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TechTatva’20—Cryptoss

Enigma
Arnaav Anand | Staff Writer

Making its dauntless debut on TechTatva, Enigma was a one-of-a-kind event presented by Cryptoss. It was held over a two-day period on Kaggle, a machine-learning platform used to store databases. A predictive model was to be individually built by each contestant within the forty-eight hours, with the top position of the leader board going to the model with the highest accuracy. A handful of eager participants readied their software to take on the exciting challenge.

Shortly after its commencement at 12 AM sharp on Day 3 of TechTatva, contestants quickly got to work on their code. Having been restricted to twenty submissions a day per participant, they had to meticulously ensure that their code produced efficient results. After consecutive hours of biting nails and clacking keyboards, the leader board filled up gradually. Towards the end of the second and final day of the event, the competition became exhilarating with everyone tweaking their respective models to squeeze out the best performance from their models. The scenario was akin to a stock market, with leader board positions capriciously and rapidly shifting with unpredictability. The ever-narrowing nature between any two contestants was evident with the difference in accuracy being as small as 0.1 per cent.

“Enigma is the only machine learning competition in Manipal, so we felt the need to elevate the community and come up with something new and unique. It was truly a learning experience not just for the participants, but the event heads and organisers as well,” remarked Sayantan Karmakar, the event head. It was a widely successful premier for the event, surely inviting reiterations in future fests.

Negative Space
Aayush Shah | Staff Writer

An event stretching across all four days of TechTatva, Negative Space called out to all the budding designers, giving them an excellent opportunity to show off their skills on a big stage. The theme given to the participants this year was The New Normal. Each participant was required to use a digital medium such as Illustrator or Figma to make a graphic design depicting their understanding of the theme.

The event was hosted on IECSE’s exclusive design portal. Given the online mode and a time slot of four full days, participants were able to learn a lot while implementing their designs, making the event a lot more friendly to beginners. The tight competition succeeded in bringing out the best in the artists, as was evident in the final publications.

“Fundamentally, it is the event heads and core committee members just throwing ideas on the wall and picking up a theme such that it’s open-ended and exciting. We picked ‘The New Normal’ as the theme as we felt it is particularly relatable at this moment and can subsequently lead to some great ideas to depict it,” said Nimesh Nawalakha, one of the core committee members.

Survive
Sai Ramcharan | Staff Writer

Cryptoss hosted an exquisite variation of an online coding event on the last day of the fest, called Survive. The event turned out to be a massive success with over 100 students from all over the country in participation. The contest boasted gripping gameplay wherein each participant had to solve a problem in order to survive.

It came with a set of exciting rules where every contestant was given the same amount of hit points during the start, and it went on to decrease as the game progressed. Participants were awarded bonus points depending on the complexity of the question. The contestants could buy resources with the help of the utility points they earned, enabling them to survive for a longer period by controlling their hit points. The questions were divided into three tiers wherein the hardest one could fetch the participants a ton of points, whereas the easier one provided them with a little cushion. Since there were no knowledge pre-requisites, the event saw contestants of varying aptitudes and ages giving it their all.

It was really fun organizing this event, especially writing the app from scratch. It was also entertaining to sit back and enjoy the leader board,” remarked Keoul Patel, one of the organisers. The battle was really intense in the end, with only three participants surviving and fighting to get to the top spot.

Online Coding
Aayush Shah | Staff Writer

Cryptoss’ Online Coding event left the best coders scratching their heads as they tried to solve as many questions as possible. The two-day duration of the event featured two exhausting rounds that provoked a strong competition.

Conducted on Day 1, the first round started at midnight, and posed seven questions for each participant to answer. The second round followed up exactly twenty-four hours later, adding another seven nail-biting questions for the participants to attempt. The questions were divided into three categories—Easy, Medium, and Hard, each worth a hundred, two hundred and four hundred points, respectively. The number of points received was determined by the number of test-cases solved in the given time limit.

Since the event was online, we had to communicate with each other making questions by keeping regular meetings to discuss questions and ideas. We made questions with varying difficulty levels as the participation is from all years,” said Ameya Rele, one of the event heads.

The event was a huge hit among participants with over 70 people claiming a spot on the leaderboard over consecutive hours of intense competition. “The Online Coding event was really fun. I was hooked on the questions for two days which were definitely fun and very interesting to work on!” exclaimed Nikhli Choudhary, a student from IIT Roorkee who emerged as the winner.

CyberHawk
Mehr Chawla | Staff Writer

CyberHawk, the signature event conducted by IECSE was a cleverly designed cryptic scavenger hunt for everyone to enjoy. This flagship event was joined by a whopping upwards of four hundred participants from all over the world. Spanning the entirety of TechTatva, the tough competition demanded the full attention of everyone taking part in it with each passing day.

Perhaps the salient feature of this event was the non-technical nature of questions, setting it apart from the other coding-oriented events of Cryptoss. With questions ranging from pop culture to general knowledge, each level consisted of lines and clues that would hint at the answer. The participants were free to utilise the internet in order to piece together a valid answer that would grant them entry to the next level.

Initially, the winner was to be declared on successfully completing all twenty-four levels. However, multiple people were able to do so. Subsequently, another criterion was deliberated—the winners were decided based on the time at which they reached the end. “The event heavily depended on the analytical and critical minds of the numerous participants and brought out a strong and fierce competition among them,” remarked Swadhin Routray, an organiser of the event. Without a shadow of any doubt, the event was a gripping, witty, and enjoyable experience for all the contestants involved.

Streaks
Swastika Shankar | Staff Writer

Speed-coding competitions are double the fun when the coder gets incentives at each step. Streaks used a similar thought process to design a coding-related game. The two-hour-long event was conducted on the website made exclusively by IECSE and had people participating either individually or in pairs. It compelled the coders to put on their thinking caps as the questions required higher-order thinking skills. The team with the greatest amount of points at the end of the two-hour mark would be declared the winner, irrespective of the number of powers remaining.

The game posed thirty questions with varying difficulty levels. Each question required the coder to apply the best of their coding ability and write down the correct output to any problem in any programming language. Each question invited a maximum of three attempts and rewarded a certain number of points on getting it right, depending on how quickly a team solves it. A streak unlocks special powers that can be used any time in the game.

“We were pleased with the way the event was conducted, the participants did really well, constantly fighting for that top spot which was really great to see,” remarked Samadrita Karak, an organiser. The event was an all-round entertainer and offered much-needed relief from mundane coding problems.

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