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Tech@MET
Where the stars shine

MET Institute of Computer Science organised the Mega Intercollegiate IT Fest ‘Tech@MET’ for the IT students of various colleges on February 17 – 18, 2010. This is a popular annual IT fest which all the IT students look forward to. Over 450 students from across 18 colleges attended this mega two days event. Amongst the colleges that participated were Hiray, SNDT, KJ Somaiya, Vivekanand, Vidya Vihar, Bharati Vidyapeeth, YMP, Thakur, National etc.

This festival is only one of its kind that offers something for everyone. This two day technical festival was launched in 2003. Each year the festival is based on a new theme. The theme for this year was ‘World of the Zodiac Stars’.

Dr. Sunita Mahajan, Principle – MET ICS along with the Chief Guest Mr. P S Dhekne - Raja Ramanna Fellow; in BARC and Dr. Nagarjuna G., Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, inaugurated the Fest in the presence of leading professionals, academicians and students.

The contests over two days challenged students’ technological prowess in the existing competitive environment. Mapped with the theme, the festival showcased brilliant quizzes, informative debates, coding and debugging, advertising and fun games. There was LAN gaming with variations, playing with – IT Quiz, Web Designing, Imaging, Advertising, Console Gaming, Counter Strike, Need for Speed, and many more that spiced up the fest. Innovative IT events like Tech Presentations, Dalal Street, SMS and Ethical Hacking. Additional to the IT events, there was Box Cricket; the very purpose of having the tournament was to increase fellowship and bonding amongst the student community.

It was not only the fun games, but a unique platform was created to educate students in the area of Technological breakthroughs. Mr. P S Dhekne is Raja Ramanna Fellow; in BARC, Associate Director and a Scientific Consultant to Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India gave an introduction on ‘Evolution to Cloud Computing’ - having heard a lot about LHC – Large Hadron Collider; it was a great experience for the audience to learn about its actual working as well as India's contribution. He also provided a whole wealth of information on NKN – the National Knowledge Network – a GOI initiative which will link across schools and academic Institutes in India; with the aim of connecting with Cloud Computing. He highlighted the evolution from Grid Computing, to Utility Computing, to Software as a Service (SAAS) and finally Cloud Computing.

Dr. Nagarjuna G., Sr. Scientist & Professor, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai introduced the Free Software Movement to the audience. He created awareness about digitization and discretization. He also explained that in the modern digital world; our rights go beyond the right to information, it also encompasses right to encode, decode and copy. He exemplified in various ways the need of the hour – which is to break down the digital walls and become a part of the Free Software Movement. The Rotating Trophy of Tech@MET 2010 was awarded to Thakur Institute of Management Studies, Career Development & Research.

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