Our team consists of six members, each a specialist in his or her own field. Four of us are from New Delhi, while Anushri and Ayush come from the state of Gujarat. Though they never actually met the rest of the team, our collaboration was smooth and extremely efficient. We would like to thank Paul Bulchheit for the functioning of our team, the guy who initially thought of developing Gmail. Firstly, we formed a chain mail on our Google accounts to maintain a record of our correspondence. Initially, we found ourselves without a topic. Random brainstorming included suggestions like "Teen Dictionary" and "Science Behind Magic". Finally, someone suggested a topic we all agreed upon - COLORS.
from left (Shubham, Rishabh, Mukesh Sir, Varun, Tanay)
We all feel we know all about them, but a closer introspection of our thoughts reveals that our opinions are quite convoluted. This topic gave us room for creativity, to literally be able to do whatever we want. But this open-endedness also posed a challenge for we found it quite difficult to decide where to begin! Slowly, as each of us poured in our ideas, we formulated four branches which effectively covered this wide topic.
Similarly, challenges arose, and solutions were found. It took weeks of vague doodling to finalize a template which was then converted by Tanay and Varun to a true marvel of coding. Ayush, our junior-most member, clicked a lot of photos, but they all seemed to miss the mark, keeping in mind relevance to our topic. But this gritty 13-yr old dug into his archives and gave us some truly inspiring snaps. Anushri used her amazing data-mining skills to concise the vast amount of information available to us into interesting snippets, which make for a fascinating read. She was ofcourse, helped at every step by Shubham and his indispensable editing skills. Credit for illustrations also goes to him. Giving a brief, fun introduction to the website was Rishabh's job. His colorful presentation, though bordering on childish, accurately encapsulates the character of our creation. The small but enjoyable games are also credited to him.
All this time, however, there has been one guiding member of our team, the unsung hero: Mukesh Sir. He literally held the team together, and ensured an output from the pool of raw, untapped talent in the team. He was there throughout, staying back in school, clearing doubts whenever required, and, very importantly, enforcing discipline and making sure things were always moving, and never got out of hand, even with the delay and approaching deadline. Indeed, the backbone of our team.
This is what our Thinkquest 2009 : Simply Connected to All chain mail looks like:
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