An app to shield kids from ‘dark web’

M SOMASEKHAR Hyderabad | Updated on March 12, 2018


Students showcase new applications at Microsoft’s initiative

A group of students from BITS Pilani has developed a technique to keep children away from adult, racist and negative content on the web.

The experimental app they demonstrated at the showcase of Microsoft here is a content moderation solution and is built as a browser extension.

The content rectifier helps parents to monitor and control the web activity of children through Facebook bot as well, explained the team Negative Time, which won the first place amongst 15 linstitutions, including all IITs, IISc, Bengaluru, NITsand Anna University. Sharing the top slot was IIT Kanpur team Voicers, which has come up with a web app ‘Song Train’ to create Karaoke tracks. The app also serves as a platform for users to assess their singing ability says the team.

The second runner up team, called Infinite Loop, from BITS-Pilani, showcased an Android app Together Play, which allows one to play synchronised music in multiple devices and can also be used for short-range audio communication over Wifi direct.

Engaging campuses, part of the annual Micosoft Academia-Accelerator initiative, attracted 37 projects this year, of which the top 10 finalists were showcased at the company’s India Development Centre in Hyderabad.

The projects were built based on popular technologies such as Android, Chatbots and artificial intelligence solutions. Academia Accelerator, now in its fifth year is Microsoft India’s campus engagement programme intended to build long-term association between industry and academia.

It brings together students and mentors (some being Microsoft alumni) in developing innovative projects with an understanding of latest technologies.

About 350 projects have so far been completed under the programme, and about 40 per cent of the students are from non-computer science backgrounds, says Chitra Sood, Director, Business Management at Microsoft India R&D Centre.

From just ideas at the campus level, the builds on the best of those through mentoring, publishing and pitch support provided by Microsoft to tap into student developers to bring their ideas to life, she says.

Published on May 12, 2017

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