Quarterly Highlights

TEP 2019-20 BATCH: HACKATHONS
 
Introduction and purpose
Hackathon is a three (3) day workshop which is targeted at defining a relevant problem statement, ideating a viable solution for the same and building a low fidelity prototype around it. Through this three (3) day intensive workshop, the students are introduced to concepts such as innovation, entrepreneurship, problem identification, ideation and finally making a tangible (basic functional) prototype out of it. Hackathons encompass the essence of human-centred design thinking workshops which helps the students identify a relevant user specific problem statement, ideate for it and come up with a low-fidelity prototype.

The students initiate the journey of hackathons by grappling with several problem statements across a chosen thematic area and then finalize on one (1) that they feel is the most impactful and relevant to them. The four (4) thematic areas that were provided to the students were – Edu-tech; smart cities; Health and Hygiene; and Agri-tech. The hackathon ends with each team presenting their problem statement, identified solution and the prototype to the rest of the teams and the evaluators. This helps them get an overall feedback and understand queries/inputs that they can delve upon later.

More to that, the hackathons leads the students to ‘test’ the prototype with real users and collecting feedback. Based on the user feedback, the students should decide on the next course of action. The user feedback received translates into “Research and User Feedback Toolkit”.

Hackathon highlights - Andhra Pradesh
The overall highlights that were observed across all the six (6) clusters and were the essence of the workshop is captured below:
  1. The stage of the prototype which was earlier reached at the end of year 1 (for a lot of prototypes) is achieved at the end of the hackathon. This is in sync with the fast track module of one year program. Some of the teams could even make multiple prototypes to solve their chosen problem.
  2. The range of problem statements identified was highly diverse and each of them catered to a relevant and specific user group. The problem statements chosen were regional and based on personal experiences.
  3. Students were both receptive and inquisitive while understanding and participating in the problem identification and ideation process.
  4. Students were amenable and flexible to adjusting their ideas with the suggestions provided i.e. open to critical evaluation by the mentors and the users in some cases.
  5. By introducing the problem statement framework early into the hackathon, students open up to wider and diverse perspectives of the respective thematic areas.


Hackathon highlights - Telangana

The overall highlights that were observed across all the four (4) clusters and were the essence of the workshop is captured below:
  1. The stage of the prototype which was earlier reached at the end of year 1 (for a lot of prototypes) is achieved at the end of the Hackathon. This is in sync with the fast track module of one-year program.
  2. The range of problem statements identified was highly diverse and each of them catered to a relevant and specific user group.
  3. Students were both receptive and inquisitive while understanding and participating in the problem identification and ideation process.
  4. Students were amenable and flexible to adjusting their ideas with the suggestions provided i.e. open to critical evaluation.
  5. By introducing the problem statement framework early into the Hackathon, students open to wider and diverse perspectives of the respective thematic areas.

TEP 2017-19 BATCH: Highlights

Current Status:
The TEP 17-19 batch are in the fourth (final) semester of TEP program and the top few teams are invited to attend the Business Plan and Pitch Workshop which is scheduled in ISB on 9th/10th March.

Selection process of top teams of TEP 17-19 batch: The teams were selected based on their overall scores across the following parameters:
  1. Year 1 (Semester 1 + Semester 2) scores
  2. Semester 3 tool kit scores
  3. Quizzes (online) across all the three semesters
  4. And scores on the two (2) additional problem solving/creativity questions which were imparted to them in February
The teams with the highest overall scores (across all the four parameters) were shortlisted. Please note that the cut-off was similar for both AP and TS colleges.

Total teams that are shortlisted: 20 teams from Telangana and 15 teams in Andhra Pradesh.

Next Course of Action: These teams have been sent out an RSVP for the event. This is going to be one (1) day workshop for the students and will cover the following agenda:
  1. A Business Workshop template along with a pitch presentation template has been shared with the teams.
  2. The teams need to fill it up and come for the workshop.
  3. The faculty would take them through the basics of the templates in the first half of the day and the second half the students will re-work on the templates.
  4. The day will end with the students presenting the final business pitch to the faculty.
  5. After the workshop, the students will have to re-work on the Business Plan Workshop Template and send it to ISB by 10th May.
  6. The top ten (10) teams across both the states will be invited for the Annual day scheduled in June.
  7. These teams will present the business pitch to the selection panel. And the winner will be decided.