The atmosphere in the auditorium was electric, a palpable excitement lingering in the air. It was time for the final performance of the night, and the crowd was eagerly waiting for the arrival of the phenomenal DJ Zaeden. And boy, did he put on a show, as the crowd went wild with euphoria. But all good things must come to an end, and so it was after three glorious days that Techniche’18 concluded with a final bang.
After all, is said and done, what we remember from a festival is the feelings it evoked in us, and Techniche’18 was a feels trip. The twentieth edition of IIT Guwahati’s Techno-Management festival witnessed a plethora of events for people from all walks of life. From workshops like Ethical Hacking to Robotics events like Escalade to lectures by prominent personalities like J Satyanarayana, the chairman of UIDAI and Trevor Bull, CEO of Aviva India, Techniche had it all. And as a release from a long day of exploring the wide array of technological events on offer, the Pronites were held in the evenings, with several memorable performances from performers like the comedian Piyush Sharma and the well known Indian Indie band, Local Train.
Techniche is not just about the various events that occur during the three-day festivities, but also about making a positive impact on Indian society. The Techniche team organized several social initiatives aimed at uplifting those in need, spreading awareness and instilling joy in innumerable lives. The Guwahati Half Marathon 2018 was a great success and received largely positive feedback from the enthusiastic participants. In another flagship moment, as part of the “Litre of Light Campaign”, the team installed solar lights in the destitute areas of Amtola village in Kamrup district, enlightening and empowering the residents of the village, inhabited by the fishermen community.
“We are very optimistic about the bright students of IIT Guwahati who took all the pain to light up the dark streets of Amtola. For such a long time after Independence, no one realized the need of street lights here even though the village is not far away from Guwahati. We are grateful to the IITians for their benevolence” – Bigya Jit Das, a young man from Amtola Village
While most view a fest as a time of celebration and revelry, to those behind the scenes, it is a culmination of the work they’ve put in over the past year. Each of the teams was pushed to the limits in the making of the fest, but they all worked through their problems in unison and were rewarded richly for their toils in the grand success of the event. While the going has certainly been tough, organizing an event of such massive proportion brings the team closer together, and the entire team has become one close-knit family. As the saying goes, “Divided we fall, united we conquer”. The success of Techniche’18 is certainly a testament to this old adage.
“It’s been a year since we started our journey in the Robotics module of Techniche, and it has been a long road. We work very hard each year, but the results don’t always work our way. There are highs and lows, just as in all other facets of life. But working together as a team brings great energy to the fore, and helps us overcome all challenges.”– Sreenidhi Shamanth, organizer of robotic events at Techniche’18.
Techniche 2018 will always harbor a chock-full of pleasant memories for everyone involved, and we hope the future holds many more moments to savor and cherish. Onward, to 2019!