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TechTatva’20—Alacrity

 E – Spaghetti

Janvi Pratik Dhanani | Staff Writer

Spanning over the first three days of TechTatva, Alacrity’s E-Spaghetti was an event for all the circuit building enthusiasts. The participants’ main objective was to showcase their prowess in circuit building.

The fact that the event was completely held online did not hinder either the organizing team or the participants. The event comprised of three rounds that were held over the course of the three days. The twenty-eight participants were given circuit designing problems delivered to them via Google Forms. The questions ranged from doing mathematical calculations to find the parameters to running online simulations on LTspice.

All the participants thoroughly enjoyed putting their best foot forward and exhibiting their circuit building proficiency. “It was quite a different experience, managing juniors, making sure everything went smoothly, staying in touch with the CCs, but it was an experience well worth it,” said Rohan Nigam, an Event Head for E-Spaghetti. The organizing team indeed put all their heart and soul into the event to make it a splendid success.

Escape Plan

Devangshi Debraj | Staff Writer

Alacrity’s Escape Plan had participants combing through pop culture references and general knowledge to find a path through a virtual maze. The questions were exceptionally witty, with hints to match. Each question took the participant further into the labyrinth and a step closer to reaching the end.

The main objective was to see how the participants would find the answers. The questions were designed so that the internet would be of no use unless one knew what it was talking about.

With a total of thirty-one questions and three paths, to begin with, participants had all four days of TechTatva to navigate the maze. Every correctly answered question would earn them one point, and nine points would be credited to them once they completed an entire path. Answering all questions provided a bonus of five points. The person with the most points would be pronounced the winner. “There were three people who finished the maze, but the one who did it the fastest, won,” said Sagar Reddy, the Event Head. “Escape Plan was one of the most successful events of Alacrity. We expected participation of about a hundred people but were shocked to see nearly thrice the number of people actually participate. It was a great experience working with the team, especially when it came to coming up with the trivia questions.

Think Buzz Hurrah

Sai Ramcharan Gunda | Staff Writer

When technology and trivia mix together, the result is always excellent. An electronic trivia-based event under the category of Alacrity consisted of two rounds. The event held on days two, and four of the fest got in many budding scientists and tech gurus to sign up for the event. With 93 teams participating in the first round, the event was already on fire. The first round consisted of a whopping 150 questions, which were to be solved in 35 minutes. The questions were all geeky, and it wasn’t your typical general knowledge quiz. Only 63 teams could make it past the first round.

The second round consisted of three sub-rounds. The first round had two divisions, one on general trivia and another a picture round. In general trivia, participants were tested based on their knowledge of basic electronic stuff. In the picture round, the organizers showed photos with hidden meaning, and the contestants had to figure out what it was. The second sub-round was rapid-fire, where a given contestant was asked a set of questions in a limited amount of time, and the one who answered the more amount of correct answers advanced to the final rounds. The last and the final sub round was the game-changer, where participants were betting on the points they earned in the previous rounds. The one with the highest points by the end of the round was adjudged as the winner.
“The event was quite successful since our questions were a mix of Trivia and Technology. Well, it was a different experience altogether having it online, but glad that everyone co-operated and we were able to pull it off in an excellent manner,” said Ashwin, the category head of the event Alacrity.

Think-e-RIG

Diya Chakravarty | Staff Writer

Innovation and engineering were the buzzwords at Think-e-RIG, an event held on the third day of Techtatva’20. Participants in teams of two had to put on their thinking caps and develop effective and viable solutions to various global problems. The students impressed all those present with their scientific thinking and technological prowess.

Two days before the event, applicants were asked to make presentations about their prototypes, which were to be displayed in front of the esteemed judges. The event touched upon diverse issues ranging from forest fires to expectant mothers in need. Each team had a distinctly original interpretation of the issue at hand, which was evident during their demonstrations. Laden with
remarkable circuitry, animations, and coding, each presentation seemed quite resourceful. The simplicity with which they presented their ideas ensured that viewers remained interested in what they had to say. “Every participant brought something new to the table, something innovative, something worth making,” said Ashwin Mani, an organiser of Think-e-RIG. At the end of each presentation, a question-and-answer round saw the judges asking pertinent questions regarding all aspects of the project, from concept theory to machinery. The contestants answered these with refreshing confidence. The judges also provided suggestions to improve upon the prototypes, giving the budding engineers food for thought.

As the event was drawing to a close, it was up to the judges to deem one of the teams the winner. Important judging criteria included feasibility and method of presentation, apart from the innovativeness of the project. One could imagine that it would have been quite a tough call, as every team brought trailblazing ideas to the platform. If Think-e-RIG was any indication, this present
generation of engineers-in-the-making has a future full of revolutionary pioneering ahead of them. As Ashwin aptly concluded, “Overall, we can say that the event was a success!