Infosys Successfully Concludes the 4th Edition of #HackWithInfy

Infosys recently concluded the grand finale of the 4th edition of HackWithInfy, a countrywide hackathon open to all B.E., B.Tech, M.E., M.Tech engineering students graduating in 2022. The objective of HackWithInfy is to inculcate the culture of rapid problem-solving and innovative thinking among college students to explore their interest in programming. With over 192,000 registrations - the highest so far, the recent edition of the competition received an overwhelming response from students.

HackWithInfy 2021 had two rounds, the first, comprising a single-participant online challenge conducted on Infosys Assessment Platform (IAP), which required students to solve multiple problems with varying levels of complexities. The top 99 students from round one, were selected to participate in the grand finale of the virtual hackathon, which was held from August 20 to 23, 2021 on Infosys’ cloud-first workplace platform, Infosys Meridian.

In the four-day long virtual event, finalists not only participated in a hackathon spread over 48 hours but were also familiarized with the culture and work at Infosys through various interactive sessions.

Finalists were divided into 17 teams and offered a choice to select one problem statement out of three. Based on real technology-based challenges like building an Augmented Reality (AR) modeler which can create 3D models of products, a virtual stylist with the ability to suggest the apparel size and provide a virtual try-on visualization, and a Virtual Assist to provide navigational guidance, early disaster warning and dialing emergency services in case of accidents. The teams had to create an end-to-end solution with code, for the problem statement that they selected. Each team was assigned a mentor to guide them in creating a solution for the selected problem statement and ensure that it is implemented to a satisfactory level in the assigned time. A panel comprising senior leaders from Infosys, judged the solutions.

Twins and Guinness World record holders, Mountaineers Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik, who inspired the students with their experiences, were the Guests of Honor for the Grand Finale. Indushree Raveendra, the first Indian female ventriloquist also graced the inaugural ceremony. A performance by international singer, Jeffrey Iqbal, concluded this year’s event.

The event also had a lineup of Industry leaders who encouraged the students with their inspiring stories –

  • Dr. Srinivas Padmanabhuni, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, CITI Mandi
  • Mohammed Rafee Tarafdar, Senior Vice President and Unit Technology Officer, Strategic Technology Group, Infosys
  • Murali Ramnath, Managing director and Site Head, Citi
  • Rajesh Ahuja, Vice President and Head, Talent Acquisition, Infosys
  • Richard Lobo, Executive Vice President and Head HR, Infosys

The winning team built a system that can create 3D models of products and can visualize them in augmented reality. The members of the winning team of HackWithInfy 2021 were–

  • Ganesh Kasar
  • Nitin Singh
  • Prakhar Pande
  • Pranjul Pal
  • Sujoy Ghosh

The winners received a prize money of INR 200,000, the first runner-up won INR 100,000, and the second runner-up received INR 50,000. HackWithInfy also offered pre-placement interviews to the top participants of the competition, for job roles including Power Programmer, Digital Specialist Engineer, and Systems Engineer at Infosys.

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