Staff Reporter

Trial run of robotic soccer event held on second day of the technical festival

Live videoconference from California with web whiz kid Aaron Swartz held

Nexus,’ preliminary round of IIT Bombay robotics event, held

Kozhikode: The second day of Tathva’07, the annual technical festival of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C) near here saw a live videoconference from California with Aaron Swartz, the web whiz kid who co-authored RSS 1.0 at the age of 14.

The talk by Aaron Swartz, a blogger behind the very successful Google Weblog, was highly inspirational and thought provoking. He briefed the audience on his life, technical aspects and the mental attitude needed to become successful. The talk was followed by a brief question-answer session, where Aaron Swartz replied to the queries of the students. The B-aptist entrepreneurship workshop held in association with Satyam Computer Services Ltd. consisted of a lecture by S Subramonia Sarma, Director (PGP Projects), ISB, Hyderabad, on ‘Entrepreneurship as a career’ and a panel discussion later in the day on ‘How to launch a start up: B-plan and thereafter.’

The participants at the event ‘Road Runner’ were asked to fabricate a purely mechanical, self-propelled device that uses only stored mechanical potential energy to propel itself along a straight line and stop at pre-defined checkpoints.

‘Nexus,’ the preliminary round of the IIT Bombay robotics event, attracted over 60 teams. The winners will go to the Bombay ‘Techfest’ in January 2008 to participate in the final event ‘Vertigo.’ NIT-C is the only south Indian centre for ‘Nexus.’

S. Nagendran from National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL) delivered a lecture on ‘IT Disaster Management Systems’ and Hema Chandran from VSSC on ‘Satellite Navigation.’ Fifty participants participated in the event ‘Erectheion,’ which demanded that the participants solve a real life construction problem using pop sticks, adhesives and other simple things.

As many as 30 teams comprising two members each battled fiercely in the quiz sponsored by Aricent. ‘Just in phase’ was a competition on fundamental waveform generation where participants had to come up with two circuits assembled on a breadboard to generate the two given waves.

The participants of ‘Cheautic’ were asked to design and build a self-propelled vehicle, designed to travel the maximum distance within 15 seconds. The catch was that it should run only on a controlled chemical reaction.

The trial run of ‘League of Machines,’ the crowds’ favourite robotic soccer event, was held. The final will be held tomorrow. The festival will conclude on Sunday.