The ETH society for students studying Computer Science (VIS) has
invited Alain and Phil to serve as 2 of a total of 4 mentors during
this years 3 day VIScon which is a
Hackathon and a symposium on the same weekend. We are very happy to be
there the second year in a
row
!

The Hackathon was fully booked with about a hundred participants; the whole symposium has up to 700 participants.

It’s been a lot of fun - the event was professionally organized, the
teams have been well prepared and had an edge, because all
infrastructure has been provided by VIS up front. VIScon also is a
real Hackathon in the sense that it’s all about writing code and
having fun - not about winning corporate prices.

Working with the teams has been great fun - and by sheer coincidence
two of our teams were in the top 3 spots 😉🤣. Having said that,
actually all teams did a really great job this year and we’re happy to
have been a part of it!

Here are some impressions from the weekend:

Alain with Max (organizer) and Fabian (team mentor)

Both Max and Fabian are former students of Alain. Big thanks for having me old geezer around! \(_)/

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View over Zürich from ETH Semperaula

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Initial kick-off and introduction on Friday

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Hacking room on Saturday afternoon

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Souvenirs

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Aftermovie from 2018