TechKnow, an annual tech fest organised by, Cyber Crew, computer club of Delhi Public School, Srinagar was held on 7th & 8th of July, 2014. The fest aims at providing a clear view of the opportunities and challenges of an increasingly connected world to students.
For students interested in tech, these kinds of events are an excellent way to get up to speed on the latest developments, find great new services, and get hands on training in one of the areas of his/her interest — plus, you never know how social connections will be established.
The 2-day event was inaugurated by the Chairperson Mrs. Kiran Dhar and was attended by energetic and enthusiastic students from more than 15 leading schools from the valley. Around 200 students from Classes 6th to 12th were imparted hands-on training in 5 different areas of technology consisting of Graphics & Video Editing, Web Designing, Linux & Open Source, Hardware & Networking; and PHP programming.
The event workshops were conducted by Cyber Crew members with their insatiable desire of learning by sharing with similar minds.
The event started with screening of 45-minute documentary on the Future of Technology. This was followed by day long workshops. Graphics & Video editing lab was a huge rush among the tech savvy students. Students were introduced to layout and vector art application, CorelDraw; photo retouching and bitmap image editing software, PhotoShop & video editing and special effects softwares, Pinnacle Studio & Adobe After Effects. The 2-day long graphics & video editing workshop concluded with an exhibition of student work ranging from book & magazine covers to commercial advertisements to tiny video projects.
Linux & Open Source workshop covered the basics of Linux OS as a secure and cost effective replacement of Windows OS and a must-have tool for budding technocrats. Students enjoyed working on the Terminal, command line utility of Linux. Cyber Crew speakers presented some inspirational slides on the philosophy and idea behind Open Source and how it can be beneficial to students. The workshop concluded with InstallFest where students were trained to install Linx OS on their machines.
Students learnt to assemble a PC from scratch under the expert guidance of Crew members in Hardware & Networking workshop. The second day of the workshop was dedicated to networking wherein students were equipped with networking basics including color coding and crimping of cat-5/cat-6 cables. Students were also exposed to line testing techniques and setting up on secure WiFi networks.
PHP Programming workshop was dedicated for IT faculty from visiting schools wherein training was imparted on the most popular programming language of web. Participants were made to work on a small project for two days to get an overall idea of this programming language.
The event ended on a positive note with an open invitation from Cyber Crew to all schools for any guidance in starting such types of activities at their respective schools. In order to reach out the less privileged students of our society, Cyber Crew is planning few outdoor workshops at various schools under its outreach programme. This was announced by the president of Cyber Crew, Uzair Javeed. “We want to reach out to students who can’t afford to come over here. We will conduct workshops at their places to equip them with the technology”, said Uzair.
“All this can’ t be achieved by us only, we need your support. We need your participation and active involvement in this initiative. Are you with us?” Salman Shah, president of Cyber Crew asked to participating schools, which was warmly accepted by them. Principal, Mrs Kusam Warikoo, in her address, extended full support from school for these initiatives.
A quiz on technology was held and much to the delightment of tech-savvy students goodies were given to winners.
The 2-day event ended with students keen to extend this initiative to their schools.