The Ohio Linux Fest

Today I attended the Ohio Linux fest 2013. It was at the Greater Columbus convention center. One key reason which drove me there was that today’s keynote speaker was Mark Spencer, the founder of Asterisk the open source PBX. Asterisk happens to be the PBX that we’re using at the back end of DialBlood. He was a much younger guy that i expected. His talk was very insightful. The way he was able to setup a sustainable commercial business (Digium – his telephony company) at the same time nurturing & growing a powerful open source project was interesting. The challenges he faced/facing were also somewhat unique:

  • People using his own product to compete with him – the disappointing side effect of open sourcing.
  • Large scale Chinese imitations (of telephony hardware)

After his presentation I went and talked to him personally, told him about what we are attempting to do with DialBlood. He was interested & asked me to mail him our details. He also suggested that Asterisk12 has features like RESTFUL web interaction that we might find handy. I also got an autograph from him.¬† ūüôā

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I also attended sessions related to Ubuntu community as well as Raspberry Pi, all really interesting. There was also an exhibition where many Linux based products were demoed. One of the stalls which was put up by a company called Systems 76 impressed me. The had high end Linux machines running games like the latest version of DOTA in maximum graphical configuration. Linux gaming has apparently come a long way since I last checked!

 

Got some goodies as well. ūüôā

P.S: This is the first post I’m making from the Android WordPress app on my new phone. Please ignore typos..

The Boston Trip

Myself & Siddharth went to Boston last weekend (Aug 17th-19th). For a trip that started off in a mess, it ended really well. ūüôā
Alfred, the other LabX intern joined us from Chicago. The stay and travel was all coordinated by Sampreeti, the director of LabX and a PhD. student at MIT.

Initial mess – We had some hiccups in our way to Boston. The flight was at 8.30 am. I usually wake up past 9am. I figured it would be a wise idea to stay awake the whole night so that I’ll be up on time & I can make up for the lost sleep on the flight – neat plan, bad execution. I thought I’d do the packing towards the later end of night so that I’ll have something to engage in. I was awake till 4.30 am and then accidentally fell asleep. My phone also got accidentally switched off. I missed a lot of calls. Siddharth came over & woke me up by 7.10am. I quickly packed up & we got in the car. Time 7.45am. Thats when I ask Sid if I need passport for domestic airlines. Apparently yes! I didn’t have it. I ran back home, emptied both of my suitcases and started rampaging through all my documents. At 8am, all hopes were lost. We were discussing where the nearest Indian embassy was – for me to apply for a new passport. Thats when my passport pops up at some obscure hidden part of a suitcase. Joy! We made a run for the airport. Reached – 8.15am. 15 mins for the flight to take off. Actual reporting time being 45 mins before the flight, we didn’t have any hope. But surprisingly, we sped past the baggage check in & security check & boarded the flight with 10 mins to take off. Yay!

Wait. It wasn’t over. We put on our seat belts & got ready for take off. Then came an announcement – the pilot just noticed that the flight’s (Southwest airlines) engine is dripping oil. We were evicted from the aircraft and made to wait for 40 mins. Ours was a connecting flight via Baltimore. Thankfully we had a waiting time of 2 hours at Baltimore and Southwest had a spare aircraft at the airport. So finally Bon Voyage!!

From Boston airport, we headed directly to Sampreeti’s MIT hostel – where we were to stay for the next two days. Her room was on the 19th floor of one of MIT’s oldest hostel(1930s). ¬†One side of the drawing room was mostly a big window pane with an amazing view of Charles river and the MIT campus. We were joined by Sampreeti’s friends Daniel Wiese & Stephenie Scott from MIT & Chris Gary from UMass. ¬†We all headed out for lunch to a popular hangout nearby. Afterwards, Stephenie and Chris showed us around the MIT & Harvard campuses. Harvard was just around half an hour walk from MIT campus. We also had frozen yogurt at the famous Harvard square. Sweet.

We headed to Sampriti’s lab next. Got introduced to her labmates – a culturally diverse international team (a Spaniard, a Japanese etc.). We then went for dinner to an Indian restaurant with them. While waiting for the cabs, a group of students playing scavenger hunt came and asked us to dance with them as part of a task they got – was hilarious. Afterwards, we decided to walk our way back to Sampreeti’s dorm. It was more than an hour long walk & our legs were hurting badly by the end, but we all enjoyed every moment of the journey. Boston is really beautiful at night. The skylines are a sight to behold, esp. from the Harvard bridge over Charles river. ¬†At some point during our walk back, we lost Sid! His phone also apparently died at the same time. We searched around for half an hour and then figured he’d find his way back somehow. Thankfully, Sid had an amazing direction sense. He got a Boston map, figured things out and got back safely.

The next day myself, Siddhath & Alfred toured Boston on our own. We went to Prudential Tower¬†& did some window shopping at the malls nearby. We went to Skywalk Observatory on the 50th floor of the tower. It gives an amazing view of the entire Boston. We were provided with small phone like devices which would give an audio description of each scene – a personalized guided tour that we can pause & repeat as per our comfort. Afterwards we went for the duck tour, a guided tour through the streets and waters of Boston. The ‘ducks’ are amphicars that can be rode both in land and water. The hilarious narration of the conductor ‘Major Tom Foolery’ was one of the key highlights of the tour. We spend time enjoying street performances and strolling the Boston Commons for the rest of the day. We had home cooked dinner at Sampreeti’s place at night.

The boston trip was a really enjoyable and memorable one. I’m really thankful to team LabX for spending the time & effort for organizing such an trip and giving us such a wonderful experience.

Technical meetups in Ohio

The tech community in Ohio is very active and diverse. Thanks to¬†Meetup.com, I’ve been able to discover quite a lot of interesting meetings in the neighborhood.

STARTUP Columbus “Startup Saturdays” – Monthly Meetup – July 27th

Conducted on the last Saturday of every month. I’ve written an entire post about this here. Nice experience.

Columbus CodeJam – July 31st

A casual meetup of people interested in coding. Got to meet a .Net developer, a ruby developer etc among other programmers. Chit chat over pizzas & coke . Also made a good friend –¬†Yemane¬†Abebe, an electrical undergrad from OSU. He was interested in learning web development. We met up in later days to do some website development.

Angular JS meetup –¬†Aug 7th

Hosted by Command Alkon. Got to meet people who actively use Angular JS for production level development. Though the discussion was very technical, they were newbie friendly and gave many pointers to start out with Angular. Also Pizzas, beer n coke.
Like we have WAMP, there is a whole JS based stack  РMEAN stack. Some of the resources I came to know from the meetup:

  • Angular Seed – a skeletal application for starting off with Angular.
  • Yeoman – a collection of tools to help you in scaffolding apps, manage packages, build & test them etc. Helps you quickly create apps using AngularJS,¬†¬†HTML5 Boilerplate, jQuery, Modernizr, Twitter Bootstrap etc.
  • Lineman¬†– similar to Yeoman, but comes with various settings preconfigured.
  • Batarang¬†– ¬†debugging tool for AngularJS
  • Egghead.io¬†– detailed video tutorial series on AngularJS. Also¬†http://www.davemo.com/
  • Sample contact app – maintained by one of the developers from the meetup

 Python DoJo РAug 9th

This was an interesting meetup as well. It is conducted every friday at 6PM (planning to be a regular). I met¬†Kenneth¬†Wee, co-founder at ZoopShop. Also many interesting python coders. They were keen to help me jump-start my Python adoption. Provided me with references, tutorials, books and in fact a laptop to try things out during the meetup. Had a really awesome time. There was an after-meetup party as well but I couldn’t stay for it as it was getting late and the place was a bit far off. Key resources I came to know:

  • IPython Notebook – A standalone python server that provides a complete coding environment with features to even share our work, plot advanced graphics etc.
  • ReadTheDocs – easy documentation for everything.
  • OverAPI – collection of cheat-sheets for lots of languages.
  • PyVideo¬†– video archive of python related talks
  • Project Euler – an interesting set of mathematical & programming questions. Makes a great compliment to IPython Notebook for learning python. Presently in the process of trying it out.
  • VirtualENV – ¬†A tool to isolate various Python environments & avoid thus avoid version conflict for packages.
  • PEP8 – ¬†styling guide

The Ohio State Fair

On Sunday, I went to the Ohio State Fair. Started in 1850, it’s one of Ohio’s oldest and biggest fairs. There was a huge crowd today. There were many food stalls and a lot of rides for children. There were also huge sales and expos. Farm animals and poultry were the major attraction. Also, there were a lot of concerts and performances going on. It was a really nice way to experience the American culture at close quarters.

First weekend at Ohio

My first weekend here at US was really awesome. Met a lot of cool people.

On Friday, Rohan & Amit (with whom I live) took me to dinner along with them. We went to a nice restaurant called ‘Papaya’. Three of their friends also joined us (all from Maharashtra, Pune). ¬†The food was good. Later that night, we met at Sreekanth’s (a postdoctoral scholar from pune) home. We played a board game called ‘The Settlers of Catan‘. Its a real fun game. It’s sort of like Age of Empires on a board. It’s very lengthy – we finished by 4.30 am in the morning (around 5 hours). It was a really memorable experience.

On Saturday,a few of Amit’s friends had come over from Boston. They were going out and invited me to join them. We had lunch from an italian hotel (Noodles & Company). Then we went to Old Man’s Caves at Hocking Hills. It involved a lot of trekking. It was real fun. Also, one important aspect of the journey was the hour long drive through the highway. The roads here are superb. The cars here have auto transmission ¬†& a feature called ‘Cruise control‘. It basically means that the driver can take his legs off the accelerator/brake. The car automatically maintains the speed set by the driver. Also, the roads are so good that everyone drives touching the speedlimit (75 mph or 120 kmph) or sometimes more (its legal to be over the limit by 5 or 10¬†mph depending on the roads) . The villages along the highway are very beautiful and picturesque. Contrary to my earlier assumption, US is not all about cities and high rise buildings. There are a lot of vast farmlands and grass terrains, even more than what I’ve ever seen back in India. We later had dinner at an Indian restaurant called Manaas. I had a really wonderful time with them.

On Sunday, Neeraj (M.S student living next doors) invited me to go to Cuyahoga National Park with his friends. There were many beautiful trails to walk around (& for biking). There were some interesting caves and crevices. We were advised not to go inside the caves since the bats inside were having some disease this season. We walked around the places, climbing over the rocks and passing through crevices. Then we headed to Brandywine falls¬†which was a sight to behold. I also met Varun Nandakumar who had Mallu origins (though was brough up in Banglore & Pune). We talked in malayalam. ūüôā We wound up the trip with a dinner from Bob Evans. The whole trip was a memorable experience.

Third Hand Bike Co-Op

I takes me half an hour to walk to office. Myself, Sid and Aniruddha (living in our apartment, doing Ph.D in chemistry, aka Amit) decided to buy bikes (bicycles are called bikes here).

We went searching for bikes on Monday. Here people use Google Maps extensively to find their way around. The shop we were looking for closed by 6PM. We decided to go on again on Wednesday. We reached back by 4.45PM. We travel mostly in Sid’s car – an awesome Mustang. We went to a shop – ‘Once Ridden Bikes’ in search of refurbished bikes. Most bikes in good shapes costed above 150$ – too much for me to spend for 2 months use.Then we headed to one more shop – it too had considerably costly bikes (yea, even old ones).¬†All bikes here have gears. There was mainly 2 classes – mountain bikes and road bikes. Road bikes have thinner tires and are usually costlier.

Finally we went to a place called Third Hand Bike Co-Op. This place had a lot of peculiarities. It opens only twice a week Рwednesdays and thursdays. That too from 6PM to 9PM only. They sell bikes in all price range (starting from 10$) but obviously not all in good condition. The interesting part is that they have a repair workshop. Here biking enthusiasts interested in tweaking with their bike parts can come and work on their bikes. They have lots of stands to mound bikes and all kinds of equipment required to work on bikes Рfrom spanners of all size to instruments for tire alignment. The best part Рthey have volunteers who come in and help amateurs fix their bike. They go around instructing people and telling people how to go about tweaking things. I was really surprised to see people offering their time and service to unknown people for free. A culture that needs to be appreciated.

I chose a nice bike with a price tag of $50. A very jovial, amicable and knowledgeable person by the name – Tom helped me fix it. I initially noticed only a wobbly seat – dissembled it and put in some washers and bolts to keep it in place. Later I noticed that the bike had apparently sustained a pretty bad accident and the front tire rim was badly mangled. We though of fixing it and later abandoned the plan considering it’s not worth the effort. I got another (used) rim for $10. I never knew the spokes of a bike had this much significance. I came to know that tuning the spokes is sort of an art in itself. We figured out the misaligned part by mounting the rim on the alignment instrument & rotating it. Then we identified spokes to be tightened and loosened – some needs to be turned half a turn whereas some a quarter. Then we changed the tube and tire from the old rim to the new one. Fixed it on the bike. Tightened the brakes. Oiled the chains.I didnt notice the time fly by – after around 3 hours of tweaking I had a sparkling new bike in front of me. I thanked Tom a lot before leaving. Amit also got one. We both got ourselves mountain bikes. Sid couldn’t find one – he wanted a road bike. He ordered one from Amazon the next day – a pretty good one.

Sid left in his car. Myself and Amit rode back home on our bikes. It was a nice ride. The sideways here are designed with bikers in mind. There are inclined places in between where we can board the sideway or get off from it. It doesn’t get dark even around 8.30 -9 here presently (~ like 4.30pm back in Kerala). ThirdHandBikes was quite an experience.

TEC Institute – First day

It’s Saturday morning here. I’ve completed(successfully) my first week of my internship. I intend to write my experiences over a series of short posts. I work with the TEC (Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) Institute at FCOB (Fisher College of Business).
Day1: I was asked to head down to Mason Hall at 11.30AM on Monday (15th July). I had not yet familiarized myself with OSU campus and was advised to start by 10.30 itself tor each there on time. I was getting ready when the airport authorities called saying that they’ve found my missing luggage and they’ll come around 10.45 AM. I was worried since I didn’t want to be late on my first day. But one thing I came to know later on is that people here make no compromises on punctuality and credibility. Baggage reached on time, I made a run for it and somehow managed to reach room 256, Madison Hall by 11.27AM. #phew

Dr.Michel Camp, Executive Director, TEC Institute and Erica Waite, Program Director, TEC Institute were in the room. I went in (heart beats pumping). They were very friendly Рwe had a very interesting discussion. I figured that the people here have a hard time figuring out how to pronounce my first name (Rahul) and mostly give up on my second name even before trying (Raveendranath). We talked about my profile, academic background, interest in entrepreneurship, the general technology & entrepreneurial landscape of Kerala (which is of course being defined by Startup Village)  &  of India. They made me sign an agreement similar to an NDA and one which entitles TEC ownership of any ideas I may conceive during my tenure here. Then they explained the idea behind and functioning of TEC.

They are TEC Institute and TEC Academy. TEC Academy has various academic courses related to entrepreneurship – syllabus mostly designed by Dr.Camp himself. TEC Institute is where I work – it’s sort of a consulting service that provide expert analytic services (market survey, competitive analysis etc) for startups in various stages. Also, Dr. Camp is very resourceful and his networking assistance is also an added highlight. So TEC works on a lot of proprietary and confidential data which is why I had to sign the NDA. Erica also explained to me that I’ll be working on multiple projects over my internship. Since I had an IT background, they also asked me whether I’d me interested in working on a project on symantic web and ontologies – which I was very glad to do. I was handed me over a lot of resources to read through for my first assignment (an IT one) – to figure out usability improvements for a custom made project management solution for TEC.

One of the interesting questions Dr.Camp asked me was regarding my future plans in case I chose to pursue entrepreneurship – whether I’ll be interested in entrepreneurship opportunities in the US or back in India. I expressed my interest in exploring the opportunities back in India. I said that I feel there are large gaps in the socio-economic conditions of India (wrt western countries) – gaps which can be filled to an extend by leveraging ¬†technology properly; and that I feel I have a personal obligation to give back to my country & community – contribute to its economic development as much as I can. The fact that my high school education(Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya) and college education(CET) was mostly funded by the government could be a reason I guess.

Afterwards, Erica showed me around the office and assigned a workspace & desktop for working. There were two other analysts working with TEC this summer – Karthik and¬†Ajlouni, Burouj (from Jordan). I interacted with them. The rest of the first day was spend going through the documents I was given. I left the office at around 6PM. I’ve some photos of the office.


My experience with Startup Village

My experience with Startup Village

I’d missed sharing this in my blog. so here it goes.

Note: The link seems to be broken after Startup Village migrated their blog to a new website. I’m posting below a draft copy of the article I had with me.


 

Since its inception in April 2012, I’ve been to¬†Startup¬†Village¬†many times. Each visit has been equally memorable and inspiring and probably has impacted my life more than anything else so far.

I got my first real taste of coding and hacker culture during my SV funded visit to Bangalore for 55444 hackathon in July 2012. The first time I visited SV was with 8 of my college friends for a week long android training workshop, during our onam vacations of 2012. The excellent training by Mr. Zacharias (our dear Zac) and helped us start off on our mobile app development trail. Our stay was provisioned at Kerala Institute for Entrepreneurship Development (KIED).

The week-long stint at SV was marked by another memorable incident. The initial pitch for my first college¬†startup¬†happened then. Our¬†startup¬†‘Hedcet’ was at its infancy then. I remember entering Sijo’s room with my laptop to demo the initial prototype of our product ‘campusLAN’, a campus ERP solution. The few minutes of talk was¬†thought¬†provoking and insightful. Sijo immediately connected us with many of his contacts exploring the same domain as ours. An important lesson learned that day was that its not just the quality of the product that matters, but making our customers aware of the need for such a product was equally if not more important. We got virtually incubated at SV then. ¬†Presently. our the team of 5 has expanded to 14, we launched campusLAN as ‘Beehive’ at Oracle-SV MoU signing event. HedCet got listed among the top 5 student¬†startups¬†in SV. We even got the opportunity to meet and discuss our project ideas with Kris Gopalakrishnan (Chief of Advisory Board), who mentors¬†startups¬†at SV. He has agreed to be the first customer for our next product ‘TinyMail’ which is under development.

Since the 55444 Hackathon, I’ve never missed a hackathon if possible. Even more importantly, I’ve never missed a chance to visit SV whenever I am at Ernakulam. We readied our next major product ‘Medicol’, an appointment scheduling system for doctors by pulling an all nighter at SV. Another project by myself and my classmates, ‘SMS based vehicle locating system’ got virtually incubated at SV. We were also able to start a commercial venture called DialBlood (http://dialblood.com/) around another project ‘Automated Bloodbank management system’ with the guidance from Sijo as well as technical support from Mobme (the inspirational student¬†startup¬†from CET).

One other key take away from my visits to SV is the chance to interact with the startups incubated there. It is easy for anyone to come up with startup ideas. But these people there have actually taken the bold decision to pursue their dreams and make their ideas a reality. Talks with founders of Wowmakers, Verbicio, Exam Voice, Mashinga, RHL Vision, DhaneW Research, Profoundis, MindTree etc not to mention Mobme has helped me realize how it actually feels to work in a startup environment. Conversations are filled with gems of advice that only first hand experience can give. This itself makes the trip to SV worthwhile.

As much as I realise that my journey has just begun and that there is a lot more to be seen, explored and experienced, I cannot even imagine how my life would have been if it were not for SV. I consider myself lucky that Startup Village came into being at the same time as my college tenure. SV has numerous programs for students interested in startups. The recent SVSquare program and Fisher Collge of Business Internship program etc are a few examples of the initiatives that are offered. The 20% attendance scheme for student entrepreneurs pioneered by SV is also a huge relief for many students in Kerala. A chance for them to pursue their dreams.

Looking forward to lots of further fruitful associations with SV.

The internship with Fisher College of Business

Things happened really quick. I’ll try to quickly setup the background.

I am presently in Columbus, Ohio, USA for a 2 month internship with Fisher College Of Business, Ohio State University. All thanks to Startup Village & Labx foundation. My internship here is a part of their novel initiative to give exposure to latest developments in business/research areas to students from Indian colleges (ones which are not as lucky as IITs/NITs in terms of exposure). I got this opportunity after going through a series of online interviews (google Hangouts) conducted by Lab-X and a final discussion with Dr. Michel Camp, the Executive Director at Centre for Entrepreneurship, Fisher COB. The support and guidance given by team Lab-X – Mr. Ketan Dande, Miss. Sampreeti, Chris Gary for my interview preparations was really great. They even found time to do two rounds of mock interviews for me before the final one with Dr.Camp. I really hope to make the most of this opportunity. I plan to take back a lot of experiences to share with my friends and hope to encourage more fellow students to step up and take initiatives.

Everything fell into place as destiny would have it. My internship with Amazon ended on July 5th. I had my 6th semester lab exams on 11th & 12th of July. I started for Columbus on 13th July morning 4 am. The journey was memorable. It took around 30 hours in total.  I met a lot of knowledgeable people during the flight and at the airports. It was a connecting flight from Etihad airlines via Abu Dhabi till New York. From there, I had to manually recheck my luggage and board an American Airlines flight to Columbus.

I reached Columbus by around 10PM on 13th July US time. Speaking of which, USA has 5 timezones. The one here lags the Indian time by around 9.30 hours. First surprise here – my luggage didn’t come through. Luckily, I had all my money and documents in my backpack. Not so luckily, I had none of my clothes or other essentials with me. I immediately registered a complaint with the Baggage Customer Service. They said it might probably be held up in Customs check @New York and that I can expect it in the next couple of days. Lesson learned – always carry your essentials and a pair of clothing on your backpack. Siddharth Mulay, a friend of Ketan and a PhD. student at OSU in Control Systems came to pick me up. He lives with another PhD. student and a software engineer. I too am presently living with them.

After reaching home, Siddharth took me out for dinner. Then we went straight down to Walmart – the biggest retailer chain here. Its open 24×7. I had to buy some basic clothing. We finished around 1.30 AM. I was asked to get a proper sleep so as to reset my biological clock. The next day was also mostly relaxing and getting acclimatized. Sid took me for a walk around the campus – or at-least a portion of it. The OSU campus is very big. It has a lot of world class amenities too – including the largest campus gym in the US and a very extensive library.

I’ll let some photos I took do the rest of the talking.

Amazon Internship – Takeaways

I finished my 2 month internship with Amazon on the 5th of July. I was able to complete the coding part of the project assigned to me but the testing & deployment phase took longer than anticipated. So I spend the last week doing knowledge transfer sessions to a new hire to take over the project. The fact that I couldn’t see my code reach production was slightly disappointing but hopefully it will be in use by this month end. ūüôā

Let me straight away get down to how the experience at Amazon has impacted me.

  • Industry standard¬†programming methods and paradigms

I was able to understand and see top class programming practices in action (related to Java & more general ones). These include coding conventions to use of interfaces, hibernate, factory patterns, logging mechanisms etc. I was also able to understand how important planning is to the timely completion of projects – sprint plannings, daily scrums¬†etc.¬†Each code goes through thorough peer review process after which it gets a ‘Ship It’. Amazon also had home made building and deployment tools as well as systems for version management, RESTful web services etc.

  • Effective use of data structures

Each design decision was carefully taken – the bigger ones were taking over series of meetings, consulting with UI designers, principal engineers, senior developers etc whereas even the smallest ones are made with much forward thinking – the efficiency of chosen data structure in terms of time & space complexities, relevance to the use case etc are considered. Hash Maps, Hash Sets, Array Lists etc were put to regular use.

  • Testing frameworks

I was totally new to software testing. At Amazon, I had to write test cases for each change that I made and thus got the opportunity to extensively use JUnit testing, DBUnit testing and the concepts of mocking classes using EasyMock, PowerMock etc.

  • Familiarisation with AWS – SQS, EC2 etc.

Our team was making the transition from other platforms to AWS for most purposes. Thus I got to see how the various services are put to use.

  • High level understanding of various interesting programming fields –¬†distributed computing,¬†machine learning etc

Our team used to have a weekly technical speaking session Рanyone could take a session on upcoming technologies. I was able to know about Apache Hadoop for big data processing, R for machine learning etc. These sessions were really informative and interesting.

  • Lots of fun time and good memories ūüôā

I was lucky to be part of an awesome team. Everyone was really good at what they do and were also really fun people to hang out with. There was a lot to get done in the last two weeks – I had to stay late at the office. Once I remember leaving office at 5am only to return by 9am again. But it was fun. There was also the Amazon Global Intern Hackathon which as a 24 hour hackathon for interns across the globe. We were given a real life challenge and asked to come up with efficient solutions. I had missed the registration for the event but I joined a team (interns had to form teams of 5 for the hack) simply to see them work on it – Team ThinkOutOfTheBox. It was an awesome experience – their team had got internship at Amazon after topping the Amazon Ninja Coding contest conducted all over India, so yea pretty much a mean team. ūüôā

Our team (the actual project team) always had lunch together – with interesting discussions. Also, on Fridays we used to order lunch from outside – pizzas at times. ūüôā ¬†We had a team outing the day before I left – very memorable. We went out for bowling, dinner etc and partied hard that night. I ended up sleeping at a team mates place since we were really late.

To sum up, after the internship Amazon’s motto makes perfect sense to me:

Work Hard. Have fun. Make history