The 21st edition of Techfest, Asia’s largest science and technology festival, was held during December 29 to 31, 2017. It was a hugely successful festival which attracted a large crowd and impressed one and all with it’s grandeur. It has always been an ideal platform for each and every tech-savy person, irrespective of whether the person wishes to display his expertise or gain from the intricate details about the technology on display.
Mr. Manohar Parrikar, former Defence Minister and the present Hon'ble Chief Minister of Goa, inaugurated the International and DRDO exhibitions. He spoke on ‘Make in India in defence sector and the significance of engineers in establishing smart cities’. He attributed his political finesse to the man-handling skills he honed at IIT Bombay.
Mr. Jayant Sinha, Hon'ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation, delivered a speech about the ‘Opportunities and challenges faced by the youth in Indian economy’. He strongly appealed for a brake on the brain-drain and pressed that Powai, IIT Bombay is the place rather than Silicon Valley to derive solutions.
This year, Techfest achieved a record footfall of 1,75,000 with an outreach to 2500 national colleges and 500 international ones. In the process, Techfest also garnered 29,00,000 likes on it’s Facebook page and retained the tag of most-liked college fest of India. The themes of the festival are digitalization, sustainability and biotechnology. Technological advancement in these segments need to be stressed upon considering the current nation’s scenario and the world at large.
The fest comprised of a series of lectures, summits and competitions at the Institute campus as well as exhibitions by students from institutes around the world. Techconnect exhibited the development and research activities of IIT Bombay’s students. The festival witnessed exhibitions, war of robots, sessions, talks on advancement of science and technology, gaming competitions and a display of various creations and experiments.
The annual science and technology festival also witnessed the advancements in robotics as the first humanoid robot Sophia attended the fest along with other robots from different countries of the world. The robot Sophia based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) interacted with attendees.
As part of most distinguished segment of the Lecture Series, Bitcoin and Blockchain expert Mr. Patrick Dai, co-founder of Qtum, CTO at Bitse group, Director of Mei link China delivered a keynote on Bitcoin Technologies. Lecture Series is a platform for both the brilliant and the blooming to interact with unparalleled personalities and to bridge the gap between industry, academia and students.