Techfest to work with IRCC to transfer IIT-B tech to industries

IIT-B will be working closely with its Industrial Research Consultancy Centre during the annual tech festival starting from Friday

A unique initiative to transfer technologies developed at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) to the industries, Techfest-2010, will be working closely with the institute's Industrial Research Consultancy Centre during the festival starting from Friday.

Techfest-2010 will include several activities including lectures by eminent scientists worldwide, exhibitions, and some other features like techno-entertainment 'Technoholix' and interactive installations from around the world, called 'scintillations'.

The exhibitions, which will be held at Powai (Mumbai), would include some of the best global exhibits including those from the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition-UK, ETH Zurich-Switzerland, Indian Navy, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) who would be giving demonstrations on some disaster management techniques.

"With over 25 exhibits from over 15 countries, exhibitions at Techfest will be bigger than ever," said Nikhil Kashid, one of the student organisers.

The biggest draw at Techfest for students this year will feature a multitude of competitions with international participants, ranging from the best in robotics to ones with social objectives like developing devices that run on renewable sources of energy.

Technoholix will showcase the best in techno-entertainment at the end of every day and will include a breathtaking performance by 'Mountain Bike stunt group-M.A.D' from UK, display of urban acrobatics and extreme martial arts by Nexus Europe and a unique fire and pyrotechnics display by dynamic fire troupe, Pa-li-Tchi from the Czech Republic.

Scintillations will be a brand new segment of Techfest 2010 and will consist of interactive installations from around the world. Scintillations will consist of The Sunlight Eiffel, FlickrGettr, Light Ripples and Discovery Dome.

Techfest will also have lectures by experts from Google, the Large Hadron collider and developers of Wi-Fi, Mr Kashid said.

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