A Captivating Labyrinth

A Captivating Labyrinth

Abhishek Panda | Mar 14, 2016

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The human mind is always fascinated by the intricacies and excitement of a challenging puzzle. Be it the Brahma’s Disc or the Rubik’s Cube, apparently no challenge is enough to satiate the ever lustful thirst for mind amazement of sapiens. One such puzzle is the labyrinth. Basically, it is a convoluted network of paths, with a single entry and exit point. By smart traversal of paths, one has to complete the quest of reaching the exit. These mazes or labyrinths have been documented since ancient times, the most popular ones being the human maze Chakravyuh, described in the epic Mahabharata and the labyrinth of Minotaur in Greek mythology.

Giving tribute to the classic puzzle was Maze Runner, by Grapevine Club in association with E-Cell, NIT-R. Held at BM-BT building on 12th and 13th March, 2016 from 9:30 A.M., it received 80 participants in the form of 22 teams of varying numbers, with minimum 2 members in a team. Themed on Star Wars, in coherence with the general them of ISM 2016, it was a strategy and team building/management event. It was a successful event, especially considering how rest of the events at ISM 2016 panned out.

Rules and judging criteria:

The team members are asked to put up a plan and devise a strategy to solve a square maze (5x5 Matrix Maze) by using blindfold to reach from start to finish. One of the members of the team can start and the others have to guide him/her. There are mines placed along the way and in case of contact, the team member is disqualified and another member of the same team has to replace him/her from the same point that the team member got disqualified from. The mazes were customized for each team to ensure fair play. Each member of the team or group can be judged based on leadership, participation, minimum disqualification and the time taken to walk/run around the maze. Marks are deducted for disqualifications and other such factors and are subtracted from a pre-defined base score of 200 for each team. This along with the time taken to complete the traversal of maze are used as conditions to who the winner was.

Maze Runner boasts of being one of the lowest budgeted events of ISM 2016, requiring a meager 151 INR for its conduction. The winners and runners-up were awarded certificates along with goodies decided by the ISM core team and it was won by a 4-member team of MBA freshmen. 

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