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Mastek Charity Hackathons - Contributing to Social Causes

14-Feb-2019 05:13:58 / by Esperance Barreto

Esperance Barreto

Ever heard about how, ‘One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.’ Exactly what Mastekeers strive to do through our charity hackathons.


Transforming lives through technology

Since its inception in India as Project Deep Blue in the 80s, Mastek has used technology to transform lives. We work with the engineering workforce of tomorrow to support social causes that contribute to a better world - from creating apps to track school attendance in rural areas, to identifying malnourished infants and profiling plastic waste.


Partnering with Morrisons and CLIC Sargent

While we’ve made enormous progress in India, we’ve also begun to make a difference in the UK. Only recently, we collaborated with Morrisons, the supermarket chain and CLIC Sargent, the charity helping young lives impacted by cancer.


We hosted an 8-week charity hackathon wherein we worked with regional universities on three problem statements that included:

  • Creating a platform for cancer patients to connect
  • Delivering a discovery platform
  • Offering an anonymous approach 

Students, set on a social cause

The hackathon culminated in the various teams presenting their work back. There were a range of innovative solutions conceptualised with CLIC Sargent’s user-group in mind such as geolocation-based event discovery, utilisation of spaces to work and sharing creative outlets in a safe environment.

The sheer determination and competence of the Computer Science students at Sheffield Hallam University won them all the three top prizes. In all, it was a rewarding experience, spurring on the zeal for us to continue supporting social causes.

Watch the video below for first hand feedback from some of the participants at the Morrisons Mastek Charity Hackathon 




Topics: CSR

Esperance Barreto

Written by Esperance Barreto

Content Manager at Mastek

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