Category : Culture , Hackathon

HackDay 2.0 —A log of the  24 hour Hackathon

HackDay 2.0 —A log of the  24 hour Hackathon

What a draining yet invigorating last 2 days we had at Heptagon’s HQ in Coimbatore.

Last year when we organized the first version of HackDay, a 24-hour company-wide hackathon we were a small team (40) split into 4 different teams that ideated and hacked for 24 hours straight with just raw passion and bucket loads of coffee.

The visible outcome when we look back is that one of the ideas, Ara- The Digital Receptionist went on to become a full-fledged product and have added more variety to our product portfolio. The invisible outcome was that it introduced our culture to us and the kind of company we were building together.

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Category : Culture , Heptalk

Women’s Day — The Heptagon Way

Women’s Day — The Heptagon Way

How do you celebrate women’s day the right way? Is it about just passing customary greetings and putting women on a pedestal just for one day? We at Heptagon asked ourselves that and we decided to let the incredible women at Heptagon take the floor and while the rest of us, the men, attentively listened.

Our women spoke about their dreams, their hopes, their fears, their challenges, some even challenged the need for having a day to celebrate women. Does that mean other days aren’t our days? she sharply questioned.

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Category : Culture , Heptalk

Heptagon — Core Values

Heptagon — Core Values

As we are poised to grow, we are making sure that our foundation is strong enough to hold the growth rate yet nimble enough to adapt to the rapidly changing technology landscape. One such foundation parameter is the values of the company.

In the most literal sense, values are the moral pointers that help us differentiate good from bad. They form the foundational qualities from which we may not waver irrespective of the situations. We believe in deriving values rather than setting values.

So at Heptagon, we have observed our culture evolve for the past two years, collected everyone’s perspective on their / our values and distilled our core values as below.

PASSION: We obsess over the little details and craft solutions that we are proud of.

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Category : Culture , Hackathon

#HackDay — An event that introduced our culture to us!

#HackDay — An event that introduced our culture to us!

When Mr. Vineet Nayar was entrusted with turning around HCL in 2005, he quickly realized that HCL’s culture was the biggest impediment to its growth. The BD and Sales team was never confident enough to even bid for big projects that Infosys and TCS were bidding. He realized this “losing attitude” has seeped through all the organizational crevices and the only way to change the company is to change it from within. He hand-picked a small team of 30 people and name them “young sparks”. They were tasked with coming out with a strategy to revive HCL from within.

Thus the “Employee First, Customer Second” mantra was formed and then he went on to implement multiple small projects to make that mantra a reality and thus HCL’s turnaround was drafted. In the span of 8 years (2005–2013) that Nayar was in charge, HCL leapfrogged from $764 million to $4.7 Billion in revenue and grew to an employee strength of 85,000. This is a turn around story of a multinational that had resources and time to try out multiple pet projects to fix its culture and thereby transform itself.

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