Brainwaves 2016 - the SG GSC Annual

Bringing together some of the brightest minds!

SG GSC hosted the third edition of its annual Hackathon, Brainwaves 2016 on November 12 and 13. This 30-hour build session was attended by students from leading engineering colleges, as well as working professionals from some of the best companies, from across India.
The event saw participants across showcase their coding abilities to create solutions. The theme this year was "Machine Learning." The business cases identified for the teams to work on were on Anti-money laundering (AML) - pattern detection, Bill of lading - image analysis and Mutual Fund - fact sheet data extraction, analytics and visualization.
The new format adopted this year had the online phase, hosted on a platform in association with our event partners Hackerearth. There were total 4000 participants in the online selection round out of whom 30 teams comprising of total 85 candidates were shortlisted for the main event that took place on 12 & 13 November.
The hackathon served a dual purpose of finding business solutions around the Machine Learning theme as well as finding the choicest talent to join the SG GSC fraternity.

Veronique Sani, CEO SGGSC, at inaugural session

Speaking at the inaugural session, Veronique Sani, CEO, SGGSC said, ”At SG GSC we believe in moving boundaries. While we are exploring and experimenting with the rich start up ecosystem to meet our business requirements, we also encourage the creation of internal start-ups. We provide employees a place for cross-business innovation, working together and discussing to implement their innovations. In short, we go that extra mile to foster open innovation!”

The guest speaker, Sanjay Swami

The guest speaker, Sanjay Swami, a Venture capitalist and successful entrepreneur, spoke about the importance of data in the new economy and how data today is the new Currency.

A team deliberating on the business case

The teams were assigned a mentor for guidance. These mentors worked with the teams through the 30 hour event.

The Winners

The business challenges were converted into some impressive “Machine Learning Models” by the end of the contest. The teams presented their ideas to the jury of senior leadership team of SG GSC. Based on a 3 step scoring model which included automated ranking, mentor inputs and jury decision, following three teams were declared as winners:

  • Winner: the winner of the grand Prize of INR 3,50,000 was Phani Srikanth Team is from NIT Warangal.
  • First runner-up: Kapil Tripathi Team from IIM Calcutta received INR 2,50,000 as prize money.
  • Second runner-up: Team Inception from IIT Bombay won INR 1,00,000.
Winner, Phani Srikanth Team
First runner up, Kapil Tripathi Team
Second Runner up, Team Inception

Glimpses of the Hackathon - BrainWaves 2016

This year 4,000+ developers registered for the event. Out of which 30 teams were shortlisted to compete in this challenge.

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