The hackathon saw 36 short-listed teams battling it out. The winning hacks impressed the judging panel of experts from academia and industry. The first place was notched up by Pied Piper team of Sraman Choudhury, Srikar Chundury, Srinivas Shekar whose hack was based on lip-reading technology which makes use of a camera to intelligently understand the words spoken. Import Hack team of Prajwal Anand, Anurag Das and Nischita V S came up with an intelligent way to remove fog based on image processing.

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PES University campus was witness to a rare confluence of music and dance at the annual event, Samarasa 2017. The cultural programme was inaugurated by renowned vocalist Ganakalabhushana Vid RK Padmanabha and renowned Mridangam artist Sangeeta Kalaratna Vid A V Anand. Dr K S Sridhar, Dr V Krishnamurthy and Dr V Krishna were present on the occasion. The event brought together renowned artistes who demonstrated nuances and precision in their performances inspiring students to aim for perfection in their fields of interest.

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The audience in MRD Auditorium was electrified by the words of the scientist who answered the questions related to science by school children. Prof C N R Rao was honored with ‘Vishwamanava Prashasti’ by Karnataka Vishwamanava Samsthe at the PES University campus. The award ceremony was inaugurated by Dr M R Doreswamy who admired the contributions of Prof C N R Rao to the country and considered him to be synonymous with scientific research. He succinctly captured the achievements of the scientist in numbers, 1600 papers authored, 150 doctoral students guided, 49 works of science and 77 honorary doctorates conferred on him by prestigious institutions.

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