In the words of our school captain Sahil Kuchlous:
“InvHack 2020 saw over 40 students from schools all over Bangalore and Ooty participating in the event. It was great to see our work come together in such an amazing way. It was also incredible to see the spirit of collaboration throughout the event – teams were always open to helping each other out. Students from grades 9-12 were creating innovative solutions to various problems throughout the 24-hour span. The winning team from Inventure, 405 Found made an app which identified and provided information on plants and animals in nature just by taking a picture. This idea was very novel, and more importantly, had a lot of potential impact on education for low-income students. And this was just one of the amazing ideas that the teams came up with. The other winners were 2nd place: aMAISing kids from Mallya Aditi, where the 3rd place was a tie between Etwas from Oakridge High School and Commucodaz from Greenwood High.
We, the organizing team, also learnt a lot from this experience. We helped students throughout the night with their problems and guided and mentored them in different aspects. We also learned how to organize events on this scale, and how to handle the various aspects that go into such events, such as logistics and publicity.
Our biggest takeaway from this event was the power that the youth have in today’s day and age. We are a generation that is willing to put our skills to use, tackling the most urgent issues the world has to offer. To us, InvHack 2020 was clear evidence of that. We hope that the teams who came to the event take their ideas forward, and plan to continue organizing events like these in the future.”