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Alibaba Cloud, Zhejiang Lab and BML Munjal University Host their First Natural Language Processing (NLP) Hackathon in India

To empower students with skills to tackle AI and network information challenges

Bangalore, October 4th, 2018: Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, together with Zhejiang Lab, an emerging scientific research platform co-established by Provincial Government of Zhejiang Province, Alibaba Group and Zhejiang University,and BML Munjal University (BMU), concluded its first Natural Language Processing (NLP) Hackathon in India on 29 September 2018. More than 100 students from BMU participated in the day-long event.

The winning team of the hackathon ‘thecodingcartoon’ won a cash prize of INR 50,000. The second and third prize winners received INR 30,000 and 20,000 respectively.

During the hackathon, students solved NLP problems and interacted with experts from Zhejiang Lab and Alibaba Cloud to exchange ideas on artificial intelligence and network information. The organisers hoped that through the hackathon, students would be able to adapt their career aspirations with what jobs might be able to offer to them in future.

Ms. Su Min, HR Manager and Dr. Li Yanan, AI Scientist, Zhejiang Lab with the winning team ‘thecodingcartoon’ of the Natural Language Processing Hackathon hosted by Alibaba Cloud, Zhejiang Lab and BML Munjal University

Prof. M.B. Srinivas, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, BML Munjal University said, “We are very thrilled to host Alibaba Cloud’s first hackathon in India. These hackathons are great ways to showcase the practical skills needed in the workplace, and students can learn more problem-solving skills through competitions. Our students have created world-class solutions for NLP problems, and Tianchi hackathon is a great platform to present their ideas and talents.”

Dr. Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India said, “India is a talent powerhouse which presents opportunities to provide solutions to some real world issues today using emerging technologies like big data and AI. The main aim of the Alibaba Cloud Tianchi platform is to collaborate and work together with great minds across the globe. The NLP hackathon is one example to engage with students and explore new models of crowd innovation.”

Ms. Su Min, HR Manager, Zhejiang Lab said, “India is a country known for its talent in computer science. This hackathon gave Zhejiang Lab the opportunity to collaborate with Alibaba Cloud and BMU to help students showcase innovation and creativity using their technical skills. We look forward to many more collaborations with Alibaba Cloud in the future.”

Tianchi, powered by Alibaba Cloud, is a leading global competition platform connecting the best software developers and data scientists to solve the toughest business problems across industries. Since its inception, Tianchi has attracted over 200,000 developers from 91 countries and regions in disciplines ranging from data mining, artificial intelligence, to machine learning and operational research.

BMU attracts students from across India and has an experience-based learning model which aims at transforming students to become future leaders. Under this model, industry leaders from key companies form part of the faculty, using real life case studies to teach students the nuances of business management. BMU students also get to work on practical work problems, which expands their knowledge and experience to make them industry-ready. 

About BML Munjal University

Founded by Hero Group, BML Munjal University (BMU) is a not-for-profit university. Named in honour of late Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Chairman and Founder, Hero Group, BMU is engaged in creating, preserving and imparting internationally benchmarked knowledge and skills through experience-based learning to a diverse community of students from across the world. Mentored by Imperial College, London, BMU offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business management and engineering based on evolving needs of the industry. BMU’s experiential learning environment encourages enquiry, creativity, problem solving, entrepreneurship and innovation. The 50-acre, fully-residential university promotes cross-course curriculum to add multi-skills rather than super specialization disciplinary learning, transforming students into leaders today

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

About Zhejiang Lab

Located in the picturesque city of Hangzhou, China, Zhejiang Lab is an emerging scientific research platform co-established by Provincial Government of Zhejiang Province, Alibaba Group and Zhejiang University. With the aim of becoming a national laboratory, Zhejiang Lab focuses on scientific research of artificial intelligence and network information with several multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research centers. More information available here: http://zhejianglab.com/home.html

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