Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Free Coding classes for 5 to 9 year old -- week 2 update

Following on from my LinkedIn post last week, I had several of the parents contact me to train their kids to learn the coding basics.  I have accepted a few additional kids and conducted the first session on Saturday so that they can get up to speed when they attend the regular session for week 2 on Monday.

There were 12 kids who attended week 2 course.  This week we covered what Pair Progranning is.  What the Do's and Don'ts are in a Pair Programming scenario.  Now the kids started using blockly to drag and drop and get the object move and get to the destination.  I have also introduced the concept of how to debug step by step and how to use the Repeat block.  Kids were quite comfortable when using the repeat block. 

In the class we started Lesson 6 and the home work was to complete all the exercises in Lesson 6.

Here are some photos fro the session.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Coding basics class for 5 to 9 year old kids

Yesterday I have started my first round of technology classes for kids.  This time I have started coding classes for 5 to 9 year old kids.  The inspiration came from the interest showed by my 5 year old daughter Veda  when I introduced her to code.org

I introduced code.org basics to about 8 kids in an online class.  They clearly understood the 3 rules when they start these classes which are outlined as below


  • Ask your parents if you want to go online
  • Only talk to people you know on the internet
  • Stick to places that are right for you on the internet


The parents were helping their kids to get them signed up and teaching them how to share their screen if they are stuck.

All the kids enjoyed the session yesterday.  I am planning to continue this for 6 weeks and see what they understand.  Some photos from the session below




Thursday, March 12, 2020

Nurturing women data scientists- International womens day

Yesterday Leila Etaati and I ran a  Azure Machine Learning workshop for Women Data Scientists in Auckland.

The topics covered in this workshop are as below

  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Setting up development environment
  • AzureML Experiments using AML Studio and AML Designer
  • Develop and Consume AzureML Models
  • Automated Machine Learning
  • Introduction to R and Python 
  • AML in Python Notebook
  • Evaluate model performance in AML
  • Azure ML Batch Score, Retrain, Production and Automatization
  • Recommendation System
  • Azure Cognitive Services Overview


About 16 women attended this workshop and there were great discussions initiated by few of the participants.  Thanks to Sydhir Rawat from Microsoft for the opportunity.  In the end each participant were given a book "Invisible Women"

A few Photos from the event
















Monday, February 24, 2020

My presentation at Conferenz event -- 2020 Management Accountant Conference

Today I did two presentations to an entirely  different audience at one of the Conferenz events -- 2020 Management Accountant Conference.  As the conference event indicates, the audience were Accountants and Management Accountants and other financial professionals.

I had two sessions to talk about as below -- About Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence.


I really enjoyed presenting about Azure Cognitive Services and show off Power BI as most of the audience didn't know much about these tools.  Had a great interaction with the audience and it is a really good feeling that they have learnt something new and I could see the excitement in a lot of them as they got to know more about these tools.

Some of the photos from the event below.








Saturday, February 22, 2020

My presentation at SQL Saturday Wellington 2020

I enjoyed presenting at SQL Saturday Wellington today on the topic "Empower your Business Apps using Azure Cognitive Services"

Thanks to Anupama Natarajan and the SQL Saturday organising team for this wonderful opportunity.

Here is the link to the slides.  Below is a photo of the women speakers of SQL Saturday in Wellington   Enjoyed interacting and getting to know each and every one of them.

I have given away 1 book titled " AI Crash Course" by   Hadelin-de-ponteves  to 2 of the very interested attendees..  Thanks to Ravit Jain  of @Packt Publication for providing these books to me.  This book is really good for those who are starting to understand what Artificial Intelligence is and would like to know about it.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Difinity Conference Day 2

Day 2 of Difinity had yet some more informative sessions.  I have attended sessions by Dejan Sarka, Anupama Natarajan, Heidi Hasting.

My session today was  "Web Scraping In Power BI".  Really enjoyed presenting to an interactive audience.  Once again thanks to Charles Sterling, I could give away some of the can opener USBs.

Once again I have given away 2 books titled "AI Crash Course" by  Hadelin-de-ponteves  to 2 of the very interested attendees..  Thanks to Ravit Jain of @Packt Publication for providing these books to me.  This book is really good for those who are starting to understand what Artificial Intelligence is and would like to know about it.

Thanks to Reza and Leila for organising this event and also to all the volunteers who have helped in this event.  Some of the photos of my session below











Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Difinity 2020 Day 1

Difinity2020 Day 1 was an amazing day at Cordis.  It started with Reza introducing the conference followed by the Keynote Power Platform demos by Charles Sterling, Ken Puls, Leila Etaati, John Liu, Heidi Hastings.

Highlight of the sessions that I attended was  Getting-hands-on-with-microsoft-power-virtual-agents  By Charles Sterling

In this session all the attendees got to build a #lowcode bot and publish it within 30 min.

I had an opportunity to present my session Build-your-first-model-with-azure-machine-learning-services   The audience were very responsive to my questions and I am confident that they learnt how to build a Linear Regressoin Model in the 45 min. session.

Thanks Charles Sterling for providing the  gifts for my most interactive participants.

I am also thankful to Ravit Jain of @Packt Publication for providing me with the books titled 'AI Carsh Course' written by Hadelin-de-ponteves to be given to 4 attendees.  This book is really good for those who are starting to understand what Artificial Intelligence is and would like to know about it.

Thanks Ginger Grant, Anupama Natarajan and Leila Etaati for your help with my demo.

Thanks to Reza and Leila for organising this event and also to all the volunteers who have helped in this event.  Some of the photos of my session below










Free Coding classes for 5 to 9 year old -- week 2 update

Following on from my LinkedIn post last week, I had several of the parents contact me to train their kids to learn the coding basics.  I ha...