After the final demo, it was time for the teams to take a well-deserved rest. The panelists, on the other hand, had the brutal job of scoring each team against multiple criteria, painstakingly reviewing every detail. It took lots of discussion and disagreement but eventually, the results were in.
The winner of Applaud’s first AI hackathon was… team Joey, lead by Karthik Mohan and under the leadership of Hari Shankar. Karthik’s team included Anji, Ganesh, Grandhi, Kumar, Rahul, Sowjanya, Srini, Vijay and Vinay.
It was a marginal win yet well-deserved. Their hack produced an incredibly versatile and beautiful-looking conversational HR chatbot that was able to answer hundreds of context-sensitive questions from employees, managers and candidates.
They narrowly beat the runner up who produced another amazing result: team Joanna, lead by Ramesh Kumar and made up of Mani, Raj, Sateesh, Shailesh, Sumanth, Surya, Tushar, Vasudha and Yugandhar.
Congratulations! We learnt a lot from this process, such as the importance of good question design and incorporating customer-driven Q&A. We will now start the lengthier process of building capability into our core products and using the winning’s team hack as a foundation (without any hacks!). It’s all great stuff and I’m really excited about the prospect of sharing more with our partners, customers and friends over the coming months.
My final thoughts are my top 5 hackathon recommendations for those wishing to run similar events internally:
- Plan every detail well ahead of its start
- Market the hell out of the event to promote interest
- Keep it fun but gimmick-free
- Keep it competitive
- Offer a prize to the winning team
I’ll be writing more about AI and its impact on HR in upcoming blogs, so stay tuned. If you want to see it in action, make sure you attend UKOUG Apps17 conference in December and tag along to our presentation slots on the 4th and 6th December.
Until then, happy hacking.