Mumbai: Zip along F1 track at Techfest

Monday, 30 December 2013 - 11:11am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

After its annual fest, Mood Indigo, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) is now gearing up for another extravaganza – Techfest 2014.

Scheduled for January 3, 2014, the fest will see a range of technological innovations, lecture series, workshops and competitions.

Says Divyam Bansal of Techfest 2014, “Robowars and International robotics challenge has gone international and the total prize money is Rs30 lakh. So, we’re expecting more people this time.”

Visitors can expect the best tech-talk in the industry. Visiting the festival this time is Bharat Ratna, professor CNR Rao to discuss scientific progress of India; Gordon Day, president of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers on the past, present and future of engineering. Other speakers include retired IPS officer, Kiran Bedi.

Technological innovations from the world over will be on display. “For the first time in India, people will be able to see the BINA48 (Breakthrough Intelligence via Neural Architecture), one of the most advanced social and most sentient robot,” said Bansal. The fest will also have F1 simulators, giving visitors a real experience of racing on F1 tracks at 200 mph.

The fun will not end at sunset. “After a full day of energy-sapping events, Technoholix will act as a perfect opportunity for the audience to rejuvenate and enjoy astounding performances,” said Bansal. At Technoholix, the team will present, June, a 3D projection mapping interactive musical show. “3D mapping helps in generating, destroying and changing the sets behind a movie scene.

It will also be a platform for the Indian film industry to explore and incorporate this technology in our films which is already being exploited in Hollywood,” he said.

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