Hackathons - my newest passion. Rediscovering myself...
After some deep thought (with no help from deep mind), only recently I rediscovered my "Hackerself", which was buried deep within -
I started off as a Hacker at a very young age, always curiously trying to break and fix things, playing with my grandpa's screwdriver. In my first job, I worked as a System-Integrator for the Telecom CoE team almost 2 years, my first experience as a software Hacker, trying to crash hardware by giving them my own new firmware and bring down systems and networks.
My next best experience was working at a start-up for almost 3 years, learning and delivering with various new technologies. Then came the settling down a bit, when I have started working at a so-called “Big Indian” tradition IT firm during its dying days of innovation. After some very boring and uneventful hacking-years, I finally sprung back to life when I started participating to Hackathons -
- my first try was at a Hackathon organised by adidas AG #code4adidas. We had about 5-6 hours create something with Arduino Uno boards. This was the first time I ever used these boards, but my studies in Electronics helped me a bit to play with the hardware. We did a great job, though we didn't win
- my second one was with Accenture Interactive (Digital) which was more focused on the theme AI. We managed to pitch an idea which actually would use Machine Learning to predict and prevent household food wastage, by enabling users to better plan.