ACMS

Amazon Campus Mentorship Series is a program, hosted by Amazon only for female students.  Students need to clear an online round to be a part of it. For us,  this online round was held in December first week. This test comprises of two coding questions(one is simple and the other is using the greedy technique) and MCQ’s. (operating systems, data structures, time complexity, networks, quants).  Around 12/150 girls were selected. There were no further rounds and all the selected candidates were invited to the Amazon Chennai campus. Amazon Chennai campus hosts it for Amrita, SRM, Satyabhama, VIT.  Selected students from all the colleges were invited to the Chennai campus in January 2019.

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At Amazon office

In this program, students will be divided into teams of 3-6 and will be assigned to a mentor(Amazon employee). Teams need to select a project from the given list or come up with a new idea and complete the project before June. Mentor will be guiding the team only when required, most of the time mentor will be monitoring the work.  On the last visit, students will be presenting the project to the panel.

After the first visit, we had periodic visits to the office for every 45 days or so. On the visit, we will have any three of these sections – Amazon values and etiquette, Soft skills, Technical rounds Fun time(Some activities that involve creativity and teamwork) and discussion with the mentor about the work done so far.

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Us with our mentor

 

Being a part of this program, helps you understand how things work in software and its work culture and how do techies work for projects to meet deadlines. This is an opportunity for you to do a technical project under Amazon(you will be given a certificate and goodies too) and also develop work etiquette.

Details about our project are in the next article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face recognition process – Basic steps

Face Recognition

It is a process of identifying or analyzing one or more persons facial features in gallery or videos. It is an important part of biometric, security, image and video indexing systems.

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Steps in the face recognition work flow

A set of previous images will be stored in  the database i.e., gallery

Processing:  In this step, feature extraction takes place. To store information about each face.

Learning/ modeling: A machine learning algorithm is used to fit a model of faces in the gallery. This step basically differentiates among the other faces in the gallery.

Classifier:  It is a model to recognize the input images. We use ecoc classifier.

Machine learning definition in my own words would be-We use a large amount of data and produces a program to perform a task.

There are two types of learning supervised and unsupervised.

Supervised learning: This happens when there is defined input and output. There are two types based on the classification of output

  • When the output is continuous it is termed as Regression
  • When the output is discrete it is termed as Classification

Unsupervised learning: When the input taken is in the form of clusters then it follows unsupervised learning principles.

 

 

Student Social Responsibility

Hey all,

How many of us spend time on service these days? How many of us go to school and college where we studied when we bought up? How many of us bother to social service to change the situations or to increase the standards of life of other people?

In our country there are many children who do not go to school, there are girls who drop their education in between due to different reasons. When will our country stand first for literacy if this is the situation?

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So here we formed a team of six girls(Abhydhay camp) and planned to work for school students in a village where there is no proper guidance for the students. So we went to a village and spoke to the parents with some government teachers regarding the reasons for not sending their children to school. We spoke to primary school students and made them understand how to communicate and respect each other.

 

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Primary school students

 

We had a career guidance session for the high school students by letting know them the various opportunities that they could find after their schooling. We had our attention to younger girls and shared them ideas on how to deal with situations by sharing the stories of some successful women. We assured them our presence whenever required by sharing our contact details.

 

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High school students

 

This camp was done for two days and I felt that it will definitely have an impact on at least 4 out of 10 and a great experience for us. ss1Our work is like a drop in the ocean, it might not change the whole statistics but definitely have its impact on some corner.

I wish every citizen should do social activities which impacts and all these drops of work together forms a water body.

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And here we do our actions without any self-thoughts. And that brings you the true happiness.

 

Gitamritam

I don’t know any adhyayas from Bhagavadgita or any moral lessons and history of the past. Heard about a camp Gitamritam through my club and applied, got selected to attend the camp after the interview.

What does one expect from the Gita classes for one week long? And that too from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm? Here is the Gitamritam camp co-ordinated by Dhyanji and Sankar sir and many other volunteers who have sacrificed their time and energy for the event.

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In the camp, we had these activities – Gita classes, yoga sessions, my life my passion by one successful person from the society, yoga nidra, adventure activities like rappelling and rope walk, bhajans, team discussions followed by reflections. But, out of all these what did I learn? Here goes the answer to the question.

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I would like to mention five reasons for depression, by which one gets to know how to overcome it. And I feel these will be the answer to many of your questions at times.

  • Joy follows sorrow and sorrow is followed by joy(basic principle).
  • Every object/person undergoes change.
  • There is something always better than the current one you have.
  • Every object or person loses its capacity or dies as the days pass.
  • No object/person can give you 100 percent happiness.

Here are the other points which caught my attention and I started to get the control over them.

  • One should not be a thief in a society. Here the thief is the one who only takes from the society but doesn’t contribute to giving back to the society.
  • Should have the detachment from the results of your actions -Strive your best and leave the output of your action to the GOD.

“Your actions are the worship of the GOD and the results are the prasad you get after your darshan.”

I don’t know how many learnt so much from the camp or got out of depression. But for me, this camp has shown the solutions to many of the issues that we face in day to day life and that makes Gitamritam special.

Hope the moral lines that I have learnt in the camp helps me to survive better and pushes me forward when I face the dark part of life.

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Ruby Conference India 2018

It has been a while working with Ruby on Rails  following online tutorials, by following the suggestions of senior members in the community.  The more I work on the more it took me deeper to its world.Then I came to the know the dates of Ruby Conference which is to be held at Banglore through the community.

Ruby conference where people from different places come here who have a great passion, interest and has done a lot with it.Taking it to be a trail I have sent a sponsorship request letter to the KRUG community in my society.As they know my interest and involvement in the community they asked me to send my work till date and after few days. After few days I received a ticket to attend the conference.

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Yayy!!!So finally attending the conference. First I have to complete all the permissions from my college and I did this very fast. And second I gave a cfp form for a lightning talk. I should start with a good topic for three minutes and need to convey them something really important to them. Black chains, the evolution of Ruby, History of Ruby, Mystery of RoR, and so on… but finally this struck me up what if I give a talk about Opensource and RGSoC which is an amazing platform for women, beginners, open source enthusiast. And now I fixed this up.So my final aim to convey my message to everyone who is there within three minutes.A challenge again:-)

Finally, Started with the first day of the conference and this is my first conference. So I am excited to get new ideas, meet different people and explore!Ok..the started and stage was taken up by the speakers.

Screenshot_20180209-162604.pngFinally there came up lightning talks. And I have to give the talk. A bit tensed but noo.I am not going to spoil it. I have to convey what I prepared to them And there I went on with some inspirational words given by Gautham Sir.After the talk received really good reviews and many girls liked the idea RGSoC and met me if I could explain them more in detail.

 

This the link of my talk https://youtu.be/0rOaoVHbJAQ

 

So a two-day conference was really awesome where I got exposed to new tech through the speakers and I even spoke to them to know about the work in detail.

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One of the speakers in the conference

I attended this conference with my pair for RGSoC Nimmy, I know her through the community. We share our knowledge, attend meetups and conferences.  And this how we applied for RGSoC as a team.

 

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A Trip with Friends

A trip  excites most of us.But why should we have trips?In my point of view if it is a trip you move to a different place where you get to know a lot of new things which includes their culture,their food(We taste the food that is famous in that area;)),their tradition etc…So when me move from our place to another place we get a new experience and will definitely learn something.We have our trips with family,relatives and friends.

A trip with friends!!!It sounds more excited right…If it is the first one you are doing it then there is no word to hold your feelings with.

Yeah…even we(six members) had a trip to Aruku and Vizag.Of course it is one of the district of our state and not that distant place.But we taught trip is trip and this is gonna be our first trip and let us make this trip so good and successful so that we can plan for many trip ahead.

So when we decided to have a trip at first our parents should agree to this so that is a big deal and it worked out.All of our parents said yes,you can go and that gave wings to us.But we should have a proper planning so that we don’t encounter any troubles at moment.

So here started our trip from Hyderabad to Vizag and remaining friends joined us on the way of train journey.So we went to one of our friend’s house and got freshed up and only we in the house so here starts the fun again.Six members so two bed rooms and we spread ourselves by taking out chits;). And then funny tasks and passed that night.Next day we should go to some other place to take a bus for Araku as we don’t have a proper idea of the place we got up early(I never did that till date.But it is memorable now)and took a cab and went to the place.This is we at 4 am waiting for cab.screenshot_20180105-1726353.png

So that day we went in a bus to Araku and first visited botanical gardens(Here we saw different types of flowers grown there) then to tribal museum(Here there is a photo gallery of the tribals which shows the way of life of the tribals and saw some statues made which showed their life style) then we saw tribal dance and followed by lunch.Next we saw coffee plantations and black pepper and then borra caves.And that’s it for that day.

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Second day we visited some places in Vizag like Simhachalam temple(Narasimha swamy temple),Fishing harbor(We saw a variety of fishes and how they are bought to the harbor and how it gets processed from there)screenshot_20180105-182414.png.

After that we went to Kailasagiri and then R.K Beach(Of course enjoyed the best at this place). screenshot_20180105-194032.png

After that to the central park(musical fountain attracted us here) end of the second day.

Third day we met our friend and wished for his birthday and had fun because of the funny accidents that happened and those made us laugh for so long.And that is all for the trip which is memorable as it is all of our first trip with friends.

Everyone of us should plan to have trips as it freshes our mind and gives an exposure to various things.

 

 

Visit to Orphanage and Old age home.

Hello,

We might have often heard people saying that I have given so and so amount as donation for orphanage and Old age home.And sometimes we even find people collecting money by their own interest and giving something to them what they could.

There are many great people about whom we have read about that they have spent their life in sharing love and caring towards diseased and deserted.One such person I would like to mention is Mother Teresa.

Have you ever got a thought to visit an orphanage or to donate something what we could??

I have never been to such place till October 18 2017.I feel thankful to FOSS club for taking their as a part of our service and extra curricular activity.

What I found there???

Till that date I have never been to that place but was told by mom to donate something that you could when you find people collecting money for any organization or for needy.

We first went around the old age home,there we saw people how they were taken care with love and served with hands of good wishes.There might be people who feel bad because their children have sent them there.But those attenders over there are really affectionate towards them. At this point I have got a doubt why do people forget how they have come up with the sacrifices done by their parents?The present you are today is only because of them.This should be remembered by everyone.It doesn’t matter how big you are you,your status,your finance etc… without this.

There I have found a old woman whose age is around 105.She could do all the things by her own and she can also remember people and reply to the questions we ask.I feel that only her will power make her active and that makes stand her own.And I believe will power is the most efficient thing which makes us move further.

And next we had lunch over there only.After that we just went around.And then some of us danced,played songs and conducted games for the girls over there.Just have a look I have mentioned girls but not children over there.Because I have not found even a single boy over there.It is not that they should be left.But here the question is why are only girls deserted and abandoned??

We conducted some games like musical chairs,damsharaths,box passing and some small games.What I found interesting was even when they were out in a game none of them cried.But they turned up with a smile.This shows how positive they are and this would really help them in life.

So finally learnt a lot that day.And I decided to visit such places frequently.I advise everyone to go and spend time and this makes you learn many things.