The Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Bombay’s annual Techfest is all set to start from tomorrow, 16th December. IITians have annually tried to promote scientific thinking and innovative spirit among the youth and this time, too, they are looking forward to attracting a large number of visitors to their event.
To be held in the leafy, sprawling campus of the institute from December 16-18, “We have included several thrilling and exciting shows, competitions as well as lectures by national as well as world’s most eminent personalities,” said Hardik Patil, media-co-ordinator, Techfest.
The first day of the fest see a series of lectures, competitions and summits at the institute’s Powai campus as well as exhibitions by students from institutes around the world.
This year, too the students have put together an impressive line-up of innovations, sourcing them from different parts of the world, including the war-torn country of Syria.
Said to be Asia’s largest science and technology festival, Techfest is patronized by Unesco and Unicef with a football more than 165,000 people comprising mainly youth from across India and an outreach of more than 2,500 colleges across the nation.
Among the highlights of the first day of the fest is a mind controlled drone by Puzzlebox Orbit, US, which can be controlled by neuro-senses of a person’s mind. A release said, “These kinds of mind controlled drones can be used by paralyzed patients in order to communicate with us and ease their work.” Visitors will be able to operate the drone which can be controlled by thoughts.
Chakra SS, student in-charge of the tech exhibition elaborates, “We’ve selected models with latest technological innovations this year. We did not want to present something that has already been seen in India.”
Some the other attraction for the first day include morphofunctional drones from Switzerland, which can mimic the actions of bio-creatures, scale versions of launch vehicles and satellites used for space missions of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) such as Chandrayaan and Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), and an Auto Expo, which will include cars and bikes from Lamborghini, Audi, Ferrari and many others.
The models have been selected on the basis of mass appeal, with student innovation gaining the spotlight. “This year, we have made sure that we have more student-based innovations from across the globe. We also have a special TechConnect zone, where we will be showcasing innovations that were developed within the IIT-B campus over the year,” Chakra SS adds.
The fest will be organizing TechConnect to showcase the research and development activities of students of IIT Bombay. According to the release, “TechConnect aims to highlight the technologies created in IIT Bombay, to address critical social needs of the country, and to simultaneously satisfy the requirements of the industry and maximize the benefits to the society”.
This year’s event also incorporates the Beacons Technology by which the user will be able to obtain offline notifications.
TechConnect will include a formula racing car and an underwater vehicle developed by students of the institute, as well as live data receiving by the satellite made by students of Pratham which was launched by ISRO.
Meanwhile, Isro, India will present the scaled version of the launch vehicles and satellites which were used to accomplish different space missions like Chandrayan and Mars Orbiter Mission.
Other attraction include a Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Conclave, an international summit on the Internet of Things and various robot competitions.
Lectures at Techfest are usually known for their informative and interactive sessions between speakers and the enthusiastic audience and one of the speakers this time include Gordon Gill, the architect of Burj Khalifa, UAE. Others include Bedaprata Pain, Indian scientist turned film director, Jeff Demain, former director of Intel Labs and Salil Shetty, secretary general, Amnesty International.