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‘Git’ Together—IECSE’s Workshop on Git and Markdown

On 27th October 2018, IECSE organised a technical workshop in support of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Combining technical learning with civic awareness, the club gave the workshop attendees an opportunity to not only share their ideas and views on the Clean India movement but also learn the basics of version control systems like Git.

The organisers were overwhelmed with the turnout of the workshop conducted in AB5. The workshop was organised for the participants to learn about GitHub, an open-source platform where everyone can access and add to their work, and also use it to spread awareness and share their thoughts on the Swachh Bharat Mission. The organisers started the discussion by talking about the use of technology in the Clean India Movement. The workshop then continued with the basics of Git. As the participants created their accounts on GitHub, a few organisers had to create internet hotspots as the WiFi in AB5 was nowhere to be detected.

After typing a few ‘#’, ‘>’ and a few letters of the alphabet, the participants got a fair idea of how to make a repository. The organisers then gave everyone the task of typing an article on the topic, Swachh Bharat, to share their views on the same and to discuss ways to solve the problem of pollution in the country.  A time span of twenty minutes was given to the participants, after which they committed their markdown files and sent a merge request to the organisers. Understanding that everyone could not complete their articles in time, the organisers gave them a window till 28th October midnight to edit their work.

“Our main motive was to spread awareness about the Clean India campaign and to make it interesting by incorporating technology learning. It is like killing two birds with one stone,” said Harshit Raghuvanshi, Vice Chairperson of IECSE.

The participants who had come primarily to devote hours to the Swachh Bharat Mission, found the workshop to be a good learning experience. Looking forward to conducting more such workshops in the near future, the people at IECSE concluded the event by informing the participants about the Hacktoberfest and encouraged the students to participate in the online event by using the skills learnt in the workshop on Saturday.

Image Credits: The Photography Club, Manipal

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