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GenreTechnical, entrepreneurial
DatesMarch 19, 2020 (2020-03-19) - March 22, 2020 (2020-03-22)
VenueIndian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Location(s)Kanpur, India
Attendance200 colleges[1]
Patron(s)UNESCO, IEEE[citation needed]
Organised byIIT Kanpur students
Filing statusNon-profit student organisation

Techkriti is an annual four-day inter-collegiate technical and entrepreneurship festival at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. The festival is usually held in March.[2] The 26th Techkriti was scheduled to be held from 19 to 22 March 2020, but was cancelled due to the outbreak of covid-19. The festival began in 1995[2] to develop student technological innovation. The word Techkriti is derived from tech (technology) and the Sanskrit kriti (creation).


Techkriti, first held in 1995, had become one of Asia's largest technical and entrepreneurial festivals.[3]

Techkriti events (2007–2019)
Event Dates Details
Techkriti Oh-Seven! 22 to 25 February 2007 included an air show[4] by the Indian Air Force's Akash Ganga skydiving team
Techkriti '08[5] 14 to 17 February 2008 hosted over 150 colleges and included keynote presentations by Peter Grünberg, Kevin Warwick and Harsh Manglik.
Techkriti '09[6] 12 to 15 February 2009 included talks by Stephen Wolfram, David Morrison, G. Madhavan Nair and Ron Eglash.
Techkriti '10[7] 11 to 14 February 2010 observed IIT Kanpur's golden jubilee and included Nikolaos Mavridis (developer of the world's first Arabic-speaking humanoid robot
Techkriti '11 17 to 20 February 2011 hosted over 1,500 students who participated in 27 events. Competitions included unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise control, a robot talent show, robogames[8] and a simulation video game on the Great Wall of China. Speakers and guests included Russian mathematician Vladimir Voevodsky, astronaut Bruce E. Melnick, Millau Viaduct designer Michael Gratzel, voting-system designer David Bismark, Hellion Ventures managing director Ashish Gupta and Royal Orchid Hotels founder Chander Baljee.[9]
Techkriti '12[10] 27 to 30 January 2012[11] had a theme of "Technology for the Future". The opening ceremony's guest of honour was GNU founder Richard Stallman. Deborah Berebichez, Vic Hayes, and Deepak Mohanty were other guest speakers.[12] The final day included a performance by playback singer Kailash Kher.[13]
Techkriti '13 14 to 17 March 2013 had a theme of "Fixing the Planet" for the festival's 18th edition.[14]
Techkriti '14[15][failed verification] 6 to 9 March 2014 had a theme of "Virtually Progressive World".
Techkriti '15[16] 19 to 22 March 2015 had the theme "Blueprint to a smarter world".
Techkriti '16 3 to 6 March 2016 had a theme of "Beyond Our Planet"
Techkriti '17 23 to 26 March 2017 had the theme of "Factualising Fictions"
Techkriti '18 15 to 18 March 2018 had the theme of "Prism of Possibilities"
Techkriti '19 7 to 10 March 2019 had a theme of "Forging The Matrix".


Techkriti is an entirely student organized festival.[citation needed] The structure of the organising team is four-tiered. Leading the team were the Festival Coordinators along with a team of Heads, each with an allotted portfolio. Administrative portfolios include marketing, media and publicity, finance, security, hospitality and show management. Event-related portfolios include public relations, web and design. Each Head has his own team of coordinators and executives.[citation needed]

Techkriti-19 came under extensive scrutiny due to financial mismanagement by the student team and the then finance head.[17] The festival had to be bailed out using funds from the students gymkhana, collected as a part of the fee from current students. These financial malpractices lead to an overhaul of the festival team, which was then overseen by a festival advisory committee chaired by a faculty counsellor.

Workshops and talks[edit]

A group of men
The 2017 Techkriti

Students and academia at the festival can attend talks by professionals in various fields from India and abroad. Speakers at Techkriti have included aerospace scientist and former Indian president A. P. J. Abdul Kalam,[18] Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman and Rakesh Sharma, the only Indian to date to travel in space. Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai was the guest of honour at the 2016 festival, which was scheduled to end with a musical evening.[19]


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