Hey there! My name is Samvit Agarwal, and I’m currently a senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in New Jersey. I'm extremely interested in computer science and entrepreneurship, and I aim to make products that can impact people across the world. Over the past few years, I've immersed myself in a suite of activities that have allowed me to explore these passions in greater depth, and I built this website to showcase some of my most notable experiences and projects.
With the recent surges in demand for essential products and subsequent shortages across stores throughout the nation, many people have found themselves unable to purchase even basic items. Unifyd aims to solve these issues by providing a democratized and decentralized platform that connects vendors with customers and provides an adaptable interface that reflects constantly changing prices and supplies. A platform like this eliminates the need to constantly make risky trips to stores just to check for supplies and provides users with an easy to use system to ensure they get the things they need most.
Every day millions of people across the world use social media platforms such as Twitter and often post unintentionally offensive or profane content in an impulsive manner. Through its use of natural language processing, Social Eyes provides users with a simple interface that helps them identify and remove such posts.
Big cities can often be confusing. Finding even the simplest of things - the nearest restroom, parking space, or garage can be quite a hassle. These petty inconveniences can take a much more serious turn, however, when it comes to crimes committed or potential danger within the city. IntelliCity was designed to accommodate each one of these situations by providing users with a flexible, real-time app that reacts to the city around them.
Although millions of people across the world are affected by some form of disaster every day, these people often find themselves without the proper resources to escape danger once they find themselves in it. Crisis Connect aims to solve this issue by providing victims without access to the internet or other forms of communication to make their voice heard by propagating their messages through a mesh network of nodes until a device with internet is found.
NoiceML was made to simplify the note-taking process many students go through, which often results in subpar understanding. It uses live natural language processing in order to construct a transcribed version of a lecture, that intelligently maps notes to specific parts of the lecture. Through the use of text-to-speech and translation APIs, it also enables users to get a live translation of a lecture in a plethora of different languages.
CS Remastered is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization I founded during my sophomore year, aimed at teaching students one-on-one computer science for free. My motivation for starting this largely came from my parents, who would often ask me to help out kids around the neighborhood with their programming-related questions. After working with some of these kids, I realized that while they all shared a genuine passion for computer science, there simply weren't enough good resources out there to help them get started. The resources that did exist, would often stress memorization or language-specific syntax, ignoring the true essence of the subject. At CS Remastered, our goal is to teach students computer science in an extremely adaptable way, one that is tailored to each individual student and their own schedule, and our projects and teaching style stress genuine understanding over brute memorization. Overall, through CS Remastered we have been able to connect more than 500 students and volunteers across our community.
Over the summer of 2020, I worked under Dr Mubassir Kapadia and Prof. Mathew Schwartz to conduct research in optimal sign placement using machine learning & image recognition tools. We created models to classify outdoor and indoor signs as either readable or not readable and theorized their correct positioning for best readability.
I started creating videos for YouTube more than 5 years ago, mainly to help out my friends and family with their technical issues. Ever since then, I have made a plethora of how-to videos, guiding people through various aspects of technology. Through my content, I have been able to impact more than 5 million people across the world, and have generated over 13,000 subscribers in the process.
CJSIA is an organization comprised of more than 150 entrepreneurially minded students throughout New Jersey that aims to bridge the gap between age and innovation. We routinely organize and run seminars from some of the most influential entrepreneurs in our area, and provide workshops on topics related to business, public speaking, and technology. As the Vice President, I work directly with guest speakers and local entrepreneurs to help students leverage a variety of different skills in their projects.
Over the summer of 2019, I worked under Prof. Sebastian Angel to conduct cybersecurity research relating to cryptography and key-exchange mechanisms. Together, we worked on developing a fully anonymous messaging service that prevents advanced security issues such as traffic analysis or packet-sniffing, privacy shortcomings even the most popular messaging platforms suffer from today.
I have been involved in my school's Model U.N. club ever since my freshman year, and have been to several regional and national level conferences along the way. At these conferences, I have spoken on a variety of global issues and modern-day crisis, and have worked in groups to come up with and present real-time solutions. As a member of the secretariat, I've also played an integral part in organizing my school's own annual competition, which has given me exposure to fundraising, marketing and even chairing my own committee.
As a competitor in this national-level computer science olympiad, I regularly solve algorithmic and theoretical computer science problems, which has helped me grow my problem-solving skills and overall mathematical intuition. I have also learned and implemented various algorithms and data-structures along the way, some of which I have even been able to incorporate into my other apps and projects.