Hyderabad: IIIT Hyderabad is back with the 4th edition of India’s largest student-run hackathon —Megathon. A platform for young minds to get their ideas recognised, Megathon is a joint initiative by Entrepreneurship Cell IIIT Hyderabad and Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Hyderabad. The programme aims at promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship among student communities in the city.

From its inception in 2016, the event has witnessed student participation from over 36 cities and 65 colleges. Last year, the event saw around 1,000 participants. The organisers said, “Megathon is a perfect opportunity to show off your creativity, as it provides a platform to present your solutions. This year we have brought three problem-statements for the participants.”

The organisers also introduced Howzhack, an online version of the event, so students can even participate from their home. While Megathon, the offline version, will be held on the college premises.

This year Megathon has Embibe as its title sponsor, Micron India as associate sponsors and Qualcomm and PwC as challenge sponsors.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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