BSc Computer Science student, Jheng-Hao Lin, travelled to Berlin for a week to participate in a conference and a Hackathon. He received £500 of funding to support his experience.
Thanks to Santander’s Go International Bursary, I had the chance to travel to Berlin and attend two interesting tech events: ‘Berlin Buzzwords Conference’ and ‘Talk to me, Berlin’.
‘Berlin Buzzwords’ was a conference on storing, processing and searching large amounts of digital data. The attendants were either data scientists, data engineers or researchers who were experts in the domain. As a novice in the data science area, I worked as a volunteer to assist the event and tried to absorb some knowledge.
For the last three days, I attended a hackathon named ‘Talk to me, Berlin’. It was sponsored by the Amazon Alexa team, Google and other companies related voice interface technologies.
The event included a team building session, where I joined the team Speechless. Our team goal was to help people learning a new language by conversing with a VUI, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
We finalised our concept on the second day; Google Home was chosen to be our main target VUI device rather than Amazon Alexa. Our demo was to present a funny, flirty conversation in German between one of our teammates and the Google Assistant.
Our team’s pitch had a really positive response from the audience and judges, which eventually led us to our prizes! Our team won the Google Home prizes, and each of us got a free Google Home!
I had a great week in Berlin. Thanks to the sponsorship from Santander, I was able to fly to this beautiful city and meet so much interesting people during these few days. These experience definitely contributes to my resume and portfolio.