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IBM Hack Camp 2 Highlights

After a great start to IBM’s much awaited hack camps in Week 1, it was time for a repeat performance in Week 2. Held on the 11th and 12th of September, the Hack Camps unfolded across four venues in India – Kolkata, Delhi, and Hyderabad. While Kolkata concentrated on Mobility, Delhi explored the theme of Data Analytics. Hyderabad hosted two hack camps – one on Cognitive Computing and the other on Mobility.

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The hack camps started off slowly. In Hyderabad, especially, the team was in for a bit of a shock when only a handful of people turned up on time. But a couple of hours later, things were smooth sailing. At Kolkata’s Jadavpur University more than 250 students turned up for the event – the highest for the day. The Delhi hack was held at Founders Cafe and saw a turnout of over 100 students. Meanwhile, the IIT Campus at Hyderabad, that was exploring Mobility, welcomed over 50 students. And CVR Engineering College, that was focussing on Cognitive Computing, opened its doors to over 35 students.

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When the students had found their seats, the hack camp started off with an ice breaking activity that was followed by the introduction of the mentors of the day. Once the mentors introduced themselves it was down to business. In IIT Hyderabad, Chetan Settipalli – the IBM Mentor – took over and introduced the crowd to the company’s innovative Bluemix technology. The students were sure impressed with the Mobile App Builder that makes app building an effortless task.

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When the presentations were done, the waiting students were handed their tasks for the day. From solving kaggle problems to building an app the measured Body Mass Index, the students had their work cut out for them. While they toiled away, the mentors went around interacting with the students and sharing tips and tricks on how to better their products and solutions. Many students, who had travelled from all parts of the country, to be a part of the hack too full advantage of the opportunity. They engaged their mentors and asked relevant and challenging questions that were related to their field of expertise.

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The mentors too were left mighty impressed. Students, who claimed to be utter novices, demonstrated high-level of skill while building products and deciphering complex problems. At the end of the day, the mentors were convinced that the future of engineering in India looks very bright indeed!

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