IASF collaborated with Odisha.ml (an organization promoting Machine Learning) and OSA (Odisha Society of Americas) in organizing a Hackathon in June 2022 at the annual convention in Sacramento. The goal was to promote students in grade 8 through 12 from the Odia community across the world to participate and demonstrate their understanding and entrepreneurial talent.

There were 4 broad categories:

  1. Agriculture and Climate Change
  2. Sanitation and Public Health
  3. Education
  4. Bringing the Odia community together

A total of 20 teams registered for the hackathon of which 4 were from Odisha. The hackathon was done remotely over a period of 4 weeks by the students at home. Students provided a 5 minutes video along with other code or presentation for the evaluation.

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OSA Convention provided a perfect opportunity for the youth to get involved. IASF formally launched the IASF-Youth wing (A new membership category that included school and college going kids interested in making a difference aligned with IASF mission). Young people have the ideas, the creativity and great energy to shape a better world and take IASF to new heights. They are taking the charge. In this segment several IASF youth members interviewing some of the permanent and board members to hear their thoughts.

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Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani ravaged the coastal Odisha on May 3, 2019, destroying homes, buildings, uprooting millions of trees, damaging electrical & communication infrastructure. Though due to the government’s planning and foresight the loss of human lives was minimal, the aftermath is unbearable to millions of people affected. Your contribution, no matter how small or big is going to help the needy. Thank you for all your generous support – we are no more accepting donations for this cause.

The goal of the Vision 20/20 Program is to provide eye exams and glasses to needy students who otherwise fall behind in schools because of their vision problem.

The goal of the Raise a Reader program is to encourage elementary school students to read books outside of their core curriculum. Students with good reading habits tend to do well in higher grades. We work directly with the school principals to provide almirah and books for this program.

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