AotM 2015 Diaries - Day 1

Hello everybody,

Sorry, I am a late in posting this note by a day because actually yesterday I felt asleep too early due to jet lag.

If you are wondering, what is AotM, then you can visit their website for all the details.

If you need to get a little introduction about AotM and members from Brilliant then you can find it all here in this post from Agnishom Chattopadhyay.

Everyday, I, Agnishom, or Trevor will be be creating a post about how was our day. You can find it all in Adventures of the Mind 2015 Diaries.

Starting with day 1, Rosemont College has really a beautiful campus. We'll be posting pics on some photo sharing website (to keep it all nice and tidy), I'll soon let you know about it. We started off with breakfast with some light snacks and delicious desserts and drinks. Btw I and Agnishom arrived a day before and otherwise students started arriving today. All students had reported by somewhat near 4:00 pm. Then we had a breakout session, with the following three choices - "Chess & Poker" and "Cyber Security and You". All three of us (I, Agnishom, and Trevor) decided to join the Cyber Security and You. It was real fun. Our mentors were Alexia Schulz, Cyber Security Expert at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Mayank Jain, cofounder of Pilot Hackathon. We discussed about some hacking techniques and vulnerabilities. Then we were separated into groups of 4-7 and each group had to put forward an app idea. After that we had some lectures/speeches by Annie Duke, the woman poker champion and her father Richard Lederer, known for English books and great puns.

And as Agnishom stated already - "There is some important thing she said, when you loose a hand, you say bad luck. And when you win one, you say wow I am skilled. But when you see your opponent winning, you say just got lucky and then when he looses you say, he played badly. Don't do this. That's pretty bad for learning. Also, this applies to the exam scenario. Everytime, you do bad, you keep saying 'oh that was a tough question' and when you win, you think "you're clever."

Finally, we had an ice-cream social at night alongwith a game session of chess and poker. Since I had a zero experience with poker, I decided to go with it so as to learn something new. Ah!!! Trevor is a phenomenal poker player, he's so cool and his bluffing sense was like awesome. This also reminds me that Annie Duke, in her speech, stated that - "A game is a process of decision making related to uncertainity over time" She told that since there's no uncertainity in chess so basically chess is not a real game as poker is.

This finally, brings us to the end of day. We returned back to our dorm rooms with all our minds just filled with all exciting things we did today heading towards a peaceful sleep.

EDIT : I forgot to mention that, the brilliant staff members won't be joining us this year as they are busy with bunch of cool stuff for all of us on Brilliant. Oh! we'd better luck next time.


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What was the favorite hacking technique that was discussed? Did they talk about the implementation of it?

Calvin Lin Staff - 5 years, 12 months ago

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I liked the Espionage technique of hacking into government officials data along with a discussion on how USA Government took over the Iran missiles and it's mission.

And as Agnishom already mentioned, we didn't talk actually talk about implementations but had discussions out on what all can be done along with several recent examples.

Kishlaya Jaiswal - 5 years, 12 months ago

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I likef her idea of denial of service attacks. Also, she talked about a recent jeep hack which was cool.

We didn't talk about implementation. Among 150 or so of us, only around 10 or so have actually coded before which sounds a bit bad

Agnishom Chattopadhyay - 5 years, 12 months ago

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