Winners CEL Kids Hackathon 2021

This year, under the severe influence of the pandemic, we were skeptical about organizing CEL Kids Hackathon 2021 as there were many moving puzzle pieces. On the other hand, we were also on high with the feeling that children in India currently need a platform to showcase their innovative skills which can make them feel confident that they can face any challenge, persevere, collaborate and use innovative skills to overcome the challenge for better.

We saw that 630 children from 42 different schools and non-profits from 13 cities in India participated to showcase their coding talent and made amazing projects on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to make the world a better place.

This year with your support we added new content about writing problem statements and collaborating which are essentials skills in current era and in sync to make projects for CEL Kids Hackathon. Moreover, this was the first time we ambitiously did webinars to help children with basics of code and computational concepts so that they confidently participate in CEL Kids Hackathon.

We are excited to share that this year the scores of the participants have gone up by 15% on the criteria where they had to find a contextual problem, design a social innovation, code using their computational thinking and collaborate with partners resolving their mutual issues. This is a great achievement for us!

We were super amazed to see the projects where an application which calculates your carbon emissions or you can play a game and learn about water harvesting and many more! This is incredible.

We deeply feel the challenge through which children, teachers, parents and various stakeholders participated. Children not having computers to code but still coding on phone which is painstaking, teachers teaching and supporting children online which requires much more effort. Moreover, teachers, parents and various stakeholders going through the registration process and other hassles making sure that children get to participate and experience the joy of coding and solving problems.

We want to thank all the volunteers and expert panel members who have spent so much time viewing all the work of children and engaging with children to objectively evaluate the work and create amazing learning opportunities for them. We also want to thank our donors, supporters and collaborators for making a concerted effort to make sure that children build 21st century skills to thrive in the innovative world.

We are happy to announce the top 6 winning projects of CEL Kids Hackathon 2021 and want to congratulate the winners, their teachers, parents and schools on this achievement. We have shared the link of the projects with an idea of learning from these projects and grow in the coding journey.

1st Prize:
CEL Number:              CEL211404
Name of participant 1: Ansh Gandhi
Grade of participant 1: 5
Name of Participant 2: Reyansh Sudhir
Grade of participant 2: 5
School Name:               Orchids International School Thane
City:                               Thane
Scratch Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

2nd Prize:
CEL Number:              CEL2138
Name of participant 1: Jaivant Cherukuri
Grade of participant 1: 5
Name of Participant 2: Kanishka Chaudhary
Grade of participant 2: 7
City:                               Prayagraj
Scratch Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

3rd Prize
CEL Number:              CEL2113
Name of participant 1: Aadya Raval
Grade of participant 1: 6
Name of Participant 2: Urvee Kolhe
Grade of participant 2: 7
City:                               Pune
Scratch Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

4th Prize
CEL Number:              CEL2108
Name of participant 1: Aditya Bahl
Grade of participant 1: 5
Name of Participant 2: Mouli Kalra
Grade of participant 2: 6
City:                               Faridabad
Scratch Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

5th Prize
CEL Number:              CEL210802
Name of participant 1: Samir Khatri
Grade of participant 1: 7
Name of Participant 2: Mansimar Singh Pujwal
Grade of participant 2: 6
School Name: Orchids International School, Kurla
City:                               Mumbai
Scratch Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

6th Prize
CEL Number:              CEL2117
Name of participant 1: Juveriya Juned Shaikh
Grade of participant 1: 7
Name of Participant 2: Hajra Ziyad Rangoonwala
Grade of participant 2: 9
City:                               Ahmedabad
Scratch Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

Special Category Prize 1
CEL Number:              CEL210501
Name of participant 1: Rakesh Singh
Grade of participant 1: 9
Name of Participant 2: Viraj Khandagale
Grade of participant 2: 9
School Name: iTeach SGM
City:                               Pune
Pocket Code Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

Special Category Prize 2
CEL Number:              CEL211704
Name of participant 1: Dimple Lalwani
Grade of participant 1: 8
Name of Participant 2: Harshita Devnani
Grade of participant 2: 8
School Name: M. G. School (Teach for India Ahmedabad)
City:                               Ahmedabad
Pocket Code Project Link: Here
Concept Note Link: Here

We hope that you had amazing learning journey and wish all the children luck on their future coding journey and hoping to see them again in 2022.

Remember this was just the beginning! Keep coding! Keep creating!