EN Hackathon – Hack@Home 2021

The Cisco Enterprise Networking Hackathon is back. The pandemic may have changed how we work but it hasn’t slowed down the can-do attitude in Enterprise Networking. This year’s hackathon is virtual, international, and bigger than ever. Kicking off on Monday, March 8 in India and China and concluding on March 15 for North American units, the Cisco Enterprise Networking Hackathon- EN Hack @Home 2021 will peculiarity 250+ squads and more than 1,000 the representatives from eight countries, including 40 -5 0 university students. The commotion is infectious, the snacks and t-shirts ought to have carried, and development projects are characterized.

Here’s an overview of hackathons past and present and why these marathon developer incidents are so important, impactful, and recreation.

Why Hack?

In the 22 times since the first hacking marathon was held by 10 developers in Calgary, Canada, hackathons have become forums for imagination, invention, and muse among software makes globally. There were 5,636 public and private hackathons in 2018, according to Hackathon.com. These forums are meant to inspire and train internal developer units, launch new campaigns, and emphasize the benefits of creativity and collaboration. Startup and public hackathons are used by companies to scout flair and find mature, worthy examples.

Cisco hackathon organizers estimate that 22 -2 5% of ideas was produced in the contenders, which began in 2015, have gone on to be incorporated into Cisco concoctions.

This Year’s Event

In 2019 at the last Cisco Enterprise Networking Hackathon, 105 units and 510 players — including 34 students from 10 universities in the U.S. — used to work activities in five different technological lines. Being virtual, EN Hack @Home 2021 isn’t limited by how many people can fit into a conference room. The number of participants and squads this year has therefore double-dealing. Opening eligibility beyond the U.S. and Canada for the first time, Cisco developers will likewise be able to participate from India, China, Switzerland, Italy, and Israel to list a few.

“This pandemic has curtailed all of us to working from dwelling and we’ve missed all of the camaraderie of the role, ” says Amit Nandy, Senior Manager in Software Development, one of the hackathon organizers. “The hackathon is a great way to bring beings together to take a break from their day-to-day work and make their thoughts run wild.”

This Year’s Hackathon Tracks

For Cisco EN Hack @Home 2021, units of 2-6 parties work on a project that corresponds to one of five different technical tracks or sub-tracks, including:

Network Automation and Assurance Customer Adoption Security and Cloud Answer Development Digitization and Productivity Remote hitherto Connected

Teams are formed and characterize a project that corresponds with one of the trails. They pitch the idea and begin a 36 -hour working marathon. Each team may include individuals with a variety of expertise spanning coding, consumer knowledge, testing, and make marketing.

“Remote hitherto Connected is an entirely new track we added to address the world transformation to working from residence, ” says Sarang Samant, a Leader in Cisco Enterprise Networking Software Engineering and the other hackathon organizer. “It includes challenge provinces like enhancing the teleworker experience, bolstering mas protection, appointing micro branch pop-up virtual places, and expanding and automating IoT policies.”

Guidance, Judging, and Prizes

When the rivalry begins, 35 elderly Cisco tech patronizes on Cisco TV review the ideas from the teams. Sponsors then help guide and mentor the teams and attempt to align their hacks with Cisco’s product roadmap. After the 36 -hour hackathon period, a committee of 50 recognise guess — including ministerials from produce commerce, sales, and engineering — elects to determine the top two winning hackers in each road.

Participants on each winning team receive a trophy, a certification, and cash prizes. In addition to the competition, EN Hack @Home 2021 will include a trivia treasure hunt on a SharePoint portal and a Twitter photo contest.

Powerful Learning Experience

For Cisco software engineer Shikha Jain, this year will distinguish her fourth hackathon. “We’re so busy in our daily lives. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with other squads. A parcel of beings stay up for the full 36 hours. I remember around 2:00 AM we were still working. We were thinking of giving up, however brainstormed what the hell is did wrong and started the prototype at 5:00 AM. We won first prize.”

Presenting to the sponsors was another step out of her ease area and something she was able to master. Beyond working on her team’s project, she looks forward to hearing all the inventive feelings from the other teams on the last day of the hackathon.

In 2019, Kirtan Buddhdev was a summer intern at Cisco in San Jose between his junior and elderly time at Santa Clara University. His mentor invited him to join his team for the hackathon. “At firstly it seemed a little intimidating being on a squad with four other experienced designers, ” Buddhdev recollects. “But they constituted me feel like I was part of a fraternity of operators working together for a common objective. It was a very fun learning experience. I believe my decision to join Cisco full time was influenced by how they made me under their wing.”

Three-time Cisco hackathon winner Kabiraj Sethi, Software Engineering Technical Leader in Cisco Enterprise Networking, revalues are concerned with recent grads who come with fresh ideas and lots of energy. “They know the latest scripting speeches and to wish to do a great deal of the coding, ” he says. “We show them how we approach troubles so we’re all learning. It’s the only forum where you get honored for hacking instead of going to jail. This time I’ll miss the face-to-face interaction but the hackathon itself is still the same exciting competition. May the best hackers win.”

We’re about to get underway with EN Hack @Home 2021. Follow the action at #ENHack @Home2021 or #ENHackathon2021.

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