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MentorHack Hackathon second day: almost half of the teams dropped out

Hackathon workspace

Hackathon workspace

Intermediate results of the three-day MentorHack hackathon, which takes place during the Mentor Forum on February 13-15, 2018 (Moscow), are significant. While at the end of the first day the teams protected the original methodology and received corrective recommendations, on the second day they presented improved methodologies and the first results of technological implementation of the projects - the program code. Not everyone succeeded in developing the original and potentially demanded solution. As a result, 20 teams out of 50 left the game.

The main theme of the Forum is mentorship, so lots of hackathon teams work on solving problems that mentors face during their work with startups or idea pitches. This approach allows them to receive a special nomination from BusinessChain «Virtual mentor» (prize fund 300 thousand rubles, 1st place - 150 thousand rubles). For example, one of the teams creates a service that will help the mentor not only put an effective team together but also change its composition in the process.

Applicant for the BusinessChain special nomination: Participating in hackathons is full of drive and fun
Applicant for the BusinessChain special nomination:

Participating in hackathons is full of drive and fun

One of the nominee teams

One of the nominee teams

Another team started from the needs of a specialist who wants to join the project. He can apply for participation in the project he chose if it has job openings. The project mentor will decide whether the person fits the position.

Effectiveness evaluation of the existing team, specialists values and the level of their interaction is a related problem. One of the teams is creating this auxiliary but yet necessary service for business. In this case the key value is not the technology but the methodology of assessments.

One more interesting project is aimed at developing mentorship in universities. The problem of searching for a scientific adviser in diploma or study writing is in the spotlight. It has been proposed to use the largest electronic archives of scientific publications as a source of information while selecting and ranking of their authors. Thus, a student will receive much more freedom and flexibility in his search. The filter system will help to choose a scientific adviser without reference to a particular university, geography, etc.

Interesting project to develop mentorship in universities was proposed

Interesting project to develop mentorship in universities was proposed

This team's project concerns developing mentorship in universities

This team's project concerns developing mentorship in universities

A similar project was presented by another team. But the source of this information will be received directly from universities and students.

Several teams focused on finding solutions for mentoring in schools and adolescents professional orientation.

There are teams that constantly participate in various hackathons. Basically these are students of leading Russian universities completing a master's degree and undergoing internships at the biggest companies and corporations. The maximum composition of one team is 5 people.

The strongest teams have not only financial reasons for participating in the hackathon (the total prize fund of the is 1.3 million rubles). Much is said about networking and making useful acquaintances. Participating in such competitions help to broaden the horizons and understand capability of self-development. And, finally, it is a great opportunity to find a partner, mentor or create your own team. «It’s true that investors and employers who come here are considering all the ideas that can be of interest to their businesses, even if they do not meet the strict requirements of the nominations,» Ruben Pombuchkhan, Managing Partner of the IPE Laboratory, summed up.

Applicant for the BusinessChain special nomination: Hackathon is not only about getting prize but is much about presenting yourself and making useful acquaintances
Applicant for the BusinessChain special nomination:

Hackathon is not only about getting prize but is much about presenting yourself and making useful acquaintances