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|Location(s)||Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati|
|Major events||Technothlon, Guwahati Half-Marathon, Business Conclave, Lecture Series, Exhibitions, Workshops, Competitions, Escalade, Robocalypse and Funniche.|
|Filing status||Non-Profit Student Organization|
|Slogan||Celebrating Innovation through revolutionizing technology|
Techniche is the annual Techno-Management festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati. The festival was started in 1999 by a group of students within the IIT Guwahati campus. Spread over 3 days and 4 nights, Techniche is generally conducted towards the end of August each year.
The twentieth edition of Techniche was held from 30th August to 2nd September, 2018.
- 1 Brief History
- 2 Events
- 3 Social initiatives
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Beginning its journey merely in two rooms of Technology Complex of IIT Guwahati (How Techniche got started), Techniche grew exponentially over the years spreading its wings to nearly 50K participants from varied colleges, schools and institutions all across India, UAE, Bangladesh and Singapore. It has been successful in promoting and honing the scientific and entrepreneurial skills in the academia.
Through the years, it has hosted Nobel laureates, leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs like Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, Dr. Claude Nicollier, Anousheh Ansari, Rajdeep Sardesai, Vikas Swarup, Dr Peter Atkins, Christer Fuglesang, Ronen Sen, Casey Hudson, Tessy Thomas, Dr.Kota Harinarayana, Pranav Mistry, Richard Stallman, Kiran Karnik, Prabhu Chawla, Nathan Schulhof, Dr. John C. Mather, Jeff Lieberman, Mike Fincke, Kiran Bedi, Dr.Raghuram Krishnapuram, Yashavant Kanetkar, Mark Toorock, etc.
The symbol of Techniche are two pixelated saplings, orange and blue in color. The saplings are the portrayal of how Techniche integrates the 'youth' from all around the country While the blue color stands for the management face, the orange represents the technological front of Techniche. The symbol was designed by Tanuj Shah in the year 2005, a student of IIT Guwahati Department of Design (Batch 2006).
Techniche hosts a varied range of events, both inspiring as well as kindling the fire in enthusiasts. An outline of the events is briefed below.
It is an international school championship organized by the student fraternity of IIT Guwahati. It began its journey in 2004 with an aim to ‘Inspire Young Minds’. Starting with a participation of 200 students, over the past 11 years Technothlon has reached to over 250 cities in India and various centers abroad with 2.5 lakh students avidly following it. Through a series of events involving mental aptitude, logic, and dexterity, it seeks to provide school students a platform to build fundamental experience and knowledge, to exercise co-ordination skills, and to think out of the box. As its preliminary round is conducted through several centers in India, it is a competitive test of critical thinking. Its final stage is conducted in IIT Guwahati during Techniche.
The Industrial Conclave forges ahead as an ideal interface between the industry and the students to inspire, motivate and train them for the battle for success in life. It provides a quintessential platform for young entrepreneurs and budding corporates to broaden their horizons and understand the internal dynamics of the ever-growing industry. In this 3 day long high-profile event, eminent personalities from various spheres of the industry share their invaluable experiences with the young minds of today.
This module witnesses some great inventors,creators and experts interacting with the audience in the form of a talk. Nobel laureates including John C. Mather (The 2006 Physics Nobel Laureate) graced the occasion, sharing their experiences and shortcomings. Over the years, Techniche has hosted great personalities like Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Jean Baptiste Kempf, Dr. Claude Nicollier, Anousheh Ansari, Vikas Swarup, Lyn Evans, Pranav Mistry, Stephen P. Morse, Richard Stallman, Walter Bender, Peter Atkins, Christer Fuglesang, Ronen Sen, Casey Hudson, Tessy Thomas, Dr.Kota Harinarayana, Kiran Bedi, Brooks Moore, Lars Krutak, Beast Hunter, etc.
It includes various awe-striking and energizing challenges in the robotics module, the Tech-Olympics module and the corporate module.
An integral part of Techniche’s mission to introduce a new generation of students to the latest technological developments in various fields. The workshops are organized and conducted by technical experts and draws plenty of interested students by virtue of its repute and good quality.
Workshops in the sixteenth edition of Techniche witnessed a huge participation, as the edition brought forward a wide variety of technological spheres including Biped and Swarm robotics,Eye Robotics, Ethical Hacking and Cyber Forensics, Android development, KUKA Agilus, Cloud Computing, Vehicle Overhauling and Twenty19 Intern workshops.
Over the years, Techniche has conducted various campaigns and it has been successful in bringing a change in the society to a fullest extent. Here are some of the initiatives undertaken in the past few editions.
Guwahati Half Marathon (GHM)
The Guwahati half marathon initiative was started on 30 August 2009 with an aim to unify the north-east.It witnessed a huge participation in the two events proposed in the debutante year – The Glory Run (18 km) and The Dream Run (6 km). In 2010, Techniche introduced a '21 km' cycle race with the motto of shaping the youth's attitude towards the environment with the motto "Youth for environment". While the years unfolded, the initiative grew, making its stand as the largest of its kind in north-east India. For the first time, a new category of marathon was introduced namely the Courage Run for specially abled participants.
Amit Kumar Saroha, Shimit Amin, and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra appeared to spread the motto "Run for Peace" (in 2015) "Run to affect the shift" (in 2014) "Run for a better tomorrow"(in 2013) respectively.  Inputting their valuable suggestions and applause, the GHM witnessed a huge crowd as the junctures rose as grandeur moments. Special attendees included Zublee Baruah-singer, Akash Chopra -cricketer and world’s largest parkour group "American Parkour" and a coverage of the event was provided by Assam Tribune and NDTV India. Later in 2014,a college championship was also introduced to inspire young students, motivating their athletic skills.
This initiative, pioneered during Techniche 2015, was inspired by the Government of India's call for every IIT to adopt a neighbouring village, with the vision of transformational change in rural India. The students from the IIT campus undertake several developmental projects in the rural villages of Assam. One of these is the setting up of bio-toilets and clean drinking facilities in the villages, an important step towards achieving the vision of a smart village. Also, in collaboration with the Technical Board of IIT Guwahati and support from NGO's, energy effiecient, solar street lights were installed in the villages.
Another important facet of the initiative is it's mission to educate schoolchildren in rural areas and make them conversant in modern technology. Students from the IIT campus visit the rural villages of Assam, including the campus' adopted village of Lathiya Bagicha, and educate the elementary schoolchildren on fundamental subjects like science, using simple experiments and projects. The adults of the village were helped in other ways, like teaching them about cashless transactions. Some of the villages covered under this initiative are Dolibari, Dadara, Singimari and Hajo.
The initiative received lots of appreciation from the media and local residents and will continue in the future with an aim to expand and further improve the living conditions of these villages.
Wake Up and Vote
The Wake Up and Vote campaign was started in order to build awareness among citizens about their right to vote, and how they could exercise that right. Organized in cities as well as towns, the initiative has reached over 2 lakh people, as of 2018. The initiative has been endorsed by celebrities like Mary Kom and Sushmita Sen. A video-making competition was also organized as a part of this initiative.
An attempt to lighten up special hearts on the occasion of Diwali, Techniche invites children from the Shishugram Orphanage to the IIT Guwahati campus. Here, they participate in, and are taught activities like lantern-making and diya painting. A Rangoli competition is also organized as a part of the initiative. Techniche organized the third edition of MUSKAAN in IIT Guwahati with the theme "Spreading Smiles".
Litre of Light
"Lighten up someone's life and you have at-least lightened some part of the world". The Litre of Light campaign was initiated to illuminate the homes and streets of the rural areas of Assam.
On 9 March 2014, team Techniche successfully organized the "Litre of Light" event in the Bhutnath slum locality near Guwahati city. The invention, being relatively simple, involves filling up a 1.5-litre PET bottle with purified water and bleach and installing it onto the roof of a house. As the water inside the bottle refracts the sunlight during the daytime, it creates the same intensity as a 55-watt light bulb used in modern houses. Economic and eco-friendly lights like these were set up in multiple household in the locality
In 2018, over 100 LED street lights were set up in over 50 villages, providing around 40-45% in energy and monetary savings. Also, over 50 low cost, easy to install lights were placed in rural homes across Assam.
Blood donation camp
Recognized by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), this student campaign raises awareness on the importance of blood donation. As a part the initiative, the team conducts blood donation camps in the IIT Guwahati Hospital, during the three days of the festival.
The initiative aims at inspiring the local people about health. The volunteers, with the help of few medical practitioners, roam in the nearby villages wherein proper hospital facilities were detained and provide free medical services.
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