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Code/ word/ play – Where Coding meets Poetry.

January 5, 2017

Code/ word/ play – Where Coding meets Poetry
a first of its kind event in Bangalore Presented by Gathr & Venturesity

Coding or programming in India has been growing by leaps and bounds over the years and Bengaluru is a city leading this advance, rightly called the IT capital of India. With the advent of machine learning and artificial intelligence, most text on the internet is processed and understood through technology, whether it is for a search engine, for image recognition, to translate text, so on and so forth.

While most coding is applied to build for functional ends. In this activity, Code/Word/Play, we explore the aesthetic and artistic aspects of coding. Participants will be exposed to various examples of coders creating or analyzing pieces of literature, and then encouraged to build some of their own.

About the event:
The event will begin with a conversation around language and try to understand if coding and writing poetry have anything in common at all. Can a coder borrow from literary or poetic sources when composing code? Is it possible to generate poetry using algorithms? What lies between the rules of verse and randomness? These are some of the questions we will attempt to answer this Saturday afternoon at code/ word/ play. We will also showcase works such as Edward Lear’s Nonsense Verse and E-Poetry, which is a database of code generated poetry, to name a few.

Participants will then engage in a range of exercises to design code that composes poetry, to see if a computer code can understand similes and metaphors, to analyze how a computer views syllables and meter, and what is the manner in which code-based beings learn from the natural human language. Haikus and Bob Dylan’s songs are just some of the works we will play with at this first of a kind gathering in Bangalore.

About Social:
Social – the land of the free (lancer) and home of creative souls looking for an exhilarating alternative to a typical work day. The perfect place to start your project, collaborate or simply network with like-minded people. Socials across the country are a hub for imaginative minds, from artists and writers to architects and curators. It’s a space where innovators meet entrepreneurs meet photographers, writers meet web developers, and experimental independents meet to bounce ideas off like-minded peers. Once the day ends, the work space at Social seamlessly shifts gears to become a high energy bar. Social is everything but your run-of-the-mill square restaurant – a space where you can work and play at the same time.

About Gathr:
Gathr orchestrates rewarding alternative social experiences. Born out of the feeling that entertainment has become boring and unrewarding, we host activities that range from Silent Reading Parties to Astrophysics & Violin Concerts, from Star Gazing Night Picnics to Motorcycle Disassembling. You can find gathr on

About Venturesity:
Venturesity is a peer learning and challenge platform where companies can discover top talent through challenges. Their challenges are real world projects that would help candidates showcase their job skills to prospective employers and build credibility into their profiles. Their hiring partners range from established companies like Amazon, Dell and Oracle to startups like Olacabs, Housing and Stayzilla.

Saturday | 7th January 2017 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Venue:
Church Street Social,
Church Street,
Bangalore.

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