IIT Bombay’s technology fest sees record participation
The second day of Techfest, the technological extravaganza of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) recorded a footfall that surpassed previous records. According to the organisers, nearly 45,000 plus visitors came to the festival that had technological, as well as entertainment segments lined up all through the day till 10 pm.
“We have 150 events lined up over the three days and each and every event has seen a tremendous turnout of students and visitors,” said Divyam Bansal, media co-ordinator for Techfest. On Saturday, he added, students and families thronged the festival to catch a glimpse of the technological marvels from across the globe, as well as partake in the entertainment programmes lined up throughout the day.
Samir Popatia, a resident of Kandivali, who visited the festival with his daughter and son, said that though his children were still young, he wanted them to see the technological marvels from close quarters and hence brought them to Techfest.
“I have been visiting Techfest since my college days and have always been impressed by the various exhibits put up every year. My children like robots and hence I brought them along to see the humanoid robots,” said Mr Popatia.
Apart from the robots, visitors were treated to lectures by Stephen Wolfram and Kanwal Rekhi. Mr Wolfram, who has created Mathematica, showed his inventions as one of the greatest mathematician, inventor and technologists. He stated that everything can be expressed in the language of symbols
and demonstrated the same with the help of a few examples like flags of Europe, fish in Hindi, etc. Mr Rekhi, CEO of Inventus Capital Partners, a cross-border technology venture capital fund gave some interesting tips for entrepreneurship and what is needed to build a successful company.
Other exhibits included the supercars segments that had cars like Ferrari F430, Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes E Cabriolet. The DRDO exhibits also were a major attraction for students and visitors. The day ended with performances by international bands that played fusion music. relatively unheard of by the students.