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In June 2017, I or­ga­nized BharatHacks, a hackathon for solv­ing India-specific prob­lems. Programmers, de­sign­ers, en­gi­neers, and en­tre­pre­neurs came to­gether to build prod­ucts to make lives bet­ter. Organized in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Facebook Developer Circle Delhi-NCR, BharatHacks helped hun­dreds take their idea for­ward, from hack­ing to rais­ing in­vest­ment and launch­ing their prod­ucts in the mar­ket.

BharatHacks was free for both en­tre­pre­neurs and hack­ers, to join hands and work to­wards a bet­ter India. From a pool of over 1,000 ap­pli­cants, we in­vited the top 200 to par­tic­i­pate.

Participants had the op­por­tu­nity to pitch their ideas to in­dus­try-lead­ing in­vestors and startup men­tors, in­clud­ing Anil Chhikara, ex-Prin­ci­pal of Jaarvis Accelerator; Bharat Sethi, Forbes 30 Under 30; Paritosh Sharma, Author; and many more. There were prizes worth thou­sands of dol­lars for the win­ning teams.

I part­nered with some in­cred­i­ble tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies to make BharatHacks pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing DigitalOcean, which of­fered free servers to all par­tic­i­pants; the .tech reg­istry that pro­vided free do­main names; IBMs Global Entrepreneur Program; and iSPIRT, the par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion of IndiaStack (the team be­hind Aadhaar, UPI, and eKYC APIs). Other part­ners in­clude Neuron, Digio, HackerEarth, Aadhaar Bridge, .tech, F6S, HackSociety, Melangebox, Bizztor, and more.

I per­son­ally or­ga­nized the event, arranged lo­gis­tics, de­liv­ered the keynote, and de­signed the brand iden­tity (sans icon) and web­site.

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