AR/VR

AR/VR

Ready to build the next Pokemon Go? AR and VR are set to become the media consumption platforms of tomorrow. Gaming, entertainment, education - which field will you tackle?

Deep Learning

Deep Learning

"The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders." - Isaac Asimov, 1964, 'Visit to the World's Fair of 2014. The next frontier is made possible by the twin waves of massively large numbers of processors collecting data that is used to make more and more evolved decisions for humans, allowing us to centre our own neural capacity towards the problems that can only really be solved by human cognition. At both ends of the spectrum - of human thought and machine intelligence - the man-machine ratio and synergy is changing irrevocably, and with it, life as we know it. This track is for folks who have ideas on how this man-machine ratio can be changed, be it in the fields of GPU Computing, Massive Parallelism, Deep Learning, Neuromorphic Computing, Stronger Sensors, Cheaper Sensors, Drones or even Connected Cars.

Mobility

Mobility

"Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth, including the weather stations in Antarctica." - Isaac Asimov, 1964, 'Visit to the World's Fair of 2014' This generations' Swiss Army Knife - the mobile phone. Whether you want to take cat pictures, or order groceries, or groceries for your cat. It's all there. How does this device transcend cats (the horror) to something cooler? 10x this device with your coding skills. All ideas welcome - from commerce, communication and carpentry to transport, telemedicine and Taichi.

Security, Infrastructure & Systems

Security, Infrastructure & Systems

We have always been passionate about seeing some of the foundations of the web, of analytics or of the app ecosystem being built at our hackathon. Build the platforms of the future - and perhaps even give back by open sourcing it? Hurr Durr Imma Sheep. If you know what this is, and to the people who know the internet is not just a set of connecting tubes, this one is for you. Folks who are excited about mucking around with the plumbing. Storage, network, file-systems, encryption, key management are the key here. Heck, even re-implement Unix systems calls (we had a team do exactly this in our Sequoia::Hack's first edition) while you are at it. Much of the modern plumbing that makes life interesting is GPL and other open source, so feel free to work on open source contributions while at the event.

Next Generation

Next Generation

Uninspired by our themes? Find your muse elsewhere and hack together anything you like in the Next Gen track. Use the APIs on offer if you like, but do not let that constrain you - let your imagination run wild. What can you build using a gesture control armband? What can you build using Julia? This track is for all the crazy ideas that are being built using next generation technologies that are niche today but will be ubiquitous tomorrow.

Digital Health

Digital Health

The Internet has already changed the life of 220M people in India. This band of digital natives are connected, using the Internet for commerce, collaboration and networking. Think of the 500M people who don't have the internet yet. How do we make the internet possible for these guys - folks whose understanding of digital paradigms, native communication patterns and aspirations are fundamentally different from the first 220M. Now think of this: The World Health Organization's 2000 World Health Report ranked India's healthcare system at 112 out of 190 countries. It is said a staggering 70% of the population still lives in rural areas and has no or limited access to hospitals and clinics. At the same time, we're also looking at a world of CRISPR/cas9 gene-editing systems, 3D-bioprinters, personalized healthcare and tricorders (remember those diagnostic devices used by medical officers in Star Trek to detect diseases?) This track is for those interested in helping bridge gaps that exist in healthcare, internet and at the juncture of the two. What is your vision for the future of health? There is much to be done in the areas of medicine and healthcare: from accessing digital info (spoken and written forms that are consumable), context and reputational systems to payment & transaction methods.

Smart Acceleration

Smart Acceleration

Design is applied problem solving. Everyday startups across the country face challenges in the areas of growth, marketing, conversions, traction and more.

Gamification Implementation

Gamification Implementation

Gamification is the way to make boring things interesting. Can you think of a way to make it easier for people to wait for their ride, understand calculus, set-up tax returns, or find the best pair of sunglasses online?

Information Visualisation

Information Visualisation

We try to make sense of numbers on a daily basis, and at times we need something more than pie-charts to get by. Info viz can help us humans process large chunks of data in an instant and take informed decisions.