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SRM Institute of Science and Technology Student Wins The Facebook API Prize

Sumanth Reddy Pandugula, 4thyear Computer Science Engineering student at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) was part of a three member team that won the Facebook API prize that made it to the finals of the prestigious Facebook World Hackathon Finals to be held in November at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California.The team will be pitted against heavyweights like MIT, NUS, Princeton, Harvard, Yale and teams from 13 countries in the finals.

Sumanth has just returned after spending one semester under SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University)'s Semester Abroad Programme (SAP) at the reputed Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), considered to be the numerouno of the computer science education world. He will go on to complete his course at SRM after spending one of the most defining moments of his life at CMU. “It was an amazing experience, to be in one of the leading Universities of the world, to be inspired and to gain contemporary knowledge in a field I am so passionate about”, said Sumanth, flush after his successful stint at CMU.

The project Sumanth and his team worked on was called Auto TBT or Automatic Throwback Thursday.

#tbt or #Throwbackthursday are very popular hashtags in the social media websites like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Nearly 750 million posts are made on the social media websites with these hashtags, each post consuming 5 minutes on an average, totalling to an astonishing63 million man hours of work. “Automation is everywhere, we made this application Auto TBT to reduce human effort in posting throwbackthursday pictures”, said Sumanth

AutoTBT is an application with a single touch/button interface that takes one random picture from the pictures uploaded, tagged by the user and automatically posts one picture to Facebook and Instagram every Thursday with hashtag #AutoTBT. This application serves for the user's surprise because the user does not get to choose the picture.