Sustainability Hackathon with Red Hat

Build concepts for Sustainable Future on the Red Hat OpenShift platform.

Register to the hackathon by 25th of September.
Hackathon from 30th Sep - 14th Oct.

Do you have the Team & Idea to shape a Sustainable Future?

There are very few people on the planet who are unaware of the environmental and sustainability challenges facing us all. Most people are keen to do what they can to mitigate the negative consequences of unsustainable living. However, even the most willing and active advocates of sustainability can disagree on the best way to achieve our common goals.

If we all knew how our efforts contributed to science based targets such as limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C then it would make it far easier to measure the impact of our actions and work towards common sustainability goals.

#HackTheHat hackathon is the platform for both, the people with ideas and the people who’re looking for an idea to join. This is the chance to refine, develop and take the ideas on Sustainable Future to the next stage.

We are inviting you to be the Positive Disruptors in the Planet’s Run towards a Sustainable Future by addressing this cause through Red Hat’s OpenShift platform’s hackathon.

Up-front Red Hat training

Access customised training from Red Hat in technologies including OpenShift, Ansible, Fuse, etc. Get certified as a cloud innovator! 

Hackathon participants must complete at least one of the Red Hat’s training courses.

Kick-Off Session recordings

Understand the vision of cloud-first approach to sustainability from Atos and Red Hat leaders. Live technology sessions delivered by Red Hat experts and introduction to the Sustainability Hackathon.

Frequently Asked Questions

A hackathon is a useful innovation tool for exploring difficult problems and creating new and innovative solutions. It does not have to involve technology but usually does. This is a strictly time-boxed event, usually lasting for 1-3 days during which representatives from various disciplines come together to form diverse, multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate intensively.

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A mixture between a Focused and Experimental hackathon conducted online with local hacker hubs available for participating teams.

Hackathon’s characteristics:

  • Problem statements mapped to client challenges
  • Participant tech training upfront
  • Pre-screened participants
  • Pre-screened ideas
  • Local hacker hubs + Remote participation
  • Out of billable hours
  • Over a period of 2 working weeks including weekends

The hackathon’s theme is Sustainability.

Your team can choose which of the following Problem Statements to tackle during the hackathon:

  • How might we use Artificial Intelligence to forecast and model climate change and related impacts?
  • How might we use Cloud platforms to analyse wildlife movements with satellites or help governments and cities better manage urban development?
  • How might we utilise Big data & Analytics solutions to help the agricultural industry evolve towards precision farming to increase crops and vegetable proteins;
  • How might we use Blockchain to enable farmers to share data, facilitate instant payments to producers and trace food from farm to fork;
  • Propose your own Problem Statement and Idea on how to tackle it 

Very often the best ideas come from the community. Hence we are strongly encouraging You, the Participant to submit your own Problem Statement & Idea on how are you and your team going to address it during the hackathon.

All of the hackathon’s participants are encouraged to form co-located teams and take use of the local hackathon labs in the 4 locations across Atos-Syntel and Atos offices in India 

Local Hacker Hubs will be set-up for the duration of the hackathon at the following locations: 

  1. Pune
  2. Mumbai 
  3. Chennai 
  4. Bangalore

All of the 4 locations have an on-site catering facilities.

Everyone from Atos-Syntel and Atos staff located in India are invited to submit ideas and register pre-formed teams. 

The mandatory pre-requisite is to complete at least one of the Red Hat’s training courses.

More information found in:

  • Team size, roles and more under “Team formation” 
  • Particular technical requirements under “Environments and Software”
30%SustainabilityHow do you estimate the sustainability and environmental impact on the Planet of your solution?
20%Red Hat’s Tech AdoptionHave you embedded at least one Red Hat’s technology and how efficiently it is used to address the Sustainability theme?
30%FeasibilityHow feasible it is to implement the solution in the business? (i.e. is this a Go-To-Market solution for Atos-Syntel or our Clients)
15%DisruptivenessWhat is the potential of this solution to disrupt an existing market and mindset? How it might happen?
10%Technical InnovationWhy and how is your idea innovative from a technical perspective? (i.e. using ML, IoT, etc technology solutions) 
5%Social acceptabilityWhat is the expected public response to the solution, do you have any feedback?

The hackathon teams will be pre-formed online during the Abstract submission stage.
Only the best teams and abstracts will be nominated to compete in the hackathon.

The team requirements:

  • Team size: 3-5 members max
  • Team format: Strictly multi-disciplinary teams, each team must have each of the key 3 roles covered.
  • Team lead: Each team must nominate a Team Lead to act as a single point of contact. 
The key roles in team:

RoleRole focusTypical career path

Focusing on the Proof of Concept’s application to a business context, acting a bridge between the business and the team e.g.

  • is this what the business needs?
  • what is the business impact of introducing this PoC?
  • can something like this be implemented without major re-vamp of the environment?
  • how to pitch the PoC?
Business Analyst, Project Manager, Sales, Marketing

Focusing on delivering a working (coded) PoC and/or ensuring technical feasibility, e.g.:

  • tech-spikes for investigating technology application for the context of PoC
  • guiding on the art-of-the-possible tech application
  • delivering partly/fully coded PoC
Full stack developer, Front-end developer, Back-end developer, System’s Architect, Data Engineer, Software Engineer, etc

Focusing on the creative side, the visualisation and ideation. Might lead or co-lead on user and business need gathering/analysis for the PoC together with Hustler. The position caters for:

  • how do we visualise this?
  • assist on story-telling, final pitch refinement
  • what do users think and feel when using the PoC?
Service Designer, UX Designer, UI Designer, Graphic Designer, etc.

Additional guidance for forming teams:

  • DMs and EMs can also be part of the team, but team size cannot exceed 3-5 members.
    In case of offshore, team members should be from same location (e.g. a team from Chennai should have all members from Chennai location only).
  • In case of Onshore/Near-shore, the teams can be formed across multiple locations

High-level technology environment


Technical skillset for Hackers

The required knowledge for the Hacker Role in team:

  • Containers, principles of Kubernetes
  • Solution development on a PaaS
  • Java / cloud native devl / microservices approach
  • Git basics
  • Maven basics
  • Eclipse or EclipseChe

Recommended knowledge (if not, training sessions will be delivered)

  • Jenkins
  • Cloud Native devl,
  • Application development with Red Hat OpenShift
  • Any innovative OpenSource framework (tensorFlow, etc..)

Desirable & provided knowledge (if not, training sessions are delivered), either of:

  • Reactive programming with Vert.x,
  • Spring Boot, NodeJS, JBoss EAP
  • ServiceMesh
  • Red Hat FUSE (application integration)
  • Red Hat 3scale API Management
  • Red Hat AMQ, Kafka (AMQ-Streams)
  • Process Automation (BPM) and Decision Management (Drools)

Top-level tecOther considerations:

  • Participants will have to develop the software outside billable hours without affecting their deliverables.
  • Each team will be provided with a system in DMZ (i.e. open internet) Hackathon lab. Since it will be a DMZ setup, you can download and install the required software for your development. TSG team will assist you in setting up the environment on the first day. Any software needed for development should be downloadable and approved by
  • Technical Support Group and InfoSec available
  • Allocation of systems will be on a first come first served basis.
  • The teams will be allowed to start the development work after the inauguration of Hackathon and till the end of the Hackathon window.
  • For testing, deployment and demonstration to the evaluation team, teams will be provided Cloud environment.C

The Red Hat’s Sustainability hackathon has a 2-tier prize structure.

  1. The jury will award the 3 winning teams across all locations.
  2. The competing hackathon teams themselves will be rewarded for helping other teams succeed during the event and the most helpful team will be awarded.

Prizes for the winners and runner-ups

  • 1st place –  30,000 INR
  • 2nd place – 15,000 INR
  • 3rd place – 10,000 INR
  • Atos Syntel owns the intellectual property developed during the hackathon
  • If participants are part of any client ODC or billable resources, the respective DM/EM should inform the customer that the team is participating in an internal contest outside billable hours.
  • Participants have to ensure that only to develop the asset based on use cases that do not involve customer confidential information are selected.
  • Participants who decide to build an asset for their customer for whom they are also billable, should develop the asset outside their billing hours.
  • Unlicensed copying from internet, customer, competitor or any other source whether in entirety or partially is not permitted and may attract disciplinary action, including termination if concealment or malicious intent is involved. Refer to HR Policy Manual for clear rules on this point. Licensed copying of code from Open Source, as well as using Open Source as-is in the solution requires careful review of the applicable license and solution architecture. Use of non-trivial code fragments from internet without an accompanying license that clearly permits proposed use is not permitted.
  • Teams can use/reuse/mash up/repurpose any existing reusable assets and solutions from SAMS repository including those created during previous Hackathons and evaluation will factor in innovation involved (i.e. no penalty for reuse or no advantage for number of lines of code written afresh) which is already a factor.

Process and Timeline

Ideas Submission

1 August – 25 September

Do you have an idea on how you would make an impact to the World’s Sustainability race? 

If not, that’s fine too! Why not just browser the pre-defined problem statements by Atos Syntel vertical leads and check the ideas submitted by other teams? Perhaps they would greatly benefit from your skillset!

Ideas Assessment

1 August – 27 September

The submitted ideas will be evaluated based on the published evaluation criteria and weighting. Only the best teams and ideas will make it to the hackathon. All participants will be informed by Atos whether they are selected for the Hackathon and have a chance to compete for prizes.

Red Hat Tech Training

6 July – 14 October

Red Hat’s training (or existing knowledge) is mandatory requirement for the hackathon. The online training platform will be made available from the initial announcement of the hackathon to the very last miles. The training is open to everyone who’s willing to up-skill on the Red Hat’s technologies.

The Hackathon

30 September – 14 October

The participants are encouraged to use the Local Hacker Labs  at any of the 4 locations in Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore or participate remotely.
Red Hat and Atos Mentors will be available in the Local Hacker labs as well as supplemented by online mentoring. 

Initial Pitch Shortlisting

15 October – 31 October

All of the solutions go through the shortlisting stage based on the pre-defined criteria and weighting. Only the top solutions will be invited to the Final Pitching.

Final Pitching

31 October – 8 November

You will compete alongside other finalists remotely for a prize (TBD) and other opportunities (TBD)
You have 10 minutes in total to convince the executive jury. 5 minutes to pitch your solution + 5 minutes for the Q&A session)

The Grand Final

Early November

The winners and runner-ups will be announced and awarded on a virtual Town Hall call. 

Register your Team for the Hackathon & Submit Ideas until September 25th