Rotary Business Hackathon


READY STEADY GO – Creating a Smarter Future

Hosting a HACKATHON? The team said - Great!  For a group of young minds in a competitive format where-in several teams  compete to create an environment that innovates on a theme. The ever active Committee of RCB – Vocational Service driven by Rtns.  R. Raghunathan, Dileep Pillai and Nitin Wagh with their Committee Members mooted an idea to create a startup Ecosystem involving Final Year Graduate students coming from various streams to pursue Entrepreneurship.  In the process the team approached NSRCEL– a Startup hub at the IIM Bangalore, who instantly partnered in making this ambitious project to bring it to reality.

The idea started taking a shape to an effective program with a Theme “CREATING A SMARTER FUTURE”, beginning with inviting young entrepreneurship aspirers on an Online format where-in 70 entries from various Engineering and Management Institutes were shortlisted to form 12 teams for the finals and took the stage on February 9th & 10th at RCB alongside mentors from our Rotarians and NSRCEL.

The workshop started with keynote speaker Mr. Suresh Bhagavatula of NSRCEL.  The two day session involved problem statements given by RCB - related to farmers, parking system, waste management, long queues for billing in shopping malls and elderly care to   young participants who had to come up with business solutions. The workshop was followed by competition amongst participative teams. Each team comprising 4 members was given problem statements.  The teams developed business solutions and presented to the eminent jury consisting of Rtn. Vish Iyer, Priya Chetty Rajagopal and Bharat Raj Sreeram to win the handsome prize money of Rs.50,000/- to the winner and Rs.20000/- to the runner up and bag an opportunity to incubate their business venture with NSRCEL.

PESIT were the winners and AMC College of Engineering were the runner-up.


Why Business Hackathon?  It's a sprint like a marathon that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to collaborate and imbibe – finding inspiration, identify opportunities, a chance to develop a product or service, learn corporate branding and community building.

Vocational service committee has specifically created this program to give participants guidelines; and drive home that the lean canvas startup methodology followed by creating a solution for real life day to day problems highlights that to own an interesting project is a source of fun in a nice environment. This gives a chance to self-develop and it is double fun if one proves to be right and wins a prize.  

As the Director Vocational Service Rtn. R.Raghunathan states that “Hackathon” in the true sense of the word and participation in a program of this nature giving one’s best is equally important so that one day Rotary Club of Bangalore and NSRCELL would like to see somebody from this audience to be the next Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg.”

Rtn. Dileepkumar Pillai

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