Zulip API which received goodies worth $100:
Lone Wolf from BIT Mesra
Overall winners:
– 1 st  –  Team Whack from Bharatiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, New Delhi, who received a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, wireless headphones from Zebronics, coupons from Eckovation and goodies from Bugsee worth $500.
– 2 nd  – Team Arcade from BIT Mesra, who received a cash prize of Rs.15,000, coupons from Eckovation, fitbands, goodies from Bugsee worth $300.
– 3 rd  – Team Cubs from IIT Kharagpur, who received a cash prize of Rs.10,000, power banks, coupons from Eckovation, Bugsee goodies worth $200.
– 4 th – Team A_H_A from Heritage Institute of Technology, West Bengal, who received goodies from Zebronics, pen drives and coupons from JetBrains and GrabOn.
– 5 th – Team Defaulting from ISM Dhanbad who received goodies from Zebronics and Skillenza, and coupons from JetBrains and GrabOn.
– 6 th – IIIT Kalyani Coders from IIIT Kalyani who received goodies fromZebronics and TopCoder, and coupons from JetBrains and GrabOn.

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