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August 26, 2020 C.O.D.E Hack 2020 – Sets the Bar High

The 1st edition of C.O.D.E Hack, an international virtual Hackathon, was organized by Arhaan Aggarwal and Dhruv Bhardwaj of Class 12, ISC and Manan Gadhia of IB Yr. 2 of Strawberry Fields High School wherein more than 170 students from across the country participated. This initiative was a part of theSFHS Computer Science Club C.O.D.E.

 

The journey which lasted over 3 days and 2 nights, held captive, young minds filled with passion and diligence as they raced against time to ideate, innovate and create the finest coding programs that would help us overcome common hurdles faced in our society.

 

The central theme of the event was, ‘Technology in the Real World’, and there were seven events cutting across various fields, linking STEM with Humanities and Commerce.  The events were – Pi Wars, Jedi Trivia, Decrypt to Encrypt, Stock Brokerage, The 100 Theories, Environmental Design, and Speed Coding.

 

The first day kick started with an elucidative interaction by Dr. Raja Sooriamurthi,  Teaching Professor of Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

 

The other prominent speakers that graced the event over the course of the days were Nitin Jain, the co-founder of OnCourse Vantage and Ria Jethi, the senior associate at OnCourse.

An engaging interaction in the form of a panel discussion was provided by Tushar Gupta, a solution engineer at Akamai solutions, Animesh Jain, a software engineer at Microsoft, Gireek Bansal, a specialist programmer at Infosys and Abhinav Jain, a research intern at Robert Bosch Centre for cyber physical systems. Abhishek Arun, COO of Paytm Payments Bank, graced the occasion on the second day of the event and talked to the students regarding resilience and success.

 

The first position in Encrypt to Decrypt was bagged by Kanav Dhanda of Sat Paul Public Schools and Sanansh Garg of Sat Paul Public Schools. Aviral Agarwal of Strawberry Fields High School won the Jedi Trivia. Speed Coding was won by Satwik Agarwal of Welham Boys Dehradun. The winners of Stock Brokerage were Anvita Aggarwal, Strawberry Fields High School and Vir Jain of Vasant Valley School and Tamanna Singh. The top positions for The 100 Theories were bagged by Raghav Singla and Divij Choudhry of Strawberry Fields High School. Jaishnoor Kaur of Vivek High School, Chandigarh won Pi Wars.

 

SFHS students Aviral Agarwal, Anvita Aggarwal and Divij Chaudhary brought laurels to the school by securing the first position in the events: Jedi Trivia, Stock Brokerage and the 100 Theories respectively.

 

Rahul Sharma, the Digital Advisor at Microsoft Asia Pacific Headquarters, was the judge for the main event. The main event of the competition required the participants to come up with a prototype solution for Technology in Healthcare, Technology in Education and Technology in Sustainable Development: Environment category.

Aaditya Sharma, Ahan Jain Aadit Bansal, and Saarisht Naveen Kalra from SFHS were announced as the winners in the category – Techonology in Sustainable Development. A team from DPS Faridabad won in the Technology in Healthcare category and Sentia The Global School won in the Technology in Education category.

 

Aaditya Sharma, Ahan Jain, Aadit Bansal, and Saarisht Naveen Kalra from SFHS were announced as the winners in the category – Techonology in Sustainable Development. A team from DPS Faridabad comprising of Harsheen Singh Saggoo, Adesh Choudhary, Jay Adhana, Aryan Yadav won in the Technology in Healthcare category and a team comprising of Deepak Pydipamula, Dhatrik Dhatrik Rao Siripragada, Adit Kadagadakai, Karthik Adhiraju from Sentia The Global School, Hyderabad won in the Technology in Education category.

 

 

The SFHS C.O.D.E. Hack concluded with a closing ceremony where the guests of honour were Manish Grover (Head of Channel Alliances Marketing and Solutions) and Neha Grover (South Asian Regional Lead, Private Equity at IFC) and the winners for the events were announced by Mr. Manish Grover. The President of the Computer Science Club later thanked the alumni of Strawberry Fields High School: Akshit Chabbra, Chaitanya Gupta, Chaitanya Vermani, Devansh Gupta, Jayant Bhardwaj, Guneet Kaur and Gulneet Gulati for their help and support in making the event a winning success.

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August 9, 2020 Model United Nations Conference 2020

Courage and resilience are the most relevant’ personal attributes in today’s world, said General V.P. Malik while delivering the keynote address at the much-anticipated, novel online edition of the Strawberry Fields High School Model United Nations Conference, which began this morning. Stressing on the quality of leadership, which percolates down to the lowest rung of any organisation, he said that the youth must understand that courage requires doing the right thing and taking hard decisions without fear of adverse consequences. Providing deep insight into the dynamics of India’s past and current relations with its neighbours, along with all the undercurrents, General Malik was candid and forthright as he engaged and participated in an interactive question and answer session. The session was moderated by Zorawar Singh, an alumnus of the School. To the delight of the attendees, Dr. Ranjana Malik added a unique perspective to the deliberations, as she shared her own experiences of being a doctor and an army wife.

The day progressed with impassioned debates, skillfully conducted during the different committee sessions. The International Labour Organisation deliberated upon the measures being taken to aid the domestic and international labour force during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, while the delegates of the United Nations Children’s Fund addressed the problems of sexual exploitation and forced marriages of children in Yemen. The Economic and Social Council aimed to tackle the greatest global economic slowdown since the Great Depression caused by the current pandemic and the Citizens’ Dialogue of the US that tackled the issue of systemic racism and police brutality.

The conference is being attended by around 200 delegates from prestigious schools like Sanskriti and Shri Ram from Delhi, Cathedral and John Connon, Mumbai, La Martiniere College, Lucknow and the Indian High School, Dubai, among several others. The challenging and intellectually stimulating exchange of views began with speeches given by the members of the Secretariat. The sessions saw a fervent and impassioned debate which left each delegate enthused to present well-articulated arguments to put forth their points of view.

Sonam Kalra, renowned Sufi singer and multiple award-winning musician, will be performing during the closing ceremony, this evening, which will also feature an online prize distribution at the end of the two-day event.

Atul Khanna, Director of the Durga Das Foundation and Chief Mentor of the School said, “This year has been unprecedented in so many ways. The physical and social distancing measures cut across all aspects of our lives and the education field experienced a period of uncertainty and tumultuous change. Nonetheless, the annual MUN is being held. The level of enthusiasm, participation, dialogue and content remains unwavering. That is the biggest lesson and the most motivating one. Much credit to the students, teachers, invitees and the MUN community for keeping the flag high and enthusing all of us with hope.”

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