About Hackathon


Inspired from the Sanskrit word for "innovation", Hackathon Navikarnam 2018 is a unique event whose purpose is to broaden exposure and foster greater access to the world of computer technology for young coding enthusiasts. Founded in Chandigarh, Hackathon Navikarnam is one-of-a-kind: it aims to facilitate the development of disruptive technologies in India. This initiative acknowledges that collaboration among the brightest minds is essential to innovate, disrupt, and produce paradigm-shifting technologies. Hackathon Navikarnam aims to achieve precisely that by building a network of coders who will compete and collaborate for the greater good.

What We Do

A competition, which includes website development (HTML, etc.), App development, Programming, Animation or any other IT skill which will need basic knowledge of computers in an attempt to coordinate efforts within the coding community. We want to focus on capitalising the potential of today's youth. We are moving toward a world with highly complex problems, whose solutions cannot necessarily stem from the past; the need for novel solutions and technologies therefore can come only from a new kind of thinking. We believe that focusing on developing the talents of young minds is the way forward. To this effect, Hackathon Navikarnam is geared to bring together students between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. This gives talented and motivated high school students the ability to team up with students and encourages an increased level of sophistication with which school students can engage within the field of computer science and programming.

Why Hackathon?

Hackathons help achieve what is perhaps the most important purpose of technology: progress. Real-life problems are always the focus of such exercises. By bringing together a group of like-minded people to perform the same task--solve a problem--hackathons produce the best and the most creative ways of coming up with sustainable solutions. Thus, they keep re-inventing and reshaping the role of computer science in achieving social progress.

Hackathons have another social function: They help connect a group of committed coders giving them the ability and space to collaborate, compete, continuously raise the standards of computer programming. It is also an opportunity for corporate firms to witness the potential of rising talents in the programming community, and gain novel solutions for problems that might be relevant to their work.


A weekend can be spent many ways, however given the listed Perks/benefits of Participating in a Hackathon,
it shouldn't be difficult to decide. Give it a TRY, empower yourself!

  • Socially get connected: Surrounded by like-minded people help you know how others think. You can network with them, make social connections that will go beyond the Hackathon. You might be able to find a Mentor who can be a guide to you in your future endeavors.
  • Collaborate: Any and every competition helps participants in Team Collaboration with positive and effective communication. Hackathons stimulate the creative juices of Participants in a casual environment and time limit creates a productive. atmosphere. Team mates work according to the strengths of each team member, assign each task between themselves, administer each task to combine into one unified project within the short span of given time.
  • Experience: is the best prize, It's a great platform for participants to enter into the corporate world.
  • Having Fun: its a fest where you meet interesting people from IT industry working on various technologies, eating Free food, Goodies as gifts. Fun with brain stimulation, it's a great combo. There will be Mentors to teach and guide you to unleash your creativity in order to solve a problem. The best part is that they support you and cheer you on throughout the process.
  • Sense of Achievement: How would you feel to turnaround an idea and showcase to a panel of judges? You cannot even image the great sense of accomplishment that the participant will feel, It's a new world.
  • Getting Motivated: Meeting people at Hackathon and to understand how participants approach problems and how they create a positive solution, will inspire you, motivate you and broaden your imagination towards Innovative ideas and ignite deeper passion towards technology. It's a great way to reinvigorate innovation and capabilities.
  • Prize and Freebies: Two Teams will be announced as Winners and shall receive Smart technology gadgets as Prizes. But there is always something for everyone, a Participant Certificate. Also Sponsors at this event tend to give everyone a lots of Freebies.
  • Foundation of your startup: You never know that your idea/project may catch an investors' attention too, it could be the next big idea, a groundwork that may become the stepping stone for your startup.
  • Fortify your resume: When reviewing a CV, a College Admissions officers or a prospect employer will always look beyond your Academic results for other accomplishments. Their main emphasis is how you have built your persona. A resume listing a hackathon participation can showcase that you are a learner, someone who can be challenged and believes in innovation, and is passionate enough to spend a weekend. Definitely, all those skills are considered a great asset and acts as a differentiator to your application.
[ Winning Team can seek Internship at TestingXperts ]

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TestingXperts is a Specialist QA & Software Testing Services provider co-headquartered in London (UK) and Harrisburg (PA in USA), with other global offices in the Netherlands, Australia and offshore test labs in Chandigarh & Hyderabad (India).

About The Founder

Devansh Gupta is a coding enthusiast and a student of Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh. He developed his interest in computer programming during his early teens, and eventually realised his passion for coding when he participated in, and won, his first hackathon at the age of 16. He employs his programming skills for social good as well, and has developed an app for Sahayta--an NGO that aids the treatment of cancer patients. Aside from coding, Devansh enjoys studying mathematics and physics as well, and is an avid football player, both on the field and virtually.

Organising Team

Ridhi Gupta is a former student of Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Economics from Panjab University. Ridhi possesses great Graphic Designing and Content Management skills and is showcasing her abilities by creating unique designs and managing content for Hackathon Navikarnam 2018.

Aashman Verma is a student of Strawberry Fields High School, Chandigarh and is in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP- Year 2). Aashman possesses great Marketing and Public Relation skills and is managing the overall marketing activities in Hackathon Navikarnam 2018.

Naima Chhabra is a student of Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh. Naima is a Marketing enthusiast and is taking care of the overall branding for Hackathon Navikarnam 2018.

Event Highlights


  • 07:45 to 08:00
  • 08:30 to 09:30
    Induction and Introduction
  • 09:30
    Commencement of the Competition
  • 11:00 to 11:30
  • 13:30 to 14:30
    Lunch Hour
  • 16:30 to 17:00
    High Tea
  • 18:00
    Day 1 Closure
  • 08:30
  • 10:30 to 11:00
  • 13:30 to 14:30
    Lunch Hour
  • 14:30 to 16:00
    Pre Qualification Round
  • 16:00 to 17:00
    Concept Presentation to Jury (By Top 5 Shortlisted Teams)
  • 17:00 to 17:30
    High-Tea (Sponsored by Uncle Jacks)
  • 17:30 to 18:00
    Prize Distribution Followed By Vote of Thanks
  • 18:30
    Closing Speech by Chief Guest
  • 18:45
    Day 2 Closure


Safety and Security

Since this Competition is all about Innovation, you are open to work on something of your choice that you are passionate about.

Come prepared with an idea/base for your product. Students can go for website development (HTML, PhP, WordPress, etc.), App development, Programming, Animation or any other Computer skill which will need basic knowledge of computers. We strive to create Passion for Computer Science in Young Minds, you can choose to create anything to showcase. Below are some Sub-topics that may get your brain working and stimulate the creative juices:
  • 1. Healthcare and Medicine
  • 2. E-Governance
  • 3. Safety and Security at Workplace and Society in general
  • 4. Safety on Road
  • 5. Education
  • 6. Safety and Security on Personal Front (Family)
  • 7. Social Good

Some of these problems are really major-scale, hence are not suitable for hackathons, however you can always attack a problem from a certain angle, or certain perspective, and rapidly develop a demo to prove concept of your proposed solution. Therefore, all problems can be attempted in your own ways.

Judging Criteria

Will be based on 100 points score
20 points
Originality/ Technical innovation (idea)
is it something we already know or is the idea disruptive/original?
25 points
Design/User Experience
How is the design and user experience of your project? Is it easy to understand and use?
25 points
Business and Societal Value
Is the idea feasible, does it have economic and societal value, and is it sustainable?
20 points
Execution (demo)
Does the hack work? The hack does not have to be perfect or production ready, but does the idea come to live with their demo and up-to how much?
10 points
Concept Presentation (of the idea)
Along with the demo, the team needs to explain the final product and giving its benefits etc. through a graphical presentation like PowerPoint, word etc.

Things to Know

  • 1. Hackathon Navikarnam is a 'Programming Competition', an offline event. Team Participating in Hackathon Navikarnam is termed as 'Participant(s)'
  • 2. Organisers shall select and invite respective School/Institute. Participant(s) will be students from selected School or Technical Institute in the age group of 14-18 years / Class 9-12
  • 3. Team Participation is allowed and a team may comprise of up to 4 members only. One of the team members shall be a Lead Participant who may present the Idea and program to the Judges
  • 4. School/Institute shall apply for Participation in the event by communicating their interest by filing the relevant online application with the required information or send an email to hackathon2018@testingxperts.com
  • 5. Acceptance of Participation by the Organisers qualify for entry in the event, registering you interest to participate does not mean acceptance of Participation
  • 6. One Accompanying Adult from the school/institute shall be allowed but not compulsory.
  • 7. Participant and Accompanying Adult/teacher contact details (email and phone) are compulsory to be submitted by Tuesday 17th July, 2018
  • 8. Reporting Time for the Event shall be sharp 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd July 2018. Gates shall open at 7:45 AM.
  • 9. Participant or School needs to arrange Transportation at their own costs.
  • 10. Participants and Accompany Adult (if any) will need to carry School ID with their Aadhaar Card as ID proof to be checked at the gate.
  • 11. Participation is free, No Fee is applicable
  • 12. Each Participant must carry their own Laptop with all necessary Software and accessories like chargers, connectors, etc
  • 13. Internet connectivity shall be provided at the Premises of Hackathon Navikarnam, but feel free to carry an Internet Dongle if you may wish
  • 14. The Theme/Topic shall be shared ahead of Hackathon Navikarnam, i.e by Monday,16th July 2018
  • 15. The event shall be judged by a 'Judging Panel'. The panel will be decided by the Organisers. The Panel will compose of specialists in their domain from IT Industry Experts, whose Names shall be announced on the Event Site only
  • 16. Starting at approximately 3:00 PM Sunday, July 22, 2018, Participant(s) will be given up to Ten minutes to demonstrate their concept in front of the panel of judges and peers, followed by a Five-minute public question-and-answer period. All team members must be present at the presentation
  • 17. The judges will evaluate Participant(s) concept based on their demo according to the following "Judging Criteria" each of which will be scored on a scale of between 1-5 points:
      > Innovation > Usefulness/Practicality > Business potential > Readiness of solution/demo > and more
  • 18. All Participants shall receive a certificate along with a Freebies
  • 19. Judges shall announce 2 Winning Teams- winner and runner-up. Winners shall be Awarded Trophies/Certificates along with Prizes in Kind
  • 20. All Day Food and Beverages shall be provided by the Sponsors, free of cost. But feel free to carry food and beverages of your choice from home
  • 21. Acceptance of Participation, it is deemed acceptance of the Hackathon T&C, they form a binding legal agreement between Participant (including respective School or College or Technical Institute), Organizer and Sponsor with respect to the Event

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Terms and Conditions

  • 1. Team Participating in Hackathon Navikarnam is termed as 'Participant(s)'
  • 2. Participant(s) can be a student from School or Technical Institute between 14-18 years of Age
  • 3. Organisers shall select and invite respective School/Institute
  • 4. Group Participation is allowed and a team may comprise of up to 4 members only. One of the team members shall be a Lead Participant who shall present the Idea and program to the Judges
  • 5. Each Participant(s)/Team shall register for the event by communicating their interest by filing a relevant application with required information and Passport size photo of Participant
  • 6. By submitting the Application Form, it is deemed acceptance of the Hackathon T&C, they form a binding legal agreement between Participant (including respective School or College or Technical Institute), Organizer and Sponsor with respect to the Event
  • 7. The Application may require collection of Personal Data. Personal Data shall be processed in accordance to applicable local data protection laws by the Organisers and the Sponsors. Personal Data shall not be given to any Third Party unless it is required for the purpose of Organizing Hackathon Navikarnam
  • 8. Incomplete Application Forms shall not be accepted and shall stand disqualified
  • 9. Right to Participation is non-transferable
  • 10. Participation is free and no Fee is applicable
  • 11. The Theme/Topic shall be shared ahead of Hackathon Navikarnam, i.e by 16th July
  • 12. Each Participant is advised to bring their own Laptop with necessary Software for the event
  • 13. Each Participant needs to carry a Photo ID
  • 14. Internet connectivity shall be provided at the Premises of Hackathon Navikarnam
  • 15. Allowed technologies:
    a. Publicly available and discoverable b. Easily Accessible c. Permitted for use for the development in a concept such as the one being submitted in this Event and Participant include all necessary attribution or information required by the developer of such third-party technology when submitting the concept. Please note: If participants use any third party copyrighted materials, they must have appropriate permission with evidence of the same
  • 16. With the exception of the Other Allowed Technologies, all code included in the Entry must be created by the Participant(s) during the course of the Event. All materials related to the Entry must be in English
  • 17. To be eligible for any Prize, Participant(s) are expected to create an innovative concept to implement an idea around the Theme/Topic shared
  • 18. The event shall be judged by a 'Judging Panel' representing the Sponsor
  • 19. Considering the judging criteria, Sponsors shall announce 2 Teams as winners. Winners shall be Awarded Trophies/Certificates along with Prizes in Kind
  • 20. The selection of the winners is the sole discretion of this Panel and shall stand as Full and Final
  • 21. The decision shall be communicated to the School/Institute respectively
  • 22. Participants will not receive any Cash compensation from the Organisers or Sponsors for use of their Entry in connection with this Event
  • 23. Participants represent and warrant that the program/asset developed during the event
    a. Do not infringe on the intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including, without limitation, any third party, patents, copyrights, trademarks, imagery, content, or recording; b. Must not contain any malware or spyware or be otherwise harmful to computer system or the computer systems of others; c. Must not impersonate or misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity; d. Must not be unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libellous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortuous, or contain explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of, sexual acts, or otherwise contain any other content that is objectionable e. Must not victimize, harass, degrade, or intimidate or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability
  • 24. Participants acknowledge that
    a. Organisers, Sponsors, other participants/entrants or others may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to their Entry, and Participant waive any and all claims resulting from any similarities to their Entry b. data transmission over the Internet or any data storage system is not completely secure. The Organisers do not take responsibility for the security of content and subsequent use of the content submitted by the participants
  • 25. The Winner Participant(s) must acknowledge and agree that he/she/they shall not submit the same/similar program in any other event/competition. All Intellectual property rights in the entries submitted by each Participant shall vest exclusively with Hackathon Organisers
  • 26. The Organisers shall not be liable to participants for any damages or loss or injury or claims that might arise or occur during or in connection with the event
  • 27. The Participant agrees to immediately notify the Organisers the event that he/she becomes aware of any unauthorized use of any participant's identity or any other breach of security related to the event
  • 28. Participant(s) or School/Institute shall indemnify and hold the company harmless from and against any third-party claims arising from any act committed by any participant during the event
  • 29. A participant may be disqualified on grounds that include, but are not limited to, unlawful, obscene or inappropriate actions, fraud, dishonesty, misappropriation or infringement of the intellectual property of others and/or any failure to comply with Hackathon terms and conditions
  • 30. Organisers and/or Sponsors are not responsible for any unauthorized use of their Entry by those accessing or viewing their Entry
  • 31. Any Photos taken during the course of the event may be used by the Organisers or Sponsors for future promotional, marketing, publicity. Participation waives any claim to remuneration for such use
  • 32. The Organisers reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time on its discretion. After any amended to the terms and conditions shall constitute Participant's agreement to be bound by any such changes