Student Avinash and his experience in Google Code-in 2018

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My experience with GCI 2018 was amazing. It was also an equally wonderful experience working with Liquid Galaxy. I initially had very little idea about coding but was urging to take part in this contest. I knew I could do few of the design tasks easily but when it comes to coding I think I need to put in a lot of effort.
Throughout this journey, I had great times working with the tasks in the stipulated time and I should really thank the mentors for approving my tasks instantly whatever be the time I was posting my task. I gained a whole lot of confidence when I first saw my name on the top-ten list. However, I didn’t want to limit myself with design tasks.
So I started to research on the coding tasks. There were about 5 Points of Interests tasks and I initially thought they were tough tasks, since I had no prior knowledge about anything much in computers. But then there was also some information provided to the contestants by the mentors on how to capture a Point of Interest. Somehow I had the will power not to do any task without knowing its importance.
So I learnt about its use in the Liquid Galaxy for Education Controller app and then got into it. Soon I was able to do the task really fast and those 5 tasks were completed quickly! I can’t really express how glad I feel to have chosen Liquid Galaxy as it has become my life changing experience. It has introduced me to something called Flutter which is extremely amazing.
I had never thought of Android development and this has opened the doors for me. I really love how liquid galaxy introduced me to Flutter through a task just so that I get to know about the basic stuff and after that increases the difficulty level to make me understand it better. Slowly, I started going through all the tasks which was of my calibre and that’s how my engine started. Most of these days, I had sleepless nights trying to venture into something new.
I got into the impression that I’m gaining lot of information day by day. My research work did not stop. I worked hard to set up the 2 pc and 3 pc LG setup. For the first time when I saw it, I jumped with joy. The level of thrill that I had while doing this task and the amount of happiness I got after accomplishing this task was very high.
I would have set up at least 10 liquid galaxy installations on different PCs, each time learning a little bit extra than the previous time. I analysed and researched where liquid galaxy could be used, had a look at the other tasks given by liquid galaxy. Even though I couldn’t complete other tasks that were related to liquid galaxy installations on HTML5 aquarium and so on, I am still confident that I would gain enough knowledge to accomplish those tasks.

Avinash explaining in a very detailed way what's the Lioquid Galaxy:

Again liquid galaxy introduced me to something amazing called Google code labs which gave me an idea about what exactly is inside Android applications. It gave me a complete tutorial about how to create our own applet in Google assistant. Discovering what all I could do for the first time was an overwhelming experience. I soon began working on Actions on Google and was successful in creating a quiz game and question answer type applet that give us information about liquid galaxy. I would say that accomplishing tasks was not the happiest part but I felt more happier when I realised that I could do this on my own and yes, I have the confidence, that I can do this all day!
A few tasks gave me exposure to 3d designing. I did few design task which ask me to recreate the actual liquid galaxy lab in Spain and also recreate the actual c a d model of liquid galaxy.
I also wrote a program to calculate the distance between two coordinates using latitude and longitude and also I did a query related task. These programs which involve coding needed a bit of research and since they were new to me it wasn't really easy.
I had to figure out how to do it and only then I was able to actually work on it. However I am happy I got to learn something. Those tasks that involved just research were also very informative. We weren’t just allowed to easily copy paste content for these tasks. I had to do a proper analysis and then mentors approved my tasks.
I sincerely thank Liquid Galaxy for this amazing experience. I am looking forward to contribute more.

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