Rakathon 2022 /Code the Future…

Event  |  June 20, 2022 12:57 pm

Rakathon 2022, a 24hrs hackathon competition by Rakuten, is a platform for software professionals, industry experts, freelancers, and budding engineers with the brightest and most innovative minds to develop practical solutions to the real-world problems. Rakathon – a portmanteau of Rakuten and hackathon – echoes Rakuten’s commitment to give back to the world by fostering innovation and an entrepreneurship mindset.

If you believe innovation is the mandate to disrupt the old and tired ways to better the way people live and work in the future, this codefest is tailored for you.

Rakathon is your step to innovation.


Being a global company, Rakuten’s mission is to contribute to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship. Therefore, we believe that Rakathon ’22 is the perfect stage for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. So what are you waiting for? Gather your team, and think of your next big idea.

Rakathon /Code the Future…

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Rakathon’22 Themes

Sustainability (Green Tech)
Creating sustainable tech is Rakuten’s priority. We believe that with technology and our willingness, we can make a sustainable future possible. In realizing this future, show us how your innovative ideas can take on challenges facing the world and enrich people's lives.
The Indian FinTech market currently stands as the third-largest in the world with its potential largely untapped. With Fintech as theme, Rakathon’22 aims at finding solutions to challenges that financial institutions currently have on their platforms and services.
Data Democratization
Data Democratization
Creating sustainable tech is Rakuten’s priority. We believe that with technology and willingness, we can make a sustainable future possible. In realizing this, show us how your innovative ideas can take on challenges facing the world and enrich people’s lives.
Be it for improving infrastructure or driving digital transformation; more companies are embracing Cloud. With Cloud as one of our themes, we want to bring together the interested participants to solve the nagging challenges in the industry.
As modern systems become increasingly complex while going through digital transformations or developing and producing things at high-speed, observability becomes a need for seamless functioning of systems and faster resolutions.
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Step 1 : Idea Submission
Step 2 : Idea DevelopmenT
Rewards and Recognition


If you are someone with a problem-solving mindset trying to put technology to best use in this regard, Rakathon is your chance to translate your ideas into solutions.

Rakathon has completed three successful iterations and aside from the competition, it has provided networking and mentorship opportunities to the participants. To stay on-trend, the themes for the fourth chapter this year are Sustainability (Green Tech), FinTech, Data Democratization, cloud and Observability.

General Information:
Team Size: 1 or 4 Member(s)
Event: 22 - 23 July ’22,
Total Number of Themes: 5
Venue : Virtual (ZOOM)


Rakathon winners prize

1st Prize ₹ 5,00,000/-
2nd Prize ₹3,00,000/-
3rd Prize ₹1,50,000/-

Special prizes for 7 winners

Rakathon AGENDA


July 22, 2022, Friday
10 AM to 12:00 PM IST

10:00-10:05 AM (5 Minutes) Welcome Note Subbu Swaminathan VP, Rakuten India 10:05 – 10:15 AM (10 Minutes) Welcome Note Sunil Gopinath CEO, Rakuten India 10:15 – 10:25 AM (10 Minutes) Keynote Address Yasufumi Hirai Group EVP, CIO & CISO, Rakuten Group, Inc. 10:25 – 10:35 AM (10 Minutes) Special Address Ting Cai Group Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Data Officer, Rakuten Group, Inc.
10:35 – 10:40 AM (5 Minutes) Special Address Tsubasa Shiraishi Vice Chairman, Rakuten India 10:40 – 11:10 AM (30 Minutes) Onboarding the next 500 million indians: Applied innovation in Translation Dr. Mayur Datar SVP & Chief Data Scientist, Flipkart 11:10 AM-11:40 AM (30 Minutes) Linking Clicks to Bricks: Understanding the Effects of Email Advertising on Omnichannel Sales Dr. Vibhanshu Abhishek Associate Professor, University of California,
Irvine 11:40 AM-12:00PM (20 Minutes) Guidelines and Kick off Rakathon Host Rakathon Committee

July 23, 2022, Saturday
11:45 AM to 07:45 PM IST

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM (15 Minutes) Hack Closure Rakathon Host Rakathon Committee 12:00 – 12:30 PM (30 Minutes) Fireside Chat Sunil Gopinath CEO, Rakuten India
Hari Vasudev SVP, Walmart Global Tech India 12:30 – 1:00 PM (30 Minutes) Sustainability of Electric Cars Dr. M.S. Suresh Former Head, Solar & Power, ISRO 1:00 - 3:45 PM (165 Minutes) Presentation by 100 Teams By Participants 03:45-04:30 PM (45 Minutes) Igniting Thought Patterns Srinivasan Ranganathan Mentoring Transformation
4:30 – 4:45 PM (15 Minutes) Note of Thanks Subbu Swaminathan VP, Rakuten India 4:45 – 5:00 PM (15 Minutes) Result Declaration – Top 10 Rakathon Host Rakathon Committee 5:00 – 7:00 PM (120 Minutes) Final Presentation - Top 10 By Participants 7:00 – 7:15 PM (15 Minutes) Musical Performance Rakuten Singing Club Members 7:15 – 7:45 PM (30 Minutes) Award Ceremony & Closing Nalini George CPO, Rakuten India


Last year, with the “new normal” setting in, Rakathon 2021 went completely virtual and still recorded 7352 registrations. That’s how we stayed home and went big!

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for Rakathon is FREE

If you love to code, you are more than welcome to participate in the Hackathon.

Yes, multiple ideas can be registered for one team.

No, you cannot change your team once registered

No, the deadline can't  be extended for the idea registration.

No, you cannot be a registered as a participant of 2 teams at once for the Event

All shortlisted teams will get participation certificate

No, one does not need to be logged in or be online for the entire duration. You can develop the application on your local system based on the given themes and then submit it on Mettl, on the specific challenge page.

For phase I (Idea submission), demo is not required.  For Phase II, demo of your application that is a functional one is required.

Yes, all team members can login from their account and do application submission

A team can consist of 1 to 4 members for registration

You should sign up as an individual and then you can invite other members to your team.

Developer/participant will own the IP(Intellectual Property)  Rights of the product/code.

For shortlisted candidates, notifications will be shared through Mettl.

Teams will  be judged on the following criteria
1) Novelty / Originality
2) Practicality / Feasibility
3) Usefulness / Desirability
4) Sale-ability / Biz Viability
5) Scalability / Platformization

No, there won't be any kind of training for Rakathon.

It is upto the developer, but Rakuten reserves no responsibility about the veracity of the product being sold.

Event Flow:
1) Form teams and register (submit) your idea summary in pfd, word, txt, etc. format. Remember to mention the theme and problem statement the idea pertains to, how the idea proposes to solve the problem, the business impact of the idea, as well as the technological advancement proposed by your idea. Registration dates from 3rd June to 30th June
2) Based on ideas submitted, top 100 ideas/teams will be shortlisted for the 24-hrs Rakathon. Shortlisted teams will be informed on 15th July
3) Shortlisted teams are required to attend the 24-hr virtual hackathon on July 22-23 from 11am onwards on zoom. Here they will be required to develop (code/hack) their idea and create a functional prototype/software solution/etc. which can be presented (demoed) to jury members
4) Out of 100 shortlisted ideas, top 10 will be selected by Jury based on the idea presentation/demo
5) Top 10 teams will present to senior leadership to decide the winners
6) Winners to be announced by 7:30pm IST on 23rd July

The entire idea need not be fully implemented. However, the submission should be functional so that it can be reviewed by the judges.

The Hackathon will take place Virtually on ZOOM

No, there aren't any limitations but any kind of open source libraries, KPI frameworks for the solution will not be provided by Rakathon

No, there aren't any prerequisites for the Rakathon.

Idea submission can be in any format- doc, ppt, docx, txt, pdf, etc. and code submission should be uploaded in Zip format

We do not provide any environment support.
No,  IDE and DB will not be provided by us for you to work on ideas.

No, you won't be getting any free credits for using cloud services.​​​​​​​

Connect with our support team at mettl-support@mercer.com

For any queries, reach out to us at admin-rakathon-2022@mail.rakuten.com

No, the challenge can only be accessed through a laptop/desktop.


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