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Unveiling the Mysteries: Rabbit Holes

In the vast expanse of the internet, there exist countless web pages that bewitch the curiosity of users. These digital ‘rabbit holes’ lure individuals into a maze of captivating mysteries and unexplored territories. Blank 101 sought to delve into the numerous beguiling topics that have enthralled internet users for years together. The focus was on a spectrum of internet mysteries like the dark web phenomena, the SCP foundation, etc. The enigmatic idea of the Backrooms was one of the subjects that was covered during the Rabbit Holes.

BLANK 101 crew member at the event

Originating from the 4chan post in 2019, the Backrooms are purportedly an alternate reality accessible through glitchy images and unsettling descriptions. Ascensionism, rotting com, and laughing horses orifice headquarters were among the diverse range of topics covered. Rabbit Holes did not shy away from the darker corners of the internet. Fans of Kanye West may recall the game in 2013—Kanye Quest 3030 which quickly became popular online, was also included in the event. 

A lighthearted moment from the event.

Rabbit Holes explored the various assorted aspects of internet culture that are often overlooked. The event served as a gripping journey into the mysterious corners of the internet. On exploring the immense mysteries of the internet, the attendees found themselves mesmerised in the world of digital enigmas. The event featured a wide variety of speakers and performers. Each speaker brought their own unique perspective on internet culture, making the event truly diverse and riveting. 

 

As the world of the internet continues to expand, events like Rabbit Holes serve as reminders of the untapped mysteries awaiting curious individuals, enticing them to embark on their own journeys into the unknown.

 




TEDxMAHE: Volume Seven

On April 30th, 2023, the seventh edition of TEDxMAHE kicked off with the MCH Hall opening its doors to welcome speakers and attendees alike, eager to gain wisdom and learn something new. The day was especially important as it was MAHE’s Founder’s Day and Dr. T.M.A. Pai’s birthday. Eager to hear distinguished speakers across different walks of life, the audience listened with rapt attention to the wisdom they had to share.

The first speaker was Major Pawan Kumar, a soldier with the Indian Army’s Jat Regiment and Shaurya Chakra awardee. He detailed his journey, about how he came from a small village in Rajasthan and went on to serve as a Major with the Indian Army. He hoped to inspire the next generation and teach them important lessons about agility, bravery, and perseverance. His accounts of his time in the military left the audience in both awe and admiration, for him and others like him who put their life on the line to protect their country.

Major Pawan Kumar at TEDxMAHE

This was followed by a presentation by Rebekah Sood, an entrepreneur who appeared on Shark Tank and owns India’s first major Kombucha brand. Although Rebekah’s parents encouraged her to pursue engineering, she discovered that her true calling was entrepreneurship. After gaining experience in the field, she utilized the Ikigai four-circle technique to identify her passion and founded India’s leading kombucha brand. Her appearance on Shark Tank gave her brand the platform it needed to flourish, and now her premium kombucha brand is paving the way for healthy living in India.

The next speaker was Pranav Mahajan, a motivational speaker and police officer, also known as the “spiritual cop”. He delivered a captivating speech on unlocking the power of the subconscious mind and the power of metaphysics. Drawing from his personal experiences and those of his friends, he shared instances where the subconscious mind had a negative impact on otherwise positive situations. With practical tips and insightful anecdotes, he inspired the audience to unlock the potential of their subconscious minds and harness its power to achieve success in all aspects of life.

Parth Bajaj, a celebrated chef and television host with a significant online following shared his inspiring journey from being an engineer to becoming a renowned food blogger. Having pursued engineering, he found solace in cooking and baking as a creative outlet. He shared his story of struggle as an amateur chef, creating a place for himself online as a uniquely talented cook and baker. His content garners millions of views across platforms. Having stepped out of comfort zone, he followed his passion and found success in an unlikely place.

Indian chef Anahita Dhondy is renowned for advancing the traditional Parsi culinary style. She formerly worked as the head cook at the SodaBottleOpenerWala, Bombay Irani Café, and Bar franchise. She was included in the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list in 2019 for her work to promote Parsi cuisine and ensure food sustainability. Anahita Dhondy was invited to share her experiences in the culinary field and offer students valuable advice on life and career. She compared one’s life to a pot of biryani, with each layer representing different aspects of one’s career and life and ended the talk asking students to discover the ‘spice’ in their life.

Anahita Dhondy delivering her talk.

Abhishek Asthana is an entrepreneur and a former software engineer, who goes under the handle Gabbbar Singh on Twitter. He spent over ten years working for corporations before founding his own ad firm, Ginger Monkey, in 2019. He co-founded the anonymous social networking platform Zorro (now Hood), which is his most recent endeavor. Abhishek Asthana started the talk with sharing experiences from his childhood and stories behind his start-ups GingerMonkey and Hood. He also talked about his career, his stint as the Brand Head for Reckitt, known for Durex and Dettol, his early days at Samsung India, and his television debut on Shark Tank India. 

The event concluded with a round of thanks to the speakers, the administration, the organisers, and all those behind the scenes that made this chapter of TEDx the grand success it was.

Speakers and organisers pose for a photo.




Manipal Entrepreneurship Summit ’23—Major Events

Keynote Session                                                                                                                                                                                  Samyuktha | Staff Writer   

Abhinav Arora, the CMO of Avalon Scenes, hosted the Keynote session. He provided insights on leveraging SAAS(Software as a Service) tools for building and nurturing communities. It was an entrepreneurial workshop where he explained terms like TAM(Total Addressable Market) and SAM(Serviceable Available Market). He showed everyone how to use this knowledge to determine the potential of a startup and allocate resources accordingly.

The event’s key takeaways were the importance of market analysis and how it allows one to uncover market opportunities, know what customers think of their products, and improve communication and messaging platforms with customers and segmentation.

Youth Panel Discussion                                                                                                                                                                          Aditya Karigar | Staff Writer   

Formi is a one-of-a-kind social platform that enables people to have great experiences personalised to their tastes. Their SaaS platform is built with your everyday operational needs in mind. Event organisers can arrange, manage and deliver the best events using their cutting-edge tech and wide-ranging capabilities. Using their intuitive dashboard, you can easily do everything from finding targeted affiliates, boosting ticket sales, maintaining a database of attendees and tracking affiliate performance.

BugBase is an Indian platform that enables companies to set up bug bounty programs that can be reached out to by ethical hackers and cybersecurity enthusiasts from all over the country. Bug bounty programs are a way to crowdsource identifying potential website threats, thus safeguarding the web for future users. The company provides a clean and straightforward user experience to engage more cybersecurity fanatics. Despite being a giant in the tech world, several Indian companies, private and government-run, are still not secure and frequently experience security breaches. BugBase also allows organisations to host Capture The Flag (CTFs) events for cybersecurity novices to practice, learn and grow into professionals. 

The event began with the guests introducing themselves and sharing their journey from college to founding their company. We were lucky to have co-founder Sitaraman S and Rishabh Gupta at the event. Dhruva Goyal, an enthusiastic hacker, spoke of how he and a friend formed their group in Manipal and worked on several other projects. Both agreed that leadership qualities, decision-making skills, time management and keeping up morale are essential qualities every founder needs. They shared their experiences on their journey up the ladder to success. Both shared one sentiment: ‘Don’t let the success get to your head’. It was a great panel, with a good mix of advice and amusing anecdotes.

Senior Panel Discussion                                                                                                                                                                          Samyuktha | Staff Writer  

While the youth panel allowed the audience to communicate with a relatable group of like-minded people, this discussion provides insight into what a young entrepreneur can expect in the long term and take advice from people who have followed the same path they wish.

This panel consisted of experienced entrepreneurs ready to discuss their experiences. Mr Anuj Bhatra, a co-founder at Andromeida, spoke about the importance of conducting in-depth research in one’s respective field. Mr Deepak Pareek, a co-founder at Iceberg Creations, focused on content creation, an area he is passionate about. Mrs Smitha Rao, a co-founder at Uthunga, brought forth her experience when scaling her business from three to over eight hundred employees while keeping their needs in mind. Mr Leenesh Singh, a co-founder at 1000 Startups India, believes that having the correct mindset is non-negotiable in order to succeed. Our final panellist was Mr Manish Dsouza, a partner at Eagle Wings Venture.

This panel provided the students with several role models to look up to and learn from in their ventures. It was a successful discussion involving the amalgamation and sharing of knowledge.

Pitch Tank                                                                                                                                                                                                          Samyuktha | Staff Writer  

Pitch Tank acted as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs where we saw MAHE’s top eleven startups pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and investors and was superbly organised. The panel of judges consisted of five dynamic people; Jayshree Leenesh (Angel Investor), Leenesh Singh(Co-Founder of 10000 Startups India), Anuj Batra(Co-Founder at Andromeida), Manish Dsouza (Partner at Eaglewings Venture) and Khushbu Mehta (Junior Associate at Letsventure).

Pitch Tank showcased a diverse range of startups and their innovations. The event was an excellent opportunity for budding startups to advertise their product to potential investors and make connections. Around two hundred people attended, with the selected presenting their ideas to the panel.

Caze Maze                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sanskriti | Staff Writer  

Providing a platform for showcasing people’s problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities is not new. In recent years several game shows have started a critical-thinking game. Organised on the platform “Unstop”, this event allows engineering college students and business administration to solve complex problems.

Due to the impressive turnout, with over a hundred teams registered for the event, there were two rounds organised in the event. Both rounds included the preparation of a presentation. The first round consisted of preparing four slides on some of the startups regarding issues faced in any domain of operation, marketing, finance, operations, or a combination of the above. This was an eliminative round. 

The shortlisting was based on the proposition’s viability, creativity, and value. The second round was the event’s final round, and the participants had to prepare a presentation of eight slides. The winners of this event were Team Orange, Team Ocean, and Team Hustlers.

Moneyball                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sanskriti | Staff Writer  

Moneyball was an event organised for MIT students inclined toward pitching. The event aimed to improve and test the participants’ debating and pitching skills. The participants learned a lot about pitching after watching others present. 

The event had three rounds, the ideation of which was done beforehand. The first round was a quiz round, and the participants were given ten minutes to answer twenty startup-related questions. The second round was a pitching round, where the teams were allotted products or services to pitch for seven minutes, followed by cross-questioning by the participants and the judges. The third and final round required teams to pitch and debate why their brand was better than their competitors, followed by a debate round. The key highlights of the event were the teams’ dedication, which could be seen just by looking at the presentations they made. The teams debating were energetic and did not miss any opportunity to cross-question the other teams to win.

In conclusion, Moneyball effectively enhanced the debating and pitching skills of the students of MIT. The teams’ dedication and energy during the debate rounds made the event a success.

Fallout                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saranga | Staff Writer  

Fallout, a panel discussion event, encouraged budding entrepreneurs and students to showcase their skills. The event featured a competitive market where participants had to convince a judge, who also acted as a consumer, to adopt their product. This helped improve their sales skills and their ability to research various topics, work in teams, and tackle challenges that big companies face.

The event began with participants presenting their position papers on a given topic which was relevant to their company. The judges evaluated the presentations based on how well they knew their portfolio and how they presented themselves. In the second round, the qualified teams were given a curveball where they had to present an offer to the judges based on a situation given to them. The host explained the rules to the contestants, and the judges created a healthy competitive environment among the committee. Team Honda, Team Tata, and Team MG were declared winners out of the forty participants. The event went smoothly, with participants showcasing their entrepreneurship skills in a competitive environment. The impact of the panel discussion on stakeholders was highlighted, and it is expected that future events will be even more successful.

Money Quest                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saranga | Staff Writer  

Money Quest was a one-of-a-kind event that encouraged strategic thinking, teamwork, time management, and resource management, exclusively targeting MIT’s first years.  Participants were provided with a file before the start of each round that contained clues, prices and rents of properties, and a map. A treasure hunt was conducted for twenty minutes, after which all the teams reassembled at the starting point and placed bids on the properties that they found as clues. This went on for three rounds, and in the end, the team with the highest asset value was declared the winner. When the auction for the first clue, which turned out to be Om Xerox, started, there was incredible suspense as to who could crack the difficulty of this clue.

The teams known as Daredevils, LAXMI CHITFUND and Kasukabe Defence Force were ultimately declared winners. The event was successful, with participants showcasing their skills in this competitive environment.

Innovation Mela                                                                                                                                                                                      Samyuktha| Staff Writer  

The flagship event was lined up on the final day of MES, The Innovation Mela. The event aimed to foster collaboration and a more inclusive startup ecosystem that contributes to innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. The event had a great turnout, with over three thousand people showing up and over ninety startups. Various interests were accommodated, with the entrepreneurs covering many industries, such as technology, healthcare, education, and e-commerce.

Image Credits: The Photography Club Manipal




Manipal Entrepreneurship Summit ’23 Pre-MES Events

PR Campaign Launch
Sanskriti Srivastava | Staff Writer

Manipal Entrepreneurship Summit is an annual event organised by the Entrepreneurship Cell of Manipal Institute of Technology as its flagship event. It encourages students, entrepreneurs, speakers, and others to come together and foster innovation. The theme of MES’23 was “Let your innovations be heard”. A set of individual events had been organised to help people introduce their creations to everyone. With the help of MIT’s drama club: Ada, the theme reveal was a great success.

An open mic also took place where students came to present their talents in the form of stand-up, instrumental music and singing. The flagship event featured almost 150 innovations by our students and a series of speakers to enlighten us regarding various topics. The major events include a Panel Discussion, a Keynote Session, Pitch Tank, Online and Offline Workshops and Bootcamps.

Design Thinking: Vikas Gupta
KSV | Staff Writer   

Have you ever wondered what goes into design and converting a thought into a successful idea? Do you want to learn more about design thinking but need help figuring out where to begin? MES’s Design Thinking workshop answered all these questions. In the words of an E-Cell executive, “The main aim behind conducting the workshop is about how to come up with an innovative idea, which is critical for startups in the future”.

Vikas Gupta, the main speaker, is a Manipal alumnus who graduated from the Manipal School of Architecture and Planning with a Bachelor of Architecture and then went to IIT Delhi to study Industrial and Product Design. Following his thorough explanation of design thinking, we moved on to an exciting experiment. He gave us a product and asked us to create something entirely new that performed the same goal inventively. We had 15 minutes to ponder over a toothbrush, a pen, and paper. Several suggestions were made by the participants, such as making it more multifunctional, sustainable, or more straightforward.

Furthermore, he introduced us to a technique for finding innovative ideas: SCAMPER, an acronym for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put, Eliminate, and Reverse. The speaker’s experience as a successful founder of two startups brought so much value to the workshop, and everyone agreed the session was engaging.

Vikas Gupta conducting the design thinking workshop.

Entrepreneurial Modelling: Sudhinder Parvatikar, ‘Founder of Kloud Aim IT’ and ‘IoT Consulting’
Shatakshi | Staff Writer   

The Entrepreneurial Modelling workshop was conducted by Mr Sudhinder Parvatikar, the founder of “Kloud Aim IT and IoT Consulting”. The workshop aimed to enable entrepreneurs, startup managers and leaders to strengthen their understanding of their customers, business models, and corporate strategies. The target audience was college students who were passionate about innovation. The turnout was exemplary.

The event commenced with the speaker explaining how important entrepreneurial modelling is in a startup. He conducted an in-depth conversation about the topic through a prepared presentation. A Q&A session followed, where he answered the audience’s questions. E-Cell MIT handled all the work related to this workshop, including graphics, publicity, and event logistics. The audience reacted favourably to this enlightening workshop.

Entrepreneurship Journey: Arvind Shashikumar, Co-Founder and CTO of Quinn
Ajitha Shree | Staff Writer   

The exclusive workshop on entrepreneurship journey, organised jointly by E-Cell and ISTE highlighted topics such as the challenges faced by budding entrepreneurs with ideas and the journey from being a full-time employee to becoming a self-employed person among others.

Mr. Arvind Sasikumar, co-founder and CTO of Quinn, started by talking about the importance of making good decisions in the initial period of one’s entrepreneurship journey, such as collaborating with an equally enthusiastic business partner, targeting the perfect audience and adopting a trial-and-error method to improve your business. “Solving a problem is way more important than building a solution to the problem”, said Mr Sasikumar emphasising the need to prioritise fixing the problem over finding an ideal solution. Time is far more important than money for every startup; a slow investment rate can hamper the company’s growth.

There are several leadership qualities an entrepreneur requires. Some of them are analysing data without bias, marketing strategy, ability to filter out genuine feedback, tackling sudden changes, handling rejection from investors and improving your idea daily. Adopting good networking skills in your college days is critical. This talk by one of our successful alums gave us great insight into the entrepreneurship journey of an engineering student and an abundance of motivation to try and realise our inner potential.

Amplifying Innovation for Growth: Lokesh Venkataswamy, CEO and MD of Innomantra and Dr. Tojin T. Eapen, Advisor of Innomantra
Deepali | Staff Writer   

Lokesh Venkataswamy, CEO and MD, and Dr. Tojin T. Eapen, advisor, Innomantra, heralded the Amplifying Innovation for Growth workshop as part of MES 2023. Their goal was to promote systematic innovation through effective project management, quality control, sustainability initiatives, bio-inspired system design and resilience strategies. A leading innovation consultancy, Innomantra develops various strategies to help companies achieve their innovation goals. One of the critical strategies they employ is project management. They work closely with clients to identify project goals and objectives, set timelines, and allocate resources to ensure project success.

They help clients minimise risk in innovation and maximise return on investment by providing effective project management. Another critical strategy is quality control. Innovation projects often involve developing new products and services that must meet the highest standards of excellence.

Our speakers focused on the need for innovation management to improve efficiency in institutions as well as the need to balance out sustainability. They mentioned some efficiency strategies in the form of the 5 R’s: Resting, Reduction, Redefining, Regularization and Resource management.

By leveraging the principles of circular economy and sustainable development, Innomantra enables customers to create value while minimising their environmental footprint. Inspired by nature, they help customers arrive to solutions optimised for their environment. For example, by studying cheetah behaviour, Innomantra helped customers develop an efficient supply chain that reduced costs and increased productivity. They also use ERP models to optimise innovation projects.

Through their project management and sustainable development expertise, Innomantra helps clients become effective, efficient, sustainable, and innovative, and stay ahead of the competition.

EdTech Entrepreneurship: Vinod Aravindakshan, Founder of Careerbolt
Ayn Shahabal | Staff Writer   

This event was a workshop on entrepreneurship and cracking interviews, organized by E-Cell in collaboration with ISTE.  The workshop featured an esteemed speaker, Mr. Vinod Aravindakshan, who is a seasoned entrepreneur and the founder of Careerbolt, a tech startup making waves in the world of campus and professional recruitments.

During the event, Mr. Aravindakshan shared his experiences of working in Silicon Valley and the importance of continuous learning. He highlighted the fact that there is no easy way to learn skills and that one must be a hardcore learner to succeed in their careers. He also talked about his team’s efforts in building Careerbolt as a startup and creating a conducive environment for everyone to work, thrive and grow.

The event aimed to help attendees gain valuable insights into cracking interviews and discovering how technology can be leveraged to create a positive change in the world of entrepreneurship. The attendees were encouraged to put the information and insights gained from the workshop to good use in the future.

Overall, the workshop was a success, and attendees gained valuable insight into entrepreneurship and the interview process. The event provided an excellent opportunity for networking and learning from experienced professionals. The organizers deserve credit for putting together a well-structured and informative workshop, and it is hoped that similar events will be organized in the future to benefit more individuals.

Mr. Aravindakshan sharing his tips on entrepreneurship and how to crack interviews.

Startups—Building a Niche: Jyoti Bharadwaj, Founder of TeaFit.
Shreeya | Staff Writer   

On February 21st, Jyoti Bharadwaj, founder of TeaFit, held a workshop on startups and the importance of building a niche. TeaFit, a consumer-oriented brand, appeared on Shark Tank in 2021 to pitch its business model. After landing a deal of 50 lakhs, the beverage startup has grown considerably. Jyoti’s drive is inspired by India’s alarming diabetes rates and lack of healthy unsweetened beverages. She also aims to appeal to consumers’ interest in health and wellness post Covid.

The entrepreneur advised that any brand needs to decide on a timeline. In a timeline based on an exit, the focus would likely shift from prioritising the customers to customer acquisition. TeaFit aims to grow sustainably at a pace suitable for the brand. They also seek to branch out the distribution of homemade unsweetened beverages nationwide. Jyoti emphasised on the importance of people skills, especially during the lows. In such cases, people skills help motivate the employees who work for the brand and persevere through tough times.

Similarly, she also elaborated on the life of an entrepreneur and how the lifestyle is often less glamorous than it is portrayed in popular media. A Q&A session with the audience followed the workshop. As a closing note, Jyoti suggested that as an entrepreneur, one must be the jack of all trades, but a brand must be the master of one- and that is its niche.

Jyoti Bhardwaj explaining the importance of building a niche.

Product Management Bootcamp: Akshay Johri, Riya Jain, Shobhit Saxena
Shivani Seshadri Iyer | Staff Writer   

Think of product management as an essential step in developing a product from scratch, manufacturing it to go with the tide but making it distinctive enough so that the final product can sell itself. It is done through trial and error. Product managers aren’t born, nor do they need an illustrative drawing capacity. They need to metamorphose, understand human psychology, have room to create ideas and understand what the customer wants.

A panel of three esteemed product managers, Ms Riya Jain, Mr Shobhit Saxena, and Mr Akshay Johri shared insight into the field of product management. They started by briefly introducing themselves and how they got into the world of product management, each encounter being a unique experience.

The panellists linked product management to being the boss of a toy store, making important decisions on the toys to sell, working with toy makers to design and create new toys, and ensuring that they are safe, fun, and sound on shelves. The panellists emphasized on the fact that one must fall in love with the product statement rather than the idea. Knowing what your competitors are up to and staying ahead of the curve is a quintessential part of product management, as well as making errors and failing. They explained the process of data interpretation, which helps product managers gather insight from data to solve a business case. In addition to this, they emphasized on the importance of customer reviews because one needs to understand that it takes months to find a customer but seconds to lose one.

This bootcamp provided an insight into what the corporate culture is like, and how to work on ground-breaking ideas while staying ahead of the curve. The three panellists came to a consensus that product management is an upcoming field that requires zeal to deal with customers, know the competition and design products.




Aurora’23-ISTE Techweek

Advanced 3D Printing Workshop
Shivani Seshadri Iyer | Staff Writer

Imagine a sci-fi movie where a herb that isn’t produced in nature is designed by technology and is 3D printed. Scriptwriters would be at a loss for words if they discover that the technology they envisioned to satisfy the imaginations of fanatics exists in real life. This was a two-day Advanced 3D Printing Workshop by IE Mechatronics in collaboration with ISTE. In 3D Printing, objects are designed on software such as Fusion 360 and Solidbox and a real-life 3D replica was printed. Such processes are additive and are added layer by layer.

Siddhant Sinha, the President of IE Mechatronics, said they would be briefing participants on parameters required while 3D Printing an object. He hoped that it would be a memorable event, a significant interaction and experience for the participants since most of them are first and second-year engineering students and don’t have much experience handling 3D printers. At the end of the workshop, each of the participants got a souvenir with the club’s logo.

The organisers started by laying the grounding for their citadel—the definition and history of 3D Printing. Different technologies in 3D Printing were also discussed, such as Fused Deposit Moulding, where a filament is heated and moulded into a 3D shape, SLS (metal powder fuses due to heat), and SLA (resin is treated with UV light, and it hardens). Applications of 3D Printing in the automobile and biomedical industries, prototyping, et cetera, were elaborated on in detail. The upper hand to using a 3D printer is that it allows one to create 3D designs, which is cost-effective, and certain raw materials can be 3D printed, among other things. Parts of a 3D printer, such as nozzle, controller board, filament, feeder board, et cetera, were shown in pictures, and their locations were shown on the printer for participants to get a practical approach.

After the presentation and discussion on the 3D printer, they designed a keychain on a 3D printing software called Ultimaker Cura. Later, 18 participants were divided into teams of two and were taken to see the printer, which had keychains kept for Printing. Slides of a 3D print farm were shown in pictures. Videos were shown on 3D Printing, followed by a Q&A session. After the workshop, every participant had a 3D-printed keychain and ISTE goodies to take home. The workshop had something to give and something to take.

Arvind Sasikumar Talk
Prakhar Dwivedi | Staff Writer

Arvind Sasikumar, an MIT alumnus, recently visited Manipal for an event organised by ISTE and E-Cell in collaboration. This event was organised to expand the thought of entrepreneurship among the students of MIT. Later, he started as a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft (Redmond, Washington, United States). After some time, he quit his job and started his own company QUINN.

QUINN is a private company that has been in the industry for some years now. The company has a B2B model, it offers a platform where businesses can post their product videos, reviews, and many more, and visitors can shop from the application, enabling clients with analytics from conversions to engagement and helping to grow their revenue. Arvind Sir spoke about his journey through college, the struggles he had been through, and then about the dream job everyone wishes for, but not being happy and then turning onto a completely different road.

Quinn wasn’t easy to start up like every other new business. It took him eight months to determine what should be done to get the thing on the right track. And now it’s a well-growing business. His talk mainly focused on forming his company and making its place in the market. He mentioned some distinctive qualities for making your business solid in the market and how risk-taking ability plays a vital role in everybody’s life. He specifically said the importance of backing the pricing of your products as the market would accept if your product is valuable, and you should not be afraid to price it accordingly.
In short, a great talk with a lot of informative knowledge was given by Arvind sir.

Aurora CTF
Krrish Manchanda | Staff Writer

MIST organised an entry-level CTF in collaboration with ISTE and BugBase to introduce new players to CTF. There were a total of 60 participations, and at the end, 3 cash prize winners were declared. The event saw progressively increasing levels of questions which were released in a period of twenty-four hours with some delay in between to keep everyone on their feet. The event was hosted on the official website of BugBase.

Blender 3D Workshop
Prakhar Dwivedi | Staff Writer

Blender is software used to model 3D objects, which has various applications in engineering, from modelling components for 3D Printing to making characters for video games. The blender workshop hosted by ISTE was a very detailed and hands-on guide for rookies to get into a blender to figure out the various components making it easier for them to delve deeper into the software and its endless applications.

The instructor made sure all the participants could implement whatever he was teaching and was very competent in his knowledge to resolve all the arising doubts the participants had. By modelling simple objects like a bed and a pillow, the instructor tapped into a lot of features of Blender. The participants also seemed to have a fun and enriching experience.

A participant working with Blender.

Cad Modelling Workshop
Ayn Shahabal | Staff Writer

IE Mechanical held a two-day workshop on the basics of CAD Designing. The workshop aimed to provide participants with a firsthand experience of working on Fusion 360, a popular computer-aided design (CAD) software. The workshop was hosted in NLH and was attended by 12 participants. The workshop began with an introduction to CAD Designing and its importance in the engineering industry.

The participants were given a brief overview of Fusion 360, its interface, and its tools. The participants then had the opportunity to follow along with a step-by-step tutorial on designing a simple part using the software. They were guided throughout the tutorial and answered any questions they had. On the second day, the participants were given a more challenging part to design, and they were encouraged to use their creativity to design a unique and functional part. They were also given tips on how to design efficiently and effectively and shared some design best practices. The participants also learned how to animate their models using Fusion 360’s animation tools.

A live demonstration was held on how to create a simple animation, and then the participants were given time to create their own animations. Overall, the workshop was successful, and the participants gained valuable experience and knowledge in CAD designing.

Capture the Flag Workshop
Deepali Vengaka | Staff Writer

A workshop was held on the 12th of February at NLH in collaboration with MIST to introduce the attendees to Bandit and Capture The Flags. Bandit is a Linux-based command line game that orients players to the basics of playing other wargames. MIST helped people better understand command tools and use their acquired knowledge to play Capture the flags. They played a few levels together, followed by a few basic questions and moved on to PicoCTF.

PicoCTF is a program built on the Capture the flagging framework created by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University. It gives access to its users to think creatively and critically to solve challenges. With PicoCTF, participants were guided about the different domains and taught how to get about a CTF. Attendees had writeups for future reference, and the process of finding answers
was discussed. Everyone who attended the workshop was asked to carry their laptops because all the activities were hands-on.

Overall the event was a massive success, with over 60 excited participants who had a great time.

The participants of the Capture the Flag workshop organised by MIST and ISTE.

CSS Frameworks Workshop
Saranga KrishnaStaff Writer

CSS frameworks are pre-made collections of code that help developers style websites quickly and easily. They offer pre-designed styles for typography, buttons, forms, navigation menus, and more, allowing developers to quickly create attractive and responsive layouts without having to start from scratch.

Some popular CSS frameworks include Bootstrap, Foundation, Bulma, Materialize, and TailwindCSS, among others. These frameworks typically come with various customisation options, and many offer additional JavaScript functionality to enhance user interactivity and functionality.

The workshop conducted as a part of Aurora tech week left the participants with knowledge of how to use, implement and take full advantage of CSS frameworks such as bootstrap and tailwind to design a unique website that stands out from websites that are designed using raw CSS and are easier to maintain and update.

“The entire workshop went smoothly. The crowd was very interactive, and it was fun teaching them. Many of them could complete the hands-on projects, and they looked very professional. The participants were delighted after the workshop and appreciated our efforts”. Says Prateek Anand, an organiser of the event.

This workshop was where every web designer found ways to turn their absurd, creative and intricate thoughts into reality and design an ‘original’ and a functional website.

A still from the CSS Frameworks workshop.

Dev Sprint
Yahsya Garg | Staff Writer

Hackathons have become increasingly popular in recent years as a way for developers and tech enthusiasts to come together and collaborate on innovative projects. One such event, the “Dev Sprint” web development hackathon, brought together participants from all over MIT to create exciting web-based solutions. This event provided a unique opportunity for developers to showcase their skills. Whether you are a seasoned developer or simply interested in the world of tech, the Dev Sprint hackathon provided a fascinating glimpse into the world of web development and innovation.

Dev Sprint was organised by ISTE with a prize pool of 10,000 Rupees awarded to the top three teams. There were two rounds in total. In the first round, teams had to replicate an image-based website within two hours. The top ten teams were moved into the second round, which was eight hours long. The second round was a little more challenging, with teams being required to create their own websites using the problem statements provided.

The event was extremely well organised, with a large number of volunteers on hand to assist with any queries. Each participating team got a goodie bag which added to the overall excitement and enthusiasm of the event. The experience was exciting and educational, complete with an adrenaline-filled environment. The hackathon was won by team SRTJ followed by team Sentinels in second spot and Last Minute Squad in third place. However, the true winners of the event were all the participants who were able to learn from the experience and walk away with new skills and knowledge. The event gave an insight into what it is like working in an environment where pressure is high and time limited.

Digital Divide
Kartikeya Vasista | Staff Writer

On the 12th of February, debate lovers across the campus gathered in a classroom to participate in the Digital Divide event. It was a parliamentary discussion about how technology affects day-to-day life. Another much-debated subject was the ethical concerns posed by new technology, not just privacy but also issues like consent, freedom of choice, and autonomy. A spirited debate about how technology has impacted various industries and aspects of daily life took place at the event. There were two preliminary rounds, one semi-final round, and one final round. With around twenty participants in six teams – three of them comprised of first years, the event lasted for around five hours.  

Sushant Shekhar, an organiser, said, “I had a great time planning and judging the competition. I was really amazed by the calibre of arguments presented by newcomers to the game! I really like hearing folks discuss the notion of consent and choice. I hope there are many more occasions like this where many people may take part and watch!”. The event was enjoyed by participants, judges and the audience alike, with all of them agreeing that it was intellectually stimulating. 

Face Detection using OpenCV
Sharad Mathur | Staff Writer

An ISTE and IOSD Manipal collaboration brought forth an exciting opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of object detection and gain hands-on experience using OpenCV’s Python library. The Face Detection Workshop was a three-day event held on the 15th, 16th and 17th of February at NLH as part of AURORA, ISTE Manipal’s flagship event. The workshop began with an introduction to computer vision and object detection, followed by an explanation of the OpenCV library and its features. Participants were then guided through the installation and setup process for the Python environment and OpenCV library.

On the second day, the participants were guided through a project involving taking selfies automatically from their webcams through face recognition using OpenCV. With the help of the facilitators, students learned how to implement face detection algorithms using OpenCV and Python. The facilitators provided in-depth explanations of the code and answered any questions that came up during the workshop. On the final day, the ongoing project was completed, and students were helped through any errors in their code or other problems with their projects. The facilitators made sure that every participant left the workshop with a fully-working model and was confident in their understanding of OpenCV and the powers of computer vision.

Overall, the workshop was a success, with students leaving the event with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of object detection and practical experience in using OpenCV. The workshop set a great example for such events in the future.

Microcontrollers in Drones Workshop
Shivani Seshadri Iyer | Staff Writer

The frightening thing about the future is that one will always be watched. Drones help facilitate that in 4k resolution. But as with all things, drones have their benefits and drawbacks. Project Dronaid has helped the cause ‘One Flight Saves Lives’, and made the most of their abilities to improve access to healthcare and saved many lives.

Project Dronaid held a workshop on 15, 16, and 17 February 2023 on ESP-32 Microcontrollers and their importance in drone technology. They are one-of-a-kind small computers on single integrated circuits that are designed to control a specific function within a more extensive system, in this case, the drone. The process efficiently has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and can go into the all-too-effective energy-saving mode. They are also used in smart home devices, motion detectors, et cetera.

The workshop started with the organisers explaining ESP-32 Microcontrollers to the attendees. They were later given a kit consisting of an ESP-32 Microcontroller, Breadboard, MPU 6050 Sensor, USB cables and male-to-male Jumper wires. Instructions on using every component in the kit were given, and organisers taught participants the applications of the breadboard, which is used for making connections temporarily. MPU sensor measures the angle by which the drone turns. They had to build a microcontroller using the kit. On the second day, the coding of the C-code that activates the microcontrollers on the software took 2-4 hours, and the connections for the microcontroller also took place, which extended to the third day, which also included a simulated drone flying session with the ESP-32 microcontroller that the participants had built.

This workshop had the best of all worlds: electronics, coding, and aviation. The workshop had a practical engagement and skillset which required participants to bring out their A-game. Participants were well-engaged throughout the three-day workshop and eventually comprehended the relevance of a microcontroller in a drone.

A still of the drone developed by Project Dronaid.

Neural Networks and Computer Networks Workshop
Yashya Garg | Staff Writer

The field of computer science is constantly evolving, and with it comes new advancements that can sometimes leave us feeling uncertain about their impact on our lives. There are new technologies that can revolutionise the way we live and work. That’s why the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) conducted a workshop covering some of the essential technologies computer scientists need to know about: Python, NumPy, Pandas, OpenCV, and the basics of neural networks.

A neural network is a computer system designed to learn and make predictions based on data. It’s inspired by how the human brain works, where neurons in our brain communicate to process information. The ACM workshop was designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of these technologies and how they can be used in real-world applications. The three-day workshop began with members of the ACM introducing the fundamentals of Python, NumPy, and Pandas to eager participants.

The second day was even more fun when they delved into OpenCV, a popular Python library, and began exploring the basics of neural networks. Day three was the most exciting when students were introduced to Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs). ACM brought students together to work on the final project and showed how similar projects were used in real-world applications. The workshop was a great success, and the students left feeling inspired and confident about their newly acquired skills. Students were given a chance to see how the technology they had learned could be applied to real-world problems, and by the end of three days, they were able to build their real-time face recognition system. ACM’s efforts to promote computer science education are paying off, with many participants saying this was their first experience with programming. The course was also an excellent opportunity for students to interact with one another.

Participants of the Neural Networks and Computer Networks Workshop.

UI Design Workshop
Dakh Loiya | Staff Writer

The ISTE-ADG partnership held a 3-day workshop. The workshop was created for newcomers interested in learning more about the fundamentals of UI design and web development.

The attendees were given a brief introduction to Figma on the first day of the workshop, which is a well-liked design tool for producing user interfaces and other visual designs. The students learned the fundamentals of HTML5 on the second day, including how to organise web pages using HTML tags and attributes.

The final workshop day was devoted to CSS and how to use it to improve a website’s visual appeal. Students were instructed on creating a sidebar for a website and urged to play around with the code to understand better how it functions. The organisers walked around and assisted the students with questions or concerns in creating an interactive and exciting learning environment.

Overall, the workshop was an excellent opportunity for beginners to gain practical skills and knowledge in UI design and web development. The organisers frequently asked the students questions about the different tags and attributes used in HTML, helping reinforce the learning and ensuring that the students understood the material.

Vinod Aravindakshan Talk
Siya Kothari | Staff Writer

On 20 February 2023, Vinod Aravindakshan, the founder of CareerBolt, enlightened the students about the strategies that go inside a recruiter’s mind. From his personal experience as an HR of companies like Samsung, he briefed the audience about how they can make their resumes and LinkedIn profiles more appealing. He further expanded on how a recruiter’s mind works and what makes a candidate stand out among 100-200 candidates.

The talk was followed by a Q&A session where Vinod sir also talked about CareerBolt, an HR consulting agency that helps people from core branches contact potential employers. He even acknowledged the organisers for organising such a talk for the MIT students.

“I am proud to say that the talk was a great success. The talk was well-attended, with many students eager to learn from our guest speaker’s experience and insights as a recruiter. The speaker’s expertise in the field was evident as he shared practical tips and real-world examples that resonated with the students. Overall, the experience of organising the talk was a rewarding one. It was an excellent opportunity to provide value to the students and to contribute to their professional development.” said Parv Kohli, the president of ISTE.

Whether you want a job or a start-up, Vinod sir was the perfect person to answer everyone’s doubts.

Image Credits: Manipal the Talk Network(MTTN)




An Extraordinary Hostage Situation—HOSTAGES 101

With the perfect blend of thrill and excitement of a live event and without the high stakes of a real-life hostage situation, HOSTAGES 101 was indeed a fun-filled dive into various hostage situations that have occurred throughout history, germane to geopolitics, show business, deception etc. Taking place at NLH, the ‘hostage-takers’ were members of Blank 101, the public speaking club of Manipal while the ‘hostages’ were the participating students from various branches.  

Carol, the Head of Operations of Blank 101 said, “This is Blank 101’s first offline event with a crowd since the pandemic, as a result of which, most events and talks had been shifted online. Given the situation now, we are hoping for a positive response from the audience and are elated that everything is back on track and up to speed.”  

Students actively participated in the event.

While the seats filled up swiftly, the hostages didn’t have an inkling of the ransom or what was coming next for them. The first speaker laid the foundation by defining a hostage as a person who is held by one party when the two parties are in conflict with one another. They talked about how people are often held as security or collateral for the fulfilment of a set of conditions or promises and are physically harmed or blackmailed in case of failure of the conditions. The second speaker concluded with the fact that hostages aren’t mere bargaining chips but are human beings just as ourselves.  

The crowd was engaged in a discussion on the different hostage situations that have occurred throughout history, such as Japan Air Lines Flight 351 where 122 passengers were held hostage and the plane was hijacked by a group of hijackers in 1970. There were no casualties in this unconventional hostage situation, and at one point, the hijackers were tricked into believing that they were in North Korea by the South Korean officials and the Japanese government. Cinema has portrayed both reel and real-life hostage situations and their attempts to rescue hostages, such as the 1979 Iranian Revolution, where 66 American citizens (embassy officials) were taken hostage in response to the United States’ involvement in Irani politics. This particular situation occurred for nearly two years. Six officials managed to escape and were provided refuge by the Canadian Embassy, portrayed stupendously in the Ben Affleck-starrer Argo (2012).  

Being a household name can shackle you to your public life. In the case of Britney Spears and the recent removal of her conservatorship, which denied her freedom to move around and controlled every bit of her career, causing her to be a mere hostage to her job. The intrepid Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight attendant of Pan Am flight 73, helped nearly 350 passengers escape at the cost of her life, while they were being shot at by hijackers. 

The various situations helped participants understand the dark and grim side of it. The participants were expected to focus on the psychological impact and coping mechanisms undertaken by the victims. While some tried to heal and move on, others subconsciously feared for the next threat in their lives. The participants elaborated on how many of the affected detailed their experiences through journaling. A discussion was had about how numerous cases of the Stockholm Syndrome were also reported among victims. 

While the event touched upon many disturbing and sombre topics, it ended up being a fun yet informative dive into hostage situations and their consequences throughout history. 




Making Manipal More Musical—RevAmp ’23 by Chords & Co.

RevAmp ’23, Manipal’s premier music festival took the campus by storm, with electrifying live performances and scintillating music spanning a wide range of genres and performance styles. Organised by MIT’s official music club Chords & Co, large crowds gathered to witness some amazing musical talents.

Live Wire  

Ayush Acharya | Staff Writer

(Credits: Aritro Biswas/PAV)

Do concerts light your mood up? Does every strum of the guitar and the bass of the drums make you groove? Because Live Wire by Chords & Co. can be described as everything a music listener’s soul could ask for. The Student Plaza had been set ablaze by the wondrous crew of Chords and Co. on the 18th of February. They performed four songs, namely; We Will Rock You by Queen, Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Castle of Glass by Linkin Park, and The Nights by Avicii. The songs had everyone sing along and pumped up for the event. The performers brought back the nostalgia of the early 2000s by adding two Bollywood songs; Mai Agar Kahoon by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal and Zara Zara by Bombay Jayashri.

The event was organized by the team of Chords and Co. which included students of MIT, DOC and a well-lit stage and music amplified by loudspeakers. “The event would not have been a success without the crowd being energetic. It’s the crowd which motivates us to sing and give our best on stage.” remarked Sanjay Konapala, one of the crew members.

Live Wire lasted for about an hour and despite its length, the audience stayed till the end, listening and jamming to the music. It was an event of pure emotion and joy where all we could hear were the sizzle of the electric guitar, the beats of the drums and the singers’ voices topping it all off and the crowd singing along.

Trivia Quiz

Daksh Loiya Staff Writer

(Credits: Advika Priyabhashini/PAV)

A music quiz was held by Chords & Co. as a part of their RevAmp flagship event. Songs by Rick Astley, including STAYThe Box, and Never Gonna Give You Up were played before the quiz, energising the room. The event had four rounds, and each presented different challenges to the participating teams.

In the first round, the teams had to correctly guess a song through only a small snippet of the song. The artists played included Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, Coldplay, Tame Impala, etc. The second round involved a singing competition in which each team had to perform songs from a specific genre, and if a team failed, the round ended, with the remaining team receiving their points. During the Country Music round, the panel forbade the use of Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, even though the artist famously called out Billboard for not including the song in their Country Music Charts.

The third round involved predicting the year of well-known songs like Running Up The Hill, Titanium, and Mitwa which led to hilariously bad answers, such as one team stating that Nirvana was making music in 2013. In the final round, each team had to answer an essay-based question with a twist. Any other team could opt to answer that question by inviting a panel member, and if they answered correctly, they could steal your points, but if they answered incorrectly, a penalty was imposed. These questions included the meteoric rise of Dhanush with his song Why This Kolaveri Di, the terrifying story behind MJ’s iconic Billie Jean and many more.

The event ended with Sharad, Samarth, and Hriman winning the competition and bagging a cash prize of Rs. 1500. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the event, saying that it offered a fun and engaging platform for them to showcase their love for music and interact with fellow enthusiasts.

Riffusion

Ayush Acharya Staff Writer

(Credits: Ishaan Sharma/PAV)

The answer to all your musical thoughts and cravings, the melody to our ears, the tunes to our strumming and the voice to our vocals, Riffusion by Chords & Co. held on 19th of February was a celebration of live music and honouring its legacy with passion-filled electrifying performances. The event was held in front of the Student Plaza, with students gathering around the stage. After all, who wouldn’t want to join in a crowd and sing along, right?

More than thirteen participants and groups made their mark on stage ranging from solo performances to instrumental bands, to even beatboxing, and got the people all pumped up. Many of the performances took listeners on a nostalgia trip through the early 2000s of Bollywood’s musical brilliance. Songs like Iktara from Wake Up Sid, Mitwa by Shankar Mahadevan and many more unlocked old memories from the our childhood. Many performers chose newer songs and artists. From Kesariya to Kabira to Fitoor; not a single masterpiece from Arijit Singh’s reign of singing was missed. The event lasted for about 2 hours long with the crowd, yearning for more. Overall, the event was filled with many classics of our generation and the event, sure can be concluded as a success all round.

Karaoke Night

Deepali Vengala Staff Writer

(Credits: Aman Kumar/PAV)

Chords & Co. organized a Karaoke Night event on the 17th of February, held in the quads of FC-1. The event drew a crowd of music enthusiasts from different backgrounds, with about 50 participants coming together to sing along to their favourite music. The atmosphere was lively and cheerful, with everyone excited to show off their vocal skills.

The participants sang a wide range of genres, including pop, rock, R&B, and country, making it a diverse and engaging event. The audience cheered and clapped along, creating a supportive and enthusiastic environment. The event proved an excellent opportunity for music enthusiasts to showcase their talent and connect with other music lovers in the college community.

Swaranjali

Sneha Bhowmik | Staff Writer

(Credits: Tejasvee Dwivedi/PAV)

Organised as a celebration of Indian classical music, Swaranjali was held on 18th February 2023. It featured performances of both Hindustani music from North India and Carnatic music from the South. The event showcased the abilities of talented musicians and their own unique renditions of Indian classical music. Participants dressed in beautiful traditional dresses, blowing the crowd away with their soulful performances. It was an event where they displayed their passion and knowledge of their craft with pride. It was an evening characterized by melodic vocals and harmonized instruments that left the audience wanting for more. Swaranjali was a fulfilling event that set the hallmark for future classical music endeavors in Manipal.

DJ Night

Sowmya G Staff Writer

On the evening of 17th February 2023, Chords & Co. organized a DJ night outside Food Court 1, where they featured a student DJ, Shreyash Singh, who is a student of MIT Manipal. The event started at 9:30 pm with the energetic and enthusiastic DJ playing a mixture of old and new tracks that kept the audience engaged and entertained throughout the night. The music was loud, vibrant, and electrifying, and the entire area was transformed into a dance floor where students could let loose and have fun. The crowd was incredibly enthusiastic and supportive of the DJ as they cheered him on throughout the event. Despite being inside the campus, the students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the night and danced to their heart’s content. The energy and excitement were palpable in the air, and it was evident that the students were having a great time.

(Credits: Aman Kumar/PAV)

(Featured Image Credits: Aritro Biswas/PCB)




The Romance of Aviation—A Guest Lecture by Dr. A. K. Ghosh

Dr. A. K. Ghosh, a professor at the Department of Aerospace at IIT Kanpur and a highly regarded scientist in his field was invited to give a guest lecture at MIT about his life experiences and the most recent advancements in aeronautics and aviation. He has multiple feathers in his cap, including mentoring a number of start-ups such as Aurora Integrated Systems in Bengaluru and Shastra Automation Laboratories in Kanpur among others.

Dr. Ghosh expressed how he never lies to the young and never tells the truth to the old. The young have the power to bring about change, so withholding information from them will impede progress, while the elderly will worry about change, so keeping the truth from them will prevent this worry. He used the phrase “Noblesse oblige,” which refers to the idea that being noble entails responsibility, and that if you are in a position of privilege, you must make sure that you lend a hand to those without it. 

Dr. A. K. Ghosh takes to the podium. [Image credit: Lakshya]

He claimed that the field of aeronautics is only for those who are romantic; loving what you do is one of the essential components of success in a profession that is characterised by constant disappointment and failure. When everything does come together eventually, the time and effort you put in will be entirely worthwhile.

As he began to discuss the significance of electrical and avionic systems replacing their fuel-based counterparts, he encouraged the institute to work with the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Electrical and Electronics Engineering to add an elective on battery technology. He urged the students to explore these fields and to advance and innovate in them, noting that one of the biggest challenges the Indian aeronautical industry is currently facing is a lack of domestic manufacturing of components, particularly the sensors and materials needed for aerial vehicles.

The audience listens with rapt attention. [Image credit: Kushala]

He then dove into an equally enlightening, lengthy Q&A session, during which he went into more detail about his personal experiences, his time at ARDE, Pune, his thoughts on supersonic travel, its difficulties, its potential, and the future of electric aviation. It was a brilliant talk by a brilliant academic, surely inspired a new era of aviation enthusiasts.

[Featured image credit: Lakshya]




TechTatva ’22—Investigar

Battle of Tycoons

Aprajita Singh | Staff Writer 

The premise for Battle of Tycoons was an intriguing one.  Amidst a crisis, people needed to be evacuated via airlifts. Teams of 2-3 participants had to bid for aircraft parts in an attempt to design aircrafts that would perform the operation. The first round was centered around designing a civilian aircraft, and the second round was for a defence craft.

An added challenge was that the aircraft parts being bought had to be compatible with each other. For instance, the engine of a Boeing 737 could not work with the propeller of a seaplane. Therefore, bids had to be calculated and made cleverly. It was an incredibly fun event, with many lively bids echoing across the room at all times. The one hitch in the event was that at times the offer prices for parts got out of hand, and it had the teams bidding into the millions for a minor, cheap cog.

The performance of the team was judged on cost efficiency, fuel efficiency, stability and ease of maneuvering the aircraft design. The first place was secured by Dyutit, the second place by Pratham, Imaad, and Priyan, and the third place by Suhas, Hritesh, and Surya. “Although the event did not have a lot of participation, it was a good event with a smooth run,” Ujjwal, a CC quoted. In all, Investigar was a wildly engaging event that was fun from the get-go.

Participants busy analysing their options.

Paper Presentation

Ajitha | Staff Writer 

Good presentations make the presenter look smart, but great presentations make the audience feel smart. Paper Presentation was an event that illustrated this beautifully. Held in the MV Seminar Hall, it provided a  platform for budding researchers to hone the art of presenting technical papers. Enthusiastic students across departments such as Mechanical, Chemical and Computer Science presented papers that were both educational and interesting. Some of the research papers had been authored by the presenters themselves, and served as an impressive example of the research ecosystem harboured by the students here.

The first round covered presentations related to the Mechanical and Aeronautical domains. Some of the topics included discussions on the use of methane and kerosene as rocket propellent, and liquid hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. The consecutive rounds had papers in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Computer Science.

Post every presentation, participants were questioned by the judges to analyse the depth of knowledge each presenter had about the paper they chose to present.  “As engineers we should focus on our soft skills by learning more about how people perceive us. Even kids who are really good at coming up with new, modern machine designs find it challenging to communicate their ideas to a large group, and initiatives such as organising paper work events will help them overcome their difficulties”, said Thara Ma’am, a judge at the event.

Every presentation was unique and brought a lot to the table. The best presentations were ranked from one to three for every department. Koena Manji, Nilabha Das, Kanak, Shaksham Mamthani and Yashwanth secured the first place. Karthik Prabhu, Anway Das, Suchetna, Erina, and Anushka were the first runner ups. Shashwanth, Saurabh, Mihir, and Sanskruti were the second runner ups. Every participant put up a great show, and at the end of the day, the audience gained a vast amount of knowledge spanning multiple domains.

The problem is presented to the audience.

Image Credits: Photography and Videography, TechTatva’22




TechTatva’22—Chrysalis

Murder Mystery

Shreeya Thamanam | Staff Writer

Enthusiastic true crime geeks gathered for day 1 of the murder mystery competition. Round 1 of the event consisted of a quiz with questions related to biology, bioinformatics, and so on. Top participants were short-listed for round 2. It consisted of a 120-minute treasure hunt, with clues of places on campus hidden along with the primary murder plot. All the clues connected to the exciting grand finale, the third round of the event, which is to be held on 14th October.

Participants of Murder Mystery pore over clues.

In the very final round of the encompassing task of finding a killer, shortlisted participants were presented with a crime scene entwined with clues from the previous round as well. After 2 hours of reading through paper files and racking their brains, the winners were chosen based on whoever guessed the murderer’s name correctly. All in all, it was like being in an Agatha Christie novel and undoubtedly a fun experience.

Biodemic

Sneha Bhowmik | Staff Writer

A 3-hour event, with a cash prize of 2k to the winner, began at 3 pm on 13th October. The 1st round was where the 7 participating teams were given one virus (Marburg virus disease and Leptospirosis) and were told to research either a way to contain the disease and save lives or mutate and make it deadlier. 40 minutes were given to the teams to make a short ppt of 5 to 6 slides and to present it to judge Bharat Rajguru, a professor from the department of biotechnology.

Of the initial 7 teams, 4 teams made it to round 2, where they were given the topic of the Bubonic plague, a.k.a. The Black Death. Each team was given the same problem of making a presentation on the causes of the plague, how it affected the people, the similarities between it and the covid-19 pandemic, and pointing out the mistakes that were made then and if they’re still being made now.

Biodemic participants working on their presentation.

Questions were asked by the other participants and the judges to the presenting team, giving them direction that allowed them to come up with more creative and interesting answers. Participants described it as a stimulating event that moved them towards the right path to inculcate research skills into themselves.

Image Credits: Photography and Videography, TechTatva’22