International Hackathon to be held in Austin and Pune, India Sept. 8 —
September 27, 2020

International Hackathon to be held in Austin and Pune, India Sept. 8

By Austin-Pune Sister City Initiative

International Hackathon Austin-Pune

Austin and the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India will be host cities for the City of Austin’s first ever International Hackathon on September 8-9. The Hackathon will be hosted by the University of Texas Blackstone Launchpad and by the Pune Institute of Computer Technology. 

The event will occur simultaneously for a 24-hour period in Austin and Pune, beginning at 8 a.m. Austin time (6:30 p.m., Pune time) on Saturday, Sep. 8, and ending Sunday, Sep. 9. After evaluations of the projects by panels of judges in both Austin and Pune, an awards ceremony will follow at 9 a.m. Austin time, Sunday, Sep. 9.

The Hackathon will focus on smart city solutions in the areas of energy, education, waste management, water and sewage, healthcare, mobility, prosthetics, disaster response and recovery, and data management. The international teams will be comprised of members in both cities, collaborating in person and virtually using Zoom. Teams of two to four members will be partnered together prior to the start of the International Hackathon and will have 24 hours to create and find the best solution for their chosen problem statement. Local subject matter experts in each city will serve as mentors to the participants, and experienced business venture experts will serve as judges. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Partners in this venture with Austin-Pune Sister City Initiative are the City of Austin Economic Development Department GBE Division, University of Texas Blackstone Launchpad, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Pune Fashion Week, ThoughtWorks, the Pune Institute of Computer Technology, and local and international business sponsors, including Aspire to Age and ARM. This project is supported in part by the Global Business Expansion Division of the City of Austin Development Department.

Registration is free and is available at

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