Why is a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Running a Developer Hackathon in India-Again?

Stephen Forte
Fusion by Fresco Capital
2 min readSep 7, 2017
Presentation of the check to the winning team at Pune Hackathon 2016

A year ago Fresco Capital and e-Zest organized the first Hackathon in Pune, India. It was such a great success that we decided to do it again. This year’s Hackathon will be on September 23–24th and you can register here.

Besides having a lot of fun, we have three goals for organizing another Hackathon in India:

· Engaging with the developer ecosystem

· Learning about new technologies

· Seeing the Laudato Si’ in action

Engaging with the Developer Ecosystem

Spending a weekend side by side with the most motivated developers in an ecosystem for a weekend is best way to engage. We did the same last year and learned things that you can only learn by hanging out with the developers (what technologies they like, what technologies their customers like, how Agile is embraced, what companies are the best to work for, what companies are based in an area that is hard to get to, etc.) Looking forward to the full emersion experience again.

Learning about new technologies

Last year, we learned a lot about the bot market and hope to learn just as much as last year. This year the tech theme is a little more focused on Cloud, so we are excited about what kind of applications 150+ Indian developers will unleash. I usually find the most creativity at Hackathons and expect the same here.

Laudato Si’ In Action

The non-tech theme of the hackathon is “Chasing a Billion Dreams — Building uncommon apps for common people” and the guidance given at the hackaton will be the six categories of the Laudato Si’ Challenge. As Fresco Capital is one of the organizers of the Laudato Si’ Challenge, we’re eager to see how the Indian market responds to Pope Francis’ call to action.

See you in India!



Stephen Forte
Fusion by Fresco Capital

Geek. Entrepreneur. Investor. Mountain climber. Sports fan. I move fast and break things.