Today was my last day at Yahoo and for the first time in my decade long career I am “officially unemployed” 😉
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During the event, I gave a talk titled “Hack 101”, which basically explains what is an hack, what is HackU and how to participate etc.
Yahoo is currently conducting HackU (Hackday for university) at IIT – Bombay and I was part of the Technical crew that is conducting the event, similar to the previous HackU.
During the event, I gave a talk titled Hacking 101, basically explaining what is a Hack, how to participate etc.
This past weekend, Yahoo conducted HackU (Hackday for university) at IIT – Kanpur and I was part of the Technical crew that conducted the event.
The annual Yahoo Open Hack day is back and this year it is going to happen on 30th and 31st of July.
This hackday is special for me, for a couple of reasons.
Update: Here are the photos
And the second reason is that, we are going to have hardware hacks during the event. Yes you read it right 🙂 This time we are planning to have tech talks about hardware and let people do hardware hacks as well.
Regular readers of my blog would know that I hack around hardware (especially Arduino) as a hobby and you could understand my excitement.
I am also going to give a talk on Arduino and Android ADK and will be demoing some of the hacks which I have created using them.
If this hasn’t convinced you, then there is more. Yahoo is also going to sponsor 50% price for the hardware that you need for hacking. Yes, you read it right again. 😉 We have arranged this offer with 9 Circuits. Head over to the Open hackday wiki to get more details about it.
See you guys at Open Hack day next weekend.
This past weekend, Yahoo conducted HackU (Hackday for university) at IIT – Bombay and I was part of the Technical crew that conducted the event.
On June 15th I completed one year at Yahoo and Bangalore.
I sat around to write about my life in the past one year and then I read about Derek’s experience.
Now, all you need to do is to replace *Sunnyvale* with *Bangalore, *Yahoo Hack Day 2008* with *Yahoo Hack Day 2009* and *Kansas City* with *Chennai* in this post and you will get my story 😉
Thanks to everyone at Yahoo for making this past one year as one of my best years and also for Derek for saving a couple of keystrokes for me. 🙂
Finally after 3 weeks of stay in Sunnyvale CA, I am back in India. 🙂
Whomever I met after my visit, asked me the same question. How was my experience out there? So instead of explaining to each of them separately, I am going to point this blog post to them.
I am not going to get into the cultural/lifestyle or economical aspect at all, instead I am going to just describe the subtle things which you will notice in your everyday life.
Right hand driving
The first thing that got my attention after getting down at SFO airport is that people drive in the right side of the road. Even though I know about it before, it took me quite some time to get used to it (especially while taking turns)
No metric system
The second thing which I noticed was that the metric system (km, kg, litre, Celsius etc) is not used. Instead they use the British system (miles, pounds, gallons, Fahrenheit etc). I was always trying to do the conversion internally when doing calculations.
No ground floor in elevators
This one was a real surprise. After landing in my hotel, I realized that the elevators don’t have ground floor. So the ground floor becomes first floor and the first floor becomes second floor. Luckily I went in the elevator the first time instead of taking the steps. Otherwise I would have reached 4th floor instead of 3rd floor. 🙂
I was not sure whether it was because of shortage of manual labour or for cost-cutting. Most of the places like shops, petrol (okay okay gas) stations, super markets etc were automated. Vending machines have replaced manual labour in all these places.
Access for everyone
This one was really a good thing. In almost all places, there were separate accessible paths/doors for disabled people. Every parking lot had separate places for disabled people.
On the whole, experienced a lot of new things in my 3 weeks stay and have taken some tons of photos. Keep an eye on my flickr page; I will be uploading them soon after doing some post processing.
PS: Wish you all a happy and prosperous 2010.
Well guys, got an quick update for you all.
I am leaving to Sunnyvale CA tomorrow morning for a business trip and will be back just before Christmas. Since it is a business trip, I would be busy during the weekdays and should be free only during the weekends. I haven’t made any plans for the weekends yet, but let’s see how things turn out to be.
This is my first international travel and I am pretty excited about it. Got any tips for the first time traveller? 🙂
Well guys, got some good news for you all. I am joining Yahoo Research, Bangalore next week.
I am relocating to Bangalore and may not be available online for a couple of days, so if you have sent an email, you may have to wait for some more time for reply.
This is the first time in my entire life, I am leaving the comfort of my home and Chennai, so a little nervous about it. But I guess everything should be fine once I get settled there.
So Bangalore, here I come 😉