An experience for the soul!

Abdelrahman Saeed Shalaby, from ETH Zurich, completes his internship at Systemantics. He takes us back to the three months he spent in Bangalore. Read on to know what Shalaby loved about his experience here –

Experience does for the soul what education does for the mind!

The past three months have been one of the best experiences in my life. Many factors have contributed to making this an enriching experience. Here are a few of them –

Systemantics is a small company that provides solutions in Robotics. Currently, the company’s focus is industrial robots. The company’s vision is to produce highly sensible but affordable robots compared to the international market. Systemantics is a great place to learn, and a perfect place for hands-on experience. You will need good engineering knowledge, but most importantly, you will need to learn fast, think through problems and explore solutions.

I loved how small and organized the teams are. Every team has regular morning meetings to discuss everyone’s progress at the different projects. The work environment is very healthy. You can discuss anything with your colleagues in the regular meetings, or in a casual discussion.

The company follows a very informal system. You call everyone by his name, no titles required. After the morning meeting, people go out for breakfast together, and you can leave for coffee or tea anytime during the day. Lunch time is great, not just for the delicious food, but for the very interesting conversations. Ah, I almost forgot, you need also to practice darts to enjoy the dart leagues after lunch.

For three months, I used to meet Jugy almost every morning at 8:30 am. Jugy is the CTO and the company’s engine. He quickly became a role model for me (and for all the young engineers at the company.) He gives time to everyone around him, and has incredible management skills that enable him to closely supervise all teams. An absolutely interesting person to talk to and listen to his stories, humble despite the incomparable qualifications and experience. I love how fond he is of all kinds of sports. He runs every morning and does a half or a full marathon every now and then.

I stayed at a hostel like accommodation called the Little Blue Window in BTM layout. It is 3 kilometers away from the company at Jayanagar, which is not a small distance to walk to work, but was definitely an awesome place to stay. You finish a long working day and you go back to find lots of people to hang out with. Some of the people who stayed there were, like me, on internships for long periods. There were also many travelers coming from all around the world. The atmosphere in the hostel is great, and I would highly recommend it to other interns.

Bangalore is a very diverse city to live in, as it is the industrial hub of India. Lots of people from all over the country and different countries around the world come to work here. Hence, you will find it easy to communicate. You will find restaurants that offer cuisines from different parts of India. Try all of them, and you will fall in love with Indian food. The climate is also pleasant!

What added a lot to my experience is my travel around India. I explored many cities in the southern part of India during my internship, and I am so excited for my travels to the west and north in the coming three weeks. I got to use the Couchsurfing application for my travels in India. I think meeting local people and staying with them is a very good way to learn about the culture. As much as I am excited now for my upcoming travels, I will miss all the friends I made in Bangalore. Lots of memories and an unforgettable experience. I would love to come back some time in the future. All thanks to swissnex for the great opportunity and the continuous support!

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