About Save The Hacker
Save the Hacker, an initiative by Freshdesk, was launched in 2014, to promote and encourage developers from around the country to learn, build and deploy the coolest apps with the latest trends in technology. With this initiative, we set out on a mission to save smart programmers from dead-end jobs by inviting them to Save the Hacker — a two-day hackathon that went on to change their lives.
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Is this hackathon open to everyone?
Yes, it's open to everyone. The only catch is that you must have a woman in your team.
How do you shortlist teams for the hackathon?
Please be as descriptive as possible about your idea when you register. We will shortlist based on the feasibility of your proposed solution.
What if I need a break during the hackathon?
We’ve got nap rooms if you are feeling really sleepy, and we’ll also be arranging beds for the night. On the other hand, if you just need to refresh yourself, we’ve got foosball, table tennis, mini-golf, an indoor game room for cricket, football and basketball, an in-house gymnasium and even rock climbing to help you get back up to speed.
Can I build anything I want?
Yes. Save the Hacker is a completely open hackathon and we are okay with letting you build anything you want, as long as you stick to either a web app or a mobile app. We look forward to seeing teams tackling a wide range of problems and coming up with interesting solutions.
Can I build both a web and a mobile app?
We don't want to restrict you building ONLY a web app or a mobile app. But, in the best interests of both participants and the organizers, we will let you decide before you begin - Web, Mobile or both. This will help us in pitting mobile apps against other mobile apps and web apps against other web apps. We would recommend you build just one as opposed to multiple, since it will be easier for you to finish. That said, if you do want to go for the overall experience, feel free to build multiple apps, and we'll give you more points accordingly.
Can I use any existing libraries?
Yes, you can. You are free to install any libraries, frameworks or gems you need for your project and we are totally cool with you using the internet for guidance. This is a hackathon after all, and if you can do a better job by using the right tools, then we are all for it. We also advise you to get everything set up before you arrive so that you won’t lose time on getting ready. However, all said and done, we don’t want you to have started your project before the event. During the review, if we find out that you have used something you built already, your team will be disqualified.
Should we bring our own laptops and devices?
Yes, please. We’ll be providing you with everything else you need for the hackathon - WiFi, food, shelter and even mentorship.
Who owns the code for the apps built during the hackathon?
You do. And you get to do anything you want with it - make it open source, keep it private. If you end up creating a company out of your project from Save the Hacker, we'd be the happiest to know and support you.
What will be the judging criteria for the final round?
We’ll be evaluating teams based on the originality of their idea, the completeness of their project, and the technical challenge that went into building the app. Winners will be announced after the final demos.
What about the food?
We will provide food, beverages and snacks round the clock. You are also welcome to take a break and go to SP Infocity's food court at your convenience.
What if I have other questions?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.