Princeton

11 November, 2018
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So I stopped by at Princeton University, New Jersey this weekend for their fall hackathon, which they pulled off really well. If there's one thing that I'm really picky about during hackathons, it is the food. When you're going strong on that solid diet plan or slowly hitting that streak of getting those proper three meals a day, a weekend at a hackathon can do some pretty good damage. Luckily, with good planning, the folks at Princeton managed to do an excellent job at satisfying every hacker's tummy, with how much ever food they required during those two nights. I'm looking at you Cornell, please take notes.

 

I had the wonderful opportunity of working with three beautiful bois Siddhanth, Daniel, and Eder.

 
Five shots of expresso, four pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice gives you liquid cocaine.
Five shots of expresso, four pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice gives you liquid cocaine.

We ended up building a corporate facing platform that aggregates travel and expense data from clients/teams and streamline the process of setting budgets and verifying bills through image processing.

 

While a lot of magic was involved, we could barely finish the entire thing in that weekend alone, so. But if you ever work on a project like this, here's a tip – use a bill receipt image dataset (it's surprising how you can actually build this dataset on your own) and train it to get the total price, and verify its legitimacy by comparing it with how other bills look like, and the price the client has entered from his side.

 

Anyway, this ivy is bery bery beautiful and it's worth walking around the campus if you're into that kinda thing.

I see a little silhouetto of a man
I see a little silhouetto of a man
Thunderbolt and lightning
Thunderbolt and lightning
GALILEO Galileo GALILEO Galileo GALILEO FIGAROOO
GALILEO Galileo GALILEO Galileo GALILEO FIGAROOO
Scaramouche SCARAMOUCHE
Scaramouche SCARAMOUCHE
Very, very frightening me
Very, very frightening me
Magnifico-o-o-o-o. We didn't win anything though, but the weekend was fun.
Magnifico-o-o-o-o. We didn't win anything though, but the weekend was fun.
It's imperative that you stand behind the yellow line though.
It's imperative that you stand behind the yellow line though.