A two-day coding event by Oakridge International School
Oakridge, one of the top schools in Bengaluru hosted a two-day event, Codefest 2018 on January 20 and January 21, 2018, at its Bengaluru campus. The Codefest 2018 was Bengaluru’s first overnight school coding event, designed to provide an opportunity for young students to showcase their unique talent to the industry veterans. IBM was tech partner of the event. Technology leaders namely, Hackerearth, Tech Domain, Hackveda and Digital Ocean supported the Codefest.
Team ‘Code Monkey’, 11th-grade students from TISB, stood first in Codefest. The winning project was around Artificial Intelligence and Neural networks. The team received Rs. 30,000/- as a cash prize. Team ‘Bengaluru Janata Paksha’, grade 11th and 12th students from Stonehill, stood second in this event. Their project was on Image recognition. They received Rs. 15000/- as the cash price.
Total 53 students from schools like The International School Bengaluru, Stonehill International, and DPS participated in the competition. The event also provided an opportunity to the students to take part in workshops such as Minecraft and IoT conducted by industry veterans.
Amit Jain, Director, Oakridge International School said, “Codefest 2018 was a platform that helped students to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills, and get acquainted with future technologies. We hope to conduct such events every year to instill analytical thinking in our students.”
Hema Chennupati, Principal, Oakridge International School said, “Today’s children know exactly what is important for them and what plays a major role in their careers and lives. The Codefest 2018 was completely their brainchild and we as teachers and educators decided to help them in this endeavour. They have figured out what’s their path and it is for us educators to
support them on this path.”
The themes for this year were the Internet of Things, Education Innovation, and Environment and Sustainability.
IoT is one of the most progressive and groundbreaking fields in our current time, making this an excellent theme to tackle. Participants had to use physical devices on a network to innovate in fields such as home automation, wearables, smart vehicles, etc. Education as a theme creates a collaborative platform for students, designers, developers, and schools to innovate. This year’s focus was on building solutions for today’s education-related problems and implementing creative ideas and solutions in the form of prototypes through a multidisciplinary approach.
Sustainability and the environment are great concerns that need to be addressed. Participants were expected to come up with ideas to solve these problems, either by improving existing technologies or coming up new ones by using the skills and tools that they have at their disposal. Some of the topics of interest in this theme include the pollution of affected lakes, long
periods of gridlocked traffic jams and smog problems in Delhi.