Finally it was the time to go the most awaited event "Science Hack Day" to meet and hack with the passionate people. This time also the venue was "Sankalp Bhoomi" a resort built totally from discarded materials and salvaged waste.
We started here from Pune early morning for Belgaum and reached there by Lunch time. After reaching we were happy to meet people there, everyone was busy preparing for SHD Day-1. Then we had lunch. After lunch we put our stuffs in room and were told to take some rest but who wants to take rest when so much of interesting things were going around. So after keeping the luggage in the room, we joined other people in the discussions. It was good to meet people whom we met last year, also good to meet new people . After the discussions we decided to do kayaking as I enjoyed it a lot last time. Also this time we had cycles in Sankalp Bhoomi just to take a ride around it, so all of us enjoyed that. Then in the evening there was a introductory session where all of us gathered to introduce ourself and know each others hack idea . This session was very good as we came to know about different projects and hacks which we can join .
After having breakfast, we started with Inaugural Function. Then Mentors shared their hack ideas, so that people can join any team according to their interest. Also,we had an aero modelling session followed by the practical where we can see the aircraft fying. After this people moved to the hacker space. Groups were formed and people started working on their ideas. 3D pens were the point of attraction which were brought by Nisha and Siddhesh, also 3D printer setup was a major task on which lot of people were working.
There was a soldering workshop which was conducted by Jithin in which school students were having two projects. I helped in that work shop by helping students with soldering and troubleshooting as in the end some of the circuits were not working . So I just helped them to fix it.
After this we had lunch, then I moved to the hacker space and tried something with 3D pen. I was quite interested about the dome project after listening about in morning introduction so went there to see how actually people are trying to implement it. It was good to see that they was able to make a base for their dome, they all were working very hard as it was very difficult task as it include so many skills, as some people were drilling holes in bamboo, some were doing calculations, some were tying the bamboo and many more. So hats off to their team effort.
In evening after tea break again hackers started with the hacks. Then we had lightening talks and dinner. The day didn't finished here, after dinner there were a lot of discussion around technologies and many other things. I went to bed as I was tired and feeling a bit sleepy but the discussions were still going on and in the morning I came to people went to sleep at 4.30 am.
In the morning as I stepped outside I can't stop myself to take a round around Sankalp Bhumi as it was so refreshing. Then breakfast was served and after that people started with their hack ideas. As by lunch they have to finish with their hack. After lunch we all gather in the ground for SHD Group Photo, also we did rocket launch made by the students in their workshop. After that hacker moved to main hall to present that ideas, they grabbed a table and set up the project there. Then all people moved to them to see what they have done in the last to days, they explained their projects. After that there was voting to award the best hack.After voting was completed, everyone was waiting curiously for the result in the mean time Hitesh was there to address the crowd. Then the result came and the winning team was awarded. It was great to to see the Team making the Dome won as they had put a lot of hard work as working without caring about the hot weather and also the ground was slippery due to rain last night. Then students went to their home. Discussion continued with Dinner and after.....
Session on Aero Modelling: This session taught about the basics of aircrafts and we get to know the functions of aircrafts parts. Also it was fun watching that aircraft in action as it take off touching the sky and returing back to the ground.
3D Pen: 3D pen the point of attraction for whole from kids to adults. They tried with writing their name to making some 3D images. I also tried some stuffs and make a model for the Dome which people were making.
3D Printer: 3D printer, everyone was excited to see that working. So people were trying to assemble it. It was also interesting
Dome Home: I find it quite interesting as people were quite involved in it starting from drilling, nailing the nails, measuring and tying the bamboos, maintaining the symmetry. Also I loved the chandelier made by the girls as a decorative item for the Dome Home.
Ping-pong Ball: This was a nice project the students, it was nice to see the ball dancing on the top of water.
Mixture prepared by Praveen Patil: It was a great effort by Praveen to prepare that liquid mixture on which we can walk. So he made it possible walking on liquid without getting into it. Nice experiment by him.
Interaction with SHD-San Francisco: In SF Science Hack Day was going on in parallel, so it was nice to connect with hackers across the globe.
So, attending Science Hack Day was one of the best part of this year for me. Thanks to all the organizers, sponsors, mentors, volunteers and participants for making this event successful .
Looking forward to attend SHD-2018.