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TechTatva’16: Cryptoss

Cryptoss sees a staggering footfall every year-requiring two or three rounds to make sure only the best make it to the top. With a lineup of extremely unique competitions, like the much-awaited CyberHawk, a participation of over two thousand students is witnessed almost every year.

CyberHawk
Meghana Dharmapuri

This was arguably the most anticipated event in the entirety of TechTatva. Along the lines of an online scavenger hunt, this event allowed students to rack their brains. The beauty of it being the exponential increase in the level of the question as one progressed in the challenge, keeping students up all night, staring at their laptop screens, completely hooked to it.

With literally countless number of questions over a span of three days, the questions were tactfully made such that the highest level breached was Level 29. This event received campus-wide participation, as observed almost every year. This time round, 1280 students participated and the total number of answer submissions was more than a hundred thousand. This event quite literally put TechTatva on the map because of the better standards set every year.

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Online Coding
Souptik Kar

This event too, being online, received undivided attention as students got to participate in the comfort of their own rooms-free from distractions. Another highlight being, one could code in any language they felt comfortable in, along with the fact that (like CyberHawk) this was a free event, where a delegate card was not a prerequisite.

The event saw as many as 210 registrations. ‘Online coding’ was spread over the entire course of TechTatva, with new questions being uploaded on a daily basis. Different types of questions involving strings, algorithms, number processing, and basic logical ones were posed to the participants. This particular event saw a fierce competition as there were no time constraints which ultimately led to a nail biting finish.

Bug Tracking
Ishita Pandey

As the name suggests, the event revolved around debugging of long lines of code.  As one of the organizers pointed out, “Debugging is an essential part of a software as you are required to fix bugs to produce more efficient versions of the software.”

There were two parts to this event. The first round was a questionnaire round. The question paper was categorized into three main sections dealing with an aptitude test, a snippet output test, and a debugging test. The aptitude test was to evaluate the ability of the contestant to find the logic in the given questions. Next, the output section focused on making the participants “retrace the logic” , as the organizer put it, for they had to start from scratch in order to understand the working of the given function and obtain the output for the given input. Debugging, the last and the most interesting part, had questions of varying difficulty levels. The purpose of the event was to test the fluency of the participants in C and C++ languages, which it did through its comprehensive set of questions.

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Infinity Wars
Souptik Kar

This event, ‘a coder’s Kryptonite’ as described by many, saw immense participation. In the opening round, every team got an hour to solve as many questions as possible out of the given eight. Every question had two subparts, the answer of the first subpart being a clue to the second one.

Round 2 saw the participants receive three sets of coding questions: easy, medium, and hard. The participants, in teams of two, were required to solve those questions. To live up to its name, the event provided each team with two superpowers to start with and as the event progressed more superpowers were added, giving the teams complete liberty to use them on any rival whose coding prowess threatened them, at any point of time. These superpowers were divided into three categories, ranging from Lex Luthor, where teammates swapped their laptops for five minutes, to Flash which meant freezing every coder in the room for five minutes.  After two hours of intense coding and strategy, a team of fourth year students triumphed over the rest by a large margin, putting to rest the claims of pessimists who said that experience didn’t matter.

Decepticode:

Meghana Dharmapuri

An event that set itself apart from the rest, Decepticode was a purely coding based event that ironically, required no previous knowledge of a particular programming language. A two round event, it saw only the best twelve teams advance to the final round.

The first round was simply a written test to assess the basic aptitude of the candidates through a potpourri of questions related to output prediction, error detection and general IQ questions along with proper coding questions. The second and final round, fulfilled the objective with which it had been created which was to learn a new language on the spot without having any prior knowledge. The language used this year was called “Lolcode”. The documentation was provided by the organizers, based on which the finalists had to code, without any further external knowledge.

Anshuman Awasthi, the Category Head for Cryptoss said that a category with events of such magnitude would be perfect practice for the upcoming International Collegiate Programming Contest and several other similar competitions.

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