Techfest is IIT Bombay’s annual science and technology festival creating a visual spectacle year after year. It is well established as Asia’s Largest Science and Technology festival patronized by UNESCO and UNICEF. With a footfall of more than 135,000 people comprising mainly of the youth from 2500 colleges across India and over 500 overseas, it is also the most liked College Festival in India on Facebook.
Among the attendees were Nobel Laureates and Past Presidents. Interestingly, the festival this year was also attended by bollywood celebrities Sonakshi Sinha and Arjun Kapoor.
A Lecture Series provided a platform for both the brilliant and the blooming to connect and have an interaction of a lifetime.
Former president, Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, also known as Missile Man of India, discussed digitization in rural areas.
Maintaining its legacy of having Nobel Laureates interact with the crowd at Techfest, this year Ada Yonath and Kurt Wuthrich, Nobel Laureates of Chemistry delivered lectures related to Medicine and Chemistry in everyday life. Vint Cerf, known as one of the Fathers of Internet spoke on Internet of things.
Other lecturers were Bjarne Stroustrup, Resul Pookutty, Javed Akhtar, Manjul Bhargava, Ryan Germick, R.A. Mashelkar, Silvio Micali, Paolo Giubellino, Marek Gazdzicki, Subhash Khot, R. Chidambaram, Bedabrata Pain.
Exhibitions provided rare avenues to see and experience a wide spectrum of modern technology with a very unique collection of exhibits from across the world.
InMoov (Life full size humanoid robot):
It is able to perceive sounds and noises to see and move, identify the surrounding environment through micro-camera and recognize the voice commands issued to it
Bionico Hand: A Prosthetic arm designed to assist amputees
Beach Bot: World’s 1st autonomous sand drawing robots
Sepios (Cuttlefish inspired marine robot): The only 4 finned cuttlefished robot in the world
Other exhibits were a 20 ft model of INS Vikranth and Artillery Guns (Exhibits from Indian Army and Navy), Tigers Mannheim (Soccer playing robots),Bio-inspired flying devices, Humanoids, Media Arts from Poland(WRO Art Center)and many more
Technoholix: A perfect blend of science technology with the tinge of entertainment. Every year it presents the world’s most renowned artistes & their awesome work.
Snow Storm (Ice Skating Show): Theatrical ice skating performance
Inner Peace: Shadow Performing Show and World Premiere of their 3D Mapping Show.
Thoughts of darkness :- Khawater Aldalam , Winners of Arab’s Got Talent!
“Technoholix” promises to leave you addicted to technology and entertainment with stunning performances like 1st Project, TRONi, Adlelaida.
Ozone: Lighter side of Techfest kept the festive spirit at Techfest alive and kicking. A potpourri of awesome setups, enchanting international artistes, competitions and funky workshops with a tinge of technology.
All Terrain Vehicle:- A fast paced, adrenaline pumping driving adventure
Flying Simulator: gives the experience of Virtual Flying, as if giving you wings
Oculus Rift: the next generation Virtual Gaming experience with the 3D stereoscopic view. In addition there was Laser tag, 3D chess, F1 simulator, Paintball, Bungee Run, Body Zorbing
Zlwin Chew: A well known Malaysian practitioner of magic and mentalism
Kelvin Kalvus: A contact juggler juggling multiple Fushigi balls at the same time
Edgar Groll: A clown, juggler and musician, in short a complete entertainer
Along with Thomas Li Vigni, Matej Kodes, Andrew Csirmaz, BMX or Bicycle Motocross to thrill you with their awesome performances.
Fun Competitions: Soccer Craft , Scavenger hunt, Junkyard Wars & 4-Way Tug of War.
Fun Workshops: Handwriting analysis, Paper Sculpture
With the fields for competitions this year ranging from sustainability and design to advanced robotics to events based on pure sciences, Techfest had something in store for everyone.
Robowars: a game of style, control, damage and aggression with the robots pitting each other in deadly combat.
International Challenge :-Techfest has launched a totally new segment – International Robotics Challenge, International Conference, Techfest International Coding Challenge & Money Ball
Full Throttle:-gave participants an opportunity to build their own IC car and prove their mettle against other racers on the track at Full Throttle.
Other thrilling & exciting competitions at Techfest, 2015 were Technocalypse, Thinker net, Dimensions, Robotron, Xtreme Machines, Algorhythm, Next Gen Tv.
Acknowledgement: From Mumbai, Anuraj Gupta, Aman Mantry and Ketan Acharya contributed to this article