Cupertino community briefs for the week of Nov. 27

New cricket field

California Cricket Academy recently opened a new field at the site of a former Cupertino Union School District campus.

Teams from the Cupertino-based academy on Oct. 31 played their first game on the field, located at the former site of Luther Elementary School, 315 Woodhams Road in Santa Clara.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set up a sports facility at underutilized…ground and help the local youth to prepare for one of the most popular sports in the world,” Hemant Buch, the academy’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.

The academy raised $200,000 for construction of an international standard cricket pitch. The project also included a storage shed, a portable restroom, an irrigation system, turf pitch construction and cricket batting cages.

According to Buch, this is the first international-standard field built for young cricket players. California Cricket Academy trains youth ages 5-17.

Students’ pet project

QR codes aren’t just for restaurant menus: Two Homestead High School students have collared the technology to help pet owners keep track of their furry family members.

Arnuv Tandon and Karan Dalal designed the PetCode app to sync with a QR tag to be worn by pets. The app allows owners to manage their pets’ contact and medical information and provides links to pet-friendly events.

Over the past few months, Arnuv and Karan have expanded their team to eight high schoolers from across North America to help with app and website development and graphic design. The students recently launched their website at and established relations with a supplier, and they are planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their project.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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