Syntax Error '13

SDSLabs organized IIT Roorkee’s 1st hackathon, Syntax Error, on 19-20 October, 2013. It was a Google Cloud Developer Challenge promotional event and saw great response from the geeks of IITR. Here are a few numbers: 150+ registrations, 101 participants, < 24 hours, 36 hacks, 491 commits, 1029325 lines of code. Participants were spread across all years (Yes, we had teams from 1st year as well) and branches. This was also the 1st time GitHub supported an Indian university in organizing a hackathon.


The event was kicked off with a talk on Google App Engine by Rohit Gupta & Anudeep Sai, Google. The session lasted almost an hour and the Googlers covered various verticals of the Google Cloud Platform and went on to talk about the Google Cloud Developer Challenge. This was followed by a Git classroom hangout by Jordan McCullough, GitHub. It was an extremely thorough session. Jordan started right from the basics and went on to advanced topics. Soon after, Abhishek Das, Google Student Ambassador IITR, introduced the participants to the format of the event and explained the rules and judging criteria.

GAE Talk

The hackathon clock started at 9PM on Saturday. Developers were free to code from anywhere they wished and had time till 4PM Sunday to complete their hacks. Once the hackers were done with their code, judging them was no simple task. The esteemed panel consisted of Prof. Balasubramanian Raman, Prof. Durga Toshniwal, Prof. P. Sateesh Kumar from IITR and Pranav Gupta from Tavant Technologies, who were aided with the feedback from techcrew. In the end, out of the 21 hacks demoed, winners of Syntax Error ‘13 were:

Coding Demo Audience Winners

Congratulations to all the winners and kudos to all hackers for coming up with your brilliant hacks! You can check out all the hacks on GitHub. A big shout out for the organizing team comprising of Ashwini Khare (Google Student Ambassador IITR), Abhishek Das, Durgesh Suthar, Abhishek Kandoi, Ankita Shukla, Shagun Sodhani and all other folks who made this event a feather in the hat for SDSLabs!

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See all the photos that we took at our G+ event.