A diploma in school days !

Dear friends

I would like to share my experience at Sirius center, Sochi, Russia where I had attended a first-of-its-kind diploma program on deep technologies from Nov 28 – Dec 8,  2019. This opportunity of having a training in Sochi, Sirius Russia came my way only after I participated in ATL marathon 2018 and was shortlisted among the top 100 project teams. Honestly neither me nor my parents or even my teachers had dreamt of this opportunity when I participated in ATL marathon. My project, cAquaculture for Indian aqua farmers was a very complex one compared to all the other entries in the marathon. It is also mainly aligning to 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations.

It was indeed a proud moment for my parents, my school and me when I was selected to be a part of a pan-India 25 member student delegation to Russia on a first-of-its-kind collaborative educational program. This was soon after I completed my internship in IBM, it was indeed a bonanza for me.

I was one of the two from Telangana to get selected into the delegation. The selection was by an online interview by the AIM officials.

Even though it was a tiring journey via Delhi and Moscow, the novelty made it a pleasure. I made many new friends and some of them were from the IBM internship team as well.

What I liked about Russia that it is a very disciplined country, with a small population and they are technologically very advanced. We were assigned mentors from within Sirius’s  team as well as lead technical heads from other Russian institutes such as BioCAD and Skoltech.

I had selected the Drones and Robotics category from the 5 focus areas of training. As a part of our final project, we devised a way to automate processes at  tea plantation with the help of robots and image classification.

The cherry on the top of the ice-cream, at Sirius was that, we had an opportunity to meet the president of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I feel proud that ours was one of the two projects he visited to understand more about it. He congratulated all of us and wished us good luck in all our future endeavors.

At Sirius campus, We were put up in the student dormitory and were treated to fruit juices, bread and salads every 3 hours. It was a very well planned training as we always looked forward to our next activity daily. My longing for Indian food was not sustained for long as we were busy with new activities in the lab or in the field.

Now I have an experience of how working abroad feels like with the immigration clearance procedures, language translation work around and the disciplined attitude one must have. I felt good about their teaching style which is more practical oriented and prompts us to think more and learn by ourselves.

Throughout the 10 days, the only problem we faced was that nobody but a handful in the Sirius team spoke English! We had a mentor who would help us in understanding things there, however we made good use of software translators and made work around.

The last day of our trip was reserved for sightseeing. We went to the snow capped mountain peaks and visited few important destinations like the Kremlin Palace and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. I would have clicked close to 2000 photos during our entire trip.

This time I got a chance to make Russian friends and we presented mementos to our mentors before we left. All in all it was an amazing learning experience for me. Participating in the Atal Tinkering Innovation Marathon 2018 has been a good kick start to my career goals.

I would like to request all parents to not kill their children’s innate creativity by pushing them to be what he/she is not interested in. I wish that many more young minds should be allowed to unleash their creativity and they should think of ideas to better the humanity and the world.

Innovation must go on because,  “You can’t use up creativity” and creativity is the basis of innovation!

 

 

Follow me on Instagram @abhinavudupi to view few of the photos from the trip

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Days @ IBM, on an internship..

Hello friends,

I would like to share with you my experience at IBM when I was there for an internship of 2 weeks (Oct-14-Oct 25, 2019).

It was indeed a proud moment for my parents, my school and my team when we were chosen among the top 100 young innovators of the country through AIM’s  Atal Innovation Marathon 2018. My innovation, cAquaculture is an AI and IoT based comprehensive aquaculture pond management system for aqua-farmers for better yield and efficient farming.

My studies did get affected to some extent because of all these activities, but I was determined to make it up with extra efforts and better time management.

Me and my teammate, Hitesh,  traveled to Bangalore along with a mentor from our school. Both of us were equally excited to travel without our parents and manage on our own. There were a total of 13 teams and we were around 35 people put up in the same hotel. Our coordinator from IBM’s implementation partner also was staying with us in the same hotel which made it very convenient for us to approach him for any urgent help

What I liked about the whole IBM trip was that it was a very well organized event with hourly plans chalked out for all of us. We were assigned mentors from IBM’s technical team who taught us various aspects of Design Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing, IoT, Quantum computing and IPRs & Patents.

We were also trained on various IBM Watson services. Using all that we learnt at IBM, we developed a AI powered ChatBot and presented it to various dignitaries including the vice president of IBM-India, Mr. Chaitanya N. Srinivas and the Mission Director of AIM, Mr. R. Ramanan.

We had an experience of how working in a multinational company feels like with all the security measures, presentations and meetings and busy schedules.

The last day was reserved for sight seeing and we went to a lot of places including the Vidhan Soudha, Tipu Sultan Palace, Visveshvaraiah Industrial & Technological Museum, ISKCON temple, Bull temple, Cubbon park and a  music-light show at a water park.

We made a lot of friends who were like minded and enthusiastic many of whom I am still in touch with.

It was all in all a total fun and learning experience and I wish to conclude by saying ‘Do not limit yourselves and be open to unleash the real creative person within you. Never get disheartened by failure because “Failure is a part of innovation, perhaps the most important part.”- Curt Richardson ’

I also wish to see many more young mind come up with innovative ideas to help better the world

All the best to all of you…