2627 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 4

This campaign is over.

idea phase
starts on:
Oct 01, 2019, 11:00 AM
ends on:
Oct 27, 2019, 01:29 PM
starts on:
Nov 09, 2019, 03:30 AM
ends on:
Nov 10, 2019, 03:30 AM


Announcement: Please note the agenda for the onsite hackathon on 9th and 10th November has been share below, along with the location of the onsite venue .

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Our 70+ businesses ranging from e-commerce to digital content, from communications to fintech and sports deliver the joy of discovery and shopping to 1.2+ billion customers around the world, through our constant innovation and disruptive thinking.

Speaking of which, Innovation has and knows no speeds and boundaries. And a hackathon is a perfect platform to demonstrate that. Which is why Rakuten India is inviting you all to come forth and participate in the RAKATHON 2.0 a platform that is perfect for just that!

More about us: https://global.rakuten.com/corp/about/


The Hackathon will be divided into 2 phases.

enter image description here In this phase, we want to learn about your approach towards building a solution for the chosen problem/problems.

Idea Submission format:

  • Problem Statement: What's the big idea? What are you going to solve for a greater good? The opportunities it will lead you into - Tell us all about it!
  • Solutioning: Outline the path you will embark to innovate and approaches you will adopt to get your idea rolling.
  • Tech Stack: Your choice of frameworks, technology, and platforms that will be adopted to build your idea for a great demo!

Listing these 3 things could make your ideas even more compelling to be selected for the Event Day!

Note: Ideas can be submitted in any of the following formats: Word, PDF, PPT, Video.

You don’t have to implement exactly what you describe in this phase. We understand that your approach, design, chosen stack and methodology may change when you will start building the solution. This deliverable is to evaluate what problem you want to solve, the magnitude and intensity of that problem, and current approach towards addressing it with a solution.

We will review the submitted ideas and update the respective teams. We ensure to give ample time for shortlisted teams to plan for the event. Please note that the last date to submit your idea is October 27th.

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Finale will be a 24-hour thrilling hackathon at Rakuten India office. This is when you will implement your idea and give a concrete shape to your product. Finalists shall get an opportunity to present and talk about their solutions before the esteemed judges of Rakathon.

Catch a glimpse of our India office

The venue for our offline hackathon!

Agenda for the hackathon!

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5G & Mobile Communication

5G mobile networks will open the door to new experiences that will change how we live, work, and play. Faster network speeds and near real time latency will enable new compelling experiences. Rakuten invites developers, designers, and creators to imagine and create those experiences by coding mobile solutions that highlight the benefits of a 5G network. Developers will be challenged to build solutions that take advantage of the high bandwidth and/or low latency of a 5G network with applications like entertainment, chatting, gaming, healthcare, VR/AR/MR and/or IOT solutions.

Artificial Intelligence

Ride the rising wave of AI to build ideas across diverse sectors. This is about AI and data enthusiasts with experience in machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, knowledge graphs, semantic modeling, computer vision, signal processing, operations research or other related fields. So, people like you who want to improve water quality, optimize traffic systems, implement speech recognition, analyze knowledge graphs, increase energy efficiency, try something new, and have an awesome time! Artificial Intelligence is advancing rapidly and already having a visible impact on our digital lives. But how can we make a difference in the physical world? And will you be part of the journey!


Right from crowdsourced phone number information to community driven blood donation groups to car pooling solutions that we see and access on our smart devices exemplifies how much of a difference can be made to our collective lives by innovating in these areas. Look around the space you live, the city we are part of, the problem that bothered our friends and make a big difference to lives of million people. How will we implement the full potential of modern technologies like AI, IOT, 5g/Mobility to solve community problems? And will you be part of the journey!

Digital & Mobile Payments

As commerce goes electronic, the closest cousin that needs digital make-up is payments, money-movement and transactions.

E- Commerce

E-Commerce is now so central to our lives with new buying patterns and experiences. Ideas like COD, Buy online pick from Store, Virtual trial rooms to crowd sourced logistics, the opportunity to solve is infinite. Innovation is only a "thought" away. Here is a huge runway to take-off your ideas. Your hacks can range from conversational shopping to smart logistics to product recommendations. All and Any.

Prizes INR 450000 in prizes

Main Prizes
INR 150000
First Runner Up
INR 100000
Second Runner Up
INR 50000
Special Prizes
Other Categories (7)

You are in for a surprise! On-the-spot prizes worth INR 1,50,000/-

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