Computer Science Association, BITS Pilani

September 9, 2012


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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.

October 7, 2009

Mind Turner 2.0

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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

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


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 🙂