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TechTatva’18—Energia

Swadesh
Leona Pinto 

Energia’s popular quizzing event, Swadesh, held their qualifying round on Day One of TechTatva. The room was buzzing with discussion as the participating teams put their minds together to beat the clock as they tackled questions based on logic, science, math, and general knowledge. The event had a higher-than-expected number of registrations that led to a reprinting of question papers to accommodate the large turnout.

Image Credits: Sagar A.N. Reddy for the Photography and Videography Department

Based on the results of the quiz, eight teams were shortlisted for the final round that consisted of a campus–wide treasure hunt. The finalists gathered in a room at the starting point where the event heads explained the rules and the overall organisation of the round before sending the teams off with a clue that hinted at a specific location.

The Category Head, Vishal explained, “The clues will be easily deducible to those who are familiar with the campus buildings and the stories behind them. Most of the clues point to the areas on campus that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.” On arrival at the correct location, participants had to complete a task in record time to access the clue to their next stop. The rains did not deter the enthusiastic spirits of the teams as they raced against the clock to reach their final destination. Only four teams managed to complete the treasure hunt and emerge victorious after a tiring trail through eight different places on the grounds of the university.

Trash-to-Treasure
Janmejay Chakravarty

Trash-to-Treasure was an event that aimed to awaken a sense of sustainability and environmental consciousness in the students of MIT. While the first round of the event quizzed the participants on their knowledge of the environmental sciences, the second round appealed to the creative soul inside each engineer. The event was held over two days, on 4th and 5th October.

Round One was a simple test, intended only to gauge the inclination of the participants towards this field.  Students were asked questions based on the importance of effective waste management, and how various wastes could be used to produce useful items.

Image Credits: Aaisha Singhal for the Photography and Videography Department

The final round was more engaging and inventive, where each team was given a box full of waste products collected from the TechTatva organisers of other categories. The teams had to design and build a working model of a gadget using the waste components given to them. The event urged participants to make the best out of waste and proved that a little bit of creativity and effort could perhaps change the course of humanity’s future.

The five teams in the final round competed fiercely, and their work was evaluated by a panel of expert judges. The event inspired the participants to make an effort towards recycling waste and make a green future a reality.