Gridlock Hackathon is a one-of-a-kind hackathon to crowd-source innovative, implementable solutions from the tech community and concerned citizens to help ease Bengaluru’s traffic problem. Bengaluru, dubbed India’s Silicon Valley or India’s Startup Capital, is world-renowned for being a hub of innovation, cutting-edge research, and top tech talent. But the city also carries the tag of being India’s third-most populous urban agglomeration, having enjoyed for decades a preferred status among students, job-seekers and global companies. The population influx, combined with rising aspirations and inadequate infrastructure, has caused Bengaluru to burst at the seams, giving rise to a perennial problem

How to participate in the Gridlock Hackathon

Interested participants may submit proposals that address macro problems like overall traffic in Bengaluru or traffic snares in specific areas (example: Silk Board Junction, KR Puram Junction, etc.). Solutions can be entirely technology-centric or may partially leverage technology in relevant and smart ways, to address problems related to Bangalore traffic.
  • Individual entries are allowed
  • Maximum team size: 4 participants per team
  • Participants may submit multiple entries
  • Participants may also use any publicly available APIs like Google Maps, etc.
  • Participants may also come up with their own databases/ use dummy data-sets to simulate traffic conditions

Judging criteria 

Entries will be judged on the following parameters:
  • Impact: How big is the problem being addressed, and how relevant is the solution?
  • Feasibility: Can the solution be implemented in the face of real-world challenges?
  • Scalability & Sustainability: Is the solution long-lasting, and will it scale for the real-world, possibly through relevant application of technology?
  • Completeness: We are looking for a working prototype, a demonstrable proof-of-concept

Phase 1: Online submissions

In Phase 1, participants can submit their entries via the Hackerearth website.
Entries should be in the following format:
  • PowerPoint(PPT) /Slide deck of max 8 slides:
    • 1 slide – context/scope
    • 1 slide – problem description
    • 2-3 slides – analysis/research on why problem exists
    • 2-3 slides – proposed solution
    • 1 slide – Links to all supporting documents including code repositories (a GitHub link is preferred) and instructions on how to execute the code
    • Demo video (optional)
Participants may either:
i) Upload a .zip file/folder of the slide deck/video directly to the event page on Hackerearth; or
ii) Upload the PowerPoint/slide deck/video to a Google Drive and share the link on Hackerearth

Phase 2: Final Demo

The top 10 entries will be short-listed based on the judging criteria. Short-listed participants will then have to conduct a demo before the jury for 10 minutes. The venue for the Final Demo will be announced shortly. Watch this page for updates.


1st Prize: Flipkart Gift Voucher for ₹200,000
2nd Prize : Flipkart Gift voucher for ₹100,000
3rd Prize : Flipkart Gift Voucher for ₹50,000


The winning entries will be owned by the individuals/teams who have come up with the solutions.

Key dates to remember

June 7: Gridlock Hackathon online competition begins
June 21: Gridlock Hackathon online competition ends
June 27: Finalists will be announced
July 1: Offline presentation to judges and announcement of winners

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