With each Techtatva comes the rush of expanding one’s skillset in any field imaginable. Here are the workshops that Pre-Techtatva’18 is bringing to the table.
Airborne’s first workshop, Let’s Blimp, conducted on 24th September, showcased the physics behind the functioning of lighter-than-air vehicles. Participants made a simple blimp out of nylon cloth which would be filled with a gas that is lighter than air, helping it move in 3-D space. A workshop conducted on 21st and 22nd September, designed to help students understand the basics of MATLAB, Flight-O-Ware, taught the participants how to generate a Simulink model of an aircraft using actual aircraft and flight data. In Hover Race, on 27th September, participants will make their own hovercraft which can move on flat ground. This hovercraft does not actually fly, but it involves a lot of aeronautical principles such as aerodynamics and propulsion, which the students would learn about in the workshop.QuadCombat, on 29th September, will help the participants make their own drone. Their drone would include all the aspects involved in making a full-scale one. The workshop will focus on the concepts of aerodynamics, structures, and electronics.
Alacrity’s only pre-Techtatva workshop—the Arduino Workshop— held on 24th, 25th, and 26th September, covered all the basics of Arduino applications that one may require to participate in the category’s Techtatva events.
Participants will take their first step towards financial success as they learn all about the stock market and trading from an experienced professional in Bizzmaestro’s only pre-Techtatva workshop, Beginner’s Guide to Stock Market on 27th September.
Krazysheet, organised on 21st September, focused on the art of systematic spreadsheets and intelligible simulations, teaching participants how to avoid tedious calculations and data handling. In Industrialize, held on 26th September, the participants learnt the working, efficiency, and economy of chemical industries through a game similar to monopoly. Clash of Chemicals, on the 24th, delivered the important concepts of salt analysis in a fun manner. The Aquaventure workshop, being held on 28th September, will teach participants how to design and create a water filter with basic chemical and biological elements.
Chrysalis’s first pre-Techtatva workshop, House MD, will teach participants how to diagnose a patient of an illness, depending on symptoms, in order to prepare them for the Techtatva events. Slice of Life, meanwhile, will focus on teaching the participants tricks to help them solve mysteries and prove their wittiness in the actual Techtatva event.
Conkreation, on 27th September, will focus on the usage of construction materials to cast a concrete structure. Participants will be taught how to design and cast a concrete gravity dam with the help of mortar and bricks. In Hydraulic Bridge, on 28th September, participants will be taught about hydraulics and its applications. Participants will also be taught about the different types of bridges and all the engineering practices that are required to make a bridge.
Cosmic Con’s first pre-Techtatva workshop, Genesis, on the 28th of September, will give the participants a chance to build their own world and rule it as they see fit. Their second workshop, Space Settlement, to be held on the 27th, will focus on the idea of humans establishing a colony on a different celestial body and will allow the participants to design a space habitat at the said location.
DRONE RACING LEAGUE
In this pre-Techtatva workshop, on 26th and 27th September, participants will be taught about the working of drones and how one can go about making one.
The Colour Rush workshop, held on the 21st and 22nd of September, focused on making a robot to detect colour intensities. The participants were taught the basics of Arduino which they would then implement while making their robot. In Circuitrix, on the 25th of September, the participants learnt how to rig up a circuit on a software using Proteus, a software suite used in creating and simulating schematics. The participants also learnt how to check if there were any faults in their designs and then rectify them accordingly.
Energia’s Seminar, on 21st September, consisted of a tutorial on data analysis using R programming. Brief explanations of the concept of sample statistics were given to the participants. They were also taught how to and how to use sample statistics to analyse data and solve problems related to renewable energy.
In the Drive to Survive workshop, participants were given the chance to build their own weaponised robots to tackle an obstacle course and make their way to a final face-off against other robots. On Stranger Tides allowed participants to build an amphibious bot that would face challenges on land and underwater. Both the workshops were held on 24th September.
The participants of Mechanize’s workshop, CAD It Up, were given the opportunity to learn the basics of CATIA. 2-D and 3-D CAD, along with assembly designs, were taught with relevant examples and the participants were given the tools required to make these drawings on CATIA. The workshop was held over a span of three days starting on the 24th of September.
Mechatron’s Arduino Workshop strives to teach the participants about the basics of Arduino and how to integrate it into their respective projects over a period of two days starting on the 27th of September. Operation Shutout, on 27th, 28th, and 29th September, will teach participants the discipline of connecting LASERs and LDRs to their robots. Learning how to effectively use Arduino and using that knowledge to build a robot that can be trained to solve a maze will be taught in Maze Maestro on 27th, 28th, and 29th September. Vertirush, also on 27th, 28th, and 29th September, will teach the participants about creating robots that cruise on different elevations over various obstacles and will help them implement this knowledge in a robot of their own. Apart from the Arduino workshop, Mechatron’s remaining three workshops are being held simultaneously on the 29th of September.
Paper Presentation’s pre-Techtatva workshop, held on 25th September, explained the prerequisites needed to write a research paper. The workshop covered all the topics and methodologies that need to be followed for writing a well-rounded paper from scratch.
Quiz and Potpourri, a workshop held on 25th September, gave participants their first taste of college quizzing, whilst simultaneously causing them to rack their brains to solve anagrams and crosswords. The workshop was well-suited for people with a knack for analysing visual cues and cracking complex puzzles. Tips and tricks were given to the participants to help prepare them for the main Techtatva event.
Robotrek, in collaboration with RoboManipal, will give participants a chance to learn how to build a robot from scratch in their Arduino Workshop on the 25th, 26th, and 27th of September.
Turing’s workshop, Hack It Out, spanning over 29th and 30th September, will focus on the tools that are used to access and exploit the vulnerabilities of a system. The second workshop, Bourne Again, on 24th and 25th September, introduced the participants to Python and shell scripting to help them automate ordinary tasks, requiring no prerequisites from the participants. Mobivision, over 21st, 22nd, and 23rd September, gave participants the opportunity to learn the basics of either Android or iOS depending on their preferences. The workshop gave them the knowledge required to create an application on their chosen operating system on the final day of the three-day workshop.
SPEECH CONTROL AND ROBOTICS WORKSHOP
The participants will learn how to make a voice-controlled robot using Arduino.
13INDYA™ TECHNOLOGIES IOT WORKSHOP
This workshop will instruct participants on how to program a micro-controller and implement a home automation project.
ARCHIMAZE CO.—AR-VR WORKSHOP
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience an alternate reality through the concepts of unity software and Oculus Rift.
ETHICAL HACKING WORKSHOP
Participants will learn about concepts such as web application penetration testing, reverse engineering, and computer forensics. The participants will also learn how to secure Wi-Fi networks, PCs, and laptops.
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