Patna, Feb. 10: Budding techies from India and abroad would compete to develop computer programmes at Technika, the annual fest of Birla Institute of Technology (BIT).
The special event — Hackathon — would be organised in association with Team Indus. In this event, participants would have to develop individual programmes, which would later be compiled to prepare a software. This software would be presented to a non-government organisation working in Bihar. Twelve teams — including two from the US and one from Singapore — are likely to take part in the event.
Team Indus is the only group from the country to take part in the $30 million Google Lunar X competition. In this competition, participants are trying to take the first privately funded robot to the moon.
Jay Kumar, a third-year student of BIT-Patna and co-ordinator of Hackathon, said: “The problem solving programme will be a part of a software. The groups will be asked to prepare programmes within a stipulated time frame.”
The event will start on March 3 — the first day of the fest. They will start at 4pm, and will be asked to put down their tools at 11 in the night.
Explaining the concept of the event, Preetak Mitra, a third-year engineering student of BIT-Patna, said: “When the groups register, they would be provided with a problem statement. The event will test how fast an individual or a group prepares programmes to develop a software.”
He added: “Events like Hackathon are very popular in the West. It is a relatively new concept in India. We are the first institute to host such an event in east India. A college in Mumbai had held a similar event recently.”
Software will not be the only focus of the fest. Students of Stanford University, USA, will showcase an advanced robotics system. Students from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, will also showcase a humanoid.
Sub editor: Uttaran
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