About Author: Sharan, a 3rd year B.Tech (Information Technology) student at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology interned with PlayPower Labs Pvt. Ltd. as a Software Engineering intern in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Since I was 14 years old, I had this craze for games and animation. Not only would I play a lot of games and watch a lot of animation, but would try to see how they were built, think a lot about the design and the coding aspects of the game. I came to my college, DA-IICT so that I could get a better opportunity to fulfill my dream of being associated with the entertainment technology industry. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh was my dream college and still is. When I was in the second year of college, an opportunity knocked at my door. There was a project under a Phd. student in Carnegie Mellon University. I had no second thoughts and agreed to take part in the selection procedure right away.
We were given a test task, and the person who would be able to solve it in 3 days, was to be selected. The test task was tough, but my eagerness to be a part of this project enabled me to complete it successfully. This project won a couple of awards. The games we built got acknowledgement in various conferences in the US and India. It was decided that this was not the end of the project and that it needed to go further. Hence, one of my seniors who was also a part of this project decided to take this up as his full time company and I was selected directly to work as an intern in this company all round the year.
Being a company run by just pass-outs from college, ‘masti’ was bound to happen! There was nobody in the company who was not a friend. We were all close friends and one could imagine what the atmosphere would be like. We had a 4 BHK flat where we would stay and had a big work space in the apartment itself. I was to work on Flash and code Math Educational games. The designs were given to me by a team of designers and I would work hard on putting them into practice. As time went by, apart from working on flash, I also started working on web development and learnt HTML5 and CSS. I was given a lot of work and I enjoyed it to the fullest.
There was not a second where I didn’t enjoy working. The atmosphere, the stipend, the people around and the work; all of it was very exciting and encouraged me to work more efficiently for the company. The internship experience with PlayPower Labs Pvt. Ltd was the highlight of my summer. There was no tension about college studies and all that one was to do in life was to sleep in air conditioned rooms and code the game. There was nothing else to think about. One could not have asked for a better life in the scorching heat of Gujarat! Overall, my experience at PlayPower Labs Pvt. Ltd can be summed up in just one word – AWESOME!
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