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|Type||Student Non-Profit Organisation|
|Institute||Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee|
Cognizance is the annual technical festival (techfest) of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R). Established in 2003, it has celebrated its 10th edition in 2012. It is one of the largest technical festivals in Asia. The 9th edition consisted of a over 150 events and hosted 2,200 guest students, in addition to about 7,000 students from the hosting institution.
Since its inception in 2003, Cognizance organises a series of guest lectures by well-known scientists, technologists and businessmen. Past notable lecturers include John C. Mather, Sylvester James Gates, Robert Laughlin and M. C. Mehta in 2010, and Chris Phillips, Dilip Chhabria and Satish Jha in 2011.
Workshops of wide variety are held during Cognizance, presented by experts in their fields. Some notable past workshops include workshops on aeromodelling, Hexapod, Android and Adobe Illustrator, held in 2011, and on Photography, Visual Effects and Robotics, held in 2012.
Cognizance organizes a plethora of online events that attracts participation from all over the globe. Over the years these included:
- Insomnia, an overnight coding competition
- Illushun , online treasure hunt
- Blogomania, an online competition to test the blogging skills of the participants
- Cairn Confluence, panel discussion and problem-solving competition relating to oil and energy industries (conducted by the department of Earth Sciences)
- Armageddon, battle of the bots
- Robosapiens, extreme robotics event
- Powerdrift, remote controlled car racing contest
- Cyborg Break in
- Chaos, computer games competition
- Villaticum Idealis
- House For All
- Model United Nations
- Quizzotica, a quiz contest
- Corporate Social Responsibility paper presentation event
- Spectrum, department related industry problem solving event
- Spotlight, problem solving contest
- Ideaz, national level paper presentation competition
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