Microsoft Minihack - AI Gaming

Microsoft Minihack - AI Gaming

On Saturday, 5th October 2019, we hosted Microsoft Minihack: AI Gaming, powered by Microsoft and Subway. Microsoft events are free, out-of-the-box workshops covering today’s most relevant technology so you can share knowledge with your community, spend less time on content, and learn as you go.

There was a workshop followed by a mini-hackathon on the concepts covered in the workshop. The event was suitable for both beginners as well as experienced programmers.

This 10 minute video from SciShow will bring you right up to date on how an AI can play a game:

Time: 08:45 AM Duration: 3.5 hours
Venue: CSE Seminar Hall, Admin Block
Location: Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore
Topics: Azure, Cognitive Services, Computer Vision, Image Classification

Event link: Website:


Participants should have a Microsoft Azure account. While no background knowledge is required, familiarity with Microsoft Cognitive Services and processing JSON using Python will be beneficial for participation in this workshop.

System Requirements: Laptop with internet, headphones.

You’ll need an Azure Computer Vision API key to participate in the event. Instructions for obtaining it are available in this document. Please reach out to us if you’re not able to create one. We’ll also help the participants set it up during the event.

There are multiple ways to activate your free Azure account:

  1. Sign up using your debit card (No charges)
  2. Use the GitHub Student Developer pack
  3. Avail the Azure for Students offer using your “.edu” mail


No. Session Time Speaker
1. Opening keynote 09:00 - 09:20 Abhijeet Singh
2. Workshop - Build your game playing bot 09:20 - 10:15 Ujwal Kumar
3. Subway Snack break 10:15 - 10:35 Nil
4. Coding 10:35 - 11:45 Harsh Gahlot
5. Bot tournament 11:45 - 12:15 Aditya Raman
6. Winners Announcement & Closing keynote 12:15 - 12:30 Prabal Gupta

Online Instructor

Stephen Graham
COO at

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can beginners attend the workshop?
    Yes. The workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced programmers. Complete guidance will be given during the event to help you execute your code. Students from all departments are welcome to join the event.

  2. Do I need to have an Azure subscription?
    You only need to have an Azure account, which can be created for free. You’ll get free credits when you sign up for an Azure account by entering your card details. The card details are only required for verification and you will not be charged.

    You can also use the Azure for Students offer to sign up without a card. If you don’t have any credits in your account, we’ll help you with the set up during the event.



Hosting Department: Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Hosted by: Dr. G. C. Banu Prakash (Professor and Head)

Faculty coordinators:

  • Dr. Sheela Kathavate (Associate Professor, Dept. of CSE)
  • Dr. Savita Choudhary (Associate Professor, Dept. of CSE)
  • Mrs. Supriya (Assistant Professor, Dept. of CSE)

Student coordinators:


  • Avikant Srivastava (Programming)
  • Masoomi Saxena (Programming)
  • Ayushi (Programming)
  • Prakruthi Maanjunath (Designing)
  • Shivangi Raj (Programming)
  • Shresth Singh (Tutorials)
  • Srishti Nema (Programming)
  • Yuthika M B (Food & Beverages)
  • Rishika Ranjan (Programming)
  • Prabal (Attendance & Feedback)
  • Aditi Prachi (Food & Beverages)
  • Ritesh (Programming)

Photos from the event

Harsh Gahlot
Harsh Gahlot Microsoft Student Partner | Software Developer | Tech Speaker
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