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This post is on the series of posts on fests in IIT Dhanbad. Hackfest is 36 Hour long hackathon event organized by students of IIT Dhanbad sponsored by big firms. It is not related to Concetto, which is the main ‘Tech Fest’ of the institute. This event has witnessed participation from many universities and colleges from outside state as well.


What is a Hackathon?


A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well, where participants can build a model or a device. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. At Hackfest you are allowed to choose any workable model you wish to build. Both hardware or software (or both) can be used to make that model.


About Hackfest


We welcome everyone – from the most experienced hackers and builders to the thinkers and the curious who have never heard of a hackathon. Regardless of your experience, there is something for you at Hackfest. Come learn something new, solve problems and build something cool.

It is IIT (ISM) Dhanbad’s annual student hackathon for #BuildTheFuture.

Hackfest is a 36 hour hackathon that encourages learning, collaboration, growth, thinking and innovation. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create amazing things – project – typically software – in an environment optimized for creativity. Hackfest is an event in which numerous tech lovers divided into teams develop a product which is a hardware or software solution to real world problems or industrial problems. Hundreds of programmers get together to build something from scratch, be it a website, app, or some other product of their imagination. There will be food, prizes and opportunities to work with representatives from various companies.

There is a limit on the number of teams that can participate, it is kept generally around 40 teams. Your team will be selected solely on the idea of team. It is scheduled to Jan 20-22 every year.




Everything at Hackfest is free! You will be allotment a room in guest house at IIT Dhanbad’s own private space. While you will be staying at Penman Auditorium for whole event, there will be food facility housed by caterers on service of the fest. You can have as many coffee as you like to battle against sleep hindering your crippled timespace.

Apart from free lodging you will be provided with matrices to take a nap at the Penman Auditorium. You will also be provided with FREE T-SHIRT. Traveling reimbursement will not be provided, you have to arrange on your own to get to institute. Dhanbad is connected very well with other cities via strong roadways and railways network.


How to participate?


Hackfest gets flooded with team requests over 200 from freshers itself. To enter hackfest follow:

  1. Create a team (maximum 5 members) with the idea on which you’ll be working for hackfest. Select one as Team Leader.
  2. Team Leader has to submit online form (avilable soon) containing details about your team mates like year, branch, CV, t-shirt size etc.
  3. Provide short description of your idea (around 250 characters) with suitable title.
  4. Apply for shortlisting.

Before shortlisting tams, if your team gets selected then you will receive E-mail to the Team Leader from Hackfest team regarding your selection of the team. Only 40 teams will be selected and they will receive confirmations by organizing panel.


Past Sponsors

  • Atkins
  • Github
  • JetBrains
  • HackerEarth
  • Flock.co
  • GeeksForGeeks
  • Venturesity
  • Reweyou
  • ScientificIndia


Hackfest is the technical fest before Basant (Reunion) which then ends the academic year by the following cultural Fest – Srijan. Hackfest is the second Tech Fest of the IIT Dhanbad long list of fests. While there are departmental fests too which have technical nature but are organized by departments rather than student body. Hackfest also are a great step for building something which could approximate to a startup in incubation.

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