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Nerding out on Google Cloud and ML/AI

Hackathons have become the breeding grounds for groundbreaking ideas and solutions. The recent Praxis/Brico Hackathon, held on the 28th and 29th of September 2023, was no exception. Focusing on the convergence of Google Cloud, Retail, E-commerce, and ML/AI, this event showcased the immense potential of these technologies when harnessed together. It was a resounding success, fostering collaboration and innovation among participants and demonstrating how Google Cloud can play a pivotal role in leveraging Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and AI.

ZEN Software Takes the Lead

The key to any successful hackathon lies in the robustness of the infrastructure provided. ZEN Software stepped up to the plate by offering a secure cloud environment. They utilized the landing zone pattern, ensuring a solid and safe foundation for all participants. With this pattern, ZEN Software established a structured and compliant Google Cloud environment, ensuring that best practices in security, identity management, and network architecture were followed.

Safety First with API Quotas and Budget Alerts

One concern in any hackathon involving cloud technology is security and cost management. It's easy for enthusiastic teams to run up high bills while experimenting with resource-intensive services inadvertently. ZEN Software implemented API quotas and Budget Alerts to address this issue and maintain a secure and cost-efficient environment.

API quotas helped teams stay within their allocated resource limits, preventing runaway processes that could lead to unexpected expenses. On the other hand, Budget Alerts provided real-time notifications when cloud spending approached predefined thresholds, effectively guarding against what some call the "cloud cost panic attack." This ensured that teams had the freedom to innovate without worrying about unexpected financial burdens.

The Outcomes: Features Galore

With ZEN Software's robust Google Cloud environment and the safety nets in place, participants at the Praxis/Brico Hackathon could focus on their projects. The results were impressive, with several innovative areas of work that was experimented on:

  1. Personalized Shopping Assistants: Teams leveraged ML/AI algorithms to create personalized shopping assistants for online shoppers. These assistants used customer data to tailor product recommendations, enhancing the shopping experience.
  2. Shop Optimization: Teams would be able to tackle the problem of finding a specific product in store based on the inventory information and using AI Models. Their solution can help retailers reduce wastage and improve stock availability.
  3. Customer Behavior Prediction: ML/AI algorithms were put to work in predicting customer behaviour. This innovative feature enabled e-commerce platforms to anticipate user actions and tailor marketing strategies accordingly.
  4. Visual Search: A standout solution was a visual search feature that allowed users to search for products by uploading images. Deep learning technology made this possible, transforming the way users shop online.

The Praxis/Brico Hackathon of September 2023 was a resounding success, demonstrating the immense potential of Google Cloud, Retail, E-commerce, and ML/AI. Thanks to the secure cloud environment provided by ZEN Software, participants were able to unleash their creativity and develop groundbreaking features that have the potential to reshape the future of retail and e-commerce. This event serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in the world of technology. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in this ever-evolving field!

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