Techkriti at IIT Kanpur brings together technology, business and innovation

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Techkriti is the annual inter-college technical and entrepreneurial festival organised by the students of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. The first ever Techkriti was organised in 1995, and has since grown into one of the largest technical festivals in Asia. This year’s Techkriti was spread across 19 March – 22 March.


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Glimpse from Techkirit held at IIT-Kanpur

The fest began with the talk by Dr. David Hilmers. A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 493 hours in space. He talked about his experience as a United Nations Marine Corps, flying the A-6 Intruder as a bombardier-navigator, as a NASA astronaut, and now as a researcher in global health and malnutrition. His zero-gravity experiences left the audience

The afternoon on the second day kick-started the ‘Leadership Summit’ with none other than the host of famous TV talk shows ‘Seedhi Baat’ and ‘Teekhi Baat’, Prabhu Chawla, the Editorial Director of The New Indian Express himself. The journalism legend shared his experiences and views on diverse topics. This was followed by a talk by Davide Scaramuzza, an expert on artificial intelligence at University of Zurich and then a session by Naresh Gupta, the Managing Director of Adobe India.

The late afternoon saw the much awaited talk by Dilip Chhabria, founder of DC Design. The pioneer who shot to fame by designing Tarzan, the ‘Wonder Car’ and the Aston Martin Vanquish that appeared in the James Bond Franchise “Die Another Day”, was the star attraction of the second day. He shared his thoughts on the growing demand in automobile industry and the need for innovative thinking in this area.

The evening talk session by Meera Sanyal, former CEO & Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland in India, also saw a huge turnout. She shared her valuable expertise in the banking sector and also her experiences while working with both NGOs and Aam Aadmi Party.

Another highlight of the event was the competition for Innovation in Manufacturing Practices. The sole objective of this activity is to provide a common platform for the engineering college and University students in the country to show their innovative capabilities in the design and manufacturing practices. One has to design an effective and innovative model, and make a prototype of the same by applying innovative manufacturing practices. This year twenty seven entries were received from all over the country and only five have been short listed to make their presentation during Techkriti.


Credits: Organising Committee, Techkriti


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