Local Hack Day held at PEC

The Association for Computing Machinery, PEC Chapter conducted their much acclaimed Local Hack Day on 19th October 2019, in the premises of Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University), Chandigarh. The event was sponsored by MLH Local Host and saw participation in the hundreds by PEC students as well as those from universities near and far. In this first of its kind event, the objective was to spread awareness amongst the students about the trends in the world of computer science and to encourage them to passionately work for innovation in their fields.

Workshops on Amazon Web Services (AWS) was conducted using platforms like Slack, MLH and GitHub. Additionally, the importance of Amazon in today's world was also highlighted. Students learnt to use tools like Elastic Beanstalk, and were made aware of the dependencies for AWS. They also learnt to use the console, which is a crucial skill in computer science. The workshop was followed by a Hackathon, which called out the students to test their coding skills against time. A quiz on a famous comic character was also conducted.

The highlight of the day was the Data Science workshop, in which the students learnt how to build their own Machine Learning Models, which can predict emojis based on the text message being sent. In another fun and invigorating event, Treasure Hunt, the students were given clues pertaining to geeky computer information and were expected to solve them, leading them to more clues.

All competitive events presented a chance to participants to win generous prizes by the organizers.The day concluded with winners from all events being awarded goodies from ACM and MLH, like pen drives, notepads, pens and stickers. The conclusion of this event left the enthusiastic students even more curious about the exciting advances happening across the globe, which are extremely likely to give them a sea of opportunities in their upcoming careers.

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