Success well Done

Hackadrone Live
Team Droned

Bhargav Parimalbhai

Modi Dip Nileshkumar

Team FLY Ranger

Akshit Mahajan

Pramod Kumar

Shubham Ghupta

Team FLY Track

H M Fazil Ali Khan


Varun Bathula

Team RAT

J K Harishesh

Pavan P Kubair

Sai Bhargav M


Madhan Raj

Kopinath Nallhasami

Boopathi Thangarasu

Team Women & Drone Force

Pragnya KondraKunta


Swapna Bhandari

Team Quidich


Siddharth Chinoy

About Hackadrone

If you are a team of drone-geeks willing to build innovative solutions, here's the launch pad that you’ve been waiting for!

Cyient Ltd and DJI invite you to participate in Hackadrone 2018—India’s first UAV hackathon, sponsored by Microsoft and the Telangana State Government.

We are calling on all developers to create innovative commercial and industrial solutions on the DJI industrial drone platform. Using DJI’s powerful Software Development Kit (SDK), you will demonstrate the value of your concept and its potential to redefine industry practices.

This hackathon is NOT about building DIY (do-it-yourself) drones. Multiple drone platforms for your use and expert help on SDK will be available during the hackathon.

Hackadrone 2018 is open to start-ups, independent software programmers, developers, senior IT professionals, and technology students.

Registrations and submission of ideas
 Nov 13-Jan 10
 Jan 17- 2018
Level 1 results to be announced
Submission of detailed solutions
 Jan 18-Jan 21
 Jan 25 2018
Level 2 finalists to be announced
Hackadrone 2018
 Feb 5-9 2018
 Feb 9 2018
Final day and Awards
  • Hackadrone is about software application development (not hardware) using DJI’s drone platforms and DJI’s SDK (Software Development Kit)
  • Participants are expected to choose the optimal DJI drone platform for their solution and study the appropriate DJI SDK for development.
  • Hackadrone is neither about building DIY (do-it-yourself) drones, nor is a recreational/hobby flying competition.
  • Participating teams should have a maximum of three members with complementary skills to develop and demonstrate their solution.
  • All DJI drone platforms that are chosen will be made available by Cyient during the event.
  • Intellectual property related to the idea/solution remains with the contestants.
  • If participating teams would like a laptop provided, they should request it at the time of registration.
  • Accommodation, boarding, lodging, and travel expenses for the invited teams will be borne by Cyient.
  • The participants should be able to travel to the Cyient campus in Hyderabad, and be available from February 5th through the 9th to develop and demonstrate their solution.
Utilities | Telecom

Utilities | Telecom

Energy & Natural Resources

Energy & Natural Resources

Smart cities | Geospatial

Smart Cities | Geospatial

Law Enforcement








Judging Criteria
While evaluating the ideas, the judges will consider the following:






DJI UAV Platforms

UAV platforms, development kits, and corresponding accessories such as replacement propellers and arms, will be made available to the teams. DJI will keep their SDKs open, and it is highly recommended that teams review and understand the platform capabilities. Study DJI’s SDKs and be well versed on the UAV technology as participants are expected to program, develop custom applications on drones, and demonstrate their solution at Hackadrone 2018. During registration, participants will have to choose the desired platform on which they would like to work during the hackathon. Information regarding the SDKs can be accessed at

Matrice 210 RTK

Matrice 210 RTK

Platform | Mobile SDK | Onboard SDK

High-performance motors paired with 17-inch propellers ensure stable flight in strong winds. The new dual-battery power system automatically heats batteries when flying in sub-zero temperatures, while an enclosed design ensures weather and water resistance, so you can fly in a wide range of environments.

Matrice 100

Matrice 100

Platform | Mobile SDK | Onboard SDK

Stable, modular, and fully programmable – the Matrice 100 is a powerful platform that turns your dreams into reality.

Matrice 600 Pro

Matrice 600 Pro

Platform | Mobile SDK | Onboard SDK

The M600 Pro is fully compatible with the DJI Onboard SDK and Mobile SDK to meet the requirements of those building software for various industrial applications.



Platform | Mobile SDK | Onboard SDK

The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more.



Platform | Mobile SDK 

A mini drone that features all of DJI's signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries.

Mavic Pro Platinum

Mavic Pro Platinum

Platform | Mobile SDK

24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

Phantom 4 pro

Phantom 4 Pro

Platform | Mobile SDK

An upgraded camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and burst mode stills at 14 fps. The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4.



Platform | Onboard SDK

High performance computing designed for the DJI Onboard SDK to bring true intelligence to flying platforms.


First Prize
INR 3,00,000
(Per Team)


Second Prize
INR 1,00,000
(Per Team)


Female Team Award
INR 50,000

(Special award to encourage women
in the field of STEM)

*Letter of Intent is offered from Cyient to all the winners. 

Geospatial partner

Knowledge Partner

Technical Partner

Print Partner

IP Partner

Mentoring partner

Media Partner

Airline Partner

Ecosystem Partner

Hardware Partner

Online Media Partner

Hospitality Partner

Student Connect Partner

Community connect partner

Applications Partner

Software partner

Aerial Data Mapping partner

Community Outreach partner


Rama Iyer
Senior VP, Head - Innovation & Strategic Alliance, T-Hub

Reena Dayal Yadav
Director - The Garage, Microsoft

Aadesh Bumb
Sr.Manager - India & South Asia, DJI

Cyient Host Team

Dinakar Devireddy
Program Manager
+91 733722 5125

Sunder Akunuri
Lead, Admin and Logistics
+91 7337294440

Naveen Goddala
Lead, Partnerships
+91 9959479874

Lalita Yadav
Lead, Co-ordinations
+91 9177770530

Shubham Oza
Lead, Website support/registrations
 +91 9550590023

Vikram Thula
Lead, Drone platforms/SDK support
+91 9393039546

  • 1. How can I register for the challenge?
    Register as a new user, by clicking the "Register" button in the portal. Registration is mandatory for participating in the program.
  • 3. What should the team size be?
    Each team can have a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 members.
  • 5. Can we submit our solutions for more than one theme?
    No, you can only submit solutions for one theme.
  • 7. Who will own the IP generated as part of Hackadrone?
    You will.
  • 9. When and where will the winners be declared?
    Winners will be announced at the end of the event, which will be held on February 9th, 2018 at the Cyient campus in Hyderabad.
  • 2. What is the eligibility for participation in Hackadrone?
    This hackathon is open to start-ups, independent software programmers, developers, senior IT professionals, technology students or anyone else interested in drone development and programming.
  • 4. Can there be individual participation?
    No, you cannot register as an individual.
  • 6. Can we submit multiple solutions for one theme?
    No, you are allowed to submit only one idea per theme.
  • 8. Where will the demo event be conducted?
    The final event will be held at the Cyient campus in Hyderabad, Feb 5-9, 2018.
  • 10. Will the organizers take care of travel and accommodation for the final offline event?
    Yes, accommodation, boarding, lodging, and travel expenses for the invited teams will be borne by Cyient.
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