MITians on a whole new level

By S.M. Gowtham

Carte Blanche, one of the traditional symposiums of MIT is conducted every year under the organization of Computer Society of MIT. This year we, a group of MITians planned to conduct a workshop on Arduino on Feb 16, 2014 at PL lab, Admin block, 3rd floor and we successfully executed it. Registrations were up to the expected level and also we received a good feedback from the participants. We were able to clarify most of their questions. However, we faced some unexpected events. It was the sudden power interruption on that day. Due to this we were not able to provide proper ventilation for the participants. Also we didn’t start the workshop at 9.30 am as we planned because, first of all the lab-assistant (I think) who was to open the lab came late. Second, there was another workshop going on in the nearby lab (IT lab) for which internet connection was a must. Due to the power cut, they weren’t able to start at the allotted venue and we were asked to shift to their venue as our lab had the facility to access internet via UPS. It almost took 2 hours to install the Arduino software on all the systems in the new venue. So we started 2 hours late. Another problem we faced was space. Yes that lab is too narrow so it obviously made the participants annoyed a little bit. But luckily all of them were patient until we made the arrangements. In spite of all the above issues, we worked as a team and made the workshop a success. We finished the session by 5 pm and asked them to give a feedback about the workshop. The only demand from their side was to extend the workshop for another day, the next time so that it could be more useful for them and we could cover more concepts regarding Arduino. We MITians gave our best and rose to a new level.

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