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Amrita School of Engineering student won first prize at the prestigious Sequoia:: Hack 2014 completion held at ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru from September 20-21, 2014.
The team named Paperless Receipts won first prize in the Payments category. Prashanth Reddy Koteru (Semester 5, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering) teamed up with Subramanian Ramvijji, Trainee Decision Scientist at Mu Sigma Inc, Bengaluru. The team was awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs.
Sequoia::Hack 2014 is the second edition of the annual hackathon organized by Sequoia Capital. The objective of the hackathon was to develop and curate an innovation ecosystem conducive to nurturing talent and ideas. Sequoia is an American venture capital firm located at Menlo Park, California, United States, specialized in incubation, seed stage, start-up stage, early stage and growth stage investments in private companies.
The hackathon brought around 500 brightest minds divided into teams to develop codes and create hacks across multiple technologies and tracks including payments, gaming, healthcare, analytics, social impact and open source among others. In order to facilitate a healthy exchange of knowledge- CTOs (Chief Technology Officer), architects and distinguished engineers from over 25 technology companies and start-ups in India and South East Asia, including Appier, Druva, Freecharge, JustDial, Mu Sigma, Octro, Ola Cabs, Pine Labs and Practo, were available to provide the mentorship to the participants.
The participants had an opportunity to interact with CEOs, Product Heads and Designers for guidance and help. The hackathon began on September 20, 2014 afternoon and worked non-stop for 24 hours, followed by demos and a shortlist. There were 11 tracks/categories on offer by Sequoia, for the teams to choose from. Each track was mentored by a company in that category and technical experts from those companies were on hand for advice. The shortlisted teams delivered presentations after which the winners were announced. Each track had a winner and the judges chose an overall winner from the eleven category champions. There was also an audience choice award chosen from tweets during the contest.
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