Knowledge and wit is not just the fodder for the intellectual minds. There is always more to it. MINDTURNER aims to instigate the same.
The first event of CSA 2013, MINDTURNER 5.0 was hosted on August 31, 2012 at the Lecture Theatre Complex. With a flute of enthusiasm being played in the air, the event flagged off at 5:15 PM. The event saw a decent assemblage of the teams, mostly comprising of the first year students with a subtle pinch of a third year team, and a few second year teams as well.
A set of 22 questions was prepared for the quiz over a variety of topics ranging from the history of the first mouse to the recent news about the iphone hacker pod2g.The genre of questions was mostly derived from the quiz’s predecessor version 4.0. Star Marked questions had a special weightage and were used to resolve clashes in the final result. Also, certain questions had two parts with bonus marks for answering both of those. However a mixed level of difficulty was maintained to keep the participants’ grey cells fired up until the end. The diverse set of expressions on the faces of the contestants indicated of a competitive pulse being built up as the quiz progressed.
The event concluded with the Solutions Discussions. Participants’ eyes gleamed with happiness on getting a correct answer. Goodies were also distributed to the participants answering the difficult questions. This marked the end of the 5th successful year of MINDTURNER and the beginning of a promising year for the CSA Team 2013.So here is to next edition of MINDTURNER 6.
PS: Stay tuned for the Google Dev fest coming up this September at BITS Pilani.
24th September, 2011: Continuing with the tradition of Turing Talks, which is a CSA organised lecture series, Ajitesh Srivastava, the Mr. Turing of the day, presented an illuminating yet exciting talk on Complex Network Analysis. The evening saw a descent turnout of approximately 60 keen participants . With focus on the mathematical modelling of social networks,he paid emphasis on acquainting the audience with the basics of the same before delving deeper.
The later part of the evening was mostly dedicated to,
- Modelling of a subset of the BITSian friendship network and determining the various mathematical parameters associated.
- Plotting of the twitter growth model and comparing with the actual data, thus paving way for show stopper,
- The Power Law which practically dominates the growth pattern of most social and collaboration networks.
The speaker managed to keep the audience interested by picking up interesting demonstrations of Power Law in collaboration networks like the Erdos’ number and the Bacon number, seemingly flawed but true instances !
The event wrapped up with a round of interesting queries, thus providing an intellect invoking end to the lecture.Many thanks to Mr. Turing, Ajitesh and lets hope to see the Turing Talks get bigger and better.
P.S I have share the presentation slides below
31th August, 2011: The end of August saw the initiation of CSA events with Mindturner completing its fourth successful year.With a decent assemblage of quizzing enthusiasts, the event was good to go by 5:30 pm.
At the very outset, the audience was briefed on the rules governing the game; which basically were :
- an upper limit of 3 members in a team
- higher weight-age to starred questions and,
- the supremacy of the quiz-master of course.
The quiz began with relatively simpler questions, soon to delve into trickier and wit demanding ones later in the evening. Brainstorming to say, was clearly in the air with frowned minds attempting to unveil the answers.The smartness of the audience was evident from the very fact that hints to certain prechosen questions were vehemently discouraged by certain teams.
Internet history and less known significant events were the ruling themes of the event.Certain genre of successful questions of the former Minturners like ‘Photo Connect’ were continued while some new patterns viz. xkcd’s and dooodles were experimented with.With questions reaching an exhaustion point, the unmistakable determination to win was clearly portrayed on the participants’ faces.
The event concluded with a moderately famous xkcd question which had a definitely illustrious answer, thus not posing a significant disadvantage to the ones new to it.This marked an end to the very first CSA event of the year and yes a promising end, that is.Wishing greater peaks of success to Mindturner 5 and the other events to follow. ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ and watch everything fall into place!
Brace up for the first Coding extravaganza of the APOGEE season. CODER is back this year in an all new avatar, with even more tantalizing questions to solve and an even saucier theme. Enjoy racking your brains as you play around with God’s own language, the almighty ‘C’ and use your wits and ingenuity to do the rest for you.
The best part is, of course, the chance to prove your C coding mettle on a nation-wide platform. And with the respect, you get some fabulous prizes to take home.
Can’t wait to see the questions already ??? Go register yourself for CODER at : http://bits-apogee.org/2010/user/register.
The most awaited Quizzing event of APOGEE.. starts 20th February at 8.00 PM
Log onto http://bits-apogee.org/2010/event/online/qrious for more info
Adobe Flex boot camp was organised at BITS Pilani on 24th January 2010. The event saw over 300 BITSians participating and it was one of the most successful tech talks on campus till date. Harish Sivaramakrishnan and Sujit Reddy G, both working as evangelists in Adobe systems were the main speakers at the workshop. The fact that both of them are ex-BITSians, peaked the enthusiasm and excitement.
The event started at around 10 am. Harish gave an overview about Adobe flash and flex. It was followed by demos of applications already developed using Flex. Be it the demo on air ticket booking, the music generating tool, or the car insurance application, the students enjoyed them thoroughly. Then Sujit took over and explained the Adobe Flex framework.
The post-lunch session saw more people than in the morning. It began by demonstration of a new professional interaction design tool called Adobe Flash catalyst. Harish took up the challenge of creating a video player in 30 minutes, which was hugely supported and enthused by the students. After that, Sujit went into more details on Flex and showed how to connect a Flex application to data source and access it.
Before ending the part-1 of the camp, Harish and Sujit had a general Q&A round, with many different questions poring in. They discussed their BITSian days, talked about their jobs, gave career advices and it was benefetial for all present. The talks ended at 3:30 PM and the lab sessions began, where 120 selected students got a chance to have a hands-on experience working with Adobe Flex builder. The lab was conducted for over 3 hours, where students built an application using the tutorials provided. Many of the students completed it in two hours much to the liking of the organizers.
Even though the boot camp lasted for about 8 hours, the speakers left the students asking for more. The cool and casual style of presentation adopted by both of them, the in-talk jokes, the end-session ragging made the whole camp a great experience. More importantly, it motivated the students towards developing applications using Flex and become proficient at it.
Audience consisted of students from all years and disciplines. Hands shot up and answers were fired: right, wrong and a shade bit funny. No matter which category the answers were predominant in, the fun element was clearly visible.
Then began the serious part of the session… The Quiz
Rules and Regulations of “The Quiz”
ü Max. of 3 participants per team
ü 3 points for general questions and 4 points for star-marked ones
ü A final jackpot, a Su-do-ku round.
The quiz started off with a simple logical problem involving lions and deer.
As the quiz proceeded the questions tickled the participant’s grey cells and made sure that a competitive tempo started building.
An excited audience
The questions posed were multi-disciplinary, ranging from Mathematics to Philosophy, Science and technology to Science fictions, Business to Bitsians etc. To answer them one required a general touch in fields pertaining not just to Computer Science but also many other areas.
There were some “Photo-Connect” and “Decoder” problems which required crisp logic to arrive at the solution. The questions framed were really good and intellectually challenging. However, there were some extremely enthusiastic participants who discouraged quizmasters from giving clues to some questions which they planned to give. This clearly reflected that we had an intelligent audience.
The Final Su-do-ku round was a new addition in this event which came as a surprise to the audience and added quiet a twist at the end. A Su-do-ku puzzle was given which amounted to 10 points and a hidden word which has to be found using the clues amounted to 15 points. Many toiled a lot in the jackpot round but it proved too difficult for many of them who attempted it.
Mind Turner completed its 2nd edition under CSA 2010 banner successfully. We’ve seen an excellent start of events in this academic year encouraged by huge attendance and we look forward for more events of this kind in future. So here is to a wonderful upcoming Mind Turner 3.0 🙂
6th of September, Sunday: The 3rd session of Turing Talks went underway, the topic being “Puzzles & Brainteasers”. It was conducted by Mayank Mohta, a 4th yearite and ex-Google Campus Ambassador. It was arranged in room no. 5106, LTC by CSIS.
The talks were basically held with the simple motive of showing puzzle-enthusiasts the proper way to approach a problem as well as have fun while solving it.
The talks began on a light note by Mr. Mohta or rather Mr. Turing telling everyone to venture into the unknown by taking up challenging problems and experience that “Eureka” moment!
He emphasized that it should not be merely for an interview or for the sake of friends that you solve problems but one must take joy in the amount of brain-teasing a problem makes us undergo.
After that, everyone was subjected to a great variety of puzzles: from the relatively easy ones to the toughest nuts to crack. The subjects of all the puzzles were amusing yet interesting. The bonus attraction being that anyone solving a riddle would get a chocolate!
The hidden motive behind this Turing Talk, as the astute would have deciphered by now, was to encourage people to participate in outside events and bring BITSian populace amongst the most enthusiastic competitors in all technical festivals henceforth. We felt that even if a handful of them get inspired by the idea and let their brain wander we’ve achieved our purpose 😀