India Hackathon 2017

Hot on the heels of our 2017 UK Hackathon is the second instalment of the competition, this time running in our offices in Bengaluru, India.

We’re delighted to announce that the 24 hour event will be running on 21-22 September, and teams will be competing to harness the technology of the future and produce a working prototype to present to a panel of judges.

Working to the theme of ‘The Future is Now’, the teams will be encouraged to think big – and look to the current emerging technological trends for their inspiration. They’ll be following in the footsteps of teams (many of whom worked through the night) who have produced a wide range of very impressive solutions, from new delivery models through to collaborative shopping propositions, voice-activated assistants, and a two-factor authentication for online shoppers.

Each team will have a matter of minutes to pitch and demonstrate their idea to our panel of judges, who will be looking for a combination of an exciting use of new technology, a smooth and enjoyable user experience, and how applicable the solution is to the business.

If you’ve never been involved in a hackathon, now’s your chance! It’s a common opinion that you have to be a coder to compete, but that’s definitely not the case – we’re looking for teams with a range of skills, so whether you’re a comms specialist, a designer, security expert or product manager, we want you!

Tesco colleagues can register online today using the link circulated – please see communications for details!

(Please note that this competition is only open to Tesco colleagues, and that you must be able to get to the Bengaluru offices to participate – remote participation will not be available).


Hackathon Winners Announcement

With their sights set firmly on future technology, a total of 57 teams gathered last week to participate in our annual India Hackathon. Working on the theme “The Future is Now”, the hackers had 24 hours to produce a working prototype and pitch a solution to an existing problem to our panel of judges. There was a real buzz in the air as the teams got to work, with pressure and excitement building as they worked to the tight timeline.
48 teams completed the challenge, with 46 of those presenting to the judges – a very exciting event as each team had just minutes to persuade the panel of the winning attributes of their solution.

The winning teams were:
Winner: Gang of Four, with their hack to help customers choose the fastest queue for checkout.

1st Runner up: Robo Cards, whose solution was a robot which is able to use portable electronic devices, and complete transactions, as well as humans.

2nd Runner up: Smart Shoppers, with a solution to show ongoing deals and recommend shopping items with just a tap of your phone.

The winners of the “Most Ambitious” category were Grey Matter, who worked on a solution to crowdsource the Tesco delivery system, powered by Blockchain. And the “Most Creative” team were Cherry Pick, who presented a mobile app to radically simplify the in-store shopping experience. Congratulations!

A big thank you goes to Partha Roy and Bhavesh Kumar who led on the organisation of the event, and to all our participants, who made the event very special. We’re looking forward to the next event already!

Hack Stars

43 teams hack for 24 hours at our most successful India Hackathon yet!

The 5th annual Tesco Labs India Hackathon 2016 took place on 22-23 September. 43 teams The event was the most successful to date, with a record number of registrations, and the highest female participation yet; and was wholly organised and conducted by Tesco Labs in India (Krishnan Ramaswami, Kunal Ramkumar and Meenakshi Bhattacharya). 180 participants (both Tesco colleagues and external contestants) made up 43 teams. After 24 hours of hacking, the teams presented to a panel of judges comprising Vidya Laxman, Vineeth Suresh, Tilak Doddapenani and Abraham Cheria from Tesco India, Sue Lance from Tesco UK and Rashmi Mohan, previously of Yahoo Labs member and currently an independent technologist. Rashmi also took the podium as guest speaker to give the audience his insights into the “Innovation Mindset”. The winning teams from the day pitched a variety of ideas, from promoting products through gaming, to enabling multi-channel personalised advertising campaigns, which impressed both the audience and the judges! The winners were:

3rd Place
Team: Novelty

Idea: To design and develop a game which promotes Tesco products and also enables the player to buy products in-game.

2nd Place
Team: Know Your Customer (KYC)

Idea: To develop a new shopping experience to our customers, especially those who are more likely to shop online. Enhance their experience by letting them set a shopping date with friends / flat mates / colleagues and shop having fun and benefitting from others’ suggestions / opinions as they shop.

1st Place
Team: Brogrammers

Idea: Ads are everywhere but most of them are irrelevant and really don’t make any sense for people viewing them. We are developing an app which will make the best utilization of TVs, and other devices at airports, stations, and other public places showing only relevant ads based on the age/group/gender of people in-front of the advertising device. Those who wish to purchase can scan the QR code, and order the product. If you are using a computer, ads will be personalized based on your social feeds, with the best deals then suggested. Those using smartphones can skip ads and order required products through a simple voice command (for example “Order 1kg Potatoes, 2 tomatoes and 1 litre of milk using COD”) with the order then delivered to your default address.

The organisers were also delighted to present a People’s Choice award, which went to team ‘Prodigies’ who created a way for customers to locate the least crowded store in their locale through the innovative use of ‘I-don’t-queue’ data.

Congratulations to all those who took part – we look forward to welcoming you back again in 2017!