Tryst, IIT Delhi
|Institute||Indian Institute of Technology Delhi|
|Major events||Algorhythm, Diathlon, Robowars, Confluence|
|Slogan||Geekier Than Thou|
Tryst is the annual science and technology festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. It is held in February–March, and over the years, it has emerged as one of the biggest festivals of its kind in India.
Every year, collegiate students from various parts of the country attend this technical extravaganza, in an atmosphere which makes them learn and unlearn through an application-oriented approach. It acts as a platform for them to showcase their technological and engineering prowess and nourishes growing scientific talent. The popularity of the festival is evinced by the fact that thousands of students from the Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology, and various engineering and science colleges from all over the country attend the festival. Robotics, computing and programming events, designing, electronics and a series of workshops and lectures by eminent personalities are synonymous with the festival. In the past, Tryst has seen guest lectures by Jeff Lieberman, Nathan Seiberg, Kazutaka Kurihara, Anil Kakodkar, and Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
Overview of events
- Think: The grey matter of students is tested in bridge designing contest, designing from junk, algorithm contest, computer engineering, online programming, real life problem contest, etc.
- Create: A host of events like robowars, path tracking robotics, product designing, technical poster competition, etc. encourages young creators and make them create innovative technical objects.
- Compete: There are several competitions like assembly-disassembly, circuit designing, sci-tech quiz, simulation and optimization contest.
- Design: From digital electronics, artificial intelligence and oscilloscopes; to lifters and buildings, this is the battle of skills and innovative designing abilities.
- Indulge: A series of workshops, lectures by eminent personalities, exhibitions and sci-fi movies are arranged for the participants of this festival.
The Tryst logo is modelled on the hyperbolic paraboloid, which is central to innovation and technology at IIT Delhi since it is the basic shape behind the iconic and landmark Dogra Hall roof. The logo can also be thought to mimic a pair of wings, which represents the festival's innate desire to make people think and innovate without any bounds.
Tryst ’08 was organized from 29 Feb – 2 March 2008. Hundreds of collegiate students from various parts of India attended it. The theme of the festival was ‘Think, Create, Compete, Design and Indulge’, its catch line being "Experience the Dreams".
Tryst ’09 was organized from 28–29 March 2009 accounting for more than 10000 participants.
Various events like Aero-modeling, Scanning tunelling microscope and Open Challenge were successfully organized. Tryst 2009 was a tremendous success. First time, it Introduced the concept of event time-sheets, feedback forms and periodic meetings to plan the event effectively.
Tryst 2010 was organized from 12–14 March 2010 with a footfall of over 12000 students all over the country.
One of the most prestigious platforms for thinkers, innovators and learners alike, Tryst 2011, the annual science and technology festival of IIT Delhi, was held from 25 to 28 February 2011.
Tryst 2012 was organized from 2 to 5 March 2012. This was the first time that the technical and entrepreneurial got combined, with the coming together of the Academic Interaction Council (AIC) and the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of IIT Delhi.
Tryst 2013 was held from 1 to 4 March 2013. With the restructuring of the erstwhile Academic Interaction Council (AIC) of IIT Delhi as the Co-curricular and Academic Interaction Council (CAIC), the scope has been broadened greatly. Apart from the flagship events and department specific events, the various co-curricular clubs like Automobile Club (SAE, Mini Baja, HPV), Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), Robotics Club and Technocracy (Astronomy Club, Economics Club, Electronics Club) will have events, workshops, seminars and exhibitions of their own, making it an extremely huge affair.
The theme for Tryst 2013 was the commemoration of the weird, wacky and wild developments in science & technology. It resulted in huge success with over 15000 students and faculty attendance.