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TechTatva’20—Turing

Ctrl+C
Janvi Pratik Dhanani | Staff Writer

Turing’s Ctrl+C, spanning the first three days of the fest, was an event for all coding and web development enthusiasts. The event mainly required participants to clone a target website—developed by the organizers of the event—as accurately as possible. The participants were given the liberty of using frameworks or external libraries of their choice.

Although the experience of an on-campus TechTatva event will remain unparalleled, the online mode did not damper the enthusiasm of participants and organizers. As many as forty participants competed with each other to clone and deploy their website to exploit users and obtain the maximum amount of sensitive information from the user. The organizers kept the participants engaged and interested in the event by giving bonus challenges.

Due to the entirely online format of the fest, communication between the participants and the organizers was not easy. “It was a good experience—full of learning, with proper effort, patience and hard work. I certainly missed the offline TechTatva, yet the online experience was enjoyable too,” said Dhruv Bhat, an event head. Apart from a few technical snags along the way, which were quickly resolved by the technical support team and the organizers, the debut run of Turing’s Ctrl+C was a magnanimous success.

Smoked
Garima Kejriwal | Staff Writer

Turing’s flagship scavenger hunt, Smoked was one of the most anticipated events of this year’s TechTatva. It was spread over three days and required participants to hunt through the Smoked website and solve cryptic clues to decipher the answers and proceed to the next level.

The clues were hidden in the source code of the website or on the webpage itself, in some cryptic form where the knowledge of the web was utilized to answer the question. Additionally, images, audio clips or videos clues were also provided as the complexity of levels increased. The questions challenged the ability of the player to think out of the box and solve problems.

The players had to enter a keyword for the route to make it to the next round. The questions were based on technical aspects as well as logical reasoning. With more than 250 participants, the event also saw an increase in the number of participation from colleges across India. The competition was intense as there were frequent switches on the top of the leaderboard. The event saw a photo finish with the first, second and third prize winners finishing on the same level, separated only by a few seconds.

We saw the passion of our participants, all of whom gave it their best fight, which also justified the countless sleepless nights spent in creating, deploying and ensuring fairness in the competition. We hope to carry this momentum forward to the next year too and come back stronger and attract a larger audience, while at the same time increasing the level of competition,” said Aditya Pradhan, a core-committee member of Turing. This event remains one of the best-attended events in TechTatva.

Quarantine CTF
Garima Kejriwal | Staff Writer

Quarantine Capture The Flag placed participants on an online platform to compete with each other in the field of cybersecurity. Hosted on the last two days of the fest, the event challenged contestants to solve a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, a scavenger hunt on Wikipedia, basic programming exercises, and hacking their way into a server to steal data. It focused on the core aspects of cybersecurity like cryptography, steganography, PWN and binary.

Flags—a string or a phrase of text in a specific format—hidden on the server had to be acquired and submitted to gain points. The challenges gave the participants a sense of how cybersecurity worked in real life. It also gave freshers in the field a chance to experience the vast domain of cybersecurity.

The turnout was decent, with over 100 people participating in teams of one to four. As the event progressed, there was a tough fight for the top spot with some of the best CTF teams in India also participating. Hints were added gradually to help the contestants advance further. Even though many teams started with a comfortable lead, groups that joined at later stages gave a tough fight for the top spots.

On the whole, both ourselves and the participants had a lot of fun and learnt new things hosting and playing the CTF over two days. We plan to host many more CTFs in the near future and hope to rope in a much bigger audience,” said Akash Krishna, a core-committee member of Turing. With active participation and a lot of learning experience, the event was deemed highly successful by everyone.

Featured Image Credits: Social Media and Graphics, TechTatva’20