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This past weekend, I had the exciting opportunity to attend MLH HackCon, an annual convention organized by Major League Hacking that is thrown for hackathon organizers around the world. Traditionally, the convention is held in the New England area, and students usually go a few days early to spend some time in New York City before the proceedings begin (which I was supposed to do!). However, as with most things this year, the event went virtual, and this happened to be the first virtual convention I was able to actually attend this year. …

Natural Language Processing, or NLP, is probably one of the hotter fields in the tech industry today. With the advent of machine learning and especially neural networks, the field has come a long way from simply using a dictionary to try to predict what word might come next in a sentence. I wanna use this blog post to just talk about some cool stuff I’ve learned while exploring this widely applicable field.

Throughout the past month or so, I’ve been working through the NLP Specialization by on Coursera, as a introduction to the field as a whole. The first…

Cover of “Weapons of Math Destruction”, by Cathy O’Neil

Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve had many difficult conversations with many people in my life, given what’s been happening in the country recently. I’ve talked about systemic racism, our failure of a response to the coronavirus, and many other topics, and this conversation even extended to my work life. One day at work, a colleague suggested reading the novel Weapons of Math Destruction, written by Cathy O’Neil. I took the opportunity to read it, and I am very glad that I did.

The premise of the book is that society is littered with so called Weapons of Math Destruction…

Banner for SummerHacks 2020
Banner for SummerHacks 2020

For the past 5 weeks, I have been preparing for and running an event called SummerHacks. It is a 3-month long virtual hackathon, which my team and I created so we could give technology students an opportunity to create something over the summer. Many people lost their internships or had other plans cancelled due to Covid-19, and we wanted to do our part. Our event attracted over 500 applications, more than 85% of which chose to join our Slack and participate. However, since the opening ceremony with hundreds of views, we have yet to hold an event with more than…

Ansh Jain

CS and Math student at UT Austin, and SWE intern at Instabase. Loves music, the sciences, and Nintendo games!

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