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An idea can change your life but an idea materialized into an app can change millions of lives. So pack up all all your ideas and get ready to participate 12 hour long marathon coding event 'Hackathon'. The problem statement is open!
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Google Social Hackathon, a kernel event of Apogee 2013, BITS Pilani, was organized on 16th March, 2013, with the joint effort by other associations, namely, Computer Science Association, Information System Association. This 12-hour overnight marathon event saw the participation of over 108 coding enthusiasts from different colleges. 

It was an open problem statement event where participants were required to develop an innovative app using any combination of available Google Technologies. In addition to this, there were some social problems also, with some technical implementation, provided by NGOs. 

To encourage amateurs and to ensure multi-disciplinary participation, a hands-on-session on Google APIs and Android was conducted on 14th March, 2013. Speaker for the talk was KAMESHWAR G. (M.E. BITS Pilani). The session covered all the basics of building a complete android app and design principles of building an app, along with a brief introduction to the event. The talk helped participants gear up and set the mood of the Hackathon. 

With 27 teams participating for this event with 4 members in each, the event received a hearty response from the outstation as well as the BITSian students. Dominoes Pizzas and Nescafe snacks were provided over the course of the night to revive the brainstorming coders. 

Google goodies were given to all the participants of the event. There were few glitches related to power and internet issues but were resolved soon. Overall, the event was a huge success. 

The event was sponsored by Google.
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A talk on Google Summer of Code will be held on the 13th of February 2013.

Speakers for the talk
Bhargav G. - project named "Photo galleria: A hybrid mobile app developed using Phonegap" in Apache Software Foundation,
G. Karthik - project named "Data Visualization of Gene-Disease Links Using Graphical Networks" in Crowdsourcing Biology

Things to be covered in the session
Everything from motivation, incentives, how to apply and prepare for GSoC to completion of the project. Projects completed by the speakers and their overall experience.


About Google Summer of Code
                         Google Summer of Code is a global program organized by Google every year that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. They have worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. Historically, the program has brought together nearly 5,500 successful student participants and over 3000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. 


 The details for the talk are as follows:

Date:- 13th February, 2012
Venue:- LTC 5102
Time:- 5:30 pm
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GDG BITS Pilani events proposal for the 1st quarter for the year 2013


• “How to use Map Maker” - A 1 hour talk on how to use map maker for preparing participants for the event Super Mapper. (24th January). 20 students attended the talk. The speaker was GSA for BITS Pilani Subhayan Mukharjee.

• Super Mapper (12th february - 25th March) - Mapping the university and its surroundings as a part of Map my University drive. The participants progress will be tracked and the best mapper will be adjudged as "Super Mapper". 

• Google Summer of Code (13th February) - A joint lecture on how to prepare and apply for GSoC. The talk will be taken by two Ex GSoCers from our campus namely Bhargav G.(in Apache Software Foundation) and G. Karthik(in Crowdsourcing Biology). 

• Game Development Interest Group - Consisting of a series of hands-on-sessions and talks related to game development programming languages and game engines. 

• Game Development Workshop (24th March) - End product of the workshop would be a card game in Python minesweeper (windowed application) in Java Swing, a simple 3D game.

• Google Social Hackathon - (15th March) - A 12 hour kernel event with an open problem statement where participants are required to develop an innovative app using any combination of available Google Technologies. In addition to this, there will also be social problems classified as bounty problems provided by NGO’s with some technical implementation. Some special features of the event remain :
o Kernel event or representative event for the techfest APOGEE, BITS PILANI. Highly publicized event with overhaul of out-station participation,
o Pre-Workshop 3 days before the event on Google API’s and Android to gear up the participants and bring them in the mood of the Hackathon,
o A social touch - Unlike other usual Hackthons, a fraction of the end products of this event will also help the amelioration of the society in some way,
o Food/snack provided to the participants, an immediate consequence of it being an overnight event. Also giving it the complete aura of social coding.



Other events in Pipeline: These are some other events that we plan to have in this quarter, but the dates of which are not finalised yet.

• Android Code Lab
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Session on Map Maker by Subhayan Mukharjee - Google Students Ambassador BITS Pilani
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We had around 250 people attending the talk yesterday on GSOC. Thank you all for attending the talk. Hope it helped in introducing GSOC and inspired you to try for it this summer. The whole presentation for those who missed it and want to know what happened will be uploaded shortly. We also have a few pics of ours here! Last but not the least We would like to thank Kartik, Akshay and rajat for accepting our invitation.   #gdgindia   #gsoc2014   #googledevelopers  
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The Google Developers Group BITS Pilani in coordination with Computer Science Association will be organizing a hands-on-session on “Android” on  14th March Thursday in LTC 5102 from 4:00 p.m.

Speakers for the talk : KAMESHWAR G. (M.E. BITS Pilani) 


Things to be covered in the session

The session will be covering all the basics of building a complete android app and design principles of building an app. The workshop will also cover a brief introduction to the event
Google Social Hackathon – a kernel event of APOGEE 2013.
 
P.S.:- Please bring your laptops and if possible spike boards along.
 
The details for the talk are as follows:

Date:-  14th March, 2013
Venue:- LTC 5102
Time:- 4:00 pm
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The links from today's session on Google Summer of Code are as follows:

Bhargav G. presentation here.

G. Karthik presentations http://gkarthik.net/gsoctalk/.
Link to the Karthik's Blog post http://gkarthik.net/tips-for-google-summer-of-code/.
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Summary of all activities for the year 2012

• The year started with a hands-on session on HTML5 by Raghavendra Tungaturthi, an SDET, BITS Pilani Instructor. 30 students attended the event. The event was held on 17th Feb 2012

• Another hands-on session on Python on 28th of Feb. The speaker was Sreeraj, SDET instructor for Python Course previous semester. The session comprised basics of Python and slowly progressed towards complex things. Approximately 40-50 students attended the session.

• Popularization of free online course on Power Searching by Google - Googling tips and tricks in association with our GSA. The activity began around 14th of September for the course beginning on the 24th of September. We received a great response from the students of BITS, judging by the number of calls and queries that we received for the course adding to the number of students who successfully completed the course.

As part of GDG Devfest, we organized three events, viz., 

• On the 21st September the first event, WebWizard, started. This was a 52 hour online Web Designing Event. The participants were asked to design a website. The participants were required to integrate any number of Google APIs (such as maps, translator, picasa, youtube, calendar, spreadsheet, G+ share, app engine and many more) and other features into their website. Bonus points were awarded to the team who made their websites open source on Google Code.  A total of 70 enthusiastic teams registered for the event. Out of which 3 teams were awarded with goodies from Google.

• 22nd September: DesignOManiac, was also an online event spread over 24 hours. It was an Android based app design event, wherein the back-end JAVA code was provided delivering the basic functionality. A Tic-Tac-Toe game was chosen for the same. The most intuitive and innovative UI layer created was given the prize. This event giving a very different development platform received a hearty welcome from the participants and the BITSian crowd. Around 40 teams participated in the event.

• 23rd September witnessed Seekathon, a fun event for all. This was based on the format of a treasure hunt. It had 6 rounds with a Google flavour to it. Participants were to use Google Android Scanner, Google maps and other such Google services. A particular round Pikconnect was based on Google Images, and yet another crossword round that had its answers as the popular Google technologies. With 35 teams participating for this event with 2-5 members in each, this was one of the most engaging events as 
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