Hackathons are a thing of madness. With crazy coding, dangerously delightful designs and insane just-might-work ideas, the 24-hour TechCrunch Bangalore hackathon on November 14, 2013 was no exception. This particular hackathon was led by Ashish Sinah, CEO and Founder of NextBigWhat, “India’s Biggest Platform For Technology & Entrepreneurs.”
500 hackers – bringing skills of design, development and product management – packed into a crowded ballroom in the gorgeous Vivante by Taj hotel. The final products ranged from creative to useful, innovative to hilarious, yet all reflected the common pure ingenuity that ignites when spark-powered minds come together to create.
One of two winning teams, Decipher and Serial Hackers, included InMobi’s Senior Architect, Inder Singh (seen rocking his InMobi sweatshirt in the photo above) and Ritwik Saikia. They created Ginni, a wireless tag that pairs objects like a purse with one’s smartphone, so that the owner is notified if the object is moved outside of bluetooth perimeter.
“We wanted to solve a problem with a device at an affordable price,”said Singh to The Times of India.
Inder has worked at InMobi since 2011. As a Senior Architect he works for the team tackling all things Hadoop. He has been focused on building data platforms adhering to the InMobi data scale.
Ritwik recently joined the data platform team at InMobi to work on some of the most challenging data problems He has worked as an enterprising entrepreneur for the last two years after multiple tech roles at Yahoo!
The victorious team scored tickets to the TechCrunch Mega Event in Delhi planned for August 2014, and will have a chance to be at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2014. They also cashed in with Rs. 50,000.
InMobi CEO and Founder, Naveen Tewari, also highlighted the TechCrunch Bangalore event. He participated in a ‘Star Chat’ with Alok Kejriwal, 2Win Group Founder and CEO. The two spoke about mobile advertising and what makes the world’s largest independent mobile network work.