PRAGYAN 2018 Technical Fest

Pragyan is the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 20121:2012 certified student-run techno managerial organisation of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT), that conducts an Annual techno-managerial festival in the month of February or March. Boasting a participation of 10,000last year, Pragyan attracts participants from a number of colleges across the country,
Making Pragyan one of the largest techno-managerial fests in India. The 14th edition of Pragyan, co-sponsored by American Express Pvt. Ltd will be held from 1-4 March 2018. The theme for this edition is ‘The Next Dimension’, acknowledging our ascent into a smarter and more connected future. True to its motto – ‘Let’s Celebrate Technology’, this four-day techfest allows the public a glimpse into some fascinating technologies through exhibitions, workshops, events, guest lectures, and much more.
Bringing down some of the most famous names from around the world, Pragyan’s Guest Lecture series strives to let these bright minds inspire the student population through brilliant lectures and debates.
In Pragyan 2018, Casey Handmer, Levitation Engineer at Hyperloop One, shall be joined by Kevin Grazier, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, Robert Metcalfe, Meher Pudumjee, Steven Gal and Ajay Bhatt to comprise a stunning lineup of the Guest Lecture series.
The events in Pragyan have been divided into 9 clusters this year – Code It, Creatrix, Concreate, Core Engineering, Grey Cells, Impact, IoT, Manigma and Robovigyan, with prizes worth 1.2Million INR up for grabs. The events thus cover a wide range of domains and problem statements, proving to have something for everyone.
Pragyan also provides a platform for students to showcase their technical talent through its two exhibition contests Sangam (an intra-NITT technical contest) and Ingenium (an Intercollegiate technical contest exclusively for students from colleges other than NITT).
Every year, Pragyan conducts a series of Workshops to impart hands-on experience and knowledge to its participants. Among others, notable workshops conducted last year were Construction Project Management, Cross Platform Development, Process Design and Simulation, and many more.
Notably, workshops have helped participants hone their skills and abilities, and boast of associations that include National Instruments, IBM, CISCO, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, and much more.
Pragyan’18 conducted a plethora of outreach events and social responsibility activities throughout the year. On World Environment Day (6th June, 2017), Uyaram – an eco awareness initiative by Pragyan was conducted in the city of Tiruchirappalli. The event saw the distribution of 10,000 seed packets, flyers and saplings, in collaboration with The New Indian Express, Ugaoo and Indian Oil Express. Along with some challenging events, it also featured a 3D printing and a Smart grid-IoT. One is slated to be held in two more cities in the month of February.
The fourth edition of Pragyan Hackathon, presented by SAP Labs and SAP Internship Experience, and cosponsored by SPI Cinemas and SPI Externship, took place on 16th & 17th December 2017 at SAP Labs India, Whitefield, Bangalore. With cash prizes and goodies worth INR 2,00,000 the event saw massive participation from budding developers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Conceptualised in 2016, the Pragyan Youth Summit, an annual forum of active discussion and debate, has seen massive footfalls over the years.
This year, it was held on 20th January 2018 at The Westin, Chennai. Hosting the brightest minds in the industry, PYS 2018 featured a Panel Discussion, the maiden edition of PYS Youth talks, a Keynote speech, a smart city development workshop and a unique Pitchfest. Centering around the theme, ‘Mission Smart Cities’, the Summit aimed to discuss the role of emerging technologies such as Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence in the evolution of smart cities. The keynote address was delivered by Mr Bipin Pradeep Kumar, co-founder and Director at Gaia Smart Cities. Mr Siddharth Hande, Founder and CEO of Kabadiwalla Connect, delivered the youth talk.

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