For those who’ve been following the HackerEarth platform over the past few months, you might have noticed a neat little product that we recently launched – AMA (ask me anything). It’s an online forum where eminent people conduct open discussions with our developer community. We ran a few high quality AMAs in the past, but we kept it low key, to validate the usefulness of the product. Initial reactions – our developers loved it.
So after a few little steps, we took the proverbial giant leap. We called in the the chief architect of the soon-to-be world’s largest biometric identification system – Aadhaar. And to join him, was stellar investor and chairman of India’s first Twitter acquisition, who was also a key stake holder in the Aadhaar project, among other awesome things.
The result? – Dr. Pramod Varma, chief architect of UIDAI and Sanjay Swami, managing partner, Angelprime Partners, spending 45 minutes answering over a hundred questions in what was possibly the first public, unmoderated discussion about Aadhaar, convened by its stakeholders.
It was back in 1982, when researchers at Carnegie Mellon University made a modified cola vending machine, which could report its inventory and also if newly loaded drinks were cold. From this point, right up to 2014, there have been visions, by various scientists and technologists, on communicating devices. It took the maturing of the mobile ecosystem for the coining of one of the hottest buzzwords in the tech industry today – Internet of Things.
The concept of electronic devices which can share information over a network to people or other devices have existed since the days of RFID. However, it wasn’t until the emergence and adoption of wearables, namely activity bands and smart watches, that manufacturers really started to entertain the idea of doing the same with other devices. Now there are many applications to the concept and massive backing from their respective industries and even the governments.
By 2020, it is estimated that the number of connected devices will be anywhere between 26-30 billion. And building this network of devices will be IoT engineers. So what does it take to be an IoT engineer? Learn one of these four skills, and you’ve got a good chance of being one.
Coming from the background of Competitive Programming and Software Development, I have compiled a list of algorithms and data structures that every programmer should know about. We will see what they do and where they are used with simplest examples. This list is prepared keeping in mind their use in competitive programming and current development practices.
Hackathons are here to stay. Following it’s unprecedented growth in the last 3-4 years, hackathons have now become the main channel for many stakeholders in the IT industry to engage with software developers. Be it meetup groups, community events, the government, technology companies, to even venture capital companies; everyone has delved into running a hackathon.
But are all of them good ones? Because of the sheer number of hackathons that are being conducted today, and because majority of them are first time organizers, two unfortunate things are happening – a) the essence of running a hackathon is getting diluted and b) the overall hackathon experience is below par.
Bad hackathons are a threat to a healthy tech ecosystem and here are 5 things that you should avoid while running a hackathon –
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Singapore is a professional’s country. This city state has the reputation of being the home to one of the most conscientious people in the world. They’re hard workers – it is said that an average singaporean works as much as 45 hours a week, which is longer than most parts of the world. Surveys also suggest that 3 out of 4 Singaporeans take pride in the work that they do
This 227 square kilometer island houses just above 5 million people, but boasts of a 0.091 human development index – this is the 9th in the world. No wonder, the singaporean developer community boasts of some of the best programming talent in the world.
Here are 5 developers from Singapore that you must get acquainted with –
On a lazy Bangalore afternoon, I was scrolling down my Facebook news feed, when I saw this post by Kasey Robinson –
Uptil this point, I had never heard of such a thing. Forget finding love in the club, finding love at a Hackathon is unheard of! I had to know more about this story, so I reached out to Kasey, who was more than happy to share. So, a few days later, I got on a Google hangout with Kasey Robinson and Mark Wang, and got to know their story. I found it very inspiring.
Not only are they adoring lovers, they are also co-founders of a startup.
Broadridge India is conducting a women only Hackathon on HackerEarth, and as a part of its promotional activity, I had posted on a hackathon group about the event. One of the group members asked me why there’s so much fuss about women in tech. Of course, I rambled out the usual – less women in tech, need to be represented more, need to encouraged etc etc.
But as I was typing out my answer, I was thinking if women knew why it was important for them to to participate in hackathons? After all, you can only take the horse to the water.
Yes, there are the regular benefits that come with putting yourself in a high stress and competitive environment. But having women in the Hackathon scene, will have intangible cultural benefits too.
Here are 3 reasons why women should take part in hackathons –
ThoughtWorks is one of the coolest IT solutions companies out there today. Apart from being known for being able software builders, ThoughtWorks is one of the few companies that takes company culture very seriously. They constantly engage with the developer community to know them better and in turn, make ThoughtWorks a great place for them.
In February we conducted a contest for HackerEarth Notes. Though we received a lot of submissions, we regret to inform that the quality of submissions were not up to the level we expected. We have envisaged HackerEarth Notes to be a platform where people can share interesting and authentic content. All submissions that we have received are variations of existing online content.
The judges had set a high bar on the quality, and at the end of the evaluation, none of the submissions met the mark. However considering the amount of effort that was put in by the participants, we didn’t want all of it to go waste. We have shortlisted a set of submissions which we will like to reward. The shortlisted submissions are –