Kalaari Capital's 24-hour hackathon sees developers solve for mobility, online security, and much more

Teamed into 60 groups, the participants worked on nine problem statements at Kalaari Capital's hackathon. They delved into solving problems related to mobility, content security online and payment infrastructure, among others.

Venture Capital firm Kalaari Capital concluded its 24-hour hackathon, Kreate at 11 am on Sunday at its Kstart office in Bengaluru. Around 60 teams comprising over 160 participants were formed from the over 2,000 registrations the hackathon garnered.

Addressing the gathering of developers, Saurabh Gupta, developer associate at Digital Ocean, welcomed participants for the challenge to solve real-time problems.

The programme, which commenced on October 19, saw the teams of developers and coders ideating and working on nine problem statements. They were provided by Kalaari Capital’s portfolio companies Vogo, CureFit, Winzo, Moneyonclick, Mall91, and Elastic Run, and were specific to their respective areas of operation.

Along with cloud platform Digital Ocean, they also sponsored the prize money of Rs 3.75 lakh, where winners and runners-up for each problem statement receive Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively.

Satwik Gonika and Vibhor Agarwal, who are part of data science team at CureFit, judged around 10 teams working on solutions to auto-track fitness progress of CureFit’s clients and motivate them. Aditya Yadav, Pritesh Dwivedi, Rajat Jain, and Alok Yadav of Team Konoha were named winners, followed by Team Atankwadi.

Commenting on what made these two teams stand out, Satwik said,

“What we really liked about their solution was that they could find time to balance between all stages involved in an industry research problem. They had read up on present and past research work and were able to close in on a viable approach. What really set them apart is their ability to work with messy data and produce tangible results at the same time.”

Participant teams and judges of Kreate, a 24-hour hackathon by Kalaari Capital

Members of Team SudoAlliance--Vipin Srinivastav, Ankush Srinivastav, Vinay Verma, and Shwet Mishra--won the first place for their solutions to identify spam content for Mall91, a vernacular social commerce platform.

The judges appreciated their end-to-end solutions, which was production-ready. They had also implemented text-based models and computer vision model, a team member said.

Team AlphaX comprising of Digvijay Sharma, Karan Garg, Vishal Srinivastava, and Sabyasachi Behera claimed victory for working on secure return of helmets for mobility startup Vogo. Looking into payments infrastructure in rural areas for Moneyonclick, members of Team Crons, Manikant Kella, Sai Manohar Boidapu, Renuka Poluru, and Subhash Hardaha won the first place.

Deepak Kumar and Himanshu Tanwar are full-stack developers at online pharmacy startup Pharmeasy. Teaming up at the hackathon, the duo’s Team Avengers worked on app updates process for WinZO Games and won the first place.

Skillenza was the organising partner for the hackathon.

An early stage and technology-focused investment firm, startups in Kalaari Capital's portfolio include Dream11, Milkbasket, Instamojo, OxfordCaps, AgNext, Signzy, Shop101, among others. It has also started a seed programme, called Kstart, in February 2016.

(Disclaimer: Kalaari Capital is an investor in YourStory)

(Edited by Evelyn Ratnakumar)