Reflecting on 2020 & Goals for 2021

So here it begins…

Well this year started off with a pretty good Sprint after battling the slump. Initial months were packed with several events. I think that helped me normalize my distribution for events attended in 2020. Also this year, I attended GraphQL Asia Conference which was an amazing experience for me (thanks to ConnectWise). Once the lockdown started, it was a mixed experience for me. For some weeks, I found myself just busy with work and for some other I found myself dealing with chaos. I spent my free energy and time, working on projects which I found interesting. Working on TorchExpo was one of the best times of my life and it helped me bag 3rd place @ PyTorch Global Summer Hackathon. I also said bye to my ConnectWise Engineering Team this November.

On a side note, I want to thank my secret nobodyknowsus#general folks for keeping me sane and alive during the pandemic.

Celebrating first Sprint of 2020

2020 brought a lot of challenges for me on technical and more on the non-technical side. I learnt the hard way on how to deal with the problems of virtual communication and how not to lose the human essence while working remotely. I am glad that I was able to help people and ask for help myself during these toughest times of our lives. Also, I want to share few things which were on repeat and which helped me during this pandemic:

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I know why you’re here! So just like last year, this week I sent a message to few people which said −
Challenge: Describe 2020 in not more than 5 words

Here’s what I got:

NYE Challenge
Yeah I know :)

NYE Challenge
What do you think stands out?

NYE Challenge
Ummm, what was it really?

Looking at last few months, I think everyone is a winner! And, the wins/losses means more than just the sentiment what is plotted here :)

Here are my Goals for 2021

As usual, keeping it really simple:

  1. Spend more time on reading and implementing ML research papers
  2. Try to read more books and listen to audiobooks
  3. Explore possibilites of doing ML in other languages
  4. Taking a hiatus from writing experience blogs and focus on technical blog which can actually help people

You know what? I’m gonna say it again, Sometimes all you need is a fresh start!
Well, lets see what 2021 has in its TODO List, until then:

I am becoming seriously allergic to 500-pound websites.