Intel Advocating Evangelism

Published: 06/20/2019  

Last Updated: 06/20/2019

By Kavita Aroor

"Alone, we can do so little; Together we can do so much "- Helen Keller

This is a great quote for the Intel Student Ambassador & Software Innovator Summit that occurred on the 13th to 15th June at Intel in Bangalore, India.  The summit was organized by the Intel Student Ambassador and Innovator team who is working towards building some great Innovation stories using Intel Hardware & Software solutions. We invited the top performers across Asia to participate and be trained on Intel tools. The three day agenda was action packed with a hands on workshop, fun activities, hackathon and a Gala Awards Night. Our core objective was to bring the community in to understand the program goals and objectives, Intel strategy and roadmaps, and to offer hands-on training.  We also wanted the students to share their innovation stories. 

View videos of the following Intel Software Innovators discussing their projects:  

Risab Biswas

Avirup Basu

Kshitiz Rimal 

View the video from the summit.

Student Ambassadors and Innovators

 Highlights from Day One

We had the opportunity to welcome and network with the attendees at the first dinner at High Ultra Lounge, WTC. A great evening spent with the community, good food & music, great interactions and lot happy faces looking forward to the workshop and day long summit starting the next day. 

Activities at the event included: 

  • Keynote by Karl Fezer, WorldWide AI Community Manager, 
  • Welcome note by Sachin Kelkar 
  • Hands on training on Intel® distribution for OpenVINO™
  • Performance Gain with Hardware Heterogeneity
  • HW Acceleration with Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick
  • Reference implementation overview and demos sessions managed by Dorairaju Ramakrishna and Mohammed Iqbal

After lunch the attendees took a deep dive in RL Coach Theory & Hands on Workshop by Abhishek Nandy, Intel software Innovator and Anirban Santara, Student Ambassador with a demo on the “Breakout Game” implementation.  We also saw a demo on Star Craft 2 implementation on RL Coach. 

Student Ambassadors and Innovators        

We then visited Intel Labs to showcase the innovation stories and customer experience zone with this community. This was an eye opener for most with amazing projects showcased on the Intel experience Zone.  One of the more impressive projects was High Tech Aid for Rescue Operations, an Intel Drone solution solving the challenge of saving lives of people drowning in sea presented by Anuj Duggal. Additionally we had the K Yan Smart Projector that combines a PC, DVD Writer, a TV tuner and built-in speakers. We had multiple media interactions for the Innovators and thanks to Shruti Soni and Satya Prakash Singh on their initiative to drive this for the community.
The day ended with the Gala Awards night at Royal Orchid, Bangalore.  The evening started with Mr. Jitendra Chaddah sharing key insights on "Advancing Innovation for India's Trillion $ Digital Economy". The session was inspiring and sparked great conversations with the students and innovators on their thoughts and ideas. We proceeded with the Top Performer awards.  The evening's entertainment was with the band "Bikas Sunar & Collectives" which entertained the guests with contemporary, Jazz, Rock and Bollywood music. Roshni Ramkumar from the HR team presented Intel's Talent Acquisition program to amplify our message across universities and Institutes.

Demos and Hackathon

We started with a product demo on "AI Mobile App for visually impaired person to identify currency" from our Student Ambassador Kshitiz Rimal from Nepal. Next on the agenda was the Hackathon in association with IITHyderabad and Intel IDD dataset "Making Autonomous Vehicles Safer for Humans". The hackathon was live on Analytics India Magazine page for a month previously, and there were nine teams competing in the challenge which used Intel OpenVino toolkit for Inference. We started with the overview and then split the group for the Inference activity and accuracy. We had Intel judges Karl Fezer, Zahidul Haque and Innovators Shriram K Vasudevan & Abhishek Nandy lead the group. Three groups ended up winning the hackathon and were rewarded with amazing prizes. We amplified our messages on #IntelAI and had nice reach and great number of impressions. We ended the day with feedback and new innovation story brainstorming sessions including an interesting session from Anuj Duggal on inspiring Intel Innovator stories.

Overall we had fantastic team camaraderie and a successful summit! The community received great takeaways through the sessions, hackathon, interaction with Intel folks, not to mention some great entertainment.  Thanks to all who attended and all involved.  


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