TECHNORION

Introduction

In a futuristic 21st-century, humanity's survival has been threatened by a crop blight on Earth that has made farming increasingly difficult. Joseph Cooper, a former NASA pilot, runs a farm with his father-in-law, son, and daughter Murphy, who believes her bedroom is haunted by a poltergeist. When a pattern is created out of dust on the floor, Cooper realizes that gravity is behind its formation, not a "ghost". He interprets the pattern which leads them to a secret NASA facility, where they are met by Cooper's former professor Dr. Brand.


Dr. Brand reveals that a wormhole mysteriously appeared near Saturn 48 years earlier, opening a pathway to a distant galaxy with potentially-habitable planets. Twelve volunteers traveled through it to assess each planet's suitability as humanity's new home, led by Dr. Mann. Volunteers Miller, Edmunds and Mann have sent back encouraging data from planets near a black hole called Gargantua. Brand recruits Cooper to pilot the spaceship Endurance to investigate further, while he works on "Plan A" – a gravitational theory for propulsion that would allow a mass exodus from Earth. The Endurance also carries 5,000 frozen embryos for the "Plan B" backup plan, which is to colonize a habitable planet to ensure humanity's survival. Cooper agrees to go, upsetting Murphy.


Cooper's crew consists of scientists Romilly, Doyle, Brand's daughter Amelia, and robots TARS and CASE. Traversing the wormhole, they head to Miller's planet, an ocean world where time is severely dilated because of its proximity to Gargantua; for each hour there, seven years pass on Earth. They find only the wreckage from Miller's expedition. Amelia retrieves Miller's data just before a gigantic tidal wave hits, killing Doyle and water-logging the engines. After returning to Endurance, they discover 23 years have elapsed on Earth.



Now will Murphy interpret the patterns on the floor (Mesh Flare), will Cooper's crew be able to place the frozen embryos grabbed from Earth to a habitable planet (Galactic Trooper) and will TARS and CASE be able to decode (Quantum Code) the secret of the black holes and the universe? Answers to all these questions now lie in your hands.


Structure

Techfest extends its platform for the holistic development of the students in all the fields of technology through a complete concoction of mechanical, line-following and coding challenges.

The event will be held in two levels.

Technorion Qualifiers are held as a preliminary level competition in five zonal centers spanning throughout the country’s length and breadth.

All participating teams have to win in the qualifiers to proceed for the finals. The top three winners in each of the three genres from every centre are selected to compete against the best in the country in the Technorion Finale to be held at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay during Techfest 2016-17.

The winner of each zone shall receive cash prizes and Certificates of Excellence from Techfest, IIT Bombay.

The wildcard rounds of all the 3 competitions will be held during 16-18 December, 2016 at Techfest in IIT Bombay. Top 3 teams in each of the competitions stand a chance to enter the finale and compete with the zonal winners to win the competition. Top 50% teams of the wildcard round will be given the Certificate of Participation.


Venues

Hyderabad (Southern zone)

Center: Vignan Institute of Technology and Science

Date: 18th September, 2016


Bhubaneswar (Eastern zone)

Center: Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (ITER)

Date: 18th September, 2016


Bhopal (Central zone)

Center: Oreintal College of Engineering

Date: 25th September, 2016


Jaipur (Northern zone)

Center: Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology

Date: 2nd October, 2016


Mumbai (Western zone)

Center: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Date: 2nd October , 2016


For further queries, contact:


Hrishikesh Ekade

Manager, Events

hrishikesh@techfest.org

+91 9167820852

Sarthak Mittal

Manager, Events

sarthak@techfest.org

+91 9920922003