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QUARK-2017 - Technical Fest

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EVENT TYPE: Technical Fest
ORGANISED BY: BITS Pilani Goa Campus
EVENT DATES: 3rd-5th February 2017
BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus plans to host its Annual International Technical and Innovation festival, Quark 2017. The Quark banner is synonymous with innovation as each edition boasts of events, guest lectures, workshops and special nights surpassing the ingenuity and grandeur of its predecessors. With a plethora of events to cater to students of varied backgrounds and disciplines, including a lecture by the eminent former president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Nobel laureates like Sir Harry Kroto and Douglas Osheroff, events likethe BITS Model United Nation and a number of diverse workshops like CyFi advanced wireless workshops by Cypress Semiconductors, corporate finance workshops by Grant Thorton, Nex Robotics, Reuters Finance and a LabVIEW workshop, Quark has carved a niche for itself as one of the biggest technical fests in India.
Some of the highlights of previous editions of Quark are as follows:
 Aurora, our technical night, featured talks by technological geniuses like Vishal Gondal(CEO of Indiagames and MD of Disney India), Angad Daryani (15-year-old developer at MIT Media Labs) and Jun Fujiwara, inventor of the ingenious Sound Bottle project.
 Quark 2014, in association with the Physics Society of BITS Goa, brought in Dr. Walter Lewin, Emeritus Professor of MIT, to deliver a guest lecture on The Birth and Death of Stars. Dr. Lewin had earlier done a telepresence session during Quark explaining the dynamics of a black hole.
 Red, a nation-wide blood donation campaign, was one of the initiatives of Quark that met with phenomenal success all over the country and went a huge way in increasing awareness of blood donation in India. Red was a collaboration of Quark with the Red Cross Society.
 Influential leaders such as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, notable industrialists such as K.M Birla and Babasaheb Kalyani, Nobel laureates like Sir Harry Kroto(Chemistry,1996) and Prof. Douglas Osheroff(Physics,1996), media personalities such as RajdeepSardesai , Prabhu Chawla and innovators like Vic Hayes(the father of Wi-Fi), Archana Sharma( physicist at CERN), Dr. Shekhar Basu (Director BARC), Dr. A.S. Pillai (CEO and MD , BrahMos Aerospace) and Tamer Nakisci ( Nokia 888 designer) have addressed students in the previous editions of Quark.
 The fun side of technology was highlighted by the Ig Nobel Conclave, an officialIg Nobel event, conducted during Quark 2014, featuring Elena N. Bodnar, Kees Moeliker, Dan Meyer, Ilia van Beest and Lal Bihari, all of them Ig Nobel laureates.
 To allow the common man to learn the effects of a gyroscope while having fun, we had brought in a human gyroscope which was a huge success with the crowd.
Quark 2016 set a benchmark with footfalls exceeding 17,000.It witnessed participation from over 500 colleges from all over India. The total turnover for Quark 2015 was over INR 50 Lakh.
This year we wish to further our horizons, create a benchmark for innovation & establish a platform for the exchange of ideas by making Quark 2017 even bigger.
Quark 2017 promises to emulate, if not surpass the phenomenal success of its predecessors and assures its sponsors in comparable forum for student-industry interaction and a platform to target the finest technical minds of the country. We expect a footfall of over 20,000 with invitations being sent to over 500 colleges and 800 corporate houses.
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Apeksha Jain


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