“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old”
― Peter F. Drucker
This was precisely the attitude we were going for when looking back at the very first hackthon hosted by Claire.ai.
Hackathons happen for a reason. When we take the time to come together, learn from each other, and put our problem solving skills to use, we are able to achieve something great from that.
But what exactly are hackathons? A general answer would be that it’s a group of hackers that come together to compete and find the best one amongst them. However, this conception of a hackathon has changed over the years and it continues to evolve as we develop new objectives and goals.
As we at Claire.ai are all about innovation and teamwork, we wanted that to reflect in our hackathon as well. For that specific reason, we welcomed all coders, thinkers, and anyone with an deep interest for machine learning and NLP regardless of their background and knowledge.
We started off by taking a different approach to the conventional hackathon. Rather than the hackathon being a competition, it was a more of a collaborative effort. The problem statements that were given to the participants were centered around Claire.ai. These would essentially solve Claire’s problems, and they were portable, so that the solutions could be implemented at any point in time.
Secondly, we had set up certain checkpoints which had to be met before advancing to the next task. These incentivised checkpoints allowed the participants to ensure that they successfully learnt the skill and they were able to celebrate their short term victories. Furthermore, the checkpoint approach enabled the participants to track their progress over the period of time unlike other hackathons where the result is judged at the very end.
All in all, the solutions made during the 24 hours solved real problems which allow further progress in the future. Every participant agreed that the hackathon was a success education wise as well as on a personal level Although it had to come to an end, connections were created amongst everyone, and the contributions made during the hackathon will definitely open new opportunities into the future. What was achieved in a day… is…amazing.