Virtusa NeuralHack at KCG College of Technology …

Life is all about building effective partnerships, and this extends to professional arena as well. For students who are standing at the start line, the hurdles ahead could make or break them. Therefore, it is necessary for colleges to offer them challenges and obstacles that will help them learn, and reach their full potential by the time they are done with the course.

The Hackathon

On the surface, a Hackathon event is a fun way to push boundaries and get the participants to think laterally. But if you were look at it from a different perspective, it is a tool to inspire, encourage and reward unique ideas and methodologies. Teams are given problems, they develop a strategy, bounce around ideas, share thoughts and methodologies, combine their skills and end up arriving at a solution which could be quite different from the one they envisaged at the beginning.

Today, Hackathons have become tool for programmers from across the globe to stay updated on the latest technological achievements and apply what they have learnt from the books.

Talking about the Virtusa NeuralHack at KCG College of Technology, the relationship between the two began over a year ago. KCG College of Technology has had a Centre of Excellence with Virtusa in Java (Full Stack) for about a year now, and has recently renewed its CoE in Head Start Season 5.

Virtusa NeuralHack tested students on their software skills across two arenas – Full Stack Development and Data Science Application Development. This year KCG hosted Virtusa Neural Hack Season 3 Finale.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Murali Padmanaban [Senior Vice President – Global Head – Learning and Development] & Ms.Hema Mohandas [Vice President – Human Resources]

We had 29000+ participants for Round 1, subsequent to which 2500+ moved to Round 2 and the top 100 fought it out at the finale, from which one team emerged winners. What is more, the top 10 candidates were offered a differential job offer with Virtusa and the finalists were also offered with Virtusa. This is such a launch pad for the students from our college, not only do they get to learn, and push their limits, but are also assured of a good future, an opportunity that not many are given.

The Finale

This was a 24hour event, held on 27th & 28th November followed by the Award ceremony. The energy levels among the participants were high, and they were enjoying the puzzles thrown at them. They did have a few mentoring them, guiding them if they hit a dead-end. Not to forget the social media team that was sharing updates as they took place through the event. It was beautiful watching the whole event unfurl and reach a pinnacle.

The top 3 things students learn through the Hackathon,

  1. Learning to work as a team
  2. Understanding and identifying each one’s strengths, downfalls and abilities
  3. Innovation [thinking outside the box]

Hackathon underway… 

The Finale & Award Ceremony…

We are making plans for more such events in the days to come and are sure our students will excel in any challenge we throw their way…

To know more about the event, visit http://kcghackathons.com/