RESILIENCE 2.0

Introduction

Resilience 2.0 was themed as ‘Women to Technology’. The event focused on reshaping our women’s life to make it trouble-free. This was a platform where students could expand their ideas and implement them with the knowledge grasped from the event. Spread over a total of two days, the event promised to be an exciting one. There were talks by various industry experts, technical and non-technical talks, and workshops on Raspberry Pi and Machine Learning, idea presentation and much more.

On the final day was the idea presented by the participants. The main motto of the project is on Women to Technology. The project’s idea can be anything which helps women to excel in tech and model their lives in a better manner. We could see a number of students who brought remarkable ideas which can be practically implemented in the near future. Altogether, we offered rewarding and potentially lucrative opportunities by making their concepts exquisite through our superlative training session.

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Day 1

Inaugural Ceremony

The first day of Resilience commenced with the inaugural ceremony. It started off by lighting the lamp and Welcome Speech by Swathi Krishna O, Chairperson of IEEE WIE AG CEC. Ms. Jyothi Ramaswamy, Vice Chairperson of IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group Kerala Section was the Chief Guest of the function. She spoke to the students about the relevance of the event. The participants were enlightened on the issues faced by the women and what each of us can contribute towards the society as engineers to resolve these problems. Also, various technological ideas were introduced to them considering the same. She gave an outstanding talk covering the history of IEEE WIE CEC, its importance, and responsibility bestowed upon all as a member of IEEE organization. The ceremony was further continued with felicitation by Dr. Jacob Thomas, Principal of College of Engineering Chengannur and Ms. Deepa V S, Branch Counselor of IEEE SB CEC. Rithu Maria Jose, Vice Chairperson of IEEE WIE AG CEC delivered the Vote of Thanks.

 

Workshop And Sessions

 

1.Non-Technical Session

The bracing commencement of Resilience 2.0 was with a non-technical session by Ms. Jyothi Ramaswamy, currently the Vice Chairperson of IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group Kerala Section. She’s also the Information Security Manager at Tata Consultancy Services. She spoke about her experience as a woman in technology. Being associated with College of Engineering Chengannur for more than a decade, she had a lot to share with the students. She shared her experience in collaborating with IEEE WIE AG CEC earlier and it inspired all the students who attended the session. She said that instead of making grim generalizations about nebulous and negative disparities between men and women, let’s take advantage of this opportunity to pinpoint the specific places where there’s room for improvement. She also said that the progress towards the gender parity has slowed down in many places. Being an expert in handling youth, she openly spoke on measures to be taken to attain equal rights and shared experiences and problems that reflected from her own life. She explained with examples of how women were even with globalization, but she also pointed out to certain problems faced by them and especially atrocity towards women. The participants were spellbound by every single word she spoke. With funny monologues and breezy anecdotes scattered along the session by the speaker, the participants were actively involved in the teaching and learning process.

 

2.Machine Learning Workshop

Machine Learning has been on top of the charts of trending advanced technologies for a long time. It is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building and happens to be a branch of artificial intelligence based on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention. The session was handled by Enfa Rose George, Director, and Founder of Pehia Foundation, a community of gender minorities who love to code. She’s currently pursuing third year undergraduate BTech degree in Computer Science at Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara. Everything from basics to fundamentals was taught to the students. She started the event by giving an introduction on machine learning and its applications. After the introduction, the basic concepts and concepts of python were taught. The speaker created a healthy working environment for the delegates by implementing efficient processes and through clear communication. At the end, she thanked the delegates and addressed the students congratulating them on their active participation and she hoped that the session had given them useful insights on the topics of Machine Learning.

 

3.Raspberry Pi Workshop

The workshop on Raspberry Pi was handled by Thushar Tom, a student of College of Engineering Chengannur. The workshop included a demo of some of the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi as well as a hands-on session. The purpose was to make the students aware of what basically is Raspberry Pi, how it can change the modern day computer system, what all are the developments that are been taking place in this field. Students were taught introduction to microcontrollers and introduction to programming and to set-up their Raspberry Pi. Several topics were covered inside the main topic. Also, the basic concept of electronics & coding language were given importance as well. The students were briefly explained about the latest technology that is been developing around Raspberry Pi. The participants got a better understanding about Raspberry Pi and its applications. By the end of the session, the delegates were able to use their Raspberry Pi as a desktop computer. Altogether, the session went well and it had great feedback from the participants.

 

PRESENTATION PREPARATION

After the day-long sessions on Machine Learning and Raspberry Pi, students were given one hour time to pitch new ideas for the presentation which happened the next day. The participants explored their hidden talent of innovating. They sat together as groups and discussed the points. The knowledge gained from the workshops were properly used. Their ideas were mentored and analyzed, its real-life usage and how their project can be developed practically for the betterment of society and how it can be made available to poor people and so on. Lot of students came up with remarkable ideas.

Day 2

1.   Women Empowerment Talk

This session was the #IamRemarkable workshop conducted by Amalu Susan Santhosh, facilitator at Google. She’s also the Community Manager at Google Women Techmakers Cochin and is a student of College of Engineering Chengannur. She won the Google APAC Women Techmakers Scholarship in the year 2018. The workshop highlighted to participants about the importance of learning the SKILL of self-promotion in their careers and provide them with the tools to start developing this expertise. #IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. I am Remarkable started as a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond.

 

2.   Technical Talk

The Technical Talk was delivered by Dr. Ramalatha Marimuthu who is heading the Department of Information Technology in Kumaraguu College of Technology under Anna University. She has published six technical books and is known for her development of unique solutions for various social problems like autism and dyslexia in young children. She’s an orator of high caliber and has delivered lectures in Congresses, conferences and universities all over the world.

She spoke on her works so far and told about story of a few IEEE volunteers who managed to electrify a complete village using their knowledge in technology. The importance of equality among men and women was also mentioned by her.

Dr. Ramalatha Marimuthu is an inspiring leader for her students who follow her guidance to take up real world problems and find engineering solutions through technical ability. She won many awards like IEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor Award, IEEE MGA Achievement Award, and “Life Time Achiever Award” by the Lions Club International for her work towards upliftment of society.

She said that the various activities planned by Regional WIE can be done in association with the various AGs across the region to increase participation. Though the range of activities is infinite, based on the originality and the innovativeness of the organizer, resources available and the audience, she mentioned a list of sample programs which can be erected in the coming future. Altogether, the session went on well and had great feedback from the students.

 

IDEA PRESENTATION

This year’s Idea Presentation had its heart at inspiring the young minds at work to deliver the most productive ideas, with the help of the knowledge and guidance that they gained from the workshops conducted at Resilience 2.0. The objective was to pitch new ideas using the skills they acquired in the past few days, satisfying the criteria proposed by the coordinators. The assignment put forward to them was a community challenge, highlighting the necessity of the genesis of a program to be of good service to society. With regulations set at a minimum of three members and a maximum of five members, the teams were established and told to collectively brainstorm and formulate their ideas. All the essential amenities and refreshments were arranged for the participants, with the clock ticking for two days. As the closing bell rang, the teams were asked to exhibit their presentations, with the aid of slides and screen recordings prepared by the team members.

The competing teams were ready and raring to pitch their output, with the panel of Resilience 2.0 coordinators reviewing the process. Two groups named ‘Vikings’ and ‘Spammers’ won the competition. Group ‘Phoenix’ received a special mention for their project idea. Certificates were issued and granted to the top three teams who achieved this commendable feat. This marked the end of the two day event filled with knowledge and fun.