Tech Fests have always held top-notch significance in the roster of an engineering college’s yearly activities. Add to that the fact that the college hosting it is one of Kolkata’s best, and that the fest is returning after an unfortunate year’s hiatus, and you get a sense of the extravaganza that Dakshh 2017 brought to the table.
A plethora of innovative events under verticals such as coding, robotics, gaming, entrepreneurship and management, unprecedented participation from colleges in the city and beyond, seminars and workshops on new-age technology conducted by renowned professionals, support from sponsors and interest groups and tireless work by the organizing committee were the major factors that made Dakshh a resounding success this year. As I look back on three glorious days, I can’t help but realize how things fall into place once we are ready to work together as a team, using our varied skills to complement each other.
The Robotics Arena
Robotics was one of the main attraction of Dakshh – be it in Trackmania, where participants had to design a bot which would move perfectly along a designated track, or RoboSoccer where (you guessed it right) you would have to get you bot to score a goal in a miniature field using a lightweight ball. Other events in this category included Xlration (yes, that’s pronounced acceleration) where contestants battled it out to have their bots reach the finish line the fastest.
Robotics received enormous participation both from students in Heritage and those who had come from other colleges. It was heartening to see the entire executive hall choc-a-bloc for the duration of the Tech Fest, signalling the interest youngsters had for this field.
The Gaming Zone
We went to the classics for this, featuring FIFA 16, Counter Strike Global Offensive and NFS Most Wanted as the desktop games, along with various mobile-based games such as Clash of Clans and Mini Militia. In addition, Sony, one of our collaborators, brought in PlayStation sets where students could compete in and experience a multitude of games new and old.
Gaming became yet another area where we were so pleasantly surprised with the number of participants that we struggled to finish the event within the three days! (How we managed to actually pull it off is another long and winding story, for another day.) The intensity at the zone was unmatched, with each win being cheered and the players wearing their hearts on their sleeves. It was great fun for me, as I was personally coordinating these events.
The Coders’ Arcade
Coding is the backbone of a technical fest. Dakshh expanded the typical idea of a coding event – separating it into three events called Algolympics (design the most efficient algorithm to solve the given problem statement), Flawed (debugging) and Graphic Kombat (web design) thus accounting for all major facets of a good coder. The category, dubbed “Codegenesis” was one of the most keenly contested ones, with participants huddled over their desktops for hours on end, refusing to admit defeat at any cost.
Dakshh Going Out of the Box
You might be brilliant at chess, but are you brilliant enough to create a situation where your opponent has no move left other than to checkmate you? Welcome to Anti-Chess, where your credibility lies in ensuring that you lose, even as your opponent tries the same. This makes for unbelievable entertainment, we found.
You’ve probably grown up reading detective novels, but can you put your mental faculties to the test and figure out the criminal from clues strewn across a crime scene? Over 500 participants turned up feeling “Sherlocked”, only two walked away with the honour.
Dakshh 2017 offered plenty of events that took the road less travelled by, adding to its charm. Events such as Bridge-a-Bridge, where you must use popsicle sticks to construct a bridge structure that can take a weight more than any of your opponents’, or Shutterbug, which was a photography event, served to add variety to the fest, brought in a huge number of interested participants and highlighted such seriously talented individuals.
On That Note
Heritage Institute of Technology is abuzz again, after a year of regulated activities. Dakshh 2017 was an important milestone, not just in terms of organizing a fest but also to signal the coming of a new, vibrant era in the college’s activities. Personally, Dakshh was quite the experience not only for the three days of the fest, but for weeks leading up to it. I’m very happy everything went according to plan, and that together we were able to pull off the most successful Tech Fest this college has seen. The road ahead only takes us to greater heights, as we gear up for Eclecia 2017 – the zenith of cultural fests in the city.
Pictures – Arijeet Sengupta.