A two-day boot-camp and a 36-hour Hackathon on Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) using Amazon Alexa technology was held at Vallurupalli Nageswara Rao Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology (VNRVJIET).
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More than 125 students of third year B Tech (ECE) participated in the Boot-Camp and Hackathon conducted by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering in technical collaboration with IdeaLabs as part of the MoU signed between the institute and IdeaLabs for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development on Emerging Technologies, according to a press release.
The participants presented novel ideas such as using Amazon Alexa for analysing the mood of a person or for ordering food, or to build a voice-based social media platform. Some of the other impressive ideas included smart parking, stationery-vending machine, and smart trolleys in shopping malls. Hardware implementation of these ideas was performed using Raspberry Pi as the single-board computer along with a range of sensors and Alexa devices working with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud computing and analytics.
AI – Artificial Intelligence
In computer science, artificial intelligence ( AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and other animals. Computer science defines AI research as the study of “intelligent agents”: any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals. More specifically, Kaplan and Haenlein define AI as “a system’s ability to correctly interpret external data, to learn from such data, and to use those learnings to achieve specific goals and tasks through flexible adaptation”. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is used to describe machines that mimic “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”.
The six most feasible ideas among those presented were selected by a jury panel of experts comprising investors, product leaders, and start-up entrepreneurs including Pankaj Diwan, founder-IdeaLabs, Viiveck Verma, co-founder-IIIT Seed Fund and Director-Hyderabad Angels, Praveen Upadhyay, senior corporate leader, Kashyap Kompella, founder-Edwisely, Udayan Bakshi, entrepreneurship trainer and Srinivas, technocrat, the release added.
The top three teams were given away cash prizes by IdeaLabs and offered support for incubation along with the institute.