Hike announced its research collaboration with Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D). This collaboration is in line with the company’s goal to facilitate research collaboration with Indian universities & research institutions. The goal of the research collaboration initiative is to work with stakeholders and academia to help enable more deep-rooted research in AI & ML in the country. As part of this initiative, Hike is looking to collaborate with Indian institutions to help boost the AI & ML ecosystem in India.
Research & innovation is at the core of what Hike does. The company believes that multiple collaborations across academic disciplines can best leverage the bright minds of the country. Building on each other’s work also solves many fundamental challenges of the country. This first-of-its-kind initiative by Hike is also aimed at enabling an ecosystem of research within the country that will help advance technological competence and know-how in the field of AI & ML. This will include new age research-led innovation in the field of Natural Language Processing (NLP), Speech, Link Prediction, Deep Learning and Computer Vision.
Hike has put AI & ML at the heart of innovation. The company is currently building one of the largest repositories of AI & ML enabled stickers for its recently announced local messaging platform, Hike Sticker Chat. The platform already has over 30,000 stickers across 40 + languages & dialects and aims to have almost 100,000 stickers by the end of the year covering a large chunk of popular local languages & dialects. The company is currently working on a range of White papers, projects, and initiatives. It is also looking to collaborate with more academia, details of which can be attained on its recently launched website.
Some of Hike’s other initiatives to encourage the AI & ML ecosystem in India include — one of the biggest ML hackathons in the country, White Papers & internship opportunities for students.