Amazon Alexa skills workshop conducted at IIT Madras

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 8: IIT Madras has conducted the Amazon Alexa skills workshop in collaboration with Amazon Alexa and Women Who Code, Chennai. The workshop aimed at encouraging participation of women in management and technology as a curtain raiser for its ‘career returnship’ conference for women that will be held on January 5 and 6, 2019 during the IIT’s technical festival- Shaastra.

Around 60 women attend workshop

Sharada Priya and Vishnu Harshith of IIT Madras headed the workshop. The institute released a statement mentioning that nearly 60 women were a part of this workshop wherein they experimented on the voice-based experiences and internet of things.

According to the IIT, “Participants had an interactive session about the principles of voice design apart from involving themselves in handling requests with AWS Lambda and getting acquainted with the Skill Builder tool. The workshop was conducted free of cost and the participants received certificates of completion from the Shaastra Relaunch team.”

Curtain raiser of tech fest

The workshop was conducted as a curtain-raiser of the IIT Madras’ conference known as ‘career returnship’ for women. It is scheduled to be held in January 2019 during the IIT’s technical festival.

IIT Madras is among the top institutes of national importance in higher technological education, along with basic and applied research. It was formally inaugurated in 1959 by the Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Humayun Kabir.

The IIT, spread across 250 hectares, has around 550 faculties, 8000 students and 1250 administrative staff. It has a total of sixteen academic departments such as Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Ocean Engineering and Physics. The IIT also has a few research centres across various disciplines of engineering. Its centres include centres for Technology and Policy, Continuing Education, NEMS and Nanophotonics, Healthcare Technology and Innovation, etc.

Admissions to the undergraduate engineering programmes at IIT Madras are done on the basis of candidates’ performance in JEE Advanced. For postgraduate admissions, performance in GATE is considered.