My journey to become an international Tech-speaker

Some of the projects I have worked on:

Working with data and predicting future based on it is my passion and it has always made me feel like a Magician! I am an AI and Data enthusiast who loves to share her experiences with others. From facilitating the first pilot of Google's Machine Learning Crash Course in India back in 2017 to becoming an international tech-speaker, I have always loved to share my knowledge and experiences with participants in unique ways to help developers & students who look forward to grow their careers in the field of Artificial Intelligence.


I have been a Research Trainee at Indian Space Research Organisation in 2018 where I worked in the pipeline of smart cities mission of India by implementing Computer Vision and Deep Learning approaches. After completing BTech in Information and Communication Technology from Ahmedabad University in 2019, currently, I am building the Next Generation Document Agent to automate data entry and paperwork involved in global supply chains for Gigabytes of Structured and Unstructured data​ at Shipmnts.com, India, as a Machine Learning Engineerr.


My MozFest session experience:

Speaking at my very own college to local Google Developers Groups' meetup to mega events such as DevFest Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Bangalore and many more, I have shared my knowledge and experiences with 1000+ tech enthusiasts. But MozFest19 has been a whole different challenge and a great learning experience for me.


Why?


Before delivering a session, a speaker would expect to know a bit about the participants, approx. how many of them will be students and how many working professionals with great background will be there? Should a speaker prepare content for beginner level or advanced? What present of participants would be having some-what technical background? How to engage every single attendee in your 90 minutes of session who might not be a native English speaker?


All of these questions were never in my mind before MozFest, but MozFest taught me to think, prepare and deliver content which person of any age group, any educational and working background understand and get started with.


I had my session on Decentralized & Personalized AI, with Privacy by Design which was divided into two phases, Learning Phase and Practicing Phase.

  • In the Leaning Phase I delivered content, introduced them to the new dawn of Federated Learning having the potential to disrupt Cloud Computing, the dominant computing paradigm of today.
  • In the practice phase, I arranged an ideathon, where participants came up as a team to build an idea by brainstorming and prototyping algorithms and presenting it to the rest in the end with one-on-one mentoring by myself.

Apart from my session, I got a chance to listen to some other fantastic speakers around the world. Got networked with a lot of industry experts and visited the science fair.


How did I prepare to speak at MozFest - submitting the proposal:

Not only MozFest but for any talk in general, the first step is to have an interesting topic to speak on which interests and benefits larger audience. If you have found the topic which you are comfortable with and have thorough understanding, plan every single minute of your session. List down all the things to be done before your session from designing posters of your talk to preparing study materials to planning fun activities to the things to be done post session to get engaged with the audience.

Pro tips for planning any session with ADIDS analogy where ADIDS stands for,


A - Activity

D - Discussion

I - Input

D - Deepening

S - Synthesis


Activity: The session begins with an activity that is connected to the topic of the session. This is meant to introduce the topic to the participants and get them grounded in their own contexts in connection to the topic.

Discussion: In this part of your session, everyone talks about what they thought of the activity they just completed. The facilitator should prepare questions to guide the activity.

Input: The trainer presents on issues, sub-topics and more advanced concepts related to focus of the session

Deepening: In technical training, this is usually the hands-on segment of a session. This is where the participants will get to put what they are learning to use

Synthesis: A good training habit is to always summarize the session. Talk about what happened in the session, some of the results of the discussion, what issues were discussed, what solutions were made, and give some more time for participants to ask more questions before the session is closed.


Also remember, a great session is when every person in the room speaks 1/nth of the total session time.

Prepare your session and do not forget to getting reviewed your session plan by your mentor or a colleague. The next step is to submit your plan and wait for the results!!


And then...

Congratulations, you have been selected as a session facilitator at MozFest 2019, London with full travel stipend!! :)


My message to women in tech:

"Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable"

There will be times when you feel like giving up on everything but remember Hard Work Pays Off, it may take longer than expected but the reward would be much larger than expected.

Be clear with fundamentals, and have SMART goals for your studies, college assignments, finding a job, changing career or just a pet-project. Where SMART stands for,


S - Specific

M - Measurable

A - Achievable

R - Realistic

T - Timely


Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous

Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress towards the accomplishment of the goal

Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve

Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your life purpose

Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency.


Give a pet on your back after finishing up your task-list at the end of the day, do not hesitate to ask for help, put your imposter syndrome aside and let the world know who you are and what you can achieve.


Happy Learning! :)

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2 Replies
Shivangi Singh
4 months ago

Great hearing from you...Its very inspiring to listen to such achievements.

Truely inspiring ma'am. 

Sethu Sathyan
5 months ago

Thanks for sharing your journey Charmi. Very insightful.