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The "Latch" by BITS Pilani Students Won First Prize at iTech 2017

ITC Infotech, a global scale full service provider of technology solutions and a fully owned subsidiary of ITC Ltd, successfully concluded the Third Chapter of ‘iTech 2017’, its annual technology innovation and co-creation platform. iTech, an ITC Infotech initiative. This platform focuses on leveraging emerging and disruptive technologies to create business-ready solutions and to address some of the most challenging problems faced by the industry.

As part of iTech 2017, a codeathon and a startup showcase was held on July 22 & 23, 2017, at its Bangalore Campus. Microsoft Azure was the official cloud partner for the event. At the Start-up Showcase, innovative start-ups from across the country got a unique opportunity to present their solutions in front of ITC Infotech’s global client representatives and senior leadership of ITC Infotech and ITC Ltd. These solutions, based on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, AR, VR etc. addressed real-world industry challenges crowd sourced from across ITC Infotech’s global client base, as well as from ITC Ltd.

The codeathon brought together some of the sharpest technology minds in the country to compete, create and code for complex business applications. The participants addressed various challenges ranging from social chats to jigsaw puzzles to demonstrate their programming expertise and mettle in technological innovation.

"Latch" the winning team from BITS Pilani, comprising of Partho Sarthi, Suvigya Vijay and Amritanshu Jain won the iTech 2017 and received the grand prize of Rs.3, 00,000. They used Node JS, Django and Artificial Intelligence to create a social chat application. 'Latch' is a location based chat application, which they built during the Hackathon phase that enables you to interact with your immediate surroundings based on your location and interests. A chat-bot that retrieves information on nearby restaurants, hotels, cabs and more, and also provides functionality to book these services, interfaced through a simple chat format, which is a key feature of this application. It has various other features such as SOS, end-to-end encryption and OTP verification to make the application more secure.

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