With innovation being the name of the game in Concetto 2015, the department of Computer Science and Engineering, very expectedly, wasn’t beaten at its own game. Despite patronising just a couple of events, the department managed to carve out a niche for itself in an already event loaded fest. The events, answering to intelligently crafted names of CodExplore and AlgoRaffle, were resounding successes with the participants, comprising mostly of enthusiastic first years. Both the events were held on the 29th and 30th of October, 2015.
Inspired loosely by the exciting physical treasure hunts of yore, CodExplore was a highly stylized version of a treasure hunt that tested the coding, thinking and observational skills of the participants. (Was there ever a difference between the three?) Though not emanating the sheer exhilaration and anticipation of an Indiana Jones movie or the suspense and thrill of a Sherlock Holmes novel, it certainly was a breath of fresh air given the slew of online treasure hunts that do nothing better than polishing the googling skills of unexpectedly overzealous participants. Working on a windows based environment (Not that it needs to be mentioned, given how ubiquitous it has become), the participants had to grind through five brain wracking questions of a double round event. The first day of the event witnessed a whopping 250 participants, divided into 80 teams, taking part. Solving a question took the teams closer to the elusive final key, which could be obtained only by solving all five of them. Staying true to the fact that this was indeed a college fest, the final destination was an obscure place inside the campus itself. The first two questions were IQ based and the next three questions required implementation of coding, irrespective of platform and language. The teams were supposed to send the answers via facebook messages to the organisers, which resulted in them immediately receiving the question for the next level. 24 teams were selected for round two, which was held on the following day and followed the same pattern, with the questions, very obviously, increasing in difficulty. And as it always happens in this unforgiving world, the quickest to the solution was declared the winner.
The other event organized by the department in this year's edition of Concetto, AlgoRaffle certainly gave CodExplore a run for its money. The event consisted of two rounds, testing the C/C++ programming basics and analytical skills of the participating teams. The first round was an interesting twist to the classic board game “Battleships”. Instead of guessing the locations of an opponent’s ships by trial and error; the participants were required to solve blocks of codes or answer questions based on C/C++ programming to obtain the number of ship segments in a particular row or column of points, representing the ocean. Thereafter, the participants had to appropriately position the ships such that their final pattern conformed to the hints obtained after solving the questions; and a few other conditions. Both tasks had to be performed within the time frame of two hours. Needless to say, the novelty of the competition had all the participants fascinated. The second and final rounds tested the observational and analytical prowess of the participants through ten questions. However, there was more to the competition than just solving the questions. All the teams were given 500 points initially, which had to be bid on the ten questions. If answered correctly, the product of the points bid on the question and the multiplier for the question was added to the team's score; but if team's answer was incorrect, the same number of points were deducted from their score. This added spin of gambling gave the task an element of risk, and had all the competitors hooked.
The makers and winners of the events are listed below
- Bhavishya Mathur
- Abhishek Dubey
- Yash Harbajanka
- Shubham Agarwal
- Abhinav Srivastava
- Abhilash Mohapatra
- Abhiman Jain, Ravibhushan Kumar
- Harman Kahlon, Praney Rai, Yash Sinha
- Ayush Kumar, Anupam Wardha, Rajat Jaiswal
- K. Bhargav Teja
- Digvijay Singh
- Saket Prasad
- Aashish Kumar
- Abhishek Jaiswal
- Sai Sumanth
- Suraj Kiran Reddy M, Sravanth Reddy B
- Ansh Mahajan, Aadil Ahmed
- Yash Reddy, Kasa Praneeth Yadav
B.Tech, Class of 2018
Dual Degree, Class of 2020