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Techfest kicks off at IIT-B on January 3

Mumbai, Jan 4 (): The sixteenth edition of Techfest, the three-day annual technological festival of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) kick started on January 3.

The feast will be held till January 5. There are over 150 events spread over three days and total prize money is Rs 17 lakh.

On the first day 24,000 students attended the festival and organisers expect over 90,000 students this year. Shrey Singh, Media Manager, Tech Fest 2013 said last year 92,000 students attended for the three days and they are also expecting the same crowd this year. The budget for this year is over Rs 2 crore.

In addition to the participation from 2,000 colleges, around 5,000 corporates across the country are in and the participation of international colleges has also increased this year. Around 6-7 countries are participating in TechFest. Each country has sent a team of around 15-20 students to participate in the international robotic challenge.

Techfest kicked off its first edition in 1998, with an aim to give a platform to young scientists and engineers from across the country to share and spread their ideas.

On the first day of the festival, students from across the country saw the best in robotics and exhibition of software programmes. Other than the robotics, students lined up patiently to attend to some of the world’s best minds in the field of science. Another main highlight of the first day was the speech given by Jocelyn Goldfein, Facebook’s Director, Engineering.

This year, organisers have made special arrangements for the school children to visit the Techfest and for those from the marginalised sections of the society.

From challenging competitions to lectures given by noted personalities, from incredible workshops to fun-filled O-zone, the Techfest has usually offered the best to all its participants as well as the visitors. And this year too, like its previous editions, the festival will have numerous displays from all over the world and guest speakers from India and abroad would share their insights and experiences in their field of expertise with students.