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Quark: Tech-Fest at BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus

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Just about a fortnight remains for the commencement of BITS Pilani Goa Campus’s first major happening of 2012 (Quark – the tech-fest), a seemingly ideal time to reminisce about the finer moments of the previous flavours of Quark.

Quark, usually a three day technical extravaganza, has seen the keen participation of thousands of students from colleges all across India over the years. The events encompass a wide number of disciplines ranging from Chemical, Corporate, Digital Arts, Mechanical, Aero modelling, Programming and Robotics to Pure Sciences and Entrepreneurship.

Events under ‘Roboficial’ offer an ultimate robot-design showdown; ‘Programmers’ Inc’ take a plunge into cyberspace, ‘Corporate’ hunts for future multibillionaires and ‘Elixir’ adds a dash of pure science. Concurrently ‘Mechagi’ and ‘Spark’ test enthusiasts for their extreme engineering expertise.

Quark sees to it that participants and thinkers spent a sizable amount of time deliberating over the chronic problems of today’s society, with focal points such as Clean Energy, Green Buildings, Agricultural Efficiency, Rural Electrification and Urban Waste Management. In its 2011 version, ‘Gangreen’, ‘Eco-Architect’ and ‘Bhagirath’ – a set of initiatives unique to Quark were introduced under this theme. Vibrant performances by ‘green’ musicians and bands fortified these ideas further. And then there are workshops and specials. Biggies like Cypress Semiconductors, Nvidia, and Microsoft etc. have held workshops, adding another dimension to the fest. A one of its kind event, BITSMUN provides participants a perspective on international relations, diplomacy and the agenda of the UN.

In its 6 iterations, Quark has proved to be the premium platform to extract the ingenuity and innovation of the brightest and sharpest fledgling minds, living up to its various themes. With such a colourful resume and its focus to “Challenge, Compete Evolve”, Quark 2012 would be awaited, ardently.

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