The Techno Rhapsody: Tech Day 2k15

The Techno Rhapsody: Tech Day 2k15

The campus of NIT-R, enveloped in a veil of serenity, broke past its quiescent façade on the fine Saturday morrow of 12th September, 2015, all owing to Tech Day by Innovision. While most of the events were held in the Lecture Annex (LA), quite a few events were organized in the amphitheater area of SAC. Most of the events started at around 10:00 A.M.

Amongst the first wave of events in L.A. was ‘Bid to Win’, organised by Catalog and E-Commerce Club. It started at 9:30 A.M. and continued till 11 A.M. The event was all about forming cricket teams by auctioning the players from a pool of 220 players, each bearing a rating and price. With participants spending from a base balance assigned initially, the one who formed the team with the highest sum of ratings and lowest expenditure was declared as the winner.

‘Indoor Flight’ by Udaan, started as early as 10:00 A.M. and was a daylong event. It involved around the construction of a rubber band powered glider, with the judging criterion being time of flight of the glider. At first, participants were given comprehensive sessions on aerodynamics and chassis design followed by workshops on the same. The competition was held at around 2:30 P.M.

‘Bureau-nerdz’ by Bureaucats, which started at around 10:30 A.M. was a fun event with the aim of personality development and imbibing general soft skills. It consisted of three rounds. The first one was an aptitude test round, succeeded by an Extemporal round and a rapid fire round as a finale. ‘Simplex’ by Design Tab, the official designing club of NIT-R, was another event to watch out for. The novelty of the event lied in its concept of simplifying seemingly convoluted social dogmas by means of art. It started at 11:00 A.M. and was sought after by many. The designing of Innovision was partaken by Design Tab.

The event ‘Egg-e-Chute’ by SAE started at 10:30 A.M. and continued till 12:40 P.M. As the name suggests, teams had to land the eggs safely in a small parachute made up of cardboard, sponge and poly bags. The teams were judged on the basis of the design of their parachutes. Hence, the team whose egg was retrieved within 5 seconds from its landing without any breakage, won the event.

ASME organised the event ‘Are you a Top Gun?’ which was a team event. Started at 1:30 P.M., a total of 12 teams participated in the event, each team comprising of 2 members. The prime objective of the event was to create a plane and a launcher using a paraphernalia of craft items.

The newest kid of the block, Genesis, organised its first event ‘Bio Quiz’ which saw a participation of around 20 teams, each with 2 members. It started at 2:30 P.M. with the ‘Elimination’ round that filtered out 6 teams. These teams proceeded to next 2 rounds which were basically Q&A rounds. Finally 4 teams qualified for the fourth and final round, the ‘Visual’ round where the winning team was decided.

E- Cell, NITR organised the event ‘Shop-o-Mania’ which was a centre of attraction for the crowd. LA-114 was filled up with people who had just one motive of making correct guesses of the products shown on the screen. People participated in teams of 2 and according to a set of rules, the team which had bought highest number of products by making correct guesses and had highest balance till the end, won the game. Certainly one of the most popular events of the day it was.

The Energy Club of NITR came up with an innovation in the form of an event 'E-Citrica' which made it stand out. As the name suggests, it involved making LED bulbs glow using 2 lemons and electrodes. The concept behind this was that the citric acid of the lemon behaved as the electrolyte whereas the zinc and copper metals were the electrodes. The winners were decided on the basis of the design of the circuits and the duration for which the LED bulbs glowed.

At the SAC front, the first event of the sunny day was a challenge to the grey-cells. With intriguing questions and puzzling clues, ‘TECHKOJ’ conducted by CEST was a technical treasure hunt consisting of 3 rounds. The best teams were shortlisted at the end of every round. The last round was a race against time where team to complete first was declared the winner.

The next event in store was ‘Mystery Math Cup’ conducted by Axiom. There were 3 rounds. In the first round, there were cups with mathematical puzzles. For round 2, there was a minute to win it challenge followed by a treasure hunt for round 3. There was a huge chunk of the crowd gathered around the mini-soccer arena where manual robots fought for their glory in Robosoccer organized by Cyborg.

Techitrix, held in the computer centre of Computer Sciences Building, was a coding event conducted by the Microsoft campus club. The round 1 consisted of technically challenging multiple choice questions. This was followed by a second round which tested the coding skills of the participants. Plugged In organised a National Instruments (NI) workshop on Labview and Hardware Interfacing meant for final and pre-final year students. It was held in EE department building.

This year’s Tech Day was checked off the list rather subtly, with many events being cancelled due to lukewarm response. Still, many popular events saw a decent turnout fit for a mini-fest. One might say that the events followed a discrete distribution pattern and the mean was satisfactory, to say the least. The stage for future fests has been set and one can only wait for the plot to thicken.

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