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Scavenger Hunt
Janvi Pratik Dhanani | Staff Writer

Spanning over the four days of the fest, this event allowed participants to engage their inner detective as they began their quest in this CTF-esque Scavenger Hunt, set against the backdrop of a murder mystery.

Around 160 participants racked their brains, trying to identify the real murderer. Players set out to look everywhere for flags, decipher clues, and decode messages. The clues and flags were concealed in various hidden resources. There were multiple storylines depending on the clues and challenges chosen by the players themselves. The participants were kept heavily engrossed by the exhilarating thrill and satisfaction of solving puzzles.

The event was held online on the ACM-Manipal portal, without any setbacks or glitches, courtesy of the Web Dev team that built the portal. Event Head, Shruti Verma said, “Organizing this event was a very fun journey for me and my team. We hope that the players also had fun while capturing the flags to reach the real killer!” This event under the category Cached indeed had a very successful debut run, leaving participants both frustrated and fulfilled.

MIT Open
Nilay Aundhe and Devangshi Debraj | Staff Writers

MIT Open was an ICPC-style team coding contest, organised by MIT, Manipal. It was conducted in two rounds on the 2nd and 3rd days of TechTatva 2020 from 5 to 8 PM. ICPC stands for International Collegiate Programming Contest. It is an annual multi-tiered programming competition between universities around the world.

A number of problems were put before participants, on the website Hackerrank, and they were required to write codes in order to solve them. They could form teams with 1-3 members each. The problems ranged from designing an efficient algorithm to compute the payoffs for all participants in a lottery, to helping the Prime Minister create the largest piece of wheat farm for farmers. The teams had to find efficient programming solutions to interesting real-world problems and situations. The platform would then run the code for different inputs to see if the outputs matched what was required. Depending on the number of test cases passed, the team got a fraction of the score assigned to the question. However, since it was based on ICPC, the score was either 1 or 0.

The top ten teams of round one qualified for the second and final round. Both the rounds were conducted in a similar way but the difficulty of the second increased. “Since this category was conducted for the first time ever, we expected a low response, but were thrilled to see that so many more people participated in both events,” said Core Committee member, Utkarsh Bajaj. The event gave participants an idea of how actual ACM ICPC contests are held, making for an enriching experience.

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