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Over 1 lakh attend IIT-B Techfest

With the final day of IIT Bombay's annual science and technological festival attracting a crowd of nearly 55,000 Sunday, the total footfall at the three-day Techfest reached 1.35 lakh this year. Last year, the footfall was one lakh, IIT-B sources said.

The 16th edition of Techfest had challenging competitions, workshops and fun-filled activities such as paintball, laser tag and bungee jumping.

This year, the festival featured exhibits from the US, Japan, Berlin and Switzerland. Popular exhibits included and included a social robot, BINA-48, humanoids playing football, dancing and singing, besides those from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and Defence Research & Development Organisation.

For the first time, the festival, billed as Asia's largest science and technology event, had a 'supercars' exhibition, where cars such as Ferrari F430, Porsche 911 and Mercedes E Cabriolet were seen on campus. Another major highlight was 'robowars'.

The audience were also treated to an augmented entertainment show, SIRO-A. "Through dance, mime and puppetry, five performers from Japan made use of technology such as video projection, light animation and laser effects," said Divyam Bansal, media coordinator, Techfest. 

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