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Vision-Aid Students Shine at I-Stem hackathon at IIITB Bengaluru

The Vision-Aid team warmly congratulates Pranav, Bhuvika, Aarush and Nisha our Junior team (13-year old), for the visually impaired, for their outstanding performance at the Inclusive STEM hackathon 2019 which concluded at IIIT Bengaluru. They are our youngest and rising stars at Vision-Aid!

Vision-Aid also congratulates several other participants and award winners  for their amazing accomplishments . Vision-Aid appreciates the mentors Sonal Patel, Bharat and Bhargav for their committed and tireless efforts in mentoring our Juniors! Dr. Chuck deserves special thanks for being the enabler with his great course.

January 18th was a very exciting day for several of Vision-Aids visually impaired students and their volunteer mentors from the programming course. Much anticipation and preparation had been made for the day!

Several of our students were participating in the 2019 Inclusive STEM (I-Stem) hackathon for the visually impaired at IIITB, Bengaluru. Vision-Aid partnered with I-Stem, Vision Empower, XRCVC and IIITB to bring this unique event for the second year in a row.

The opening ceremony for the hackathon was on January 18th Friday morning 9AM to 10:30 AM IST. The opening ceremony was live streamed on Facebook.

 

 

For more information on Inclusive Stem(I-Stem) please click on this link.


After the ceremony, the students entered the 24-hour hackathon in teams of 5. Each team had two visually impaired (mostly blind) students and two sighted participants from the Tech Industry in Bengaluru, and one IIIT student. The teams worked on a project that required intense coding.

This year, there was a mentorship track for students who are not advanced enough to write significant code, independently but wanted to participate. They were assigned mentors and simpler projects to help to warm them up for future events as full hackathon participants.

Around 30 visually impaired students were participating. Students had worked very hard to master skills in programming for several months, working with their mentors, and everyone was pretty fired up. Many in the team, had been gearing up to the event for several months.

After the hackathon prizes were awarded to the best projects.

For more information please see the article in Times of India.

 

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