A “beckn-enabled world” was the desired outcome of this year’s Beckn-a-thon. Powered by the Beckn Protocol, Beckn-a-thon is a one-of-its-kind virtual hackathon event that aimed to encourage Indian coders to use their exemplary coding skills and think outside the box to come up with innovative solutions that can help solve the common man’s everyday problems and arrive at the desired outcome.
Beckn-a-thon was launched in the mid of August this year with registrations open from August 15, 2021. Beckn-a-thon witnessed a whooping response with 1,200 registrations. The registration saw both professionals and students from the technology ecosystem in the country. These teams had immense caliber and hailed from prominent universities and companies, vis-a-vis Amazon, Google, PwC, Directi, TCS, and from colleges such as IITs, IIMs, NITs, BITS Pilani, SRM, VIT, DTU among many others.
The idea submission phase witnessed ~200 idea submissions across the five categories ie. Retail, Healthcare, Innovation, Delivery & Mobility.
Once shortlisted, the teams leveraged the tutorials and tech onboarding sessions along with the APIs provided to them by the Beckn Foundation to bring themselves to speed via a steep learning curve. By mid-September, ~50 submissions were shortlisted based on 4 chief parameters namely: desirability, viability, feasibility & scalability. These 50 shortlisted teams went through multiple informative sessions conducted by the experts from Beckn Foundation.
Exploring the protocol along with the sample APIs, the participants ramped up on Beckn specifications and developed strategies to incorporate the Beckn specifications in their prototypes. While some teams jumped on to execution, others requested for Q&A sessions by experts, which was addressed by the beckn foundation via virtual sessions. These sessions along with back & forth with the experts helped the participants ensure they build a powerful prototype.
The submissions were evaluated in great detail, both strategically and technically. The submissions were assessed on beckn protocol adoption and a holistic system design approach.
The panel of judges had to further narrow down the choices to only 5 prototypes, based on how well they were using the beckn protocol and what value they were adding overall to the common man’s life via democratized beckn enabled ecosystem design.
The parameters used in evaluating the shortlisted prototypes ranged from: the proportion of completion of a working prototype, to the percentage of proposal achieved. From the features in the idea vs. features in the actual prototype to the projected number of use cases of the prototype, the overall user experience, information hierarchy, clicks per unit transaction, the ease of use ie. amount of tech savviness required to use the functionalities and of course, the transactions via beckn protocol. The order-to-transaction lifecycle (Discovery, Order, Fulfillment, Post-fulfillment), size of the potential transaction size, speed of the transactions commencement and implementation, and finally the relevance & strategic alignment of the idea submitted to beckn’s current vision & mission. Tackling these parameters was surely rigorous and challenging for the participants.
After the much development phase, 5 prototypes emerged from the evaluation phase. These were created by a diverse group of participants, coming from all walks of life, in terms of experience, expertise and ideas.
Founded by an experienced team of engineers and entrepreneurs, passionate about a sustainable future in the category of Urban Mobility, team Sustainable Cities is the winner of Beckn-a-thon 2021. They have created a well defined prototype, fuelled by insights from WRI (World Resources Institute) and with live data from KMRL (Kochi Metro Rail Limited), as an Open API Ecosystem for the players in the Mobility space to consume and build on top of; very aptly in alignment with how the adoption of beckn protocol envisions democratized societies.
This extraordinary team is Beckn-a-thon’s champion team. They will receive the GRAND prize of INR 1,00,000, some fantastic beckn merchandise and most importantly, a chance to collaborate on LIVE beckn projects. Their vision to open up the API ecosystem for consumption, resonates optimally with beckn protocol’s potential to tackle Urban Mobility.
Congrats Vinit Lakhani, part of the Noble group, passionate about recycled and global chain supply chains, for praiseworthy work on mobility.
A round of applause for Ashish Sharma, Innovator of Meson Labs with over 16 years of solutions, with a penchant for creating all things innovation, mentoring teams and building solutions from scratch.
Kudos to Sanket Sinha, product owner and machine learning enthusiast at TCS, who believes in using the power of technology to impact the welfare of society.
And last but not the least, Partha Kanuparthy, a software engineer at Facebook, whose interests lie in scalable and high performance systems.
Congratulations team ‘Sustainable Cities: Smart Cities enabled by Transport APIs’! We look forward to a healthy collaboration with you, to achieve the desired impact that we have envisioned with beckn protocol and the countless possibilities therein.
The first runner up is team COSAPA, a four-member, student team, who have tried to tackle the grave issues emerging out of the pandemic COVID-19, using avant-garde technology, providing online consultations, payment facilities and IoT enabled fitness solutions, using the beckn-enabled chatting facility. Their proactive & reactive healthcare approach rendered their prototype worthy of recognition.
Congratulations to team COSAPA with Hitesh Mitruka – an android developer with dreams of changing the face of healthcare in India, Sumit Yadav – a user interface designer, Naaz Kakria an experienced marketing coordinator and Microsoft student ambassador and Shikhar Srivastava, an SDR at Trell and an app developer by passion.
Team COSAPA is entitled to the whopping cash prize of INR 50,000, beckn merchandise and a chance to work on live beckn projects!
The second runner up in Beckn-a-thon 2021 is team ‘Reinventing Healthcare’ – a single member team, comprising Abhijeet Singh, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, who has created smart wearable tech, which can be used by healthcare heroes, in the times of pandemic, to monitor and manage patient progress even from a distance. This application will use an inbuilt chat feature enabled by the beckn protocol which will allow patients from remote areas, to seek help from healthcare professionals, without having to add burden to already scarce hospital resources. Abhijeet is entitled to prize money of INR 25,000 and some uber cool beckn merchandise, along with a chance to work on beckn LIVE projects.
Next up is team Hitaya, led by Sayan Sinha, Student at MCKV Institute of Engineering 116 – another single member team, which created a smart wallet. With the help of Blockchain technology, Hitaya’s Employee Welfare DApp can be used by employees to transfer tokens during a purchase, or to store contact in a central ledger blockchain via smart Contract, using the beckn protocol. Hope you enjoy the beckn merchandise and goodies coming your way very soon.
The third single member team, led by Joy Deep Saha. He has proposed to develop an application that is meant to act as a one-stop solution for creating awareness towards food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture as well as helping accomplish the goal of Zero Hunger, by attempting to bridge the critical gap between global hunger and food wastage. We applaud your efforts, Joy! We hope you like the beckn goodies.
With that, we have officially wrapped up Beckn-a-thon 2021. We wish to take this opportunity to laud the intent of each of the 1,200 participants who came forward to make a dent in the world as we know it. And all of the 50 shortlisted candidates who delivered promising projects, and made the decision to choose the most promising winner very challenging for the panel of judges. Congratulations once again to the winners. This is just the beginning and we cannot wait to get started on this exciting journey with you.
Beckn, as an ideology, believes in the openness of networks, communities and services. To that end, the Beckn Foundation has its own Open Community which is open to all, intending to use the beckn protocol to build something new. If you’ve any questions, queries, or wish to discuss something pertaining to Beckn Open Community, please write to [email protected].
Stay tuned for Beckn-a-thon 2022!
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