Caltech (California Institute of Technology, USA) – Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences organized HACKTECH 2017 from March 3-5 at Pasadena, California. Middlesex University Dubai, DCEI student Leanne D’Souza went through rigorous entry criteria and was selected to participate in this prestigious event. Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution and according to the World University Rankings 2017, Caltech is rated 2nd.
As Leanne shared her experience, she said: “It was a very good experience. We were a team of four with students from different US and Canadian Universities. Overall there may have been around 400 students with a very small handful selected from abroad; only 52 teams presented in the final. We worked on a Harrasment FAQ Bot to answer questions, provide assistance and fight harassment. This bot is accessible on all social texting applications that are supported by Microsoft. This bot is also available on text. Data was compiled from multiple trustworthy sources. It was mainly built with Python Flask, Twilo and Microsoft services like Azure. My role was mainly in web design and development. It was a very tight schedule with 36 hours of non stop coding, breaking off for meals and some rest. Being Caltech, the judging standards seemed extremely tough and besides faculty the judges also included staff from the sponsors like Google and Facebook. However, it was an awesome experience throughout.”
We are immensely proud of Leanne!