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 , 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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