November 08, 2019

Glimpses of future at Hashcode 2019


Students showcased stellar projects powered by a wide range of technologies including Blockchain, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and App Development at Hashcode 2019 hackathon. Four teams emerged as top coders from the 46 contenders: Winner - Anushka Hebbar, Shreya Srinivas and Harshita C – PES University; First Runner Up - Ayush Ujjwal and Aman Bhatnagar – MSRIT, Second Runner Up - Darshan D, Mayur Peshve and Manu M Bhat - PES University, and Jury’s prize - Abhiram Natarajan, Dipayan Sinha and Karthik Cottur – RVCE. The winning hack, NavAR used Augmented Reality combined with the foundation of the Unity game engine, and implementing SLAM technology to navigate and provide directions to the end user. It allows the users to reach their destination accurately around confined areas which would prove to be difficult using other apps such as Google Maps. The app was made for the PESU campus and allows for better accuracy, sense of direction and navigation for freshers, guests and visiting dignitaries. According to Anushka, “Our future goal is to expand the scale of our project to business complexes, shopping malls, client sites of an enterprise, and different operational divisions and transforming it to handle client customisation. With a blueprinted alien territory in hand, our aim is to provide for hassle free maneuvering.” The four winners walked away with cash prizes of Rupees 40k, 30k, 20k and 10k. Microsoft Innovation Lab of PES University hosted the eighth edition of its annual 24-hour hackathon Hashcode 2019 on October 26-27, 2019.