FACE, the acronym for Forum for Aspiring Computer Engineers successfully organized their flagship event, Stay Late and Code (SLAC) for the sixth year in a row on the 24th of March, 2018. The much awaited 24 hour hackathon provided a platform for budding engineers to showcase their skills in the field of coding.

FACE having enthusiastically expanded their outreach, this year SLAC saw participation from not just Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and its sister campuses, but also from institutions belonging to top ranked colleges of Bengaluru City as well. A total of seventyfive teams registered with two hundred and eighty five participants. SLAC was sponsored by Study Owl, GitHub, Pradhis, CSI, AWS Activate, ACM and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Participants started pouring in at 11am on the 24th of March. Inauguration took place at 12:30am in Reception Area in the presence of Director Mr. DhanrajSwamiji, FACE mentor Mr. Vishwas H.N. The chief guests inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp with prayers and good wishes. They wished the participants the best of luck and the contest began at 13 hours on the dot.

The coding arena was well lit with blue light and decorated with decors representing the theme of ‘Coding’ that was adopted for the event. Teams filed up their allocated places and with the aid of free internet access, teams got to work. Participants referred to resources at their convenience and unleashed their creativity. FACE also conducted mini challenges like the Codechef coding competition on CodeGrounds and the winners received Codechef Laddus sponsored by Codechef.

A snack stall outside the air-conditioned labs entertained the participants during their breaks from coding. The hackathon also nurtured networking amongst students as they shared their ideas and discussed various technologies and software. SLAC 2018 stickers were distributed as a memento and many used it to decorate their laptops. The participants ploughed through the night with the aid of coffee and worked on their projects with great zeal. AWS Activate appreciated all the participants by providing 50$ free AWS Activate access per team and every team received GitHub stickers, cheat sheets and other funky comics related to Git queries as goodies.

The contest ended at 10am on the 25th of March, 2018. After a break for lunch, the presentation session commenced. The judges for the contest were Prof. Rajesh, Prof.Sreevidya, Mr. Prashant, Mr. Sai Teja, Prof. Radhakrishnan and Prof. Dhanesh. This session witnessed remarkable applications which had the judges impressed.

Team ‘NoobCoders’ from Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru secured first place in the Business Category with their Restaurant Management System. In the business category, teams Black Hat from PESIT-South and Debug from Ramaiah University for Applied Sciences and Technologies stood at the second and third positions for their AR/VR Ads Analytics for better Conversion Ratio and Credible and secure health diagnostic sector application.

The Utilities category had the teams Prowlites from Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru, Pied Piper  from Global Institute and Byte Me from  PES University  bagging the first, second and third positions with Real time traffic routing, Hub to share screens and video communication and Spectrogram Application using Python, ML algorithm and Tflern applications respectively.

The Games Category witnessed the teams for Pixels_a from Pesit-BSC, LionsClaw from Hindustan Institute of Technology and Sciences and 3.14 from Dayanand Sagar college of Engineering for their interesting and mind boggling games at the top three positions.

The event concluded by thanking all the judges and participants for making the event possible. FACE also recognized Dr. Amudha., Chairperson, Department of CSE, Amrita School of Engineering, Bengaluru Campus for her amazing support and guidance in making SLAC-Fest 2018 a grand success.

SLAC 2018 proved to be not just a platform where learning enthusiasts picked up a new skill or two but also an experience sharing hub where many likeminded people could meet and exchange thoughts and ideas. This sleepless night spent by three hundred students who stayed up to code and all the fun that under went in these twenty four hours would become wonderful unforgettable memories, leaving everybody excitedly awaiting the next hackathon with much anticipation, SLAC – 2019!


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