Developing story: How I helped the next generation learn to code

Microsoft recently partnered with National Aeronautics and Space Administration and fruit Aspirations to run a hackathon aimed at ennobling young people aged 11-18 to solve real-world problems exploitation information science and artificial intelligence.

Over the three years, girls and boys designed, coded and took part in negotiation focused on AI and machine learning.

Kalai Elumalai is a Cloud Solution designer at Microsoft and, on with his son Karthik, joined in with the hackathon at Microsoft’s London Reactor. Here, in his own words, is what happened.


I have organized and supported a number of information and AI-related hackathons but this was the first time I worked with young people as a technical schoolnical school Mentor.

I took my 10-year-old son, despite having concerns that it mightiness be too ambitious for him. nevertheless, he proven me wrong by passively active with other youngsters during the app challenge.

A number of short Sessions for technical school experts helped the teams progress during the hackathon. The “design thinking” session, for example, provided the teams with a structured approach towards their chosen app challenge.

It was great for me to connect and collaborate with mentors from so much a range of backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, business modellers and design thinking experts.

I was astonied by the youngsters’ cognition of Apis and the use of machine learning to infuse intelligence in their apps. They saw AI as just some other tool that could be used to augment their solution.

Many of the participants used Visual Studio Code as their integrated development environment for Python. and psychological feature employment so much as Microsoft’s speech translator and the image classification API to augment their application.

They besides researched their projects and created PowerPoints, and some wrote code for their apps, which enclosed one on spotting wildfires. If a person sees a fire, he or she can take a photograph and transfer it to the app so others in the area can be aware of it, too. The app will besides calculate the probability of the fire spreading, based on the weather information.

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