The essence of synergy is to value differences - to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses.

An idea seeds hope in you - hope to change the quality of circumstances around you - either for yourself or for the world.

Hacking, in general, relates to building things that you have always wanted to but have not been able to, yet. It's about coming up with an idea, a thought, that can transcend the limit of your imagination and help you achieve the unimaginable. Hacking is all about failing, failing again and failing for the better. It's all about working tirelessly on your idea and not giving up. It's all about trying out new things and improving yourself. It's all about being a better programmer!

We present to you HackFest'18, the third iteration of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad's annual hackathon. Dive deep into the world of technology and development for a continuous stretch of 36 hours from 23rd to 25th March 2018. Form teams of 3 to 5; the pro-coder, the i'm-still-a-newbie, the guy you convinced with goodies, the one who dreams of world domination, and finally, the typical nerd.

Get ready to earn plaudits as you play God with software and hardware. HackFest is all about persistence and determination to be anything but average. Come over with your ideas and we'll give you the playground to do it. Pitch your mind-boggling solutions to our esteemed judges and we'll make sure that your playtime ends in rewards and glory worth 3 Lakhs!

In the end, its all about Learning , Improvising and Adapting

About Us

HackFest is IIT(ISM) Dhanbad's 36-hour annual hackathon, organised by the Computer Science and Engineering Society (CSES) and ACM Student Chapter, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad. It aims for student programmers from different colleges to collaborate and come up with innovative solutions to problems both old and new, and see their ideas come to life.

HackFest provides a platform for students to develop their skills and build prototypes of products in teams and share them with the tech community. Participants get to spend a weekend having fun, meeting new people, and preparing themselves for technical careers, all the while doing what they love. They stand to gain the vital ability of performing well in a time crunch, along with technical expertise and new connections, both with other student developers and in the tech industry.There isn't a problem without a solution.

Phases of HackFest'18

Phases of HackFest

First phase: Submit your solution online with one of the themes of the Hackathon before 5th March, 2018.

Second Phase: We will be shortlisting the teams on the basis of the submitted ideas and the confirmation for the same will be sent around 10th - 11th March, 2018.

Third phase: Be a part of the 36-hour National Level Hackathon from 23rd to 25th of March, 2018 at Penman Auditorium, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad, Jharkhand.


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Financial Technology

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Cloud Computing

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Internet of Things

A world of devices connected by internet opens up opportunities for us that were previously unthinkable. The fact that devices can now be connected to each other, share data and take intelligent decisions by talking to other devices can disrupt the way we interact with our surroundings. Build applications on Internet of Things that help us improve our experience in our day to day life.


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Prizes INR 3 Lacs in prizes

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It's not about what you get, it's about what you learn. But just to satisfy all you peeps, we will be having some awesome prizes and goodies. See you there. Don't worry!! We will be ready with our own Santa's sack.

Main Prizes

Total Prizes worth 3 Lakhs to be won!!

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