|Attendance||20,000 footfalls, 500 colleges|
|Patron(s)||Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur|
Techkriti is the annual inter-collegiate Technical and Entrepreneurship festival organised by the students of IIT Kanpur. Techkriti was launched in 1995 with the aim of developing interest and encouraging innovation in technology among students. In seventeen years of its existence, Techkriti has evolved and grown, fulfilling its purpose and becoming one of the most eagerly-awaited college technical festivals in Asia.
Etymologically, the word ‘Techkriti’ is composed of two words, ‘Tech’ in English which stands for technology and ‘Kriti’ in Sanskrit stands for creation, hence, the word ‘Techkriti’ signifies creation or innovation in technology.
Techkriti culminates into a grand three-day festival in the month of February, attracting footfall of over 20,000 from all over India and even abroad.
Techkriti was conceived in the year 1995 and since then it has grown into one of the largest technical festivals in Asia. Over the years, it has evolved as a brand name and has hosted of some of the most famous exhibitions, workshops and speakers from India and abroad.
Techkriti 2007 was held at IIT Kanpur campus from February 22 to 25, 2007. The event was branded as Techkriti Oh-Seven!. The event witnessed an Air Show by the "Akash Ganga' team of Indian Air Force as part of the closing proceeds.
Techkriti 2010 was held from February 11 to 14, 2010, with IIT Kanpur celebrating its Golden Jubilee, this year’s festival featured individual Dr Nikolaos Mavridis, developer of the World's first Arabic speaking humanoid robot and also the Facebots robot, which can use Facebook information in holding conversations with friends. This was the first edition of Techkriti after Megabucks, the annual entrepreneurship festival of IIT Kanpur was amalgamated in it, adding entrepreneurship aspects to the festival.
Techkriti'11 was organized from February 17 to 20, saw over 1,500 students from various colleges taking part in the 27 events with total prize money of Rs 22 lakh at stake. Competitions like unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise control, robots got talent, robogames, simulation game on the great wall of China, reactable (musical user interface), interactive floor, interactive robots, the aero modelling events, Innovate - design events (including Junkyard Wars, Rube Goldberg, Tremor etc.) were the highlights of festival. Speakers and guests included Russian mathematician Vladimir Voevodsky, astronaut Bruce E Melnick, Michael Gratzel, a designer of Millau Viaduct, Voting System designer David Bismark, Ashish Gupta, Managing Director, Hellion Ventures and Chander Baljee, founder of Royal Orchid Hotels. 
Techkriti'12 was held from 27 to 30 January 2012. The festival was based on a theme of 'Technology for the Future'. The chief guest in the opening ceremony was Richard Stallman, the founder of GNU. A bundle of Competitions, talks, exhibitions, shows and workshops. Prizes worth Rs. 25 Lacs were at stake in the various competitions which included SocCon, IDEAS, Wild Soccer, Scimatex, TakeOff, J.K. White Design Challenge, Robogames, Software Corner, Battlefield, ECDC, Insight, Endeavour, Gearloose, Junkyard Wars, Rube Goldberg, Tremor, Eureka, IORC, Stocksim, IOPC, Crypto, Episteme, Radioactive, Cosmos and many more. Apart from the competitions, eminent personalities like Deborah Berebichez(The Science Babe), Victor Hayes, Deepak Mohanty and many more took part in talks organized throughout the four days of the festival. The final day included the performance of the prominent Indian singer Kailash Kher  that increased the entertainment quotient of this technical feast.
Techkriti is an entirely student organised festival. The structure of the organising team is three-tiered. Leading the team are the Festival Coordinators along with a team of Heads. For smooth functioning of the festival, certain portfolios are allotted to each Head. Administrative portfolios include Marketing, Media and Publicity, Finance, Security, Hospitality and Show Management. Event-related portfolios include Professional Affairs, Web and Design. Each Head has his own team of Coordinators and Secretaries, who ensure that the ideas of the team are executed smoothly.
A wide range of competitions in diverse fields are hosted every year in Techkriti. Some of the flagship competitions include:
Ideas, the Business Plan competition, features entries from across the nation. The B-plans undergo three stages of intense scrutiny by industrial experts. The victorious B-Plans are rewarded with Angel Funding and Incubation opportunities.
Junkyard Wars is all about transforming backyard junk into machines while racing against time. In the final showdown these machines are pitted against each other.
Robogames are the perfect stage for robot-fanatics to showcase their robotic acumen. Over the years, it has seen a range of autonomous and manual bots- bots that can dance, bots that can fight and bots that can write. What sets apart Robogames is the versatility and innovation that it has witnessed year after year.
Rube Goldberg is about deliberately over-engineered machines that perform a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction.
Cruise Control is an aeromodelling event where IC engine aircraft are tested for their power, endurance and ability to perform aerobatic manoeuvres like the Hammerhead, Inverted Loop and Half-Cuban Eight.
SocCon is an event where participants are invited to find a problem being faced by our society and develop a technical solution to that problem, in the form of a working model.
Endeavour is the most flexible and open contests at Techkriti, and is basically an open invitation to bright minds with innovative ideas from all departments. It also gives them the rare chance to expose their ideas to industrial experts. It comprises two competitions
- Strive is an event which encompasses almost every field of engineering, inviting hardware projects from all departments with any innovative idea modelled into a working project.
- SOFTkriti is an open software contest where programmers are given a chance to showcase their software project in form of an audience display and a presentation in front of a panel of judges.
Online Events consist of a wide array of competitions that have attracted participants from all over the world in the past. Given below are the details of some of the competitions:
- IOPC- The International Online Programming Contest is a 24-hour marathon programming contest where each coder has to code solutions to the given problems. In 2012, it attracted 836 coders who submitted 3868 program solutions.
- StockSim is the real time simulation of the stock market. It keeps the virtual market prices of shares updated in real-time with the BSE and the NSE. Participants are given some virtual money to start with, and allowed to trade with the other players to make a profit.
- Eduvate is the latest initiative of Techkriti that aims to provide virtual solutions to supplement education. In its very first year, online virtual classrooms and interesting educative applications were open-sourced as a result of this initiative.
- Crypto is an online mega event which takes the participants on a journey to unravel fictitious mysteries a la Sherlock Holmes and Robert Langdon. In 2012, 1525 participants spent 55 hours trying to unravel the mystery, cumulatively contributing over 1,00,000 answers.
- Chaos is a contest with just a single online round where contestants (in groups of up to three) are required to code solutions for given problems in a new language whose documentation is provided at the time of the competition. In 2012, it received 2294 submissions from 432 teams, as well as a mention from Progopedia : the encyclopedia of programming languages.
Workshops organised in Techkriti serve the purpose of bringing the latest advancements in science and technology within the reach of student community. The three-day festival hosts a number of workshops in different domains ranging from electronics, aero-modelling and app-development. Workshops at Techkriti are conducted by professionals from industry, guests and faculty members of IIT-Kanpur, providing a platform for strong academia-industry interaction and helping students learn and appreciate the latest developments in science and technology. Some of the workshops organised during the last few years include Cloud Computing by IBM, Sixth Sense Robotics by i3indya Technologies, Ethical Hacking, Telescope Making, Cyber Forensics and more.
Students and academia attending the three-day festival also get an opportunity to attend talks by pioneers of revolution in various fields from all over the world. Speakers at Techkirti have included APJ Abdul Kalam (Ex-President and Founder of India’s missile program), Richard Stallman (Founder, FSF and GNU Project), Vladimir Voevodsky (Fields Medalist from Russia), Douglas Osheroff, Victor Hayes and Oliver Smithies. Besides, under the panel of Indian Innovators, Techkriti invites people who have made a difference with their thoughts, foresight and vision. The panel sheds light on grassroot innovations and how this vast unexplored wealth can be channelised to ensure proper returns. India Innovators panel in 2012 included Rohit Bansal (Co-Founder and CEO, Snapdeal), L Kannan (Founder, Vortex Rural ATMs) and Irfan Alam (Founder and Chairman, Samman Foundation).
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