There are very few instances in one’s life when one feels that he/she have transcended their barriers to ascend to a new level or a perspective. Such instances are the milestones that one remembers personally though the people around might not acknowledge.one such instance in my life that I shall treasure forever is Hackathon 6.0.
I am writing this as a person who has never been to Makeathon or a technical competition before and hence zero technical knowledge. For the past two years I never registered for any Hackathon selling my enthusiasm to my lethargy, inexperience and trepidation. This time, I have been lucky to be a part of an amazing team because of whom I was able to register and qualify for Makeathon since they had prior experience in the domain we worked on. All I knew were little basic chunks of HTML, CSS and android studio (which I managed from YouTube tutorials).
Little did I know that to accomplish things that interest and enthusiasm win over matter and mind. Once I reached there, our team discussed about the problem and divided the work. I had to work on android studio. Trust me, all I did was analyze the problem, Google your ideas, pick the best of all, make adaptive changes (for which you need some technical knowledge) and collaborate all of them on software. And, I have a working model of the app(I who had the bare minimum knowledge of apps).the only factor that differentiates is how well can one analyze a problem, keep his grit going and come up with a solution.
One spectacular and peculiar aspect of Makeathon was people were constantly energetic even after working for 20 hours amid the Redbull, music, food and fun. One who experienced only can describe the excitement and the new confidence that one cherishes when you get the final solution (i am sure my teammates remember my excitement when I got the solution at 5:00 am after my first night-out).So, for those who missed Makeathon this time, Donot miss the next Makeathon.
-Uma Prasanna Athikala