Shadowfax Technologies in partnership with FarEye, organized an online Leap Hackathon to showcase innovations that could be a game changer for the evolving logistics and delivery sector in India. With the theme around ‘Innovate to create delivery delight’, the Hackathon invited entries from participants across the country who embrace a keen sense of problem-solving and creativity.
The event was conceived to acknowledge fresh ideas around the concept of delivery that could improve and add value to the customer experience. The idea was to advance the participants’ solution prototypes, which would help solve a few real world problems.
The four problem statements seeking tech-driven solutions were Need for Speed - Most wanted, Building a consistent customer experience, The travelling customer problem and A happy fleet delivers happy experiences. The participants had the liberty to choose a problem statement of their choice and were also assigned industry leaders and subject matter experts as their mentors to guide them throughout the process.
The Jury consisted eminent thought leaders like Namrata Ganatra, Founder & CEO of Sturish, Nishant Pradhan, Senior Director of Product Management at Flipkart, Braj Kishore Mahto, CTO, Vinculum Group, Arun Kumar, SVP Engineering, FarEye, Vaibhav Khandelwal, Co-founder & CTO, Shadowfax Technologies, Shreyans Daga, Co-founder & CTO, MyGate and Subbu Swaminathan, VP- Product and Engineering, Rakuten India.
Sharing his thoughts around the concept, Mr. Vaibhav Khandelwal, Co-founder, and CTO, Shadowfax Technologies, said, “At Shadowfax, we embrace ‘Innovation’ and believe in transformation that can deliver value to our partners and patrons. We have, since our inception, been agile about creating delivery solutions that delight customers and strengthen their bonds with the brands. Driven by this idea, the LEAP Hackathon is a forum to collaborate with enthusiasts who synergise with us on co-creating an ecosystem which is inspired by the vigour of changing lives for better.”
“The home delivery ecosystem is going through a long awaited software-led creative disruption. Scaling delivery operations, social distancing norms, changes in customer behavior, and the need for sustainable deliveries are disrupting traditional ways of handling logistics operations. FarEye has always been at the forefront of leading the change with a vision to empower brands to provide Amazon Prime-like delivery experiences. The LEAP Hackathon provides an excellent opportunity to give shape and form to this vision by working with the brightest minds in the industry to redefine how products are delivered across diverse logistics networks” says Kushal Nahata, CEO & Co-founder, FarEye.
The event received a tremendous response from the participants. A total of 1500+ participants registered and 265+ teams were formed. Close to 100 entries were received in the first stage, of which 60 were shortlisted for the next stage. The top 6 teams got to present their ideas to the Jury during a live virtual event on 15th September 2021. The winners and the top entries received exciting prizes worth Rs 12 lakhs. Certificates and goodies were also awarded to all participants.