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Hackathons and idea challenges, at their roots, are competitions like any other. At the end of the day you participate to win, to be recognized, to grab the main prize. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the competitive mindset and start playing too hard. The importance of fair play at hackathons cannot be overstated.
Programming, the mysterious craft that we all have heard about at some point, know that a lot of people do it, but not all have asked themselves the question how it’s actually done. Programming languages, the syntax of instructions for your computer to execute. When you hear about “programming”, what is being referred to is writing sets of those instructions in order to build a complete piece of software.
Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning techniques are now making an impact on many industries. We’ve seen vast improvements in translation applications, search recommendations, and speech recognition software. However, we’ve yet to tap the full potential of AI in healthcare. There is no question about whether the latest machine learning methods can be used to improve our health. The question is how much, and what will be the earliest wide-spread uses?
There’s no denying that those who were 10 year old boys 10 to 20 years ago, those who loved playing with RC cars they were gifted for birthdays, are largely the same people that drool over the new drones. Both are remotely controlled, both are battery powered, but the similarities end here. While RC cars can definitely be expensive, for drones the hefty price tag is just a feature. Owning one is a risky investment, because your monthly check can disappear just like your newly-bought toy does in the bushes when its propellers shatter after unexpected impact with an oak tree. It doesn’t matter how good of a pilot you are, we all make mistakes, but your seldom unpredictable clumsiness can become a non-issue thanks to intelligent drones.
After #SustainHack ended we’ve had a chance to ask Katarzyna Łachajczak some questions about her participation in the challenge, as well as about her project, AlkoSTOP. She took part in the assignment by Kompania Piwowarska. She’s just 20 years old, and she’s a student of Economy. Let’s see what she had to say.
#SustainHack ended on 5th of April, but it feels like it was just yesterday. We’ve had the chance to ask the finalists of this challenge some questions in order to get to know them more personally and share their perspective with you. How exactly is it to be a winner of an idea challenge? What does it take to stand on the podium of a sustainable development hackathon? Let’s dive into this discussion today!
Hackathons had been organized for years and were always an unmatched way to test programmers’ skills in a unique, competitive environment. This formula is still being used, and for good reasons, but now, aside from the regular, tried onsite format a new way of carrying out those events had emerged. Online hackathons and challenges have been in operation for quite some time now, but, in opinion of some, they still don’t get the love they deserve. This piece will be particularly useful for beginners who are yet to take part in one such event.
The talk of Artificial Intelligence has been trending in the last couple years. There has been a lot of talks going on about this technology, with doubts of its benefit to mankind. The debate is yet to end. Therefore, we should be prepared for a lot more controversy when Artificial Intelligence starts being implemented in unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).
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