HackMIT 2014

Highlights

  • Met Alexis Ohanian (again) and Stephen Wolfram!
  • Hack: Yo to your coffee machine to start brewing your coffee, and receive a Yo back when it’s done.
  • Hosted by Pi Lambda Phi for a night.
  • “What exactly are you going to hack into?” — Immigration officer
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YHack 2014 (Yale)

Highlights

  • Beautiful university.
  • Met Betsy, a humble person and a student at Yale who showed us around and was really helpful! Hard to find people like her.
  • Met Edric Tam, a student at John Hopkins. Dare to beat his intelligence.
  • Slept in a Yale residence lounge.
  • Read up on Bitcoins and cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately couldn’t come up with a hack.
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To The Third And Beyond

I think it was a Sunday, year 2005 – when I was in the third grade. My dad woke up my brother and me to share the news that a driver from India, for the first time, would be participating in a Formula 1 race and that the race was just about to start. Never having heard of F1 in particular before, the passion I grew for it just by my dad’s words and the race was surprisingly amazing. For weeks to come, we used to stick to our screens and watch the complete races, albeit not seeing the Indian driver winning, but the spectacle that was put up was just mesmerising. As the time passed and I progressed into higher classes, the time commitment reduced and I gradually stopped watching the races but the love didn’t die.

Fast forwarding to the 11th grade, when my first term exams had just ended, one day our Physics teacher came in and asked us if anyone was interested in participating in the F1 in Schools India competition – where we had to set up our own teams, design a miniature car for drag racing, setup pit booths and deliver presentations. Err… Continue reading

Discover I in Review

Discover I has come a long way since its inception in October last year, from hosting four competitions in slums and rural areas, collaborating with our own’s school social efforts in teaching girls from underprivileged families, organizing a summer camp with the help of an NGO school — impacting over 500 children with the help of over 100 volunteers! It has also been awarded the Best Awareness Campaign under the Youth Power competition conducted by the newspaper The Global Times and also received a mention in the national daily The Times of India. Similar initiatives have even been undertaken under different names in cities like Manipal (thanks bro!) and Mumbai (thanks internet friend!). I feel proud of being a part of such an organization. Continue reading