Get your brains rolling: Cryptic Hunts and Quizzes

Get your brains rolling: Cryptic Hunts and Quizzes

Innovision cannot be imagined without the number of tech hunts and crypto quizzes that are organized by the different clubs and this year was no different. While a few of them were recent versions of successful events of the past, a few were being organized for the very first time. The events aimed at challenging the thinking capacity of the students and their ability to solve puzzled situations. Overall they were successful in capturing the minds of the participants and were a great hit among all the students who attended them.

Maze Hunt 2.0: Genesys

After having a great debut in the year 2017, Maze Hunt was back again for Innovision 2018, upgraded and unadulterated. The event was organized by Genesys and became the largest event receiving the greatest number of participants for Innovision 2018.

It was a group event in which participants had to enter in teams of two and travel through a real maze, searching for checkpoints where they had to answer simple general knowledge questions and some aptitude questions or perform simple tasks like juggling a ball, skipping, playing subway surfer, etc. Each team was allowed a maximum of fifteen minutes inside the maze and points were given on the basis of how fast they completed the maze and how well they were able to find and solve the tasks given at the checkpoints. This year the first written round which was used to screen students before entering the maze was removed to allow a greater number of students to enter the maze and have fun.

This year the event saw an attendance of more than 400 participants. Due to its immense success, the event which was meant to be held only on the first day was extended into the second day too. The coordinators of the event were extremely happy with turnout and were happy to know that their hard work had paid off. They had this to say:

We have worked very hard to create the maze and we are happy to see the participants enjoying. Since its inception from last year this event has been a great success and we hope that it keeps getting organized for the years to come.

Geometrica: SSPA

Geometrica is a first of its kind of event to be held during Innovision. Organised by the S.S.P.A., the event was meant to challenge the artist within the participants by asking them to draw a live view using only the major shapes like square, rectangle, circle, and triangle. Regardless of its unique concept the competition failed to garner much crowd and saw only 22 participants participating in the event. The participants were asked to draw a sketch of the BM-BT department building using only the mentioned shapes. The sketches were evaluated on the basis of the aesthetics of the sketch and also the proper use of primary shapes in the sketch.

We received over a 100 registrations but the small turn up was really disappointing. It may be because of the clash of timings between different events.

 said Padmesh, the coordinator for the event.

Soaring through the sky: ASME’s Fly Your Plane

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers conducted “Fly Your Plane” on the second day of INNOVISION -2k18. The participant had to make their own plane by the material provided by the club on the spot. They were given 1-2 hours to make their plane constructed out of an A4 sheet provided by the club. The sheet had to be modified by only folding while ripping, cutting, glueing was not allowed. Participants were also provided with a manual on how to build a paper plane

The event was conducted in LA 217 and saw a huge footfall of 131 participants from different institutes from the country. It was scheduled to start at 10 AM but got postponed by 30 minutes. Kousalya and Abhigyan were the coordinators of the event. The event was judged on the basis of distance covered and time in the air. All participants had to compete in the qualification round. The top 10 participants then competed for head to head to decide the winner.

I really had a nice experience and got to learn many things

 said Pratik Mahapatra from Utkal University

It was a successful event. A lot of participants had turned up and made paper planed of different kinds with varying strength in attributes like aerodynamic design. People enjoyed it cause it was a simple to make a paper plane and they had fun seeing people trying to throw the farthest distances and doing it as well.

 Said Kousalya Kalaparthi, one of the coordinators of the event

Designing the new innovation: ASME’s CAD Battle

ASME conducted its second event of Innovision-2k18 on 4th November. The participants were given the opportunity to show their designing skills through CAD Softwares. They were provided with the problem statement on the spot. The designs were judged on the basis of creativity, innovation, appearance, the feasibility of the model in real life and the efficiency of the design. Factors like time and the number of features used were also taken to consideration during judgement.

The event was conducted in LA 209( Solidworks Lab). It was scheduled to start at 10 but got postponed by 30 minutes due to fewer participants. The event saw a footfall of 21 students. Gourab Das Mohapatra and U Aditya Mohan were the coordinators of the event.

It had been my dream to compete in solid works since I had learned it, and also I have a keen interest in designing, thanks ASME to give me a chance.

 said one of the participants.

The event was successfully conducted. The turnup was less than expected, but this was mainly due to the restriction of the software to be used. The participants were very satisfied with the question pattern and remarked that it was a very challenging competition. Overall the event was smoothly conducted

 said Gourav Das Mohapatra, one of the coordinators.

Hunting Co-DecodeTreasure: Akriti

Akriti, the Art club of NITR conducted Co-Decode, a treasure-hunt puzzle game on 3rd November. It was a team event consisting of 2-3 participants. The event was conducted in 3 round. In the 1st round , they were asked to solve 20 mental aptitude questions in 30 minutes. Top 15 teams were qualified for the 2nd round. In the next round, participants were to solve a jigsaw puzzle which would lead them to their 1st clue of the third round. The participants were to use this clue to locate their next clue.

The 1st round of the event was conducted in LA 301, while the other rounds involved various locations inside the campus.  The event was scheduled to begin at 10AM but was delayed to 10:30 due to unavoidable reasons. The event saw a footfall of 20+ participants. Kausthub and Shiny were the coordinators of this event.

It was a great experience setting up a treasure hunt. This really made me explore the deepest corners of my mind. Though the participation didn’t meet my expectation I’m sure that the few that took part thoroughly enjoyed the event.

 said Kausthub, one of the coordinators of the event.

Quiz-O-Rama

The very first edition of the fun Trivia/Tech quiz competition, Quiz-o-Rama was organized by the Microsoft club of NIT Rourkela in Innovision 2018 on 4th of November at LA-317. The event was scheduled to start at 9:30 am but started half-an-hour earlier. It spanned over three different rounds, one needed to play his best in each round/levels to advance to the next. The winners and runners-up were decided based on these three rounds.  Each team consisted of 1 or 2 members strictly and not more than that.

 This informative, as well as entertaining event, witnessed around 60 participants from various colleges across India for Round 1, which consisted of questions from General Knowledge and Technical genre. Around 20 students qualified for Round 2 called ‘Tech-0-Trivia’ which purely tested one's technical knowledge. Finally, 8 students qualified for Round 3 which tested one's knowledge from a plethora of genres pertaining to Literature, Pop and History. The event was well coordinated by Sahiti Ravipati and Ajit Kumar Behera. Sayed and SP Santanu from NIT Rourkela sailed through various rounds to emerge victorious in the end.

Upon being queried, Sahiti Ravipati, one of the coordinators of the event said,

The event witnessed a wonderful footfall. Although the event went on smoothly without any glitches, we did face quite a few problems due to the limited time span. We started off on an early note but many participants arrived after the completion of Round 1. We wished to accommodate these participants but time played a spoilsport. However, the event was a huge success.

According to a statement given by one of the participants from Quiz-o-Rama Arpit Biswal who is a CSE undergraduate at IGIT, Sarang

NIT Rourkela has an amazingly beautiful campus. I have participated in the Quiz-O-Rama event and I have been selected in the second round as well. I have participated in other events also. I believe Innovision 2018 is really good, only due to the efforts our seniors from NITR. Innovision is attaining new heights every year.

Omega 3.0

 The Innovision 2018 edition of the fun and thrilling treasure hunt, Omega 3.0 was organized by the Axiom club of NIT Rourkela on 3rd of November at LA-317. The event was scheduled to start at 9:30 am but was delayed by around half-an-hour. It consisted of two rounds which were participated in teams of maximum 2 or 3 people. Round 1 was the elimination round that consisted of questions involving brain-storming mathematical questions that tested one's aptitude and analytical skills. The participants were awarded 4 marks for every correct answer, -2 for every wrong answer and 0 for every question left unattempted. Top 14 teams amidst 140 participants qualified for Round 2 which was a Treasure hunt held across several areas near LA. Finally, a team consisting of Satyajit Raiguru and GVR Kartik from NIT Rourkela and another team comprising of Sweta Suman Das and Sofia Mohanty bagged 1st and 2nd positions respectively after decoding the map of the treasure hunt ( based on mathematical puzzles and riddles) in the shortest time interval. The event was well coordinated by Tanay Agrawal and Md Ayaz.

Upon being queried, Tanay Agrawal, one of the coordinators of the event said,

The event witnessed a wonderful footfall and it even surpassed our expectations from the previous year stats. Although the event went on smoothly without any glitches, we did face quite a few problems. We were able to complete the riddle part but towards the end, we had to arrange those in a sequence such that those could be used to guide the participants in the treasure hunt. Although it consumed considerable time, I and Roshan managed it to the best of our capacities. However, the event was a huge success on an overall basis.

According to a statement given by one of the participants from Omega 3.0 Archana Rao who is a UG from CET, Bhubaneswar

NIT Rourkela has an amazingly beautiful campus. I have participated in the Omega 3.0 event and I have been selected in the second round as well. I have participated in other events also. I believe Innovision 2018 is really good, only due to the efforts our seniors from NITR. Innovision is attaining new heights every year.

Such events involving cryptic hunts and puzzles that tested the aptitude, analytical and problem-solving skills of the NITR junta as well as students from various colleges across India was a phenomenal success in Innovision 2018. With the bar set high, budding engineers look forward to even bigger and better 'brain-storming and puzzling over questions' filled events in the future editions of Innovision to come. Team MM congratulates all the coordinators of the events and other club members who successfully conducted these events and wishes all the very best for their future endeavours that would embolden us to put on our thinking caps.

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