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All that you need to know about PES Innovation Lab HashCode 2020

Inviting all undergraduate developers to participate in an epic 24-hour technical showdown – HashCode 2020 by PES Innovation Lab, PES University.

We at PES Innovation Lab are proud to present the 9th iteration of HashCode, the flagship Hackathon of PES University. We invite fellow students pursuing B.Tech to the challenge. Spend 24 hours in this epic showdown of innovating, ideating, and inspiring. Cash prizes worth 1.3 lakh Indian Rupees up for grabs for the winners.

Event Sponsor: PES University, RedHat, Nokia

General Rules:

  • HashCode is a team participation event. Your team size must be of 2-4 members. A team can submit only one idea, in the case of multiple submissions, the latest idea will be considered.
  • The event is a two-phase hackathon consisting of a solution submission round and an online hackathon phase.
  • In Round 1, the teams are supposed to submit their solution to the problem statement, in the form of an abstract and implementation summary. Entries must be submitted on Dare2Compete according to the instructions.
  • You must upload a document as part of your idea submission (in PDF format) describing your idea and the approach.
  • Your document must follow the template here: (To use the template, you can download a copy or make a copy in Google Slides (under the File menu)).
  • The shortlisted teams will receive a confirmation mail a few days before the online finals with further details.
  • The online hackathon will start on January 16, 2020, at 09:00 AM IST and end on January 17, 2020, at 09:00 AM IST. You are supposed to work on your hack during the allotted time only.
  • The final judging of the top 10 hacks by the judges will be on January 17, 2020, from 09:00 AM onwards.
  • You are expected to come up with new and innovative ideas, hence any idea that has been copied from somewhere will be disqualified. We will run a plagiarism check on the code to verify its authenticity.
  • You can use open source libraries and other freely available systems or services.
  • All submissions to HashCode remain the intellectual property of the teams that developed them.
  • By registering for the hackathon, you agree to the terms and conditions of Dare2Compete.
  • Please note that the event organizers and judges have sole discretion to modify the prize amounts in the event of a special case such as a tie.


  • Do I need to pay any money to register for the Hackathon?

No. Participation in the event is free of cost.

  • Is the event going to be held online?

Yes, both phases of the event will be held online.

  • Do I need to have any specific qualifications to be a participant in the Hackathon?

You must be an undergraduate student pursuing engineering (any stream) in India.

  • Can I be a part of two different teams?

No, a person can participate in only one team. We will ensure that you are registered to only one team.

  • Can individuals participate in HashCode 2020?

No. You are not allowed to participate individually, you are required to have a team of a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 4 members.

  • Can I change my team before the Round 1 deadline?

You cannot change your team once your idea has been submitted.

  • Can the team modify the idea once submitted already?

No, an idea once submitted cannot be modified later.

  • Can the team submit multiple ideas in Round 1?

No, a team can submit only one idea. In the case of multiple submissions, the latest idea will be considered.

  • How will the ideas be evaluated during the shortlist phase?

Ideas will be split up based on the problem statement and evaluated by a team of subject matter experts with experience in the domain.

  • Do I get a certificate for submitting ideas in Round 1?

No. Participation certificates are given only if your team is shortlisted and participates in the 24-hour hackathon after Round 1.

  • Are there any requirements to be able to participate in the finals?

If you make it to the finals, a good internet connection is required to facilitate easy and effective communications. Please ensure you have a quiet place to work, good lighting for your camera, and a working microphone.

  • What resources will be provided in the final round?

This year, the event is entirely virtual. Therefore, all resources must be acquired by the team.

  • Do we need to have the entire idea fully working?

The entire idea does not need to be fully implemented however, the submission should be functional so that it can be reviewed by the judges. A complete solution will improve your chances.

  • Do I need to be online all the time if I make it into the finals?

No, you must be online whenever the review panels are reviewing your work as well as the final evaluation. There will also be mini-events during the course of the hackathon in which you can participate if you wish.

  • What if one of my team members is not able to make it to the 24-hour hackathon?

In that case, the team will be considered without the member. Certificates will be provided only for those present for the final round.

  • How will the final round be conducted?

The hackathon’s final round will run for 24 hours. The hackathon is virtual in nature. The participants and volunteers will be in communication via an online communication platform such as Google Meet or Discord. More details about this will be communicated to the finalists.

  • Who will we interact with during the event?

Volunteers – If you need any help, you can contact any of the volunteers for assistance via the provided channels.

Review Panel – During the event, a team of students and faculty will check in on your progress and give you feedback and suggestions for you to work on.

Judging Panel – At the end of the event, a group of eminent members from academia and industry will evaluate the top 10 projects and decide the winners.

  • Who will own the IP (Intellectual Property) Rights to the product that I have built?

The developer/developers of the web/mobile application will have all rights and own the IP of the product. However, all code needs to be in the public domain (open source) so that it can be evaluated by the judges.

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