Our Goal

Don’t just play on your phone. Program it.

— Former President Barack Obama.

GENESIS CODE is a non-profit initiative helps middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults in New Jersey build and further grow their potential in the field of computer science to be ready for the future. While the current high school curriculum teaches computer science, the world of technology is moving at a much faster pace, and there is a need to bring kids to the next level. It’s important to expose kids to the latest in Computer Science to help them prepare for the jobs of tomorrow in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud Computing, Big Data, etc. As kids in high school are already exposed to advanced math, we feel that the best time to expose kids to this world is in early high school. We conduct free courses, code camps, and hackathons focusing on key technologies of the future. We bring in industry volunteers and school students who are interested in CS in the future.

Our Initiatives

Free Coding Classes

Our mission is to educate the youth (and even the interested adults) about computer programming in order to better thrive in the computer science industry. Classes start on June 29th and end on August 24th and take place on Saturdays in the Hickory Corner Library (138 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor, NJ ). Anyone who is in 5th Grade or above (including adults) is eligible to join.  There will be no fee to attend these classes. Signups for the summer sessions are now open: https://forms.gle/421s2rr8PxN2y7WdA.

Java (Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm)

Java is taught in certain schools, yet the earlier you are introduced to it, the more you can get out of it. Java is used to make desktop applications, web applications, web servers, and mobile applications. Java is a language that is great for beginners and is one of the most popular computer programming languages in the world.

Python (Saturdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm)

Python is not usually taught in school and is a great language to get introduced to. Python is extensively used for web development, application development, system administration, developing games, etc. It is undoubtedly dominating the other languages with respect to Artificial Intelligence.

Future Initiatives

In the future, we hope to expand with Code Camps, Hackathons, teaching HTML and CSS, Networking, and Artificial Intelligence.

 

About

Genesis Code Team

Varun Nair, President and Cofounder

Varun is a Junior in West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, with a deep passion for coding with a particular focus in Artificial Intelligence, which he has given lectures on. Varun has won several awards in Hackathons and coding competitions. Varun is an intern at 8KMiles, working on Latent Dirichlet Association to combat cyber threats, is part of the Teen Committee for A2Z Mentoring, and serves as a Junior Officer for Debate Club.

Rahul Shah, Co-Vice President and Cofounder

Rahul is currently a Junior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. Rahul is on the FRC robotics team 1923 and is involved with many in-school clubs such as Project Pride and Relay for Life, even being President of his school’s Computer Science Club and Junior Officer of the WW-P HSS Technology Help Desk. Rahul is also a volunteer for many out-of-school organizations like STEP For a Better World. Rahul loves helping people out and volunteering in his free time, when he is not programming or sharpening up on his website-development skills.

Ronit Arora, Co-Vice President and Cofounder

Ronit Arora is a rising junior attending West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. He has competed in Hackathons and computer science competitions, in which he received numerous awards for. Ronit is also an Eagle Scout and officer of his school Computer Engineering club. A strong and effective leader, he is a mentor for many students and enjoys giving back to the community.

Thomas Colitsas, Secretary

Tommy Colitsas is a student at West Windsor Plainsboro high school South whose passion lies in management and community service. He has gotten involved with numerous other non-profits even starting his own. Tommy participates in many humanity oriented clubs at South and offers to the program the skills of management and networking, important attributes for students in any field. He had further helped the non-profit fundraiser and register as a 501(c)(3).

Pasha Hakim, Treasurer

Pasha is a rising Junior in West-Windsor High School South. He has had a deep love for programming since he first learned how to in 7th grade and he wants to spread that love to others. He participates in many after-school clubs and activities, such as being a Teacher in his local Sunday school, and the Vice-president in the High School’s App making club.

Blog

Organizations with similar vision

There are several organizations we are fans of with similar vision Teals https://www.tealsk12.org/ Code.Org https://code.org/ Microsoft Digi Girlz https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/digigirlz/default.aspx

Some upcoming events in the area

July 15 FUBAR Labs will be hosting “Open Hack Sunday” at 1:30PM on Sunday, July 15th at FUBAR Labs at 100 Jersey Avenue, Suite B-103, New Brunswick. RSVP here. July 18 The NJ Tech Council’s Leadership Forum is July 18 in New Brunswick in conjunction with the group’s annual meeting. July 20 Join SEMGeeks at the New Jersey Digital Marketing Conference, Friday July 20 from 9 AM …

Our Achievements

  • Team won 1st Place at HackCCM 2018, for their website which allowed people with the same interests to talk to each others. (Campus Connect)
  • Team won the Maker’s Choice award at MakeSPP 2018, for their cross-platform website which gives the user an un-biased, crowdsourced, news feed (Areawave)
  • Varun’s presentation on Image Recognition using Convolutional Neural Networks with TensorFlow and Keras