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GenreTechnical & Entrepreneurial
DatesMarch 7, 2019 (2019-03-07) - March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)
VenueIndian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
Location(s)Kanpur, India
AttendanceOver 40,000 footfalls, 1400 colleges[1]
Organised byStudent community of IIT Kanpur
Filing statusNon-Profit Student Organisation
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Asia's Largest Technical & Entrepreneurial Festival organized by the student community of IIT Kanpur. The 25th edition will be held from 7th-10th March'19. Techkriti is an annual inter-collegiate technical and entrepreneurship festival organized by the students of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. It was launched in 1995[2] with the aim of developing interest and encouraging innovation in technology among students.

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.

The festival is held over four days every March, attracting footfall of over 40,000 from around 1400 colleges all over the world.


Techkriti was first held in the year 1995, and has since grown into one of the largest technical and entrepreneurial festivals in Asia.[3]

Techkriti'07 was held at IIT Kanpur campus from 22 to 25 February 2007. The event was branded as Techkriti Oh-Seven!. The event witnessed an Air Show[4] by the Akash Ganga team of Indian Air Force as part of the closing proceeds.

Techkriti'08 [5] was held from 14 to 17 February 2008, and had a participation of more than 150 colleges. Keynote presentations were given by Peter Grünberg, Kevin Warwick and Harsh Manglik.

Techkriti'09 [6] was held at IIT Kanpur from February 12 to 15, 2009. It featured talks by Stephen Wolfram, David Morrison, G. Madhavan Nair and Ron Eglash, with a fireworks and laser show.

Techkriti'10 [7] was held from February 11 to 14, 2010, with IIT Kanpur celebrating its Golden Jubilee, and featured Dr Nikolaos Mavridis, developer of the world's first Arabic speaking humanoid robot, and also the Facebots robot, which can use Facebook account information to have conversations with friends. This was the first edition of Techkriti after Megabucks, the annual entrepreneurship festival of IIT Kanpur was amalgamated into it, adding entrepreneurship aspects to the festival.

Techkriti'11[8] 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 awarded. Competitions include unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise control, a robot talent show, robogames,[9] simulation game on the Great Wall of China, reactable (a musical user interface), interactive floor, interactive robots, the aero modelling events, Innovate - design events (including Junkyard Wars, Rube Goldberg, Tremor etc.) were also held. 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. [10]

Techkriti'12[11] was held from 27 to 30 January 2012.[12] 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. Competitions, talks, exhibitions, shows and workshops were held, and prizes worth Rs. 25 Lacs were awarded 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, and Cosmos. Deborah Berebichez ("The Science Babe"), Victor Hayes, Deepak Mohanty and other guest speakers[13] took part in talks organized throughout the four days of the festival. The final day included the performance of the Indian singer Kailash Kher.[14]

Techkriti'13 [15] was organized from 14 to 17 March 2013 with participation from more than 500 colleges including a footfall of over 25,000.[citation needed] Prize money of more than 10 lacs were awarded. The festival's theme was "Fixing the Planet". Speakers included Michael Foreman (NASA Astronaut), Marshall Strabala (Architect-Burh Khalifa), Jeff Liebermann (Host-Time Warp), John Mather (Noble Laureate), Robert Aumann (Noble Laureate), Mahesh Murthy and Oliver Smithies.[16] There was a show of 3D projection mapping, a laser ahow, and a performance by Sukhwinder Singh. There was a vintage car exhibitions with cars such as the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (more than 100 years old), Jaguar, Austin Saloon, Ford Anglia, Singer and Morris Cowley. A record in the Guinness Book of World Records was broken for the largest number of people (1,451) solving a 3x3x3 Rubik's cube in a span of an hour at one place: it was broken on 17 March 2013 with the new record being set for 1,884 solvers.[citation needed]

Techkriti'14 [17] was held from 6 to 9 March 2014, with the theme "Virtually Progressive World". It was planned to be a carbon positive festival, with initiatives including water conservation and women's safety. Events included Robogames, Indian Open Rubik's Cube, Ideas, Techkriti Grand Prix, Tremor, Sky Sparks and Radioactive, with new avenues including Robo Pirates (Aqua-Robotics), Multirovor (Quadrocopter), Richie Rich (Portfolio Optimization), Marketing Villa and Bridge Design Challenge.

Techkriti'15 [18] was held from 19 to 22 March 2015, with the theme "Blueprint to a Smarter World". Techkriti got bigger with more exciting competitions, workshops, talks, exhibitions and shows. Competitions included the likes of Robogames, Indian Open Rubik's Cube, Ideas, Techkriti Grand Prix, Multirovor (Quadrocopter),Innovation in Manufacturing Processes and many more. Several prominent personalities from across the globe graced the festival with their presence. K Radhakrishnan, former chairman, ISRO, Anthony Leggett, Nobel prize winner, Pat Spain, Beast Hunter host on Nat Geo, Meera Sanyal, former CEO and chairperson, Royal Bank of Scotland, Herald Rose, Wolf prize winner, Dilip Chhabaria founder, DC Design, Peter Schultz, co-inventor of fibre optics interacted with the students during their guest lecture. To entertain the participants, Techkriti had several shows too. While students danced to the tunes of Beltek and NDS & Blues on the third night, the final night was highlighted by Finnish rock band, Poets of the Fall.

Techkriti'16, themed “Beyond Our Planet”, was held from 3 to 6 March 2016. Growing bigger and more exciting, Techkriti’16 saw the attendance of many prominent personalities like Dr. Hamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan, Dr. Lyn Evans, Director, LCC CERN, Dr. Jorge Cham, Cartoonist, Robotist and creator of PhD Comics and many more celebrated guests. Apart from the numerous thrilling competitions and various mind provoking talks, a motorbike stunt show, called ‘Edge Ryderz’ was also held. The whole team of TVF Pitchers conducted an informal session with the students of IIT Kanpur. Renowned Indian film director, actor, playback singer and lyricist, Farhan Akhtar graced the closing night of Techkriti’16 with his breathtaking performance and delivering his social message M.A.R.D. among the people.

Techkriti'17 was held from 23 to 26 March 2016, with the theme "Factualising Fictions". The grandest of all the years, Techkriti'17 introduced many new competitions such as Robowars, Hover Rugby and Measure it-3D. The festival also hosted a number of celebrated guests, such as Prof. Henry Schaefer, one of the most highly cited scientists in the world, Rajat Sharma, a renowned name in the field of Indian journalism, Prof. K.C. Nicolaou, the 2016 Wolf Prize recipient for Chemistry and many others. The pre-fest talk was given by the famous American physicist Dr. Richard A. Muller. Techkriti'17 carried on the tradition of Techkriti through the mind stimulating talks and exciting exhibitions. Numerous informal events were also held. The third night of the extravaganza was rocked by artists such as Zephyrtone and DJ MorganJ. Sonu Nigam, the famous Indian playback singer made the people of Kanpur dance to his tunes on the finale night of Techkriti'17.


Techkriti is an entirely student organized festival. The structure of the organising team is four-tiered. Leading the team are 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.

Workshops and talks[edit]

Workshops organised in Techkriti are designed to demonstrate advancements in science and technology to the student community. The four-day festival hosts workshops in electronics, sustainable development, aero-modelling, and application development. The workshops are conducted by professionals from the industry, guests and faculty members of IIT-Kanpur. Some of the workshops organised during the last few years include Cloud Computing by IBM, Sixth Sense Robotics, ethical hacking, telescope making, big data hadoop and Cyber Forensics.

Techkriti celebrating it's 23rd edition witnessing prominent personalities.

Students and academia at the festival can attend talks by professionals in various fields from India and abroad. Speakers at Techkriti have included APJ Abdul Kalam[19] (Ex-President and Founder of India’s missile program), Richard Muller[20] (famous American physicist and professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley), Richard Stallman (Founder, FSF and GNU Project), Vladimir Voevodsky (Fields Medalist from Russia), Douglas Osheroff (Nobel Laureate-Physics), Dr. Lyn Evans (Director, LCC CERN), Michael Foreman (NASA Astronaut), Marshall Strabala (Architect-Burj Khalifa), Jeff Liebermann (Host-Time Warp), Victor Hayes (Father of Wi-Fi), Mahesh Murthy and Oliver Smithies. The "Indian Innovators" panel has included Uddhab Bharali (Innovator from Assam with 39 Universal Patents), Bindeshwar Pathak (Founder of Sulabh International), Rohit Bansal (Co-Founder and CEO, Snapdeal), L Kannan (Founder, Vortex Rural ATMs) and Irfan Alam (Founder and Chairman, Samman Foundation).

Guests at the 2014 festival included Walter Lewin, David J Griffiths, Jordan Soles, Alvin E. Roth, Palagummi Sainath and George Kourounis. Guests at the 2015 festival included K Radhakrishnan, Anthony Leggett, Peter Schultz and many more eminent personalities. Guests at the 2016 festival were ex-president of Afghanistan Dr. Hamid Karzai.[21] 2017 was graced by guests such as Richard Muller, Henry Schaefer and Andrea Mocellin[22].


Techkriti is known for hosting a variety of competitions with a total prize money of more than 70 Lacs. The competitions serve the backbone for fulfilling the basic motto of Techkriti- developing interest and encouraging innovation in technology among students. Competitions are classified in a few broad categories such as Robogames, ECDC, Take off,TIC , Design, Online Events, Presentation, Software Corner and Mixed Bowl.


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