Have innovative solutions to real-world problems? Participate in all-India student challenge

  • HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2016 19:37 IST
All final and pre-final-year students across graduation and post-graduation courses in India are eligible to take part in this challenge which will be organised by LinkedIn and Accenture. (Istock)

Do you want to solve real-world business challenges through innovative approaches and game-changing ideas? HackFest 2016, a non-stop 20-hour challenge in Bengaluru from September 24-25, will give you an opportunity to do this. All final and pre-final year students across graduation and post-graduation courses in India are eligible to take part in this challenge, which will be organised by LinkedIn and Accenture. Each student participant is required to register individually prior to the event – the deadline for entry submission is August 15. Teams of up to four students will be formed on the first day of the event. Topics and themes for the hackathon will be provided at the event. Students will need to hack, but not necessarily code, to conceive new ideas that elevate human performance at work. Each member of the winning team will receive new products from Apple, Bose and Motorola worth Rs 2 lakh. Members of the second- and third-place teams will receive products worth Rs 1 lakh from Bose and Amazon. To find out more and participate in the contest, click here.
“We created HackFest 2016 to bring together the best brains to help solve the world’s most-challenging problems,” said Ellyn Shook, Accenture’s chief leadership and human resources officer. “When we think about the future of work, the solutions that worked yesterday will not necessarily work tomorrow. HackFest 2016 is a platform for extraordinary minds, representing multiple points of view, to develop inspired and innovative approaches that address some of the most difficult human and business challenges.”
Pat Wadors, senior vice president of LinkedIn’s global talent organisation, said, “In a world where the next big thing can emerge in a flash, often with significant disruptions to business models, it’s critical to get ahead of the game and invest in ideas that drive readiness and performance. It’s exciting for us to work with this generation of young minds, who will become future leaders and the majority of tomorrow’s workforce, to imagine what we can achieve together. HackFest 2016 is also an opportunity for students to inspire others as they bring to life fresh and innovative solutions to capture opportunities ahead of us.”

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