Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: It is fun time at Technopark, the premier IT destination in Kerala. The fourth Tech-a-Break festival hosted by the campus has techies from over 100 firms letting down their hair as they match their talents in an array of team games.

For 10 days, the IT crowd will take a break from the punishing schedule at their workstations and test their skills in arts, sports and fun games. This year's annual festival features a variety of competitions designed to tease and thrill.

The festivities took off on March 24 with a colourful parade on the campus. More than 1,000 IT professionals dressed up in traditional gypsy attire participated in the inaugural rally. Fire dancers, jugglers and acrobats lent colour to the event.

As many as 20 teams participated in the tug-of-war and other fun games like Go Shopping, Obstacle Race and Stitching the Grapes. M2 Software Services won the event while RM ESI was the runners-up and Ernst and Young bagged the third prize.

More than 170 contestants have signed up for the music competitions in light, classical, western and group categories. The highlight of this year's Tech-a-Break is the `funniest corporate video' competition on the March 28.

Each participant will have the opportunity to present a funny video clipping of maximum eight-minute duration.

Eminent quizmaster Charu Sharma will anchor a quiz programme for the techies on the 29th. A Rock Show and disco by Dreadocks promises to be a major crowd puller.

The most eagerly awaited event of this year's Tech-a-Break is the Mr and Miss Technopark contest. The competition includes a casual, ethnic and formal round.

The participants will be asked to introduce themselves and give a compelling reason why they should be crowned. There will be additional prizes for the most charming smile, the best sense of humour and many more.

A music performance by Stephen Devassy of Trinity College and a Russian dance will enliven the event.

The curtains will come down on the festival with a Sonu Nigam Nite on April 2. IT secretary P.H. Kurien will give away the prizes.