Google Social Hackathon, a kernel event of Apogee 2013, BITS Pilani, was organized on 16th March, 2013, with the joint effort by other associations, namely, Computer Science Association, Information System Association. This 12-hour overnight marathon event saw the participation of over 108 coding enthusiasts from different colleges.
It was an open problem statement event where participants were required to develop an innovative app using any combination of available Google Technologies. In addition to this, there were some social problems also, with some technical implementation, provided by NGOs.
To encourage amateurs and to ensure multi-disciplinary participation, a hands-on-session on Google APIs and Android was conducted on 14th March, 2013. Speaker for the talk was KAMESHWAR G. (M.E. BITS Pilani). The session covered all the basics of building a complete android app and design principles of building an app, along with a brief introduction to the event. The talk helped participants gear up and set the mood of the Hackathon.
With 27 teams participating for this event with 4 members in each, the event received a hearty response from the outstation as well as the BITSian students. Dominoes Pizzas and Nescafe snacks were provided over the course of the night to revive the brainstorming coders.
Google goodies were given to all the participants of the event. There were few glitches related to power and internet issues but were resolved soon. Overall, the event was a huge success.
The event was sponsored by Google.