Guwahati: Intending to bring in the competitive mindset among students, get them ready for bigger challenges in their technical career and promote entrepreneurship, The Rook India is all set to organise a first-of-its-kind annual hackathon called ‘Rookathon’. The event, to be held at Royal Global University, Guwahati on April 11 and 12, will bring like-minded and technically-sound students from all parts of the globe to compete for a price money of Rs 2 lakh.
Dharmendra Kalita, the CEO and founder of The Rook India and organiser of Rookathon, is of the view that events like these will bring much-needed attention and exposure to the students of the Northeast. “An international hackathon which will also be an IoT-based one, will allow our students to compete on an international level which will also prove that students from the Northeast are no pushovers.” He further added that this can also be a good recruitment option for many of the students participating in the event.
The IoT (Internet of Things) has been chosen as the domain for Rookathon 1.0. Ekagga Technology, the co-sponsor of the event and with presence in Bengaluru, Tezpur and Jharkhand with rich experience in IoT, will provide its smart IoT platform called Aveksate IoT to enable students in exploring new dimensions.
A hackathon strives towards a common goal to create a functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. The goal of Rookathon, too, is to focus on problems that are location specific to parts of Northeast. Taking up topics like wildlife conservation, smart solution for waterlogging issue in Assam, smart village and smart farming, the event wants to bring out a product that can be easily applied after the hackathon is over.
Kalita, who is a native of Barpeta district of Assam, has already built a successful business of co-working spaces in Kasturi Nagar in Bengaluru. The company, The Rook India, also branched out to Guwahati earlier in the month of January, located in the Lal Ganesh area of the city.
Talking about Rookathon 2.0, Kalita said, “We do not want to be localised only in the Northeast as I want to take this to an international front hoping to organise Rookathon in various parts of the globe.” He also added that since Northeast has been providing him so much right from his inception he too wants to give something back to the states and hence kicking off the first annual event in Assam.
So what are you waiting for. Click the link given below to get yourself registered for Rookatahon 1.0: