CG Hackathon 2017

“Online Steer Quest” ‘Code your way into the Animation/VFX/Gaming Industry’

Welcome to the Coding AKHADA Challenge Home Page. Here you can find all the details regarding the challenge including guidelines, judging criteria, faq’s etc. Be sure to check out the AKHADA Homepage for general guidelines.

Ever wondered how the battle scenes in The Lord of the Rings movies, with thousands of computer animated soldiers were engineered? Or how the bull in Baahubali moved and many didn’t know it was CG? How does the computer opponent in Counter Strike find you? Here’s your chance to find out!

This hackathon is for anyone who loves to code, is a game‐enthusiast or a hacker at heart.

Code your way through a 24-hour hackathon to solve a problem in the visual-graphic world that will be announced just before the start of the Challenge and win the coveted – ‘CG – Coder’.

** No Prior knowledge/experience in the field of Animation/VFX/Gaming is required.

It can be both individual and team-based to a maximum of 3 coders per team.

Not only will you be recognized for your skills by some of the best in the Animation Industry, you will also be blissfully rewarded by the exciting prizes that await the Winners.

That aside, such events are great way to network and meet Industry Professionals and more importantly get noticed for your skill-sets at a platform where it matters the most – “a meaningful step in the right direction for growth” as an industry expert put it.

Simple. All Contestants will compete online to code the most compelling Visual Graphic to the theme given in a controlled setting. The theme will be revealed prior to the start of the Challenge.

Contestant will have to code on their own laptops which can compile C++ code (gcc/VC++ Compiler).

The Winners take home exciting prizes and will wear the CG-Coder Title till the next year’s challenge.

The Coding AKHADA starts at 10 a.m. on 11th of Nov and wraps by 10.00 a.m. the next day on 12th of Nov 2017. It is advised to arrive 1.30 hours prior to the start of the Challenge.

Contestants will have to bring their laptops pre-loaded with their choice of Digital Coding software. If you have any concerns, do write to us at [email protected]

AWESOME! That sounds like a lot of fun! How do I participate?

That’s super simple. Follow these three steps below.
Also, be sure to read the FAQ in this page below to be sure you understand everything clearly.


Rush to the Registration Form


Fill the Form(Select if you are a Student or Professional)


Wait in Excitement!

See! We told you it’s that simple!



  • This is a tag-team Akhada – which means there will be 20 teams of two animators each. Participants are required to arrange for their own tag-team partners. The Tag-Team of two animators will work together through the 36-hour duration. The tag-teams are also expected to have their own team-names – the most creative one receiving special mention during the prize ceremony. (If for any reason you are unable to find a partner and are still interested, do let us know and we will find you one from our database of registrations.)
  • Kindly read the Guidelines (hyperlink to Guidelines section) before filling the Form below.

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  1. A panel of experts from the Animation Industry in India will judge the competition.
  2. Most important criteria for judging will be the quality, performance and appeal of animation. Strong emphasis will also be laid on the clarity in storytelling.
  3. The decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the competition and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision.
  4. You will be purely judged based on your animation skills. Use all the extra time to polish your entry than spending time on ‘lighting’ your entry. The judging criteria will not favor an entry because it is well lit or technically well executed but will focus purely on its character animation and performance values.
  5. Strategic planning will be required by the teams to best utilize resources. This will also be one of the deciding factors in the judging process.

This section will regularly be updated with answers to more FAQ’s. The latest faq’s appear towards the bottom of this section.

  • Coding Challenge? Great! I am up for it. How do I participate?
    You need to Register for the competition and follow all the relevant guidelines, important dates mentioned on the site here.


  • Is this Challenge open for Students / Professionals? What if I am part-time studying and part-time working?
    The Challenge has two separate categories – Students and Professionals. Be sure to select the appropriate category while filling the Registration Form. If you are a part-time student and part-time working professional, you will qualify under the Student Category.Contestants must share a link to their work in the Registration Form to be selected for the Competition. Only the best of the best will be selected and pitted against each-other for the Challenge.


  • When will the themes to the competition be announced? Will I be intimated by email about the same?
    Theme to the Challenge and other specific details pertaining to this category will be revealed just before the start of the Challenge on 9th April. It is advised to arrive 1.30 hours prior to the start of the Challenge.


  • Apart from the prizes, will the winning entries receive feedback on the submission?
    Yes. If you would like, the judges or an industry expert can give you a personal feedback, either via a Live Video Call or Recorded Session.


  • What are the timings of the AKHADA Competition?
    The Coding AKHADA starts at 10 a.m. on 9th of April and wraps by 10.00 a.m. the next day on 10th of April 2016. It is advised to arrive 1.30 hours prior to the start of the Challenge.


  • I submitted my Registration before the deadline. Can I re-submit if I want to?
    Yes, you can. Finalists will be shortlisted post the registration deadline on March 17th, 2016.


  • I have a question that I need an answer to. Where can I ask?
    Fire us an email to [email protected]
    Be sure to mention AKHADA Challenge in the Subject Line.Consider allowing 2-3 days for your queries to be answered. Also, be sure to go through the FAQ thoroughly, chances are your question has already been answered.

Please Read more info pertaining to the Akhada Challenge HERE