Hackfest-23Bengaluru. 04 July 2023.  AXISCADES Technologies Ltd. and Mistral Solutions Pvt. Ltd., announced the winners of the successful Hackfest-23. Hackfest-23, one of the most prominent engineering competitions in South India, witnessed widespread participation across three domains – Electronics, Digitization, and Mechanical, culminating in a spectacular showcase of innovation and talent.

The competition provided an exceptional platform for engineering students to demonstrate their innovative technology solutions aimed at solving real-world challenges faced by various industries and society. Since its launch in 2022, HackFest has gained significant popularity among the engineering fraternity and has created exciting opportunities for students in India to showcase their engineering talent. Subsequent to Mistral’s merger with AXISCADES, the HackFest-23 expanded its scope by introducing two additional categories to the contest – Mechanical and Digitization.

The competition attracted an overwhelming response with 76 colleges, 1012 teams, and a total of 2368 students registering for the event. After an intense competition of over 2 months, the Grand Finale took place at BIT, Bengaluru, on Friday, 30th June, starting at 9.00 AM.

Grand Finale Highlights:

  • – No. of Colleges Participating: 16
  • – No. of Teams Participating: 39
  • – No. of Students Participating: 110

The finalists had an incredible opportunity to present their prototypes to an esteemed jury panel, led by the Chief Guest Dr. S. Christopher, Professor at IITM Electrical Department, and former Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Joining him on the panel were Mr. Rajeev Ramachandra, Group CTO at AXISCADES and Mistral, and Mr. Anees Ahmed, President and Co-Founder of Mistral Solutions.

The teams were evaluated based on their creativity, technical excellence, totality of solution and socio-industrial impact. After careful deliberation, the jury selected the winners from each category:

Electronics Domain

  • Winner: Team “Circuit Breakers” from BIT, Bengaluru – Karnataka
  • 1st Runner up: Team “Angry Birds” from Mount Zion College of Engineering & Technology, Pudukkottai – Tamil Nadu
  • 2nd Runner up: Team “DUTAH” from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Erode – Tamil Nadu

Digitization Domain

  • Winner: Team “TechPriests” from BIT, Bengaluru – Karnataka
  • 1st Runner up: Team “Team Titans” from BIT, Bengaluru – Karnataka
  • 2nd Runner up: Team “Vanguards of VR” from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Erode – Tamil Nadu

Mechanical Domain

  • Winner: Team “TECH POWER” from KS Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode – Tamil Nadu
  • 1st Runner up: Team “ ZIGMA” from Mount Zion College of Engineering & Technology, Pudukkottai – Tamil Nadu
  • 2nd Runner up: Team “Electrontwerpers” from M.Kumarasamy College of Engineering, Karur – Tamil Nadu

In addition to the winners, Team Rovers from GNITS, Hyderabad, and Team Kinetic Tile from KCG College of Technology, Chennai received Special Jury Awards for their projects.

The winning teams were rewarded with a consolidated prize money of ₹7 Lakh in addition to an offer for internship for each student, as a testament to their outstanding efforts and ingenuity.

Mr. Arun Krishnamurthi, CEO and Managing Director of AXISCADES commented: “”We are pleased to see the resounding success of HackFest-23’s grand finale. I extend my congratulations to all the winners and participants who embarked on an exhilarating journey spanning over two and a half months. Witnessing their engaging interactions with industry stalwarts like Dr. S Christopher, former DRDO Chairman, and others was truly gratifying. The event was marked by a day filled with enthusiastic young tech wizards passionately showcasing their ideas and prototypes. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the staff and management of BIT for flawlessly hosting the event. AXISCADES and Mistral, in collaboration with academia, have fostered an environment that nurtures creativity, collaboration, and technological advancement. I look forward to the next edition of HackFest on a larger scale.”

Mr. Rajeev Ramachandra, the Group CTO, AXISCADES said “It was an exhilarating day of innovation, collaboration, and technological excellence. Hackfest-23 has truly exemplified our company’s commitment to academia. The Hackfest served as a platform for young, brilliant minds to come together, exchange ideas, and present groundbreaking advancements that will shape the future of Electronics, Digitization and Mechanical domains. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by participants was truly inspiring, reaffirming our belief in the power of technology to transform lives. I deeply appreciate and extend my heartfelt thanks to the management of BIT, Bengaluru for flawlessly hosting this remarkable event and keeping the spirit high throughout.”

Hackfest-23 has served as a catalyst for creating an ecosystem and fostering creativity, collaboration, and technological advancements among aspiring engineering students and professionals. The competition not only encouraged the spirit of innovation but also nurtured an environment of growth and learning about the industry requirements.