Inquivesta is a one of its kind science, technology and cultural festival organized annually by IISER Kolkata. This year, we have a plethora of competitions, workshops and exhibitions catering to every taste and your scientific temper. Highlighting Inquivesta 8 would be the fusion rock band, Indian Ocean and a mega science exhibition, Paradigm.
So, if you dream of being Indiana Jones looking for lost treasures or solving crimes is more your cup of tea, if you speak the language of robots or just love to see rockets fly, if playing computer games is your idea of a perfect weekend or it’s dancing to the rhythm of a melodious tune; then mark your calendars for 2-4 February, 2018. Come and experience the magic that is Inquivesta!
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Junkyard Wars is the ultimate platform for you to present your craftsmanship and innovative skills. Here, one’s creativity and imagination together with a pile of junk get blossomed to a masterpiece of art. By the time the cornet blares we want you to give wings to your ideas and create a treasure out of a heap of junk.
1. A team comprises at most five participants. More than five participants in a team are not allowed.
The whole event will be conducted in two days.
• First day - Prelims
• Second day - Finals
2. Each round starts with an orientation in which the necessary instructions, junk and the judgment criteria.
3. In the prelims you will be asked to make a still model/working model from the junk provided within the given time limit.
4. The junk materials will be provided. No materials (other than the provided junk) should be used.
5. A set of instructions regarding the model will be given.
6. You are free to use Internet at any point of time.
7. 10 teams will be selected from the prelims and will be qualified for the finals.
8. On the second day you will be asked to make another working/still model.
9. Decision made by organizers will be final. No further disputes will be encouraged.
10. Violation of any of the rules leads to disqualification of the team.
See you at the war zone…!!!
The Tale of Imitating Nature
Mankind’s biggest inventions have always come from observing nature’s ways of working and solving problems. Biomimicry, as it’s called, is a method for creating solutions to human challenges by emulating designs and ideas found in nature. So, here comes.
Biomimetics, calls upon your bright minds to draw inspiration from nature and mimic some of its most fascinating designs by constructing mechanical models.
This event has an online screening round. Just register, solve the questionnaire and mail your answers asap to email@example.com
Deadline for submission: 31st January, 2018, 11:59 pm
1. Participation in teams with maximum four participants per team is encouraged.
2. The details about rounds-
a) Preliminaries (Online questionnaire round)
In this round, you will be required to solve a puzzle and answer some question with your Darwinian imagination within a stipulated time. Mail your answers to team Biomimetics in the form of pdf. The selected team will be contacted by team Biomimetics.
If you, by chance, miss this round, you will still have one more chance to enjoy the event. You can enter through wild card entry round. But if you get selected through online questionnaire round, you will get advantage of more time for the next round.
b) Finals (Model making round)
This round will awaken the dormant scientist in you. You will get hands on experience of making a model. Materials will be provided to you and you have to make a model mimicking a biological phenomenon asked to you.
Most people only dream of rockets. But this is your chance to construct a rocket of your own. Build a water rocket using soft drink bottles, pump pressurized air into it, and watch it whoosh to infinity and beyond. You just need your own rocket blueprints and the know-how required to make it. We'll provide the rest. Come and launch your rocket at this year's Inquivesta, and remember, space is the limit.
1.School and college students will compete separately.
2. School students can have upto 2 members per team.
3. College students can have only 2 members per team. Both the members of the team should be from the same college.
4. Participants are requested to build and bring their own rockets. If not they will be provided with bottles to make the rockets on the spot. There will be limited supply of bottles because of which preference will be given to the school students.
5. The water rocket must use only compressed air as its source of energy. Only tap water shall be used in the rocket, and the water shall be provided by the organisers. Water brought by the team shall not be allowed in the rockets.
6. Only plastic soft drink bottles are to be used for the rocket body. The bottles can be upto 2 litres in capacity.
7. The same rocket should be used for both the range and the aim rounds. The teams selected for the next round should submit their rockets to the organisers.If the rocket is damaged, team members can repair and submit.
8. No chemical or aerated water should be added for launching. Sand should not be added in the rocket.
9. The amount of water to be filled in the rocket body is left to the choice of the team.
10. Splicing and multistage rockets are not allowed.
11. Any malpractices from the part of participants will lead to disqualification.
12. The organizing committee has the right to make changes to the event as well as the rules when necessary. Their decision is final.
13. Judgement once made will be final and no appeals will be entertained.
College students will have two rounds.
This round is about testing the range of your rockets from which only top ten teams will be selected for the second and final round.The teams whose rockets travelled the most distance including all three turns will qualify to the finals
The Final round is all about hitting some targets where the winners of the first round compete for the first three spots. Different targets will have different points.
School students will have only one round which is the range round, which has the same rules as that of the range round for college students.
Vivek kumar singh........firstname.lastname@example.org......7278364980
Ever imagined how a driverless car works or will work in the future. Well then this is your chance to get started with self-driving cars and create a simple bot that detects obstacles and autonomously avoids them. This might not be sufficient condition for a driverless car but surely a necessary one. This February Inquivesta brings you the simple yet not so simple event of BOTPRIX. Show off your coding and mechanical skills to create a perfect machine.
Download guidelines files here
Robot Control: Autonomous
Max team size: 3
Read the Guidelines file above for details
1. Winner bot will be the one which travels through the path in least time and hitting the walls least.
2. No trial run will be provided
3. Max 4 restarts would be allowed to complete the track.
4. The decision of Judges at any point will be final and binding.
5. Any violation of above rules may lead to disqualification.
It is time you tested your understanding of your favourite subject when faced with a real-life problem not pertaining to any particular discipline.
Groups of three or four, preferably people from different disciplines are invited to work as one to solve puzzles and problems derived from Nature and/or pertaining to our day-to-day lives, that would not require expertise in any particular field, but an open mind capable of grasping and utilising fruitfully the basic principles of a new/different subject.
Discover how your fellow students from another disciplines think on the same problem, how a discipline other than your own might provide an alternative but equally acceptable explanation to the same problem!
Participation is in groups of three or four.
Consider teaming up with people from different disciplines, it might turn out to be helpful.
Knowledge of basic sciences, undergraduate level (1st year college) would suffice.
There are going to be two rounds: the prelims and the finals.
For the prelims, there will be a set of questions (possibly including open-ended ones!).
For the finals, a presentation on a 'new' topic.
Further details not to be revealed just now.
Regarding the evaluation of the participants' performances, the decision of the organisers, and the decision of the judges are to be considered final in the prelims and the finals, respectively.
The organiser reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations at a week's prior notice.
The event of BAHWhack! (BAH meaning Bad Ad hoc Hypotheses) is a platform where speakers present well-reasoned and thoroughly researched but completely absurd scientific theories to explain well-known yet mysterious (!?) phenomena. BAH promises you the thrill of giving age-old scientific phenomena an absolutely new meaning that will solely be your brainchild.
This event closely resembles BAH fest, the idea for which originated from Zach Weinersmith, the creator of the popular web comic SMBC. If you need further inspiration for this wacky event, google: "Catapulting infants!" or "Why cats sprint out of the room?"
Let the innovators inside you come up within genius logic as the comedian within you leaves us in splits!
(1) A person has to enter the contest individually or as a team of two.
(2) For the prelims you have to submit a video (Link to Google drive or YouTube) by direct message to the facebook page or email to email@example.com with the subject "BAH Submission". [Contest opens 27th January 00:00 and ends 1st February 7:00pm]
(3) The videos will be published on our Facebook page at 8:00 pm everyday so any videos submitted after 7:00 pm on a given day will be published the next day.
(4) The daily winners will be decided on the basis of Facebook likes (50% weightage) and other factors like presentation, how "scientific" it is and how funny you are. Yeah it's all mathematically rigorous, almost as much as your theory on aliens tangling up your earphone cables inside your pocket.
(5) If you win the daily contest you will win a T-Shirt and will be invited for the finale. You can wear the T-Shirt wherever you like and it is guaranteed to increase your swagger 10 times (or we will gladly take it back).
(6) In the finale you have to demonstrate your scientific theory, hypothesis, or project proposal in approximately 7-8 minutes (need not be related to your prelim video). You will have access to a projector and a microphone. You will also have access to my comforting presence, but don't rely on it!
(7) Followed by your presentation you have to defend your hypothesis to a panel of judges and the audience for approximately 3-5 minutes. So all the out of the world claims you made will have to be backed up with sound logic!
(8) Your presentation will be judged on how logically sound your arguments are, how funny you are, how well you defend, etc. If you think you're funny but people just don't get you, all I can offer you is my sympathies.
(9) Vulgarities and profanities are to be avoided(as a rule of thumb, don't say anything you wouldn't be comfortable saying in the presence of your mother). Having said that, feel free to nerd out-use scientific terms, graphs, data, and whatever suits your fancy!
(10) The decision of judges and organisers are final and cannot be disputed, you can try but it is highly discouraged. Don't even think about physical confrontation, I am 6'7" and weigh 210 lbs. I also have a very menacing stare almost as bad as the look of disappointment on my parents faces.
LOST - Land of Secret Treasures
"Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."
Have the adventures of Indiana Jones enthralled you? Did you ever see yourself searching for the lost symbol?
Because you're in the right place...Welcome to L.O.S.T.- an event that's one of its kind-a live adventure simulation that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This event has an online screening round. Just register, solve the questionnaire and mail your answers asap to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission: 30th January, 2018, 11:59 pm
The Questionnaire Round:
This round will be conducted before INQUIVESTA. It is an online selection round and the teams selected through this will be invited for the main event on 2nd February. The questions in the questionnaire will be descriptive type so explain your reasoning very nicely when you send us the answers. The teams selected will be invited for the.......
Dynamic LOST Round:
1. This round is a new addition to LOST this year and we are pretty excited about it because through this we can invite more teams for our event compared to previous years!
2. In this round you will be given a certain time (about 3hrs) in which you will be expected to complete the round. But relax, the round will not be worth 3hrs (much less) and you are allowed to freely enjoy our other attractions!
3. The only bound is that you have to complete the round in those 3hrs, when and how you decide to complete it is upto you.
4. More details on this round will be provided to the teams selected.
1. Now back to the traditional rounds!
2. Teams will again be eliminated in the dynamic round and those who qualify will proceed to the field round.
3. In the will round you will be.......sorry can’t give you the details here. Just know that you will enjoy it. Guarantee. Also you will not be allowed to go to other events during this round but don’t worry we will only take your 1hr and seriously why would you want to attend other events during LOST??
1. Again the teams get eliminated in the Field Round.
2. Teams qualified will proceed to the Final Round which is.....also a secret. It starts at 12am on the 3rd February. Sorry, no sleep!
CSI - Crime Scene Investigation
We are fascinated with crime. Haven’t all of us been enraptured by a jolt of adrenaline induced by the stimulation of all five of our senses, courtesy of a head-scratching crime scene? You’re no different. Step into the shoes of a true crime investigator, be as observant as a monocle-sporting detective, and collect all the nitty-gritty and itsy-bitsy details of the crime. We encourage you to orchestrate your wildest “whodunit” theories!
This event has an online screening round. Just register, solve the questionnaire (updated version) and mail your answers asap to email@example.com
Deadline for submission: 30th January, 2018, 11:59 pm
Download CSI FAQs
1. A team should consist of 4 people.
2. Zero tolerance for inter team cooperation. Any indication of the same will lead to instant disqualification.
3. Decision of the organisers regarding any and all aspects of the event will be final and no correspondence will be entertained in this respect.
4. There will be NO Wild Card Entry.
GNQ - The General Knowledge Quiz
Featuring the inimitable and witty quizzing behemoth, Mr Abhra Das as the quiz-master, it promises to be a hell of a ride for both amateurs and the people already associated with the world of quizzing.
Join and be a part of this extravaganza and prove, beyond all, "When there is a Desire to Know, There is a Need to Know."
1. There is no age limit for the event.
2. This is a team event. Each team should consist of maximum 3 members. Entry fee for prelims Rs. 150 per team.
3. Written prelims for selection:
1. 21st January at presidency university(2 pm)
2. 3rd February at IISER Kolkata(12 noon)
50 teams will be selected for next round.
Elimination round (conducted by the quizmaster) on the final event day.
4. In the finals, the Quiz Master will explain detailed rules before conducting every round.
5. The Quiz Master's decision is final and binding.
6. Registration for the prelims can be done online and on-spot registration will also be there.
7. Use of any kind of the gadgets will not be entertained.
8. The organizing team reserves the right to change or modify any of the rules.
SANKHA SUBHRA MAHANTI.......firstname.lastname@example.org......8670749870
JAMx - Just A Minute
They say nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished in a minute. This is where you prove them wrong.
Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey designed to put your linguistic and oratorical abilities to the ultimate test. Can you fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run? Or will you succumb to the pressure, and be ensnared by the pitfalls of hesitation, repetition and deviation that lie scattered deviously along the way?
The game is on. Armed with the light of golden eloquence, navigate your way through the sixty seconds of peril ahead of you, evading the machinations of your opponents along the way, and be crowned as the king of the minute!
1. The JAM will be held following the BBC guidelines.
2. All participants must register online by the 31st of January.
3. “JAM”s will be allowed on speakers’ hesitations, repetitions and deviations.
4. The competitors will be required to speak a total of 60 seconds between them per topic excluding pilferage time.
5. The prelims will have a single topic per group of 5 participants chosen at random from the pool.
6. The winner(s) will be decided by adding up the total number of seconds spoken by the speakers, and move on to the finals.
7. The final round will have a maximum of 7 qualifiers, and up to 5 topics provided in sequential order.
8. The speaker with the maximum number of seconds spoken will be declared winner.
9. All decisions are to be made by the moderator and are final.
Rationale - The Oxford Style Debate
“'It is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and confirm it.”
Come confirm. Come be the fool who dared to raise his voice. Come be the fool who fearlessly chose to go where wiser men dared not tread. Come be the fool who was prepared to stand up for what he believed in, and pay no heed to the consequences.
This spring at IISER Kolkata, come be a fool with a difference.
Oxford Presidential style of debating will be followed.
Teams of two (proposition and opposition) must register themselves on the registration portal and select Rationale. This must be done before 2nd of February.
Cross college teams are allowed.
Each speaker will be allowed a total of 4 minutes.
A bell would be sounded 1 minute prior to the time limit.
A rebuttal round shall follow, with a maximum of 2 questions per speaker to be allowed.
The topic shall be released on the 3rd of February via email to all registered participants.
The judging will be based on the following criteria:
Content (20), Expression and Body Language (10), Language and Vocabulary (10), Rebuttal (10).
Ramble On is a one of a kind Open Band Competition, which spans across all genres and provides a platform for upcoming budding musicians to showcase their talent
So gear up for one of the biggest events of Inquivesta-8! And lets RAMBLE ON!
Registrations for this event have been closed. Come and witness East India's top bands battle it out for the top spot. Judging this event will be the fusion rock band, Indian Ocean.
Registration page for RambleOn! : rambleon.inquivesta.in
Shouvik Majumdar........+91 - 9073850743
Siddharth Khan..........+91 - 8240721591
ArtBeat is a collection of four separate events:
1. Spoof: Create the grandest spray can painting and rule above all.
2. Split Painting: Paint one half of your canvas and let your teammate's half unite your ideas to create magic.
3. Minimalistic: Give wings to your ideas using the mightiest weapon: the pencil.
4. Rangeela: Shoot your darts with accuracy and let the burst of colours decide your painting's beauty.
Note: You can register for each event separately.
You can find more details regarding these events on register.inquivesta.in
Headshot is “The Gaming Event” of INQUIVESTA, hosted by the gamers, for the gamers.
This is a competitive multiplayer tournament comprising of two first person shooter games, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare(COD) and Counter Strike: Global Offensive(CSGO), and FIFA. Gamers have to participate in a team of 5 members for CSGO and COD and individually in FIFA. Opponents will be selected on basis of electronic simulation.
These are general format for the games to be played.
1. For Call of Duty:Modern Warfare- A team of 5 vs 5 is required. Access to console commands is restricted. Certain perks are also banned.
2. For Counter Strike:Global Offensive- No Steam Login. Players 5 vs 5. Match type-Competitive. Maps-Active duty along with the new de_dust2. Access only to specific console commands.
3. For FIFA 17- 1 vs 1. Only controllers are allowed. Certains balls and perks are banned.
All players can bring their own keyboards, mice and controllers. Also certain cfg files(for CSGO) like crosshair and viewmodel settings can be placed in game upon the verfication by the organizers.
In case of disputes organisers' decision will be final and binding.
Anmol Raj Mandal........email@example.com......7540145982
Welcome to Inquivesta cube open 2018. The World Cube Association governs competitions for all puzzles labelled as Rubik puzzles, and all other puzzles that are played by twisting the sides, so-called 'twisty puzzles'. Most famous of these puzzles is the Rubik's Cube, invented by professor Rubik from Hungary. A selection of these puzzles are chosen as official events of the WCA. This event involves solving different types of puzzles and cubes in the shortest time possible. Moreover, this event is sanctioned by World Cube Association.
Daniel James (from Chennai) is the WCA delegate for this event.
All rules and regulations will be followed according to WCA. Of all the cubes and puzzles which are authorised by WCA, we allow only following puzzles for this cube event. We would suggest participants to bring their own cubes for competition.
2. 2x2x2 Cube
3. 4x4x4 Cube
4. 5x5x5 Cube
5. 7x7x7 Cube
6. 3x3x3 Blindfolded
7. 3x3x3 One-Handed
8. 3x3x3 With Feet
Antichess is one of the most popular chess variants.The objective of each player is to lose all of his pieces or be stalemated, that is, a misère version. The game is for you if you can win by losing, because here you “Lose to Win”.
Anyone can know the working of game by playing it online here.
This event does not require online registration. Participants have to register on spot.
1. There is NO entry fee for registered participant of Inquivesta and ₹10 for others. Champion from final round: Bumper Prize ₹2000 cash. Runner up: ₹1000 cash. Prelims round: ₹40.00 prize to each qualifiers.
2. Player who LOSE all the pieces on chess board first, wins the game.
3. Capturing the pieces of opponent is mandatory.
4. All pieces on the board follow same rule as chess. There is no special power to king so No castling and checkmate. Enpasant is not allowed. If a pawn reaches the 8th row from his side, will become QUEEN only.
5. Every game will be played with Clock having maximum time of 5 min for each player. Player who run out of time, will lose the game as well.
6. Stalemate is Win for player who claim it.
7. It is responsbility of player to make sure that above rule is followed by opponent.
8. Player who lost a game will need to pay entry fee of ₹10 again in order to play more games.
9. Opponent will be fixed by the organizers on “As Available” basis.
10. If any one win three consective games, will qualify into final round of Anti Chess and also win prize worth ₹40.00.
11. Already qualified finalist can play more to have additional lifelines for final round by paying the entry fee again.
12. Final round will be played among all prize winners on knockout basis till we get two/three players as super finalist. Best of three games will be played among super finalist to decide the champion.
Futsal is a variant of association football played on a hard court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. The game will be played between two teams of four players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper.Futsal is also played with a smaller, harder ball. The surface, ball, and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity, and technique as well as ball control and passing in small spaces.
Follow this link to download the rules for Futsal
Cryptek is an online event of INQUIVESTA. The game will test your cryptanalysis and steganography skills as you try to find your way through its engrossing maze. If you have a knack of breaking ciphers and deciphering seemingly meaningless codes, then Cryptek is the game for you.
The game is built in a Q/A format where you have to answer each question correctly to reach the next level.
Each question will be a cipher in the form of a text, image etc.
Register to participate in Cryptek. For Cryptek rules, visit cryptek.inquivesta.in
Photon is all about one's perspective towards light and colours coupled with the imagination to freeze those beautiful moments which you think are worth sharing. Inquivesta presents you an opportunity to showcase your skills not just as a photographer but also as a creative mind to put forward the emotions, shades and colours of life which appear momentarily. Pick up your camera and let your photograph do all the talking.
Deadline: 30th January 2018 – 11:59 p.m. There is no participation fee for this event.
Follow this link to download the rules for Photon
We also have something for people who for one or the other reason can’t participate in the physical event. For the first time, the opportunity to tickle your brain with a crime mystery from the comfort of your room. We give you, Online CSI. An individual event with no screening round.
The event is now online and will remain so till 13/02/2018. Visit: www.inquivesta.in/onlinecsi
The Souled Store (Gift Partner) coupons up for grabs. But what else, there is incentive for you to get your friends to play this as well. If you get 10 participants for the event, you get a The Souled Store coupon as well. Here is how it works: you ask your friend to give your name and email ID at the end of their submission pdf file with the word Referee. For example, Referee: Vishal Singh, firstname.lastname@example.org. And on 13th February, you mail me a list of the participants who referred to you. No funny business though like getting 10 people to submit the exact same thing. If we feel that anything like this has happened, no deal!
Vishal Singh email@example.com 7376727973
The photo entries for the online event, Photon shall be put up for display to visitors during Inquivesta.
This event receives entries from around the world. So don't forget to check out the Photon Exhibition.
All the paintings created by the participants shall be displayed to visitors during Inquivesta.
Paradigm is a mega science exhibition where school students shall compete among different age categories, and present their unique scientific ideas pertaining to real-life challenges.
The exhibition is open for all visitors to Inquivesta. However, participation is limited only to school students.
Facebook Developers Circle will be conducting a workshop called Hackathon.
Under the theme of "Softwares are the new hardwares", there will be two talks:
1. Go To Market Strategy
2. Demonstration of Automation
Please note that if you are participating in this workshop, you have to bring your own laptop.
Time: 11am to 1pm, 2nd February.
Mozilla shall be conducting a Virtual Reality workshop during Inquivesta whose details shall be updated soon.
Details of the Workshop can be found here
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata is a well connected airport with all major airlines offering services for most domestic routes.
Take a prepaid taxi (or private cabs) from the counters at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata. Ask for destination "Haringhata" via NH14. The distance is about 40 km.
Follow the instructions under "By Road" section.
If you are coming from Howrah, take a taxi/bus for Sealdah and then take the following route/transport.
From Sealdah, take a northbound train to either of Kalyani Simanta, Shantipur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Gede or Lalgola passenger.
Get down at Kalyani station. Take bus no 27 or an autorickshaw heading to Bara Jagulia.
Get down at the "Gate no 7" stop. IISER-K main gate would be on your right. Ask the security for the directions to various departments.
If you are coming from Kolkata via Kalyani Expressway with your own vehicle:
Take a right turn at "Kampa More" (close to Kanchrapara railway station) and drive to Bara Jagulia (about 9 km).
Take a left turn to be on National Highway 34 (Nh14).
Drive for 1.7 km. The approach road to IISER-K (IISER-K connector road in Google map) would be on your left (the place is "4 no gate" stop for buses/auto rickshaws).
If you are coming from Kolkata via National Highway 34 (NH14) with your own vehicle:
Drive up to Bara Jagulia.
Drive for another 1.7 km. The approach road to IISER-K (IISER-K connector road in Google map) would be on your left (the place is "4 no gate" stop for buses/auto rickshaws).
If you are coming via National Highway 34 (NH14) by bus (from or to Kolkata):
Get down at Bara Jagulia.
Take bus no 27 (to Kalyani).
Get down at the "7 no Gate" stop (takes about 10 minutes from Bara Jagulia).
If you are driving from North Bengal via Nh14:
Note the Kalyani more (crossing between Kalyani road and Nh14).
Take a right turn towards Kalyani.
IISER-K entrance (7 no Gate) would be on your left after about 1.6 km.
Please note the following connections:
There are regular buses (no 27) and auto rickshaws betwen Kalyani and Bara Jagulia. These buses have stoppages at "7 no Gate" and "4 no Gate" of IISER Kolkata. "7 no Gate" is nearer to the hostel, Lecture Hall complex and Research Complex.