A Bayside student who developed his own mobile game application joined over 2,000 public high school students from the five boroughs at an invite-only tech and programming fair this week.
Mohak Mankani, a junior at Bayside High School, created, coded and developed “Dot Shall Not Pass” — a strategic iOS game with more than 50 levels of increasing difficulty. He was granted the opportunity to present his work at the 2017 NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair in Manhattan on March 29.
“The idea of [Dot Shall Not Pass] is to get the blue dot to the main goal,” Mankani said. “And the main goal of the game is to see how many levels you can get through.”
Mankani was one of 2,000 high school students encouraged to network with big shots from Spotify, Splice, Buzzfeed, Warby Parker, Goldman Sachs, CodeNewbie and Microsoft, as well as representatives from colleges offering computer science programs, at the event.
“[The fair] was really fun and unique,” Mankani said. “It was interesting to interact with people and tell them what my game was about.”
The 17-year-old student, who is completely self-taught in programming and coding, said he went through a series of trial and error to make sure his game came out the way he wanted it to. He developed multiple beta versions of Dot Shall Not Pass before deciding on the final product.
“I was 12, and I started looking at videos and reading books [on programming],” Mankani said. “And I’m still developing my skills today … Two years ago, I used to play iOS games a lot. And it really inspired me to make my own.”
Mankani explained that he was encouraged to apply to present at the fair by Renne Castro, a computer programming teacher at Bayside High School.
“One of the most interesting aspects about Mohak is that he hasn’t had any traditional education in computer science,” Castro said. “I’ve seen his game and programming skills evolve over the years at an impressive rate. I look forward to having him next year in my AP Computer Science course and seeing what he can accomplish with some formal instruction.”
Those interested in downloading Mankani’s game can do so by clicking here.
The NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair (CS Fair) is the city’s largest annual college and career inspiration event for public high school students studying computer science. To learn more about the event, visit their website.